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Are there pencil extenders for charcoal pencils?

I bought a pencil extender. It works great for graphite pencils, which are thinner. However, charcoal pencils are too thick for it. How can I use my charcoal pencils when they are too short to hold?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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How I can calculate the hand position on a clock background?

I have an old quartz clock mechanism and I want to use it in a custom clock body. I can easily calculate and place the 12, 3, 6, and 9 positions, but how I can calculate the other positions?
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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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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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Embroidery on crochet afghan

I don’t know anything about embroidery, but would really like to start applying embroidery detail onto my crochet afghans. I have some questions as to what would make this most effective. What ...
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Information regarding skin friendly wax candle additives

I am experimenting with making paraffin candles that can be dripped on skin for use in BDSM. I already know about the different waxes and the logistics of casting wax candles, but I have been finding ...
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Troubleshooting a waist stay in my dress

I'm sewing a dress right now that has a pretty heavy skirt. The front of the bodice is three layers of fabric, but the back is just one layer of transparent lightweight fabric. The skirt was dragging ...
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What's this art-style?

Hiya, I was browsing google looking for what my art style is called, and I came across this image, which I think describes my art style perfectly. So, I have to ask, what is the name of this art style?...
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What are good nippers for metal minis? [closed]

I can find a lot of recommendations for good nippers to use for plastic and resin miniatures (Tamiya, Godhands, DSPIAE and so on). However, when I look at their descriptions, they specifically say ...
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What do you call these pictures / illustrations?

I have seen a few pictures like this one, but I never found out what to call them: Artwork by Matei Apostolescu It doesn't necessarily need to be this abstract, just a detailed illustration, where ...
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Sewing machine that looks manly [closed]

I'm looking for a sewing machine, so that I make my own clothes. But, in order to protect my ego as an almost-40 years old dude, I'd like it to look a bit manly. I found the Singer Heavy Duty 4452, ...
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Are there any downsides to using black water-soluble pencils as regular pencils?

I have a set of water soluble pencils (specifically Cretacolor Artino Graphite Set 10). I have no interest in using them with water for now - are there any downsides to using them as regular pencils? ...
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What's a good fabric to use for an outdoor canopy?

I'd like to create my own outdoor canopy for my small deck. This canopy is going to be a large swathe of fabric that will attach to a wall and the deck fence, creating a sloped shade. What are good ...
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Can you wrap snakeskin like bandage (and will it handle it)? [closed]

Let's say if I didn't want to apply tanned snakeskin to leather or anything else, can I wrap it around something like my hand or wrist? To be clearer, can you use this like this without any worry, and ...
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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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How do I remove adhesive spray from my self healing cutting mat?

I have tried nail varnish remover and don't know what else to try. Any suggestions will be gratefully received.
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Is it possible to paint an oblique (perspective) anamorphic illusion on a three dimensional surface viewable from all angles as you pass it?

So hypothetical situation: Let's say I have a hallway, say 10 feet wide. On one side of this hallway, I erect a three-dimensional facade from floor to ceiling, so that it sticks out from the wall. I ...
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How to properly mark a linocut prints series

Bearing in mind the fact that the linocut printing process by default is handmade and could involve slight variations (due to the amount of ink rolled, color texture in the printed result, roller ...
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Cheap metal discs?

I am in need of cheap metal discs >30 mm diameter, about 1-2mm in height - like a big coin. This is because I want to weigh down the bases for my tabletop miniatures. So far I have been using coins,...

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