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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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 ...
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Best materials for a long-lasting scroll

I'm trying to make a scroll to document life events. The important requirements are: approximately 30cm wide by 2m tall relatively easy for other people to sign their names on it can be rolled up and ...
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Materials for pictures that change with the direction of sunlight

What materials can be used to make pictures / paintings, where the colors change as the direction of the sun and hence the angle of incidence of the sun rays hitting the art structure changes? I'm ...
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What kind of paper can I use in place of U.S. currency for origami?

Using U.S. currency to fashion Origami models is wonderful due to the paper's thinness, tensile strength, pleasing texture, and ability to provide sharp creases. However, the small size of the bills ...
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What are the advantages of a lapel “coat stick” pin over other pin styles?

I want to make a "boutonniere" using silk flowers, and was planning to do this by attaching the flower heads to a pin backing. When I searched for "pin blanks" online, I was expecting to find ...
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What's the name of this type of acrylic?

I recently came across Love Hulton's amazing work and was especially impressed by the aesthetic of the pearly acrylic front of the datorbox. I saw the same material being used for fashioning guitar ...
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How to read the slash in “1/4 satin”?

I am not a native English speaker, and I would like to know how do you read “1/4 satin”? Is it pronounced as one-by-four satin or as one-to-four satin when read out? Please note that this use is ...
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Crafting “fake potions”

Still working on my costume Previous question I would like to know a method for crafting fake potion bottles for shows, i want the bottles to be: Approximately the size of an apple Resist the ...
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What writing utensils would work for concrete walls?

My boyfriend has concrete walls surrounding his at home office. He has expressed interest in using the walls as "story boarding" space for future mobile applications. I'm curious as to what writing ...
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Will cyanoacrylates damage plastic?

I have been reading up on cyanoacrylate, commonly sold in the US as "Krazy Glue" or "Super Glue", because I want to to use it to repair small plastic parts on either toys or appliances, due to its ...
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How should I select elastic for a sewing project?

I want to adapt a pair of pants to add elastic to the waistband. I have a particular "stretchiness" in mind for this project, but don't know how that relates to a given thickness, width, material, or ...
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Can I substitute fusible interfacing for sew-in interfacing?

I want to make a tote bag, using a canvas weight fabric for the outside and a quilting cotton for the lining. The pattern calls for "sew-in interfacing" or "hair canvas", but the fabric store I went ...
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Suggestions to Make PVC-Like Suit

So we have a competition related to firefighting and one of the tasks is to retrieve a PVC figure known as the "mannequin." It is composed of PVC pipes for limbs and a PVC plug with end for a head. ...
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What materials can be used to stiffen a leather bag?

I'm early in the process of making a leather doctor's bag (also known as a Gladstone bag), in this kind of shape: I've bought a side of ~2mm cowhide for the body, but I know from past experience that ...
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Fabric alternative for leather

I'm planning to sew a costume based on a character who is wearing what appears to be a leather duster. I'm trying to pinpoint what fabric to use, as leather is expensive and I can't afford to buy ...
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What material is used for inflatables?

Inflatable toys, chairs and beds, kids castles, pools, stuff like that. I understand and seen people use ordinary polypropylene? trashbag sheets or tablecloths for inflatables where the pieces can be ...
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Materials for flame proof signage

I want to make attractive signs to point to the locations of fire shelters for our community, in a fire-prone area. I want something that would be visible to rescuers after going through a bush-fire ...
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What are some DIY simple tools to use to make a model scale home?

I am interested in architecture and have been wanting to design a house/building and then create a model for quite some time. I just am now able to do this, but I am not sure where to start. My ...
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Glue/Stick printed labels/stickers onto fabric

I have boxes made from MDF which is covered with some fabric. I'd like to print stickers / labels and stick / glue them onto those boxes (and thus onto the fabric). I do have an inkjet printer ...
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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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Using construction gypsum instead of plaster of Paris for a substractive plaster sculpture [duplicate]

For a block-carved sculpture would it be a good idea to use construction gypsum instead of plaster of Paris if I want it to be stronger and more detailed?
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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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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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What sort of materials can I use to make a latex mask look wet without actually being wet?

So Halloween is approaching, and I'm thinking about sitting on the porch to pass out candy, except wearing a mindflayer costume, because there is only one day a year when scaring other peoples kids is ...
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Interlocking plastic, rubber, or foam product that can be cut to size?

Would you know if there's some sort of interlocking plastic (or other material) mats that can be cut to any size and which is less than 1 inch (2.5cm) thick? Ideally probably 1 - 1.5cm thickness. I'm ...
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How to make a stone (or something similar) and put there electronics?

I'm an electronics hobbyist. I'd like to put a Wi-Fi module in my garden. It would be awesome if it would be possible to put that electronics into a stone or something similar. It doesn't need to be ...