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Storing Oil Paint in Bottles

Can I store oil paint in an airtight bottle? I read in a lot of forums that the space in the bottle (air) will dry out the oil paint. This confuses me, why can we store linseed oil in a bottle but not ...
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How to best attach EL wire to clothing mostly-permanantly?

I have some EL wire I used once to make a cool glow suit that ended up looking like buzz lightyear, but now I want to move onto a different project. I've already removed it from the first set, but ...
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Comparison: epoxy resin vs. glass

I wonder how does epoxy resin compare to glass. I have in mind at least: mechanical strength; elasticity / bending; "break-ability" others. The source for this "curiosity" is the ...
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How to Clean Mod Podge off Plastic Crafts Table

I purchased Modge Podge, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001681Z8Q/ to attach post it notes to muslin cloth. I was working on plastic crafts table. Now Modge Podge is sticking. How to clean it off?
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Neoprene rubber finishes

I have two squares of neoprene rubber as non-slip mats. Needing a larger area, I bought a large piece off of a metre-wide roll. On arrival, instead of the slightly tacky shiny finish of the smaller ...
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Why do my 0.5 mm pencil leads shatter?

I have a rOtring Rapid PRO 0.5 and I have bought Faber-Castell Super-Polymer 0.5 mm B leads online which arrived in the post and seem to be fine. I load a couple into my rOtring but each time I click, ...
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How to make kite line more visible?

The main question is here. Other related question here. When rising a kite even a few tens of meters, some danger might exist: low flying helicopters, utility planes, hang gliders etc. might hit or ...
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Rolling the rope of a kite

The base question of the problem is here. Another related question here. Additional to the material of the rope, I also need to be able to deal with the said rope when lowering the kite, when the fun ...
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Strong thin rope for kite

Background: I never built a functioning kite (I had a few attempts, as a child), I never successfully raised a kite (no stable wind with enough force when a ready-made kite was available). Current ...
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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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What kind of dye or paint for t-shirt design?

I'd like to create a t-shirt with colour blotches on a plain black t-shirt, a bit similar to: The t-shirt is cotton. Now my question is what type of colour to use. I'm considering synthetic resin ...
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How to paint a ghost with oils?

I'm a beginner, and I'd like to paint a ghost with oil paints. The effect that I want is something similar to this picture: The only difference would be that my ghost should be purplish. But that's ...
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What is the Best Material for Chrome Guitar Pick Guard?

I'm looking to cut a piece of metal in the shape of a pickguard, then have it professionally chromed. What kind of metal material should I use? Can I get it at a hardware store or it is specialty ...
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What material should I use for the frame of my lighter-than-air craft?

I'm toying around with the idea of making an RC lighter-than-air craft, probably a Zeppelin or Blimp shaped one. I'm pretty sure I'll just use a candle or two to get the lift so it isn't a Hydrogen ...
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The great wave of kanagawa - a political piece [migrated]

I like the painting "The Great Wave of Kanagawa". One of the things I recently noticed was that there are 3 boats, and all the people in the boats are bowing to the wave. The wave looks big ...
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How to prepare and carry out drawing line art on a tree round?

Our business is an outdoor children's nursery and we thought it'd be nice to make a sign with our logo on a large tree round rather than printed on plastic, since it better reflects the outdoor/...
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Trying to identify a painting my father copied when he was 15 [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, and if it isn't I'd really appreciate being directed to the right place, because I can't find anywhere else! :) Around 1965 my father got into art and ...
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My double knitting pattern is confusing me

A pattern I’m doing has double knitting in it. First off, how do I unravel the cast on stitches w/o unraveling the first rows? Second off, it says that all of the stitches go onto one needle, but then ...
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What are the benefits of using an overhand grip?

There seems to be two prominent grips for drawing that I have seen - tripod and overhand. I've used a basic tripod grip all my life for writing but have only just recently come across overhand. From ...
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What happened to Venus with a Veil (1531), a possible forgery [closed]

I don't know much about the art world. I read from http://authenticationinart.org/pdf/artmarket/man-behind-cranach.pdf "The panel [Venus with a Veil (1531) attributed to Lucas Cranach], sold by ...
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Is there a single “best” position for holding a fountain pen while writing?

Certain positions are taught in school for holding a pen (not typically a fountain pen or quill in modern times). A variety of grips/positions can be seen in online photos. For example, from Amazon: ...
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What kind of paper should be preferred for fountain pens?

Of course the paper shouldn't have ghosting and feathering problems, besides that what should I look for in the paper for fountain pens. Some papers have teeth, some are very thin( school notebooks) ...
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Gold nibs vs steel nibs in fountain pens - Does it really matter?

I recently purchased a steel nib fountain pen of Parker. I saw that the gold nib one was more expensive and I thought that gold nib might be for style hence I didn't purchase it. What are gold nibs ...
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Remove scratches from a (resin or plastic) stuffed animal eye

I recently visited my childhood home and brought back some of my old favorite stuffed animals. One of them, Snip the Beanie Baby, has noticeable scratches/dents/nicks/chips on her eyes. What is the ...
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How to hold a thin grip pen?

I have got Parker Vector Metallics fountain pen. Its grip is very thin. I use tripod grip. My thumb and index finger touch each other when I grip this pen. This causes kind of irritation and pain in ...
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Role of a ball in a fountain pen's converter

The Parker Vector Mettalix Fountain Pen has a ball in its converter. The Camlin Elegante Fountain Pen does not have a ball in its converter. (I have both these pens.) What is the role of a ball in a ...
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Looping on bottom of fabric while sewing - even after adjusting the tension [duplicate]

We have a Brother XN1700 and have been hitting some problems with looping appearing on the bottom of the fabric. We've tried the following, per the instruction manual and some guides on the internet: ...
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Is the starting point in sketching important?

This question came up to me when I was watching drawing / sketching tutorials on youtube. Let's say you have to draw a cat, they would start with the legs and then complete the rest of the drawing, ...
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Double-sided Eyelets?

I have some cheap eyelet pliers and aluminium eyelets. They produce reasonable attractive results on one side but an ugly mess on the other. Often this doesn't matter as you only see one side, but ...
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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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Anything better than baby oil for blending oil pastels?

I've only tried baby oil so far for oil pastel painting, I find that it softens the pastels and it's pretty cool.. though the oil could leave a spot. I've heard mineral spirits and turpentine work as ...
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Concrete for mold making [closed]

Concrete for making concrete molds concrete cement I am trying to make some concrete items such as trays, vases, bowls etc. Can anyone please advise on recipes/ratios for this? I would like to make ...
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Are there any downsides when painting with a cyan-magenta-yellow palette instead of the traditional yellow-blue and-red?

From what I've read, theoretically all colours can be mixed to a higher level of saturation when done using a CYM pallete, especially for magentas and hot pinks. Is this true? Can a limited palette of ...
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Masking tape tears paper off!

Well, I thought masking tape is used for painting on paper because it can come off easily. I simply put masking tape on a drawing sheet and just to see whether it comes off easily or not, I started ...
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Should I spray my graphite drawing with fixative before shipping it or should I advise my customer to spray it when it arrives?

I'm about to finish up a graphite drawing I was commissioned to draw and my customer doesn't live close enough to give them the drawing in person. So, I need to roll it up and ship it to them. Will ...
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What is the difference between these watercolor papers?

I heard that watercolor papers are sized with different things. I want to know what the difference is between watercolor papers sized with gelatin and sized with starch.
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How to create depth in this rectangular zentangle drawing?

My aim was to create a kind of photo frame. That frame has a thin outer board attached to it and inside we can put photos. The outer thin board on borders is fat and that creates a kind of depth that ...
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How can I use a fountain pen while onboard an airplane?

When a fountain pen is onboard an aircraft, it can leak ink due to the strong pressure difference inside the pen vs. outside the pen. This can result in messes to clean up on the flight even if the ...
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What is that dial on top of my sewing machine? What purpose does it serve?

I have a Brother CS6000i sewing machine. I noticed that on the top of the machine, there is a dial that goes in slow increments, between 1 and 5. I've tried turning the dial, and it doesn't seem to ...
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Where can I buy a new drop-in Bobbin case electric contact spring?

On removing the drop-in bobbin case I broke 'the spring'. 'The spring' is pictured well in many articles but; No explanation of what the 'electrical contact' spring actually does. (Other than a guide ...
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Can you measure the amount of tooth that a piece of paper has?

When shopping around for art paper there doesn't appear to be a measurement for amount of tooth. The paper does have a specified weight and whether it is rough or cold/hot pressed. Can the amount of ...
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How can I unseal a bottle of glue that has been sealed shut?

I've found an old bottle of PVA-based glue in one of my cabinets. The glue in the bottle appears to be useful, but I can't use any of it since the bottle seems to be sealed shut with the same glue. ...
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Do kilns get hot enough to fire their own bricks?

Kilns for firing ceramics are lined with firebrick, which are also ceramic. Note that heating elements are often placed in grooves in the walls. However, different ceramics have different firing ...
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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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How to know if brush contains hog/pig hair or not?

How can I know if my brushes contain pig or hog hair? And for what purpose are these brushes actually used; acrylic, oil or watercolor?
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How to decorate spider leg drawing?

Problem here is that the flowers at the end of spider legs, appear to look more like knots tied to the end of his legs, than actual flowers. I was considering putting tiny circles on those thin legs ...
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Style of drawing with small head and big body [duplicate]

I often see pictures in web where people are drawn with small heads and big bodies. I think, Apple or JetBrains companies use this way of drawing. Is it a specific style? How is it called?
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Book binding with hot glue

I watched a couple of videos on YouTube regarding book binding with hot glue: in short, they were presenting that the pages should be put together in a press and then hot glue is applied on the side. ...
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What techniques can I use to stop paint getting under masking tape?

Issue: When painting on rough surfaces like concrete, paint has been bleeding through the edges of masking tape (painter's tape). The bleed makes edges of the objects appear fuzzy. Workflow: I clean ...
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How do I turn old post-it notes into a quilt [closed]

I use multi-colored post-it notes to remind myself things. After the task is complete I don't want to tear the notes. How do I covert these post-it notes into a quilt? Here are examples of quilts

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