Questions tagged [material-selection]

When you are not sure what you material to use as a base for your project or task, such as type of fabric, paper or metal. Try to be detailed with your specifications to help narrow down choices.

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Building an elliptic paraboloid

How would I build a shell of an elliptic paraboloid as accurately as possible (in terms of its mathematical properties (all parallel rays end up in its focal point)). Preferably it should be: Made ...
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Transparent resin to fill small acrylic plastic container?

I have a small clear acrylic plastic container, roughly spherical and about 1.5 cubic inches in volume, with a 1/4-inch wall and thinning to about 2mm at the top edge (near the 1-inch diameter lip). I ...
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Does boat polyester resin works well for insect/flower encapsulating?

Around here, polyester resin for arts and crafts is usually sold under the name "Crystal Polyester Resin", because of its colorlessness. In automotive-paint/nautical shops there are other polyester ...
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Make Cement with Lots of Holes

What would be a good way to make cement with lots of hollow areas? I want it to resemble a sponge when cured. I’ve see a similar material used as siding in buildings.
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Quality ranking of oil paint brands

Is there a standard quality ranking for oil paints? How do specific oils relate to the quality of oil paints? Can anyone provide a top five or top ten of brands?
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What can I line a collectible card box with that is not felt or flocking?

I made a card box, for holding Magic cards, a while ago, and I lined it with felt. While that does look good all the plastic sleeves I use get caught on the material so it is difficult to put them ...
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Removing stitching from jacket

I have a sports jacket from a team I used to play for. It's a very high quality jacket and I would like to continue wearing it, but the team name is written in large text across the upper-back of the ...
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Looking to affix medals in a display case

I previously had medals in a display case. They were originally affixed in a very rudimentary way (I just stuck push pins through the back, which was a thin cardboardish material). I'm putting some ...
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How to dye or tint epoxy resin to produce translucent colors?

A while ago I started crafting with epoxy resin. At first I just coated objects with clear resin, but recently I experimented with adding colors to it. I got nice results with powders (like glittery ...
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How to dry out epoxy resin faster than usual?

I made MDF coasters and decorated them using epoxy resin with attractive colors and pearl powder. It took 25-30 hours to completely dry out. In the meantime, few dust particles settled on it and I ...
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What material is this?

What material is this stuffed toy I finished today made from? I want to know in case I want to duplicate it later and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find the pattern again. I’ve got 2 more patterns ...
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Dense, easy-to-access material?

I'm not sure if this is the right forum to ask this on, so please tell me where to put this if not! I'm trying to make weights to lift at home, and I found online that using gallon milk jugs and ...
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Can I make handmade invitation cards on a tight budget? [closed]

I'm planning on making DIY cards for invitations to my sister's 8th birthday party. I want it to be special so I decided to do everything myself. But I'm really on a tight budget right now, and so I ...
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A cork tree made of other materials?

My question is this:regarding this item could it possible to make it out of other solid materials? Theriatically it should be possible to do it with other materials, I just wanted to be sure.
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Is it possible to recycle the glass bottles and jar in desired shape and size by melting?

I have a lot of glass bottles and jars. I want to convert them into new items of different styles and shapes. Can a glass object be molded into a new shape by melting? If yes, then how?
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How can we cut mirror or glass in a desired shape?

How can we transform the glass in the desired shape or size. If we want to cut a glass which instrument should we use on domestic level.
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Materials for an easy to make knife handle?

I've bought this blade, and I want to make a handle for it. the handle should be easy to make, and easy to maintain, and I also need to make sure it doesn't get in the way of the sheath.# I'm ...
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Are spray paints effective on laptops?

My younger brother spoiled my laptop with pens. On removing the stains I got marks on the surface of the laptop which make it look dirty. Are spray paints effective for painting laptops or is there ...
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Name for a retractable spring

What is the name of the type of spring used for trinkets that are retractable? Like a measuring tape or those key rings that will retract.
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Material that can be cut / carved and doesn't react with silicone

I'm currently experimenting with making silicone molds for casting. I'm not interested in the commertially available molds and want to make my own. For financial reasons I use the cartridges of ...
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Aggregate size and mix ratio for concrete sculptures

What aggregate size should I use for making concrete sculptures of humans and animals, 1.2 x Life-sized, poured into moulds? And what ratio should I use for the (white Portland cement) to sand to ...
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what could be used hanging object such as painting on wall without nails?

Is there any adhesive material through which we can hang painting and photo frames on wall without nails.Such that on removing it not damage the walls?
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creating something like an expanding ring mandrel for my homemade lathe

I am crafting my own drill powered lathe so I can improve my ring making. The problem is, even though I can make a working lathe, I do not have a way to securely place the ring in the lathe to make it ...
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Material to prototype gear designs

For fun, I started designing some two-dimensional mechanisms with parts that rotate, slide and gear against each other. Ultimately these will be made from laser-cut acrylic, but since I don't have ...
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It is possible to create powerful crucible that you can melt plastics in it? If yes, how can I create it from simple materials?

I’m asking this because, I’m trying to find how to make a powerful crucible that when you melt any plastic in it, it doesn’t not happen anything to it, and you can also hold it with your hands even ...
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What material can be used to create a mold for pouring any molten metal without problems?

I have found that for one to create a mold for pouring molten plastic in it, it only requires clay. But what about metals? Are there easy materials to find so that I can use them to assemble them ...
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How much concrete to order?

If I make 4 of these statues, 1.25x life-size, then how much concrete should I purchase? The plan is to make a mould and pour into that. The original Ludovisi Ares is 1.56 m in height. Therefore: (...
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Recycling Concrete

If a building site is being demolished and I want to reuse the concrete to make a large sculpture (pour into a mold), must the concrete be fully recycled or is there an easier method to reuse it (such ...
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Making a jewellery box - protection and lining

My wife has a lot of her jewellery in various small boxes, bags, etc, which makes it hard for her to find a particular item she wants to wear. I'd like to make her a nice box to keep it all organised, ...
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What is the best technology to 3D print sextoys?

Most 3D printing technologies create a rough surface. It cannot even be polished without leaving porosities. This is anti-hygienic. The surface has then to be coated with silicone or epoxy gel. The ...
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Building a stop-action rabbit figure

I am constructing a stop-action character in the shape of a rabbit, and I am looking for suggestions about materials and techniques that I can use to build its major body components and fur. I am ...
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Mice/hamster chew proof plastic material

I am making a custom enclosure for small animals. I was wondering whether non-toxic and chew proof plastic exists and what is it called?
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Does latex perform well underwater?

I need to build some decorative aquatic animals that will be inside a big fishbowl in a shopping mall. The question is: Can I use latex to create these pieces, or the latex deteriorates when submerged ...
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Why do pencils offer larger color variety than watercolor?

Please correct me if I am wrong, but from what I observe, you can easily get 100-150 colours in a set of pencils, but if you go for sets of watercolors, there's rarely more than 24-36. Why so?
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Capiz Shell table top

I have been looking for a tutorial on how to make a table top with a mosaic of capiz shell. I have quite a lot left from making a chandelier style lampshade and I thought an accent table might be nice....
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How does embossing powder work? What paper is most recommended to be used with it?

Ive been trying to use embossing powder for lettering, I want to know what paper works best for this and what kind of procedure to follow for this.
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How to make a cloth brim hat?

I would like to make a hat that looks roughly like this one but I'm clueless on how to go about with it. I need it to be from a material that does not keep heat much (compared to, say, felt) and ...
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Why would a candle require a much larger wick than normal for its size?

I was recently given a couple of fairly large beeswax pillar candles by a friend who got them from his church. They were going to be thrown away, but he knew that I dabble in candle making so he ...
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Dissolvable Piñata?

Can anyone think of a way of crafting a simple model (melonbot from supertato) that would dissolve in a paddling pool after being used as a prop? Although it would be a bonus to put little pool toys ...
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Wood used for Christmas Colored Flame Yule Logs?

What type of wood and its' thickness would be get the best results for making Christmas colored flame yule logs? I would like to try and make colored flamed yule logs this year. What type of wood ...
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Thin, Flat, Rigid Sheets? (cheap)

I'm looking for something I can put behind ink-jet printed pictures to keep them from bending, but I don't want to increase the thickness of the final product any more than necessary. The thinnest ...
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What alternatives exist instead of freezer paper when it comes on shirt bleaching?

I have seen this video where you can customize tshirts with bleach. As a necessary part of it is freezer paper where you transfer stencil design on it. But in Greece is hard to come by, therefore I ...
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How to make a silicone mold of a fiberglass object?

I have an fiberglass object, that I want to make a mold of. Commonly known is that fiberglass and silicone don't like each other. And when I tried to make the mold, I experienced what I expected got a ...
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What components, wiring, and electronics needed for helmet internals

I am completely new to cosplay and am needing help with some components for a build I am working on. My goal is to have a helmet system that can hear people around me, and I would like to be able to ...
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What to use as amigurumi stuffing if you don't have access to poly stuffing?

I, for one, do not have easy access to poly stuffing, so I was wondering, what is the second best choice for amigurumi stuffing?
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Best way to restore my old vintage wooden Cricket bat- (See description)

I own a vintage, wooden bat which I wanted to restore by myself, for myself. Some of the areas where I required help are: 1) Removing stickers and their marks: There are these old stickers on the ...
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Using human hair for amigurumi stuffing

OK, I realize this topic may creep some of you, be it because of hygienic or ethics questions. I trust you will understand it comes out of pure curiosity and of the desire of using more natural ...
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In what technique medieval book miniatures were executed and are there materials today for doing this?

In what technique were medieval book miniatures executed, and are there materials available today to nurture this branch of art? I guess those miniatures have two important materials. Vellum is the ...
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How can I make solid fake soil?

I am looking to make fake soil. I would like the end result to look as close as possible to real soil, but be made up of solid parts that do not create goo, dust or other residue. I have tried coffee ...
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Effective adhesive material to splice cardboard shipping boxes? [closed]

I want to splice two cardboard shipping boxes to make a bigger shipping box. Is using hot-melt glue a fast, strong-holding, and cheap way? Which type should I use? The pre-applied adhesive under the ...