Questions tagged [tool-selection]

Selecting a tool based on requirements of a specific application or project.

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What is the advantage of having an angled drawing desk?

I grew up using normal desks in school and drawing in art class on tables. I have drawn on tables for most of my projects, but every artists desk has a lift to it. What is the purpose of the varying ...
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What criteria should I be considering when looking at a second hand sewing machine?

I understand the basic concept of how a sewing machine works. I also know there are many varieties of sewing machines e.g. they are capable of doing their own sets of stitches and what not, supporting ...
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How to get spray paint off of concrete, wood, and metal

I was working in my basement studio and a piece of acrylic punctured a red Krylon outdoor paint spray can which exploded onto the unfinished concrete floor, concrete walls, metal cabinets, and wooden ...
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Does knitting needle material make a difference in knitting?

Knitting needles are available in wooden, metal and plastic materials. Are certain needles more forgiving of mistakes? Does the material itself have any effect on the process or product, besides ...
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Trying to turn a vintage wash basin into a vessel sink. How can I get rid of this standing water?

First off I screwed up where I drilled the hole for the drain. The middle of the bowl is actually raised so the water pools in a circle around the drain: I'm curious what my options are now... Is ...
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How to cut a mug without breaking it?

This question is a kind follow up to this other question. Indeed, now that I know how to glue pieces of mugs, I'd like to know how to cut them. The idea is to get some cheap IKEA mugs with various ...
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How can I efficiently make the loops for chain mail or small chain crafts?

You see loads of people make their own chain mail. I can only assume they have some process with which to make the loops to make the process less tedious. There are loads of tutorials out there but ...
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How can I cut a near perfect circle out of a plastic bottle?

I am hoping to make a simple spinner treat dispenser for my Australian shepard. Basically it is plastic container with a rod/dowel suspending them in the air. Treats or food are put inside and the ...
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How to color with an even darkness?

I want to draw a certain design from a stencil and fill it in evenly in black, but using any drawing utensil I know of, like markers, sharpies, colored pencils, paints, etc., I will inevitably be able ...
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Economical ideas for lettered t-shirts

We are seven friends planning to watch a sports game, and we are trying to get seven t-shirts that have the letters F E D E R E R. Buying them online seems expensive, and where it's cheaper you need ...
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How can I smoothly flatten select parts of a wire design?

I have seen some simple jewelry designs made out of wire, which I'd like to replicate. These designs are made from a single piece of wire bent into a variety of shapes. For portions of the design, ...
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How to keep scratch art paper clean and free of pencil and eraser marks?

I was introduced to scratch-art in high school and have loved it ever since. The problem I repeatedly encounter is in keeping the surface of the paper unmarked where I want it to remain black. I have ...
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What are good tools for carving in cork?

What are good tools to carve in corks? Actually, I'm using a simple kitchen knife but I guess there are better choices. My goal is to carve some chess pieces.
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How does shading & blending with Carbon pencils differ from Graphite pencils?

From what I've read, carbon pencils give a more matte-like texture than graphite, and are a drier media - similar to charcoal. Graphite can become reflective when photographed and scanned so I'm ...
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What medium should be kept beneath the paper for papercutting?

Natural conclusion that we can draw from this question about cutting small circles is that it is obvious the cutting tool or implement would need to be very sharp to be effective. I used to use ...
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book arts: how to make cut outs

What kind of tool should i use to make small cuttings in paper for an art book? I have been using an exacto knife right now but the result is messy and ragged. The paper is cardstock, double layer ...
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Tool for sealing paper ends

Is there a tool that can seal paper similar to a paper wrapper on a plastic straw. Or how else can a fold the end that will look neat?
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What is the best way to create a stencil for a large spray paint image?

I am looking to create a stencil for the attached image that I edited in Photoshop: My girlfriend is a big fan of Bowie's work and her birthday is coming up. My plan is to spray paint the image onto ...
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Is there a standard angle to use for drawing and drafting tables?

I just moved into a new place, and plan on creating a desk that can be used as a computer desk, quilting desk, and drawing/drafting table. While often it will be a flat surface parallel with the floor,...
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How do you open Castin’ Craft resin cans?

Ok. I have this can of Castin’ Craft brand polyester resin that is brand new. I unscrewed the top and was confronted with a second metal barrier: I’ve tried: Prying it with a screwdriver. Grabbing ...
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Which tool to use as watercolor paper press

Is there a tool I could use as watercolor paper press? Most of the time, after my drawing dries, the paper buckles. I would like to have some tool to put paper inside like a sandwich. I guess I need ...
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How can I ensure my marker tips don't get destroyed?

I work a lot with younger children, and we do a lot of crafts. Of course, after using markers, we always end up with destroyed marker tips, like shown: Now that's a problem. Not only does everyone ...
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How can I cut gemstones in half without a lapidary saw?

I'm looking for ideas on how to cut small raw gemstones (1" or less in diameter) in half without damaging the crystals and preferably without spending hundreds on a lapidary saw. I've been told tile ...
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Does a minimal difference in hook sizes really change the outcome of a project?

For example: Is there a significant difference between a 15.75 mm crochet hook and a 16 mm crochet hook? I have a pattern that calls for a 16 mm crochet hook, but all I was able to find was a 15.75 ...
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How to cut a pinewood derby car to look like a super car

Most of the pinewood derby cars I've ever seen have very crude designs and simple shapes that can easily be cut with a saw. I thought it would be cool if I made a pinewood derby car that looked like a ...
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How can I use soft pastels with an easel?

I am a beginner artist, and have been exploring the medium of soft pastel for some time now and I absolutely love it. Recently I was looking into different kinds of easels and which one to buy. But ...
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Rerooting dolls; needle keeps breaking?

I created a homemade rerooting tool as found on google somewhere. It's an exacto knife with the blade removed, filled with some cork and a needle stuck in with the sharp end. I cut the eye of the ...
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What is the difference between serger, coverstitch, and overlock machines?

I have a standard sewing machine, but am thinking about buying a machine that is better suited to knits. I thought they were are all just "sergers" but after doing some research I've heard: serger ...
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Why and how do some people use circular knitting needles when working flat / not in the round?

Some people use circular knitting needles when they are working flat, aka not working in the round. Why is that and how does it work?
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Tool To Create Folding Plans

I'm trying to design a leather box, I've got the plan penciled out - but now looking to create a scale model out of card. I'm looking for a tool that will allow me to make my scribbles into a to-...
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Biodegradable adhesives

When I travel, I like to walk around, collect some natural objects (shells, coconuts, leafs, etc.) and put them together to produce some kind of "sculpture". I always have in mind that the object ...
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How can I quickly and easily pencil in guide and slant lines for lettering/calligraphy?

I'm really getting tired of repeatedly having to measure out and draw guide and slope lines for lettering or calligraphy with a ruler. Is there a faster, easier, more consistent way to do this?
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What is a proper tool for papercutting?

How to cut a tiny circle in paper? I did link to that question but here I am not talking about circles. I am talking about other parts of that crafts which involve curved and straight lines. My family ...
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What specs should I look for in a hobby milling machine?

I am thinking about buying a small milling machine for home usage. I have worked with this one during an internship and really liked it. It is a bit too large and too heavy though, to put in my small ...
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Which type of adhesive should I use on posters, and when?

There are three main adhesives used for poster projects: Glue stick Liquid glue Tape When should I use each of those adhesives for something I'm trying to put on a poster?
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Building an elliptic paraboloid

How would I build a shell of an elliptic paraboloid as accurately as possible (in terms of its mathematical properties (all parallel rays end up in its focal point)). Preferably it should be: Made ...
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How to cut a small cylinder out of a chunk of foam with some precision

I have a parallelogram shaped chunk of foam, the kind of foam you find in headphone ear pads. Let's say it's 50mm long on both sides and 5mm thick. What is the best way to cut 5mm long, 2mm diameter ...
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Looking for a (non-yellowy) white chalk pencil for marker illustration highlights

I am looking for a powdery, dry medium similar to a chalk pencil. However I notice that not all chalk pencils are pure white and often exhibit a yellowy tinge. I have seen "white charcoal" products ...
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Smooth ends of steel wire after cutting it?

I'm cutting steel wire and inserting one end into a wooden base and the other end will be exposed and used to hang items from. I believe it's around 16 gauge, possibly larger (I can't measure it right ...
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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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Pliers for chainmail that don't scratch the the rings

I enjoy chainmailling in my free time, although I am still no expert. I wanted to know if there are special pliers that exist that one can use to open and close rings without scratching the rings or ...
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How would I cut out lettering from a stamped piece of thick-sheet metal

I have a piece of thick-sheet metal that has letters stamped in it that looks like this to which I am looking to cut the lettering out of the metal. I am curious what tools would work for this? ...
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What can cut curve curved glass? [duplicate]

Let's say you want to cut around a jar which is very curved, a traditional glass cutter wouldn't work well, so what would you use?
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What are the general guidelines for cutting glass with straight lines?

When it comes to cutting glass, the simplest thing is cutting straight lines and - arguably - it should be one of the first things to learn. I want to take some glass and cut it into a different size ...
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Confused on what kind of drill bit I need for my sheet metal project

I have been looking at drill bits, and I have found so many kinds that I am overwhelmed on what I will need. Firstly I found a few types. Regular drill bits, step drill bits, countersink bits, spade ...
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How to remove excess glue from around the edges of paper?

To make a post card, I like to stick small pieces of paper on a card. I put glue stick on the whole paper, because if the corners don't have enough glue, it will not be strong enough. However, when I ...
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What should I look for when getting a treadle sewing machine second hand?

I already explored getting a modern sewing machine second hand in this question. Now I would like to consider a treadle as well. I quite enjoy traditional tools where muscle power is used over ...
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Ways to cast a rod shape out of resin?

I'm looking for a way to cast a rod out of clear epoxy resin. (I want to make a fake lightsaber.) The most obvious way would be to use a hollow cylinder-shaped mold, but I'm wondering if I have ...
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At a minimum what would I need to repair a fracture in a gold pendant?

I have a dragon pendant that I am sure is 10k gold. I have had for at least 15 years. The tail of the dragon is exposed so it bends from time to time. Some time in the past a small fracture started. I ...
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What are some good tools to use for carving plaster?

I love carving plaster! I have an assortment of tools that I've repurposed for carving plaster, but I'd like to know what else there is. Are certain tools better suited to carving or detailing ...