Questions tagged [technique-selection]

When wondering what kind of technique can or should be used to achieve a certain effect or result. This can range from e.g. drawing or sewing techniques to preparing materials for processing. A detailed description of the desired outcome is recommended.

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How do you paint a plastic miniature to look like polished mahogany?

I have a miniature trophy made out of plastic (3D printed from PLA) and I want to paint the base to look like polished mahogany. It's about 2" across. Is there any guidance on which colors to use,...
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How can I draw a horizontal line on a spherical object?

I have made this jar using plaster: I painted it with plastic white paint as a base, and then applied this gold metallic paint. Now I want to paint some horizontal brown lines using oil-based brown ...
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Methods for removing acrylic paint from PET or PLA model kits?

Are there any recommended ways to remove acrylic model paint from a PET or PLA model kit that has not been varnished. For example, to allow old kits to be stripped down and repainted once your skill ...
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How do I attach frilly extension of skirt using a sewing machine WITHOUT the thread appearing on the front of the skirt?

How do I attach frilly extension of skirt using a sewing machine WITHOUT the thread appearing on the front of the skirt? Without sewing machine only alternative to sew on the frilly extension is to ...
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How can I speed up the curing process of Mod Podge?

I made a gift using Mod Podge. I just found out I have to wait 4 weeks before it cures, but I only have 2 weeks! It's sticky, and it's not shiny! I used regular Mod Podge, Gloss (3 layers) to ...
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How do I extend the length of a Plaid Wool Maxi Skirt

How do I extend the length of a plaid, wool maxi skirt? If this was lighter material, I can simply sew on a lace trim, but this is winter wool maxi skirt. Wish to extend an inch.
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Make sphere models

Background I want to make simplistic models of atomic structures using spheres (overview). Each model consists of maximum 10 spheres that have the same diameter. Normally I use ping pong balls or ...
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How is this fabric stretched without folds?

The picture depicts a speaker protection grille which needs to have the cloth replaced. I managed to source an apparently identical piece of fabric (a cotton/elastane mix according to the seller) but ...
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My grandma's fingers are becoming too old for knitting. What alternatives are there?

My grandma is getting old. She loves her knitting and needlework. Especially with less visitors coming to her retirement home in Covid times, it keeps up her spirits. But now she tells me her fingers ...
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How to start/end a cluster of 5 cross-stitches in 2/3 colors, that's not adjacent to any other part of the pattern?

I've recently been gifted a small cross-stitch project kit, and learning how to do it has mostly been easy, just following the instructions that came with the kit: Tuck in ends (you can do that for ...
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Fracture filling a citrine gemstone

Long story short, the gem was dropped on a stone tile floor and cracked pretty badly. The gem was cracked on the inside before but now a few of those cracks run to the surface and a little chip can ...
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How to mold outer shoe sole to the shape of my feet without using a last?

I'm currently sewing my first pair of shoes. They are made of fabric only (no leather, cork or other materials) and a commercial foam insole for comfort. I have covered the insole with matching lining ...
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Mounting a stone for display

I have acquired a fossil stone that I would like to display - its 1.6kg, 30cm x 12cm (15cm at its widest). I was really after some ideas as to how to mount this - maybe perhaps on a wooden plinth but ...
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Keeping thermoplastic from sticking to models

Sometimes, when making things with thermoplastic (I have Thibra; the other big brand here is Worbla), I want to be able to use other objects as models (like if I need a small cone I could wrap it ...
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Using an underpainting and painting a gradient on top of another, with gouache

Premise: When we paint with gouache, previously laid layers of paint will get re-wet, and dissolve again, mixing into and strongly impacting (usually, for the worse) whatever we are trying to create ...
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How do I mix charcoal and graphite correctly?

Using graphite is somewhat risky. I've seen that when I use graphite it ends up very shiny, am I doing anything wrong? If im correct, the process is: apply the charcoal then the graphite, but how can ...
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How does Flanders ground connect to cloth stitch?

I am currently in the process of learning the five-hole ground used in Flanders bobbin lace. However, I can only find information on the ground, not on how to transition from the ground to cloth ...
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How to do embroidery on tulle netting fabric?

Has anybody ever tried embroidering floral designs by hand on tulle or other netting fabrics (see picture) and has some ideas and suggestions? Do we need any special needle or tools for embroidering ...
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A way to efficiently and effectively combine papers for musical scores

I printed out some sheet music and would like to combine the pages. Currently I use tape and I cut the margins out (I need to just rescale the pages). The taping is kind of a pain because if things ...
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How do I blend charcoal enough to make it look like a skin surface? [duplicate]

I've been drawing Wonder Woman for quite a long time. Since she has a lot of bare skin, it's kinda hard to draw it without pencils, using only charcoal. Here's the reference image I'm using: Artwork ...
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How to prevent acrylic or polycarbonate sheets from bending?

I'm not sure if this is the right forum but seems more relevant to my question. I'm building a rear-projected screen in a form of a large table (3m x 2m) with frosted/diffused acrylic or polycarbonate ...
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What are the benefits of using an overhand grip?

There seems to be two prominent grips for drawing that I have seen - tripod and overhand. I've used a basic tripod grip all my life for writing but have only just recently come across overhand. From ...
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Reviving wool from possible moth damage

I tried hard to find a relevant stackexchange site for this question and this seemed closest. I have a wool winter jacket that has been stored over summer and on pulling it out of the closet I ...
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Layers of liquid with glittered glue and shredded hot glue stick in a test tube

I am trying out the following craft idea, the ingredients and steps are as follows: Ingredients Water (or distilled water) that is dyed using three colors. A Test tube with cork. Hot-glue stick (and ...
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How can I convert a stick pin badge to a butterfly clasp?

I have a badge which uses a stick pin attachment piece like so: However, this is quite a tricky mechanism to use and align properly, so I would like to swap the stick pin for a butterfly clutch like ...
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How can I do my Poké Ball decreases so they appear tighter?

A continuation of my Poké Ball woes: I want to improve my decrease technique. Consider the image of the tops of my balls (where the balls are finished and tied off): The very top where the tie-off ...
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