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How to use equipment or chemicals in a safe manner, or minimize hazards associated with an art or craft item, including making it child-safe.

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Safety of propane storage for lampwork

A lot of the guidance on lampwork insists that propane should be stored outside, but I don't quite get the logic of this. If the tank is outside, then you need a hard pipe, with all that that entails. ...
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Is it safe to dry or dehydrate things in a microwave using the keep-warm setting?

Many crafts can have a need to reduce or remove water from something. This is often done in a regular oven at a low temperature setting, or using a dehydrator that basically does the same thing. ...
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Should a ceramic cup gain this much weight after this test?

I bought a cup on Etsy (that's in the likeness of the one John Dutton uses in the show Yellowstone.) It looks awesome but I noticed tiny pinholes in the glaze on the inside. I know nothing about ...
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Low cost alternatives to resin for creating the illusion of there being an opaque fluid in a bottle or jar

I am looking for an alternative to resin to fill a series of jars with, that will harden solid. My aim is to make it appear as if the jars are filled with an opaque liquid that could pass for some ...
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Can a crochet pattern for a blanket that has holes in it be made safe for a baby?

I've recently been asked by a great friend to crochet a baby blanket for them. They would be paying the yarn, so I asked them to find a pattern and buy the yarn. She's sent me a few patterns to check ...
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Adhering felt to felt

I am making felt toy numberblock characters for my grandsons out of felt. What is the best adhesive to use to adhere the felt faces and arms onto the felt sewn blocks so they stay on?
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Information regarding skin friendly wax candle additives

I am experimenting with making paraffin candles that can be dripped on skin for use in BDSM. I already know about the different waxes and the logistics of casting wax candles, but I have been finding ...
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Paint or marker for insulated cup decoration

I am looking to decorate one of those “Yeti” brand insulated coffee cups for my brother for Christmas, and I am not sure what to use so that the decoration does not wash off. I have researched a bit ...
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Types of paint safe for children to make handprints out of, on canvas

I am looking to help our boys (5 and 7 years old) make their mother something like this for her birthday, but I have zero experience with painting beyond whatever I did in elementary school! I'm ...
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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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What can I use to cover raised mosaic edges?

I purchased a tray with a glass mosaic inlay. The raised edges of the glass pieces are rather sharp and I want to cover them with a clear layer. What can I use to safely accomplish this?
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Proper disposal: Can oil colors spontaneously combust?

It is clear from what I can google that rags soaked in linseed oil and similar must be taken special care of because they could catch fire while drying. Is this also the case for rags, etc., with oil ...
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I am looking to melt some leftover acrylic into a mould, at home. Are there fumes that I should be worried about?

So, the title just about sums it up. I've cut some acrylic sheets to make vitrines for some painting frames and I have some leftover strips of acrylic. I have an idea of what to use the acrylic for, ...
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Do I need safety equipment when working with epoxy resin?

I saw a lot of Youtube videos about people creating jewelry and artwork with epoxy resin. Most of them do not wear any gloves or other safety equipment, but some do. Recently I saw a video of a ...
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How to restore a dried lipstick to make it usable again?

I have a liquid lipstick that comes with a brush to apply it. It is very similar to nail polish. The problem is that it has dried and solidified inside the bottle. Can you suggest some chemicals (or ...
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How can I secure stiff fabric to wood without risking ripping and without adhesives?

I am planning a project using simple 1" x 2" pieces of wood and attaching a length of textile between the planks. The wood will be about 12 inches long, and the fabric will go from long-edge to long ...
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Is it safe to use the tip of a hot glue gun to melt crayons?

This video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV4hfmODq94) mentions the following methods to melt crayons: Putting the crayons into the hot glue gun. Using a hair dryer and point to the crayons. Using ...
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How to get germs off of paper? [closed]

I made a little drawing which I accidentally dropped on a floor which must have been loaded with tons of bacteria. To make matters even worse, I had a hard time picking it up, so it must have been on ...
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How to sand food safe glass by hand

I have a few kitchen items that have become chipped from use (such as pint glasses and mixing bowls) and I would like to sand them to make the edges dull so they are safe to use again. I saw the ...
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What safety precautions should I take when working with 316L/A4 steel?

I'm working with 316L/A4 steel and I was wondering which precautions I should take when heating it. I want to heat bend a 316L steel rod, so it will need to be heated up to arround 1000°C. 316 is a ...
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Glue/Stick printed labels/stickers onto fabric

I have boxes made from MDF which are covered with some fabric. I'd like to print stickers/labels and stick/glue them onto those boxes (and thus onto the fabric). I have an inkjet printer capable of ...
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Why is wearing a mask recommended when carving antler?

Why do people get so concerned over antler dust when knife carving. I wear a mask when I work with it. But what if you didn't wear a mask? What would the dangers be?
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Glue for sides of cross stitch work

I would like, in order to prevent frays, to glue the sides and the thread stops of a finished work. The work should then be washable, since it is for a baby toy. The sides of the work will be tucked ...
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Varnish with flash point over 40 °C — safe on painted mugs when heated?

I've painted regular white mugs and want to varnish them too. But my varnish has the following specs: Gloss varnish based on alkyd resin. Flash point: Above 40 degrees Celsius. Is it safe to ...
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Are there toxic concerns with using a heatgun/torch on plastic/acrylic?

I am looking to bend a piece of plastic/acrylic (not really sure what I'm getting yet), for a craft project I am working on. I watched this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkpqfcg1W_o where ...
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Is there anything wrong with mixing incompatible paints?

I randomly stumbled upon this video https://youtu.be/TuEBKV6T5aU?t=31s Where a user modded his Nintendo 64 and gave it a "custom paint job." He mentions that he used 2 types of paint that were NOT ...
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How toxic is baking polymer clay?

I am considering starting to make beads with polymer clay; and would like to be able to bake it with out a new oven. So anyhow, what (if any) health risks would there be from baking polymer clay in ...
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What can I do to reduce pain while crocheting?

I understand that this will happen regardless with this kind of relative motion. Especially with smaller models where your hands are constantly trying to keep proper tension of the yarn. Still ...
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How can I remove CA glues (e.g. Super Glue) from a material?

I recently got some Super Glue on the sole of my shoe, while working on a craft. Luckily, my shoe wasn't on the ground long enough to be glued to the floor, but now, the entire bottle of superglue is ...
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What can I do to protect my hands while felting?

I just bought my first set of needles and I plan to start some felting. Going to put a face on a Pachimari. Needle felting is done by repeatably stabbing felt or roving to tangle fibers. There is ...
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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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What can I do to smooth and polish hand cut glass edges?

I make small frames and boxes and I like to put in mirror and glass in those projects. In trying to avoid dealing with the question I usually frame in the mirror so that no one will see the clean cut ...
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What safety precautions should I observe while using a hot wire cutter?

Since I have never heard of one outside of this stack I was curious and looked into the use of the hot wire cutter. Most to the instructional video that use it either don't discuss, or glaze over, ...
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What kind of mask effectively protects from spray or turpentine/solvents chemicals?

The main things that I am looking for in a protective mask are: Filter efficiency: the less chemicals I breath in, the better. Comfortable and lightweight: I need to wear it for several hours ...
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How can I safely sharpen a small craft knife?

I have a small craft knife (almost like a scalpel, really) that's become rather blunt over the years. It's no longer safe to use because it's so blunt, so I need to sharpen it. What are the safest ...
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What is a good technique for drilling holes in glass bottles?

How do you drill holes in glass bottles (safely)? Do you need special drill bits, or tools? High speed drill or extra slow? I tried once on my drill press and I shattered the bottle. I've seen ...
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Can I use an airbrush inside?

I'm looking into buying an airbrush for painting miniatures, but one thing I can't figure out is if it's safe to use it inside and if I need to use any protection for breathing if I'm going to spray ...
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I have a model with a latex allergy: what are my other options?

I do amateur make up for a local theater group. We have a few of our actors and extras that have latex allergies. Generally I simply avoid using prosthetics on them since I do not have a good solution....
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