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Plastics options for molding

I am creating a sword for cosplay, and I need the material used to be clear, rigid, and lightweight, and to cure properly in such a thin mould (and can be poured into the mould I have, as I'd prefer ...
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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 is this style of picture frame called?

I have some convex glass silhouette paintings from the Benton Glass Company from the 30s or 40s. They came with metal frames, each bent from a single piece of metal with a hook on one end and a hole ...
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Gilding with other leaves but gold and silver using traditional water gilding

Is it possible to gild with imitation, or other but gold and silver, leaves using traditional water gilding? If not, how come? Also, why is it not possible to burnish (using agate stone) when using ...
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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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Tempera Paints for Making Washes?

I do a lot of hobby crafting for tabletop gaming that involves painting miniatures and building scenery (think model railroad hobbyists). In this craft, there is a lot of need for washes of different ...
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Too much vinegar in clay - how to get back plasticity

I've added too much vinegar to my clay and made it too sticky. Is there any fast way to get back the plasticity other than just slowly drying and then adding water back in? Would an alkaline solution ...
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Preparing Canvas to Prevent Yellowing Over Time?

What coat can I apply on a gallery canvas (before painting on top of it) to prevent it from yellowing over time? I'm planning to leave some parts of the canvas unpainted.
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How does Flanders ground connect to cloth stitch?

I am currently in the process of learning the five-hole ground used in Flanders bobbin lace. However, I can only find information on the ground, not on how to transition from the ground to cloth ...
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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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Punch needle tool settings do not match kit instructions

I received a couple of needle punch kits from Joann's for Christmas, along with a 2.2 mm adjustable length punch needle (Boye), which was the recommended tool for the kits. I was reading the ...
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Handmade ceramic plate cracking after putting hot food on it

I had made a set of plates (from slab) with the Plainsman’s coffee clay and glazed it with John Britts’ 3M4 glaze (dipped half in 3M4 base and other half 3M4 +2.5% rutile). I’ve been using them for ...
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What would be a good sealant to use over Posca on rocks and plastic?

I'm painting some rocks for a school project, little ones around a garden, and I'm looking for a good sealant/clearcoat. The rocks are pretty porous, but the paint is water-based, so it will easily ...
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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 2350 Sealer be used with Smooth-On Slow 15?

I am using a 2350 Sealer to make sure the silicon (Dragon Skin Smooth-On) does not stick to the mold I have created with Smooth-On 15 Slow. But from the creation of the mold, I have seen that there is ...
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Can I create a 'professional level' Canvas Weave, using a Manual Loom machine?

I would like to start weaving my own cotton yarn, using a manual loom, to create my own cotton canvas fabric. The fabric will be used to create canvas paintings, which will be stretched over the ...
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How to draw a snub dodecahedron?

I like to know how to draw a snub dodecahedron using just a pencil, compass, marked ruler and calculator (using the calculator to calculate some trigonometric functions, and to measure distances with ...
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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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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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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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How to reduce ink flow of Pilot Parallel Pen?

I have a 2.8 Pilot Parallel Pen. It simply flows too much ink when writing. I have the 6mm too and it is just fine. Is there a way to reduce ink amount? https://pilotpen.com.au/products/parallel-pen/
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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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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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Can I replace the pencil and marker with ballpoint refills in the Lamy CP1 Tri Pen?

I'm interested in the Lamy CP1 Tri Pen, which is a multipen that comes with three pen types - black ballpoint (M 21), pencil (M 41), and orange marker (M 55). Is it possible to swap out the pencil ...