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How do I determine optimal bake time for a polymer clay sculpture?

When making polymer clay sculptures, I often end up with pieces of varying thickness (e.g. thin at the edges, thick in the middle). How do I select an appropriate baking time to avoid burning delicate ...
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How do I know when my sewing machine needs a service?

I have inherited a sewing machine from my grandmother and have just started sewing. How do I tell that my machine needs a service? Is there a recommended schedule or some tell-tale sign that it's time ...
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Fibre choice: Why choose wool, cotton, bamboo, acrylic, etc. when crocheting / knitting? Does it make a difference? [closed]

What are the reasons to choose one fibre over another - are there advantages and disadvantages for each type of fibre? If I have a pattern that specifies wool, is it usually safe to substitute for ...
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What's the difference between crochet, knitting, and tunisian crochet?

What's the difference between crochet, knitting, and tunisian crochet? At the end of the day it seems to me that all three crafts results in similar knitted texture fabrics. What makes the key ...
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What is the technique to get a proper consistent crochet tension without being too tight? [duplicate]

Crochet tension is a real problem for me. In order to keep it even I have a very tight stitch meaning I have to go up in hook size to get the correct tension for the piece. Is there a technique that ...
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What is the paper cutting art called which does not involve folding?

The paper cutting craft shown here - How to cut a tiny circle in paper? does not seem to be done by folding paper (there are no wrinkles). Doesn't seem to come under origami. Since I wish to learn ...
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How to remove paint fallen on an existing watercolor painting with the least damage to the painting?

Last time it happened was 15 years back, and that time I was in a painting exam. That time I didn't dare to do anything for the fear of making it worse. What would be the best course of action when ...
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Will alcohol based paint ruin my brushes?

I have some fairly expensive brushes (Newton & Windsor series 7 with kolinsky saber). If I use alcohol based paints with these brushes, will they be ruined, or can I just clean them out with ...
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How to calculate the shadow direction, size, and transparency?

Suppose I want to draw a shadow of X. How do I know what should be the EXACT size of the shadow direction of the shadow transparency of the shadow. Of course, it all depends on the light source. ...
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How much noise does an airbrush compressor make?

I'm looking into buying an airbrush for miniature painting. For this I need a compressor. I understand that this is an opinionated question, but can I use this airbrush and compressor inside without ...
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Which kind of tool can be used to spread one oil pastel colour over another?

For example, I colour a leaf green with the oil pastel. Then I want to spread that green colour of the leaf edges, outside. For this, I use my thumb. I put my thumb on the leaf edge on the paper and ...
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Can I use an airbrush inside?

I'm looking into buying an airbrush for painting miniatures, but one thing I can't figure out is if it's safe to use it inside and if I need to use any protection for breathing if I'm going to spray ...
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Why have my paper crafts hung on the wall deformed and what can be done to prevent this?

I cut these butterflies, and hands out of paper, spread gum on them and sprinkled glitter. Then I pasted them on these CDs with Fevicol. I did not fold them at all. They were straight the day I made ...
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What can I do to avoid brush strokes in my Mod Podge?

If I am using Mod Podge as a finish on something small, like 2x4 letter blocks, I apply the adhesive with a paint brush. When it dries, I can clearly see the brush strokes. Is it the brush I am ...
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Are there any tips as to how to set the tightness of my stiches?

I am an amateur when it comes to crocheting. I was making some simple king's crowns for my kids and myself of course. I had planned on making changes to the pattern to adjust for the different sizes ...
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How can I get dried Elmer's white glue out of hard bristle paint brushes?

I used a class set (I am a teacher) of standard hard bristle paint brushes in a Elmer's white glue and water mixture. Despite washing them numerous times with water and hand soap, they are still rock ...
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How can I keep track of my stitches when crocheting with fuzzy yarn?

I'm used to crocheting with worsted weight yarn, mostly making amigurumi and stuffed animals. So, when I picked up a ball of fuzzy yarn to make a zebra mane a while ago, I really struggled to find my ...
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How do you fade one color to another with oil paint without getting the mixed color?

I have a deep blue sky and a bright yellow sunset setting over a nature scene, but when painting in the yellow sunset and fading it to the blue sky I end up with a lot of bold greens that are ...
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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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How can I stabilize flowering tube onyx?

I've got some rough flowering tube onyx. The material is beautiful, with fantastic patterns, and I'd like to slab it and cab it. However, like most specimens of this type, the material has a lot of ...
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What is the purpose of an abrader in flint knapping?

I'm trying to learn flint knapping, and I keep seeing references to abrading the edge while working the material. What is the purpose of doing this? How do I know when an edge should be abraded, and ...
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Can I make doublets with a Genie and a trim saw?

I've never made doublets before, but I'd like to try. My concern is that I don't have a flat lap. I only have a trim saw, and a 6-wheel Diamond Pacific Genie. Is it possible to attach the dome to a ...
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How can I dop opal for cabbing?

I have some small pieces of Australian lightning ridge opal I'd like to make into cabochons. Normally, I'd use jeweler's wax from my electronic dop pot, but I've heard that opal is very heat ...
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What should I use to draw under oil paint?

I was drawing onto my primed canvas in pencil, in preparation to paint over the top in oils, but a friend told me that I shouldn't do that, since over time the graphite will rise to the surface of the ...
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What are the little pieces of wood that come with pre-made canvas for?

I buy pre-made canvases, and they always come with a little packet of wooden things: What are they for? How should I use them?
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What is the difference between cheaper oil paints and more expensive ones?

I use Winton oil paint that I get for £8 for a 200ml tube (for any colour). Some tubes from other ranges (from the same shop) cost up to £160 for a tube the same size - and there is different pricing ...
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Can gold/replacement leaf be water/damp proof?

I want to put some gold stars on the ceiling of my bathroom using a gold-leaf-like material. The gilding paste that is recommended for it is water soluble, and I'm worried that after applying the ...
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How to invisibly join superwash singles yarn?

I know of several methods of joining a new ball of yarn, but I have trouble with some long-repeat colored yarns available as singles, be it thin ones like Amitola or even thick ones like Schoppel ...
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For how long can oil paint be worked into?

I paint with Winton oil paints, and I usually 'work back' into a layer of paint after a couple of days, using a bit of white spirit to do so. How long do I have before the oil paint dries to the point ...
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What is the difference between linen and cotton canvas?

I am painting in oils, and I normally paint on cotton canvas. I've often wondered what the difference is between cotton and linen canvases - linen canvases appear to have a slightly different texture, ...
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Durable T-shirt design methods

I would like to compare the durability of different methods for designing T-shirts (printing/drawing), where I would like to restrict myself to print methods that can be achieved at home (with a ...
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How can I cleanly cut the inside of a paper on a different angle?

Here's an issue that I've always faced when trying to cut something. Generally, when cutting a piece of paper with scissors, it goes on well. I cut a straight line. When I have to change the ...
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Is there a way to cleanly cut styrofoam?

My roommate is a bit of a pack rat and has several old TV and computer monitor boxes with styrofoam supports. I am thinking of cutting the styrofoam into little "bricks" and building a small house ...
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How do I choose which adhesive or material to repair action figures?

I have several types of action figures that need minor repairs (small details broken off) and major repairs (limbs broken). Some of these parts are soft, flexible plastic, some hard, and some are ...
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Calligraphy pens not laying ink evenly

I have a few calligraphy kits, with an assortment of some 20 nibs among them. I believe most are Manuscript brand. They all take the cartridges, and are not dip pens. Out of the box, none of them ...
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How to prevent “tufts” in paper when cutting fine details?

In the winter I'm big on making detailed, six-sided paper snowflakes. I use crafting knife to cut everything out. Usually I use printer paper or origami paper. My issue is when cutting inside ...
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When mixing paint colours, what is a good technique for ensuring consistent ratios each time a new batch needs to be created?

Some Background Back in 2014, I made a "wand" out of a wooden dowel, and some glue gun glue for the handle. The "wand" part was a single pre-made colour, but for the handle, I mixed together a few ...
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How can paper be glued to cardboard without creating wrinkles?

In my projects, I often wish to affix a piece of paper to a more rigid material, like cardboard, and to do so using relatively large sheets of paper (say, around a square foot or two). However, I find ...
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As a calligraphy beginner, what features should I look for in an ink?

I want to use a variety of pens, nibs and papers and want a general all-round ink I can use for all (or most) of these cases. From a beginners perspective—which calligraphy inks would be easiest to ...
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What needs to be done to original art before having it framed [closed]

My wife's grandmother is a locally celebrated artist. She recently was forced to move to a retirement home and she has gifted us with several of her original works. They are mostly watercolor on ...
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How to cut a tiny circle in paper?

When papercutting, one often has to cut very small circles, like below. When I do that, I often break my blade. How should I cut small circles or other small holes? Think about ... Should I apply ...
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What are good options in colored pencil blending, especially for a traveller?

I generally use the Faber-Castell Colored Pencils, which are vegetable oil based, but I also use PrismaColor Premier from time to time. I normally use Odorless Mineral Spirits to blend, but it is a ...
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What are food safe finishes for woodworking projects, ie. turned bowls

There are many different products to finish your projects with. What types are food safe and what should one look out for when finishing a project that needs to be food safe?
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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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What causes frosting when applying a varnish?

Sometimes when applying the final varnish on a miniature, it ends up going opaque / frosting. What causes this to happen, and how can it be prevented? I have seen this occur with both Vallejo and ...
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How to protect & preserve water color paintings

Is there a particular coating that I should be using to protect a watercolor painting? And what is the best storage option for preserving paintings?
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I have a model with a latex allergy. What are my other options?

I do amateur make up for a local theater group. We have a few of our actors and extras that have latex allergies. Generally I simply avoid using prosthetics on them since I do not have a good ...
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How do you choose a stitch length when straight stitching an arbitrary fabric?

When looking to sew a piece of fabric, what factors are looked at to determine the correct stitch length?
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What are the advantages of watercolour paper over sketch paper?

I've been looking around for some paper for watercolour painting. Watercolour paper can be over double the price of sketch paper. What makes watercolour paper better? Should I invest the money, and ...

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