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Does drawing on a transparent sheet what you can see behind it have a name?

There is a picture frame which has a transparent sheet fixed within it. This is placed on an easel, and the artist can physically see the target image through the transparent sheet. All they need to ...
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Can you identify this yarn tool?

I’ve been knitting, crocheting, sewing, weaving, and most other things textile related for decades and have never come across this tool. I inherited a box of yarn and other crafting items that ...
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Plastic sheet for drawing to prevent smudging

I've seen countless graphite/pencil artists use a transparent plastic sheet that they place their hand on to prevent smudging of the picture they draw. Exactly what is this called, and can you buy ...
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What is this tool (looking like half a birds beak on a shaft with a handle) for?

Found this tool while cleaning out a workshop close to the sea, but what is it for and what's its name? I've guessed it's something for knotting, but can't find a reference on how to use it (it might ...
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Why are needles designed for sewing thick canvas or heavy leather three-edged?

Needles designed for sewing thick canvas or heavy leather (e.g. on a traditional sailing ship) have a triangular point, see example 1 and example 2. (These needles are sometimes also called “rigging ...
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Tools for etching leather?

There’s this artist who I absolutely love, and they etch leather using a tool I am not familiar with. I want to get into this style of art and was wondering if you had any ideas! There is a pic ...
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What is this long free arm machine called?

This post about sewing tubes without a presser foot or feed dogs suggests using a specialized machine. What is the second machine in Elmy's answer here called?
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Paperweights used to hold down Art, Posters, or Maps for framing

My local frame shop uses weighted leather discs to lay prints out flat. These paper weights are essential for keeping rolled posters flat on a table. I can also see them being used in the map / ...
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Can someone tell me the purpose of this multi-tool?

I just got this in the mail (see picture below). I’m just not sure if it’s a good idea to give it to my 14 year old (at the time of his next birthday) nephew. In the mean time, could someone tell me ...
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Can any leather crafters tell me what tool this is?

My friend began taking up leatherwork. This tool came in a kit he bought. We know what everything else is except for this piece, and a reverse Google image search came up short. Just showed us bullets ...
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What kind of triangle / ruler is shown in this video?

https://youtu.be/p8LBr6cZPuY?t=530 At roughly the timestamp above the architect uses an odd looking metal straightedge and I was wondering what it was called. I thought it was a regular architect's ...
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Whats is the mm equivalent of US / old UK knitting needles?

When converting from US or old UK knitting needle sizes to mm, what are the conversions for these?
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What type of screw head shape is this?

I’m trying to search for this screw but cannot find a comparable head shape. I know it’s an Allen/hex, but I’m talking about the overall shape, it’s like a ‘reverse button-head’, or ‘anti-pan head’? I ...
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What is this antique thing? [closed]

It's very light weight and folds nearly flat. My first thought is that it's a temporary holder for skeins of yarn used in a weaving factory. There was some kind of circular object tacked to one of the ...
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What are these colored tabs in my art supply kit?

I got an art kit as a gift and have been going through the different art utensils and came across the picture below. I lost the paper which outlined how many of each art tool were given, however I ...
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What is a good set of tools for a beginner in leather working?

I've always wanted to craft a small bag out of leather for myself, and I've seen so many different tools to use for leather. For a beginner, what types of tools would you recommend? Are there any ...
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What is the difference between miniature and standard brushes?

I'm looking at Winsor and Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable brush and found online the standard series and the miniature one. I'm not sure if the difference is in the the stable or in the holding part.
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What is this palette knife called, and where could I find it?

I have this palette knife and need a new one, but I can't find one. What would this palette knife be called? Better yet, do you know who might have made it? It was a gift, and the label has well and ...
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What is this tool in my sewing kit?

I found this tool in my sewing kit, and I wanted to know what it is. It is a couple of inches (centimetres) long. It has two metal prongs on one end and one of them has a plastic ball protecting the ...
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What is the name of this sliding collapsing square tool?

I am trying to find a tool I had a long time ago. Uses probably range from locating to measuring. Could be used for anything really, drawing to wood carving. The device is expandable. In its initial ...
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What do you call these snips/shears?

The tool on the left is a Wezsnip. They call it an easy snip utility shear. Almost identical tools on the web are called... Craft snip, Multi snip, Garden tools scissors. Very similar ones are called.....
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What is the name of these "offset" nibs and pens?

I was looking into pen nib preventative maintenance and found a couple of pictures that I didn't understand. The first we see the nib on top is not the same as the rest as it has a crooked body. ...
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What is this small hand held cutter?

I was liberating some old hand tools from my grandfather's shop again, before grandma throws them in the garbage, and found some more interesting things. This cutting tool was one of them. The ...
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