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How can I fix my silver sharpie?

So recently I pulled my mint condition -or so i thought- silver sharpie out from my art box. I never dipped it in anything or something, but for some reason, the nib has turned brown and only a small ...
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Can epoxy fluidity be changed, before it is cured?

For this kind of project I have in mind using epoxy of different viscosity: to create the "base structure" use (very) viscous epoxy - especially for the curved area; I could shape it like I could ...
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Transparent resin to fill small acrylic plastic container?

I have a small clear acrylic plastic container, roughly spherical and about 1.5 cubic inches in volume, with a 1/4-inch wall and thinning to about 2mm at the top edge (near the 1-inch diameter lip). I ...
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Question about subtractive color mixing

I've been reading about subtractive and additive color mixing and one thing is still confusing me. When I mix red paint, which reflects red light and absorbs all other light, with white paint, I get ...
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What type of paint should I use for stone painting meant for outside

Not too long ago, my family’s dog was put down and we spread the ashes on one of her favourite (or so we assume) walkies routes. I want to create some kind of tombstone for her. I was thinking of ...
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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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Create large objects from epoxy

I purchased an apartment some time ago, all the repairs are mostly finished. Because of some oversight, I am not in a lose-lose situation. In the bathroom, I do not have enough space for the sink that ...
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Epoxy: adding fresh over cured

I have read in several places that adding fresh silicone over cured one will not work, as the new silicone will not adhere to the old. The question is: if I create some object of epoxy resins, can I ...
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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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Does epoxy's final bond strength depend on its rated cure time?

I've been building a decently strength-sensitive project and received conflicting advice regarding the final bond strength of epoxies. I've heard some say that bond strength has nothing to do with ...
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Where to start to learn drawing online

I am almost new to drawing. I hadn't attempted to draw anything for over 20 years, then stumbled on a copy of "Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain" and decided to try. I got better fairly quickly ...
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How can I make the detail of this map stand out better?

I have been etching a map of the United States into 9 slate sheets (8" by 11" ~1/4" thick) Originally my goal was to try and inlay wire into the groove that I cut with a Dremel. I found colored "...
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What is the way to clean kneaded eraser?

I can see black patches on it. What is the way to clean the kneaded eraser such that it doesn't leave any marks on the paper?
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Capiz shell table top

I have been looking for a tutorial on how to make a table top with a mosaic of capiz shell. I have quite a lot left from making a chandelier style lampshade and I thought an accent table might be nice....
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Before sharpening a blunt saber, how to check it's history? [closed]

I received an old looking saber as a gift. The giving party has no information on the piece whatsoever, as it was bought online, on our local version of craigslist. The blade is very blunt. So ...
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Rectangle-Cylindrical Enclosure ideas?

Sadly SE doesn’t really have a great fit subsite for my specific question, and the DIY stack exchange is mainly for home improvement. Thus, I post here. I have designed a usb device and ordered and ...
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How to restore a dried lipstick? Make it usable

I have a liquid lipstick that comes with a brush to apply it. It is very similar to a nail polish. The problem is that it has dried and solidified inside the bottle. Can you suggest some chemicals (or ...
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What are the (dis)advantages of both sides of chart paper for drawing or painting?

I have noticed how two surfaces of chart paper are different from each other: one is rough while the other is smooth. I am getting different opinions about choosing which side is more suitable for ...
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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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Repairing diamonds with glass, how does that work?

I heard that cracks in cut diamond gemstones can be repaired by filling them with molten glass which renders the crack or hole invisible. For example, I hear that graphite inclusions in diamonds are ...
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What are some state-of-the-art textbooks in arts and crafts? [closed]

There are some small projects I would like to work on, such as making small wooden boxes. I am not a professional craftsperson, but I just like finding really central reference materials where you can ...
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How to ferment green indigo powder to make it blue

I have bought indigo powder to color my soaps blue (cold/hot process saponification). Unfortunately I received something which color is closer to match than blue jeans... After some internet research ...
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Is there a website for drop-in life drawing sessions?

I draw people from life whenever and wherever I can. But it's tough to find drop-in life drawing sessions when I'm traveling. Is there a website or database or mailing list for drop-in life drawing ...
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Will 20 psi get out air bubbles when resin casting?

I’ve been trying to figure out how much psi I need to get air bubbles out of resin when casting. Does anyone have experience with this? Can anyone tell me what amount of pressure will get rid of air ...
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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 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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How do I finish hand-sewing a seam?

I'm mending my (second hand) leather gloves by hand. My sewing skills are rudimentary, but I like fixing the seams of or patching up clothes every now and then. However, I never know how to finish ...
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What's a good non-adhesive plastic sheet to protect soft-back books?

I'd like to use non-adhesive transparent plastic sheet to wrap a soft-back book to protect it for long-term frequent use. I'd like to try the method #3 described in https://www.wikihow.com/Cover-a-...
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How can I clean a paintbrush used in acrylic paint?

When I try to look up videos or tips for painting with acrylic, I always see them dipping the paintbrush into water to clean. But every time I paint with acrylic paint, it seems there is a never ...
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Advice for making wired jewelry charm

I need to make the following symbol from crafting metal wire (5 mm) for a pendant. (It is a combination of zodiac symbols, for anyone who's curious.) How can I join the wire in between the places ...
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Is brush-on Mod Podge the same as the spray can variant?

Is brush-on Mod Podge the same as the sprayable Mod Podge? I’m using it for a doll repaint but the brush might wipe the watercolour pencil away, or smudge it. I was thinking of sponging it on to it.
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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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How can I fully bleach a polyester shirt?

I have a shirt that is 95% polyester and 5% spandex. I'd like to completely whiten this shirt. How can I accomplish this? Related: Fade color in fabric
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How to knit a button loop?

If knitting an item which needs a button to secure something - like a button on the back of a pair of glittens, (a fingerless glove with a retractable mitten) how would you knit this into a row? ...
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What is the conversion for UK and US crochet hooks to mm?

The UK and US use numbered or lettered hook sizes in their patterns rather than a standardized measurement. What are the conversions between the hook sizes depending on whether I'm using US or UK ...
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What is a chopin chain?

I'm trying to select a chain for a pendant, and one of the options is "chopin" chain, vs a "rope" chain (which looks the same to me). What's the difference, where does this style of chain come from?
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Engrave a design into slate sheets

I currently have multiple sheets of slate measuring 8"x12" at 1/4" thickness, and various gauges of colored wire (picked up the wire from the Beading section of a hobby store). I have been scaling a ...
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What kind of resin can be used to fill a gap in a piece of wood?

If filling a piece of natural wood with grooves in with resin - clear or coloured - what is the best kind to use? This would need to allow for the wood to be used as a table top.
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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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Laminating with pouches or plastic under 75 micron

I'm trying for my project to create some professional looking covers for handmade books and booklets, so I recently bough an electrical plastificator / laminator machine that support both hot and cold ...
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Binding variously sized pages into a book

I have a bunch of paper memorabilia which would like to bind into a book. The challenge is that there are two types of pages, each type having a slightly different size; and the pages interleave. I ...
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How to regain a row of slipped stitches?

Last night I was doing knit stitch on a practice piece of knitting in a small patch, 26 stitches long. When I got to the end I'd realised I'd messed up and I had 27 stitches. The yarn I'm using is ...
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High accuracy transfer of cutting blueprint onto plywood

I'm looking to cut a bunch of interlocking pieces from plywood. As a cheaper alternative to laser cutting (I've got a quote for 90 bucks) I'm exploring my options to do this by hand. What would be ...
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What size / length needles for beginner knitting?

I'm a beginner knitter. I have a one pair of knitting needles, which are 4.5mm but seem quite short (30cm or less ish? I cannot see a printed measurement for length on them only the diameter). I went ...
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Cone of vision in perspective drawing [closed]

I have referred to most online resources to help myself understand the concept of cone of vision in perspective drawing and I am still confused and don't fully understand the concept. Can someone ...
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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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How to draw snub dodecahedron?

How to draw snub dodecahedron using just pencil, compass and ruler? I already know how to draw dodecahedron, icosahedron, cube, etc. I want to draw it even if it is very advanced because I have no ...
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Determine kind of jewelry

I have found my grandmother's brooch. She is dead now, so I can’t ask her about it. Can anybody determine what kind of jewelry this is? I'm also curious about whether this type of jewelry had or ...
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Casting foam inlay for briefcases

I would like to create a foam holder for my stuff to be placed in a briefcase kind of like this The shaped of the object is fairly complex with lots of curves, and simply cutting a straight through ...
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How best to fill the bottom of a PVC Tee with resin, plaster or some other material?

There is a tradition in backyard chicken keeping of constructing chicken feeders using PVC pipe. (See: https://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Chicken-Feeder/ https://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Chicken-...

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