Questions tagged [material-selection]

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

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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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What kind of palm leaves or other material can be used for palm weaving?

During the famous spice tours on Zanzibar, the locals make various nice presents (e.g. hats, frogs, ties, and handbags) by palm weaving. Since there are so many different plants on a spice farm, I don’...
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How to glue a map onto a globe?

I'm making a globe of Mars. I've obtained a "sliced" map of Mars that I will print. Then I'll need to cut the slices and glue them onto the globe of Earth. The slices won't align perfectly; I can ...
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Add support to large collage to prevent warping and tearing

I had been working on a huge painting made on about 15 separate sheets. After the work was finished I glued together all the paintings, but now after the paint has dried I find that the paper is kind ...
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Strong thin rope for kite

Background: I never built a functioning kite (I had a few attempts, as a child), I never successfully raised a kite (no stable wind with enough force when a ready-made kite was available). Current ...
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How to make kite line more visible?

The main question is here. Other related question here. When rising a kite even a few tens of meters, some danger might exist: low flying helicopters, utility planes, hang gliders etc. might hit or ...
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Is there a kid-safe carving material?

I would like my oldest (about 3 1/2 years old right now) to carve something, because of the fun I had with my plaster carving. However, most carving requires sharp knives and firm materials that are ...
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A stronger material than paper for Kirigami or papercraft-inspired designs?

I would like to create some sculptures using papercraft & kirigami techniques, however I am looking for an alternative (stronger) material to paper with some/all of the following properties: ...
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Formula for strong but lightweight paper-mache

I've always used the standard flour+water = paper mache. This often results in a somewhat heavy and fragile object though. I'm looking for a formula for a strong but light weight version. Light-...
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Crafting a sturdy, not heavy mask for shows

I have a metal band that use costumes for shows, I need to craft a mask that is durable but not too heavy, since I will use it on live presentations. I tried to make it using plastered gauze, but it ...
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What's a flexible, strong string or yarn I can use in this toy?

I made this flexible geometry toy based on one I saw in a learning store. You can bend it into different shapes, and it's fun. Unfortunately, all I had on hand was some yarn to make the inside ...
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How to knot an elastic cord into a circle?

I'm going to be tying some elastic cord (the kind that's about 2 mm thick) into circles about 6 inches in diameter. The circles will be subject to a fair amount of stretching, but nothing excessive. ...
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A more stretchy printable paper alternative?

My Martian Globe project isn't going according to the plan. Maybe "the slices" are too wide, but I know for a fact they were used by some people to create globes. Anyway, I took some test B&W ...
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What type of plaster should I choose for a block-carved plaster sculpture?

I'm stuck with choosing the type of plaster for a sculpture I'm planning to carve out of a plaster block. The names under which they sell plaster tend to address their purpose in construction and ...
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What kind of resin can be used to fill a gap in a piece of wood?

If filling a piece of natural wood with grooves in with resin - clear or coloured - what is the best kind to use? This would need to allow for the wood to be used as a table top.