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Precise microwave oven control

I use a microwave oven for a lot of crafting projects (heating, curing, and drying materials). This often needs to be very precise and controlled. I experiment with times and power levels. However, ...
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How to clean neodymium magnet spheres

I have acquired a large quantity of used neodymium magnet spheres that I would like to use in a project. When I roll a couple of the magnets around in my hand, they leave a black residue on my palms ...
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Baby oil or Glycerin for snow globe?

From my online research, glycerin is often used for snow globe. However, some mention that baby oil can be also to used. So, which one is more preferable, and why?
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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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Efficient cutting and preparation of fabric for sewing clothing

My questions: Is there an 'ideal' size to cut / store fabric for making clothes? Do other sewers have an efficient system in place for cutting / preparing their fabric for future sewing projects? ...
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What would happen if I machine laundered dry clean only fabric before making it into a garment?

Common wisdom is to wash your fabric before sewing in the same way you plan to wash the finished project. This way any shrinkage from machine washing will happen before cutting out your pieces, and it ...
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Sports fan: Need economical ideas for alphabet t-shirts

We are seven friends planning to watch a sports game, and we are trying to get seven t-shirts that has the letters F E D E R E R. Buying them online seems expensive, and where it's cheaper you need to ...
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Can you use acrylic gesso for oil paint?

I recently bought a bottle for acrylic gesso. I had enough practice with acrylics, now I want to switch to oil paint. Will the acrylic gesso work if I use it to prepare a board or a piece of wood?
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How do I get prep a plastic mold to easily release beeswax?

A friend of mine keeps bees, and asked for help cleaning the beeswax he harvested this year. I figured out a solar oven and filtering setup which melts and cleans the wax. However, I've now got a big ...
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How can I safely prepare bones for crafts?

Out in rural country, it's pretty easy to come across animal bones, especially skulls. If I wanted to have them on display, or carve them, what's the best way to make sure they're safe to have out? ...
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How can I pre-wash/dry bolts of fabric in a way that will prevent the cut ends from unraveling?

Given large pieces of freshly purchased fabric, how should I wash/dry them before using them to create things? Every book, article, and other piece of advice I've heard is to always wash your fabric ...
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How can I effectively remove the coating from woodless colored pencils?

I have some woodless colored pencils (Art Stix) and they have a waxy coating around them. This makes them hard to start using and to use them on their side like you would pastels. For my woodless ...