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Is DecoArt Standard Crafter's acrylic paint good for a concrete cockerel for outdoor use?

I was asked to paint a fair-sized concrete statue a year ago and have recently finished it. However, I didn't research the paint required in-depth, and as such have used standard, what I assume is ...
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Does having another vision of a character inflicts copyrigtht? [closed]

okay so i want to start making a manga but the story is very complex and the characters are from toys that i use to play as a child, but those characters where never made in 2d, they are from lego and ...
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Technical advice to improve working with oil pastels

I'm very new to both landscape painting/drawing and using and mixing colors, so one of the reasons for making relatively simple paintings and drawings is my inexperience. I got a small pack of oil ...
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Imitating stingray-skin texture?

I am working on a Saihai-prop for a LARP and I want to wrap it in a way that imitates a Stingray skin on the handle. However some stingray skins can't be traded legally under the Washington treaty, so ...
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How to mix burnt umber with the 3 primaries and black/white

For the last 2 sessions I have been trying really hard to create a deep brown/deep red fur. I have gone back and forth many times trying to create this colour but feel I am just mixing something so ...
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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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Cleaning an oil painting paint transfer

I recently moved a large amount of oil paintings cross country in a trailer. They were stacked vertically, but a couple of paintings that were leaning face-to-face ended up transferring paint from one ...
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How can I prevent watercolor paper from buckling?

Watercolor paper comes in various weights and the lighter variants can buckle (also known as cockling) when they get wet. How can I prevent or reduce this from happening? Is there a preferred ...
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Glue for printed vinyl banner

Hey guys I purchased a large printed vinyl banner (3050mm x 766mm). Due to cost reasons, I want to glue this banner to an aluminum sign and it looks like it is coated, maybe plastic or laminate. I’m ...
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Epoxy resin in the dishwasher

My husband accidentally placed a glass bowl with cured and maybe uncured epoxy resin in the dish washer. When the cycle was done there was no epoxy resin on any of the other dishes. But still,are all ...
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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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What type of paint for mildly flexible plastics?

I have a couple of roughly fist-sized plastic† pieces that I'd like to paint (I'll post a pic as soon as I can); preferably with a spray but brush is OK too. First I intend to lay down a primer (for ...
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What are some waterproof materials that meet my criteria for folding origami stars and cranes eggs?

One of my future projects involve folding A LOT of origami stars and crane eggs and turn it into a curtain. However, I want to insure that my hard (and very tedious) work do not go to waste by making ...
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Restoring a dried-out cartridge brush pen

One of my all-time favorite drawing tools is the Pentel Pocket Brush pen, a cartridge brush pen ("fudepen") with a bristled tip instead of the more common flexible nylon tip. Unfortunately, ...
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Strange furry results with airbrush

I'm doing plastic models, started airbrushing recently, had a "toy" compressor, I was happy with it, but it broke, and I'm trying got this new one. But somehow I'm getting this result, a ...
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What is the name of my drawing style? Black and white?

I'm looking for a term for my art drawings. I'm going to post a gig on Fiverr and I don't know what to call it (black and white art/drawing?). There has to be a name for it. I have been drawing using ...
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Where to Get a Smooth Foam Mat for Crafts/Packaging?

I'm sure all of you have seen these interlocking mats: Credit: Amazon I make my own packaging for my artwork and use some stiff foam to hold everything together in the boxes I ship out. I am ...
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How to choose a synthetic brush for water colors?

Well, synthetic brushes are considered horrible for their water holding capacity as compared to natural hair brushes. Now, if I have to choose best out of the worst - how do I do it? Do all synthetic ...
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What's the difference between drawing paper and regular paper?

Supply stores sell drawing paper, sketching paper, and all sorts of bound pads and books of the same. What makes this paper different than regular notebook or printer paper? How is it better suited ...
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Okay to use a wire-brush on angle grinder to remove rust?

I found this old hammer head and I'm trying to restore it. I've had some luck removing the rust with 40 grit sandpaper and a sander but I'm going to need to get into those grooves and though that a ...
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What does the gesture in art of the finger pointing upwards mean?

In paintings and sculptures, you can find people pointing up with their index finger. What does an artist or sculptor mean by this? By Raphael, The School of Athens (Public Domain) (source).
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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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Desk Pencil Sharpener - what's the purpose of the feeding arm?

Pretty minor - but it puzzles me. All desk pencil sharpeners I've encountered have a spring triggered "feeding arm" (see image where the arm is extended). What's its purpose? I can sharpen ...
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What materials can I use to make a cast for melting lead?

What materials can I use to make a cast for melting lead? And how would I make the cast?
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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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How to plan a drawing?

When I am drawing, I have a lot of good ideas to use, but I always have trouble envisioning the drawing I want to make! I end up starting to draw and then erasing it countless times before I get close ...
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How can I avoid smudging my pencil drawings?

I'm very new at drawing. I'm not very good at pencil types yet, but it seems like whichever pencil I use (I have a set of 12 ranging from 6B to 5H), I end up with smudges. Is there a way to reduce ...
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Can I mix acrylic paint into liquid latex rubber?

I have an issue similar to outlined in Can I mix acrylic paints into resin? I have a bottle of natural liquid latex rubber, the kind that dries in the air. Can I add acrylic paint to make coats with ...
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Can a pizza cutter cut through fabric?

As can be seen in this video, a CNC machine uses a cutting wheel in order to cut through fabric. That tool resembles a pizza cutter. So can a pizza cutter cut through fabric? If so, what kind of ...
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How can I identify/select a foam for stiffening a bag (buying online)?

I've started making my own bike luggage. The first is a simple zipped frame bag, unlined. Now that's finished successfully I want to make a full length toptube bag. Because these sit on top of the ...
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When should I cut fabric with scissors, rotary cutter, or knife?

Inspired by Can a pizza cutter cut through fabric? I started thinking. I tend to cut fabric with scissors, or occasionally a scalpel (x-acto knife) on a cutting mat. I used to have a rotary cutter, ...
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Very small grommets keep splitting

I've been trying to put some very small grommets, marked size #000, into t-shirts. Since they're going to be resting directly against skin, they need to not split, since splitting creates sharp edges. ...
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How do I prevent pencil colour drawings from fading away while I'm still drawing it?

This is one of my main problems. I've been working on quite a detailed sculpture drawing which would take time. I've already coloured the pillars, but while I'm drawing the main temple above it, the ...
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How I can protype clothes without making them fullsize?

Recently, I came up with some ideas for clothes as gifts. But instead of making them full size and potentially wasting money, I thought of making some prototypes first as a means of displaying them ...
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How to get a smooth and glossy professional finish on plastic?

Whenever I do a project with plastic I find that no matter how hard I try (light layers, long cure times) it's always obvious that it's a DIY paint job. How can I achieve a glossy finish like in this ...
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What drawbacks would there be in drawing miniaturized patterns in a vector-image program and then scaling them up?

As a means of making demo sewing patterns I was thinking of making them with the use a program such as Inkscape and then scaling them up. My idea is to use small scale designs, so I can rough them out ...
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How I can calculate how much fabric I need to buy?

I am planning the materials I need for the skirt mentioned in my question here. It is a pencil skirt with false cuts and I want to order the appropriate amount of fabric. But I do not know how I can ...
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What are these pants designs called?

If you watch the opening of this video, you’ll see a child actor riding a donkey. He is wearing a white henley shirt and some type of overall pants with a single strap. https://youtu.be/ArZK6aneeKg ...
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Are these fabric scissors?

I am new to sewing. I have a box of old sewing stuff (+ other stuff) from an older relative, which includes the two pairs of scissors below. Sewing tutorials say you need to use fabric scissors to cut ...
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How I can design a skirt pattern without taking measurements?

I am thinking of making a skirt as a birthday gift for my sister. Therefore taking measurements seems kinda impossible. So is it recommended to use size charts in order to make the pattern instead, ...
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Is it a good idea to hand sew a denim pencil skirt with false cuts instead of using sewing machine?

I am thinking of making, as a gift, a custom pencil skirt with a false cut. I make a rough sketch in order to figure out the appearance of the skirt (the upper part of the image is how will look in ...
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What should I look for when I look for sewing machine needles?

I am thinking of buying new needles for my Silvercrest SNM 33 B1 sewing machine, but I do not know whether sewing machine needle have a specific compatibility with specific a sewing machine ...
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Can I mix acrylic paints into resin?

I use resin a lot and have pigments for them as well. These are extremely expensive though. Is it a good idea to mix acrylic with resin? Has anyone done this? If yes I'd like to know how it turned out ...
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What are the uses of fan shaped brushes and finger shaped brushes?

What are their use cases? The fan shaped brush: The finger shaped brush:
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What are these blue spots on a AISI 301 steel plate?

Below is a 150x microscope view of a 301 steel plate. It is covered by this type of small blue spots. It appeared after the steel had been treated at 400°C. The subcontractor thinks that the steel was ...
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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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Materials for pictures that change with the direction of sunlight

What materials can be used to make pictures / paintings, where the colors change as the direction of the sun and hence the angle of incidence of the sun rays hitting the art structure changes? I'm ...
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How to make best out of painting poster colors on canvas?

These are called poster colors. I have posted this link since they may have some other technical name. Now, I have to use them on this type of canvas. Considering that they are not acrylic paints, how ...
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Why does the thread keep snapping on my Silvercrest sewing machine?

I started using my mom's sewing machine for the first time a Silvercrest SNM 33 B1 sewing machine, but the thread on it keeps snapping. Why does this happen? Is it my needle's fault or are the threads ...
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What are some ways of creating large metal bas-reliefs? [closed]

Say like 24x36 inches. The "10 Commandments" by Dali looks interesting because there is shading. Assuming he didn't paint over the metal, did he scrape the shadow areas? But aside from that, ...

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