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Cleanly extract homemade candle from glass or plastic mold?

I have a melted-crayon decorative candle idea, but I can't figure out the last step. The concept is based on melting crayons using the sun & foil, to create art or new crayons. Instead, I want ...
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How can 'translucent' polymer clay become really translucent, if possible at all?

I have some 'translucent' polymer clay, which more looks like white than translucent. I hoped the baking process turned the clay translucent or transparent, but no luck. I made some very small objects,...
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What is yarn weight?

Fiber craft patterns always give a yarn weight. I've seen things like medium and light, but also "worsted yarn" or "DK yarn". What does this mean?
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What are the equivalents between US crochet stitch terms and UK terms?

I have heard that the names of stitches are different between the US and UK. If I have a pattern from the UK, how do I convert it to the US terms or vice versa?
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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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Is hard water suitable for the usage of watercolor?

I do not know whether hard water is suitable for watercolor usage or if it will cause any damage to the color when it comes to archival quality. If it does cause damage, are there suggestions for ...
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Using human hair for amigurumi stuffing

OK, I realize this topic may creep some of you, be it because of hygienic or ethics questions. I trust you will understand it comes out of pure curiosity and of the desire of using more natural ...
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How to tell when I have the right ribbing?

I am knitting a gauge swatch in stockinette stitch right now with a garter stitch border to prevent curling and hopefully get a more accurate gauge. I have already measured myself for making the skirt....
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Can I cast a glow in the dark flower in resin?

This is my first time experimenting with resin. What I want to create is a glow in the dark version of preserved flower in resin. Based on this thread, it's possible to create glow in the dark ...
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How to maximize the post-dried life expectancy of flowers?

I want to make a piece that mixes a drawing on paper, with a flower collage (or flat bouquet?) on top and put it in a frame. I know dried flowers don't last forever, but what is their post-dried life ...
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How can I dry my roses properly?

Roses are expensive. At least they are where I live. When I buy them I would like to try and keep them for longer. So I dry them. I usually just hang them flower down from a coat hanger and leave ...
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How should I store my nibs for long periods?

I'm looking to replace some nibs I ruined, and in the meantime I need to store what's left for a while. How should I go about preparing them for storage? Is there a difference between storing ...
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Mixing Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers & Copic Markers

I've been using Copic markers for a while and realize they are alcohol based markers. However, I've recently acquired some Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers which seem to be something different. I ...
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What kind of lathe would I need if I want to turn pens?

Pen turning is a fairly common focus for people wanting to learn to turn wood. Pens are small and 'appear' easy to make. Having the right equipment can make it a simpler process. So what kind of a ...
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Will cyanoacrylates damage plastic?

I have been reading up on cyanoacrylate, commonly sold in the US as "Krazy Glue" or "Super Glue", because I want to to use it to repair small plastic parts on either toys or appliances, due to its ...
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How can I add an internal pocket to pants that don't have one?

I've got a number of pants and shorts that I'd love to be able to carry my phone in, especially a couple of running shorts. But, they were (inconsiderately!) designed with no pockets. In the case of ...
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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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Artificially accelerating the discolouration of leaves

For a project I need leaves (apple, to be precise) that have turned into their fall colors. The leaves will be pressed later. Is there a method that creates the color change within a day or two? Or ...
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I'm stuck on Step 70 of HOJYO Takashi's Buddha… what does the diagram mean?

I'm stuck on Step 70 of Hojyo Takashi's Buddha (the one in the 6th Tanteidan Convention book), and I don't read Japanese: Clearly, from Step 71, I'm pulling paper around to cover the front of the ...
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How can I safely cut pieces off a small wooden cube?

I would like to make some small wooden cuboctahedron, that is something of this shape: They should be about 2cm high. So, my idea is to take a long wooden piece (2cm x 2cm x 200cm) and cut some small ...
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How does shading & blending with Carbon pencils differ from Graphite pencils?

From what I've read, carbon pencils give a more matte-like texture than graphite, and are a drier media - similar to charcoal. Graphite can become reflective when photographed and scanned so I'm ...
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How to carry the yarn in stripes?

So, I’m knitting a swatch with both vertical and horizontal stripes, basically a plaid that’s fully knitted and not with the third color woven in. For most multicolor patterns, I have done it by just ...
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Winged Sonobe octahedron assembly

I can make a winged sonobe cube and the winged sonobe piece. I learnt to do this from our origami book. The book states you can use twelve pieces to make an octahedron. We have spent quite some time ...
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How can I keep my yarn relatively stationary while working?

So you are yarning away and your yarn starts to get away from you. Now you have to stop what you are doing, possibly forgetting my many runs or stitches you were doing, pick up your yarn, roll it back ...
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To draw anything, is it necessary to draw its wireframe first?

See the pitcher plant drawing here, where they have actually drawn the wireframe first (see image below). What will I gain by drawing the wireframe first? Why not draw the outer lines directly?
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What's a flexible, strong string or yarn I can use in this toy?

I made this flexible geometry toy based on one I saw in a learning store. You can bend it into different shapes, and it's fun. Unfortunately, all I had on hand was some yarn to make the inside ...
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What is a split primary palette?

I'm looking at building out a gouache palette and I came across the term "split primary" palette. What is that and why would I want to have that?
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Biodegradable adhesives

When I travel, I like to walk around, collect some natural objects (shells, coconuts, leafs, etc.) and put them together to produce some kind of "sculpture". I always have in mind that the object ...
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Is regular “wood glue” suitable for lighter woods (e.g. balsa)?

My daughter's dollhouse, after years of fairly rough use by many enthusiastic children, needs some fixing up. In particular, the staircase has split in half. Luckily it's a clean break, and I should ...
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Is it possible to frequently change colours while crocheting?

I am a huge gamer and love pixel art in general. My friend turned me onto crocheting a while ago and one of the first things I asked about was pixel art. Her response and my own limited experience ...
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Keep yarn slack from developing in my work as I perform a basic knit stitch

I am a very novice knitter trying to do a small blanket with a basic knit stitch. I am working with 100% cotton yarn and I have 16 inch bamboo needles. I cast on fine and where I am getting stuck is ...
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Economical ideas for lettered t-shirts

We are seven friends planning to watch a sports game, and we are trying to get seven t-shirts that have the letters F E D E R E R. Buying them online seems expensive, and where it's cheaper you need ...
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Is it possible to combine charcoal and graphite in one image?

I'm drawing an image with quite a large range of tones and I plan to draw the darker tones in charcoal. However, I used a graphite pencil for the preparatory drawing. Is it still possible to draw with ...
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Rotary tool: How to insert bits into collet straight?

I've got a rotary tool (aka Dremel) with a collet like this one (aka quick change collet): You insert the shaft of an accessoir like a drill or diamond bit and tighten the collet nut to hold the ...
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Blackening steel with oil vs. vinegar - and others?

I'd like to finish a lamp I made of brazed chain, and so far my reading has uncovered blackening with oil (linseed or motor), or with apple cider vinegar. What is the difference between these two? The ...
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How can I draw realistic hair with pencil?

I've always loved drawing people and my medium of choice has been standard drawing pencils, but I often struggle with hair - specifically long hair. I've come across a couple techniques that have ...
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What are the different type of paint brush bristles?

I've heard that the standard craft brushes, which you can buy cheaply for school supplies or children, are rather terrible for advanced art. There are much more expensive brushes, but I don't know ...
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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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Making a mold off of bone

I've recently acquired a large bull skull, rather weather-worn and aged. I would like to make a mold of it so that I can cast it in wax, alter it a bit (add more horns, etc.), and then make a mold of ...
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How to knot an elastic cord into a circle?

I'm going to be tying some elastic cord (the kind that's about 2 mm thick) into circles about 6 inches in diameter. The circles will be subject to a fair amount of stretching, but nothing excessive. ...
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How to glue mug pieces

What are good materials to neatly glue mug pieces together? Moreover, the final object should be: - waterproof, - food-safe and - heat proof (as stated by @SF, this last requirement makes things ...
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What type of paint should I use to decorate a kitchen appliance?

I got a blender for a present, and its body is black plastic. Because of a family joke, we'd like to paint some purple decorations on it. This is inspired by very artistic hand painted stand mixers ...
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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 should I select elastic for a sewing project?

I want to adapt a pair of pants to add elastic to the waistband. I have a particular "stretchiness" in mind for this project, but don't know how that relates to a given thickness, width, material, or ...
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How many two-page spreads (160gsm A4 paper) should be bound together in one signature?

I'm binding a sketch book as a birthday present. This is my first experience in book-binding. I've bought 16 A4 sheets of 160g/m2 black paper and I wonder how big should be one signature of sheets. I ...
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A stronger material than paper for Kirigami or papercraft-inspired designs?

I would like to create some sculptures using papercraft & kirigami techniques, however I am looking for an alternative (stronger) material to paper with some/all of the following properties: ...
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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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How can I make egg-tempera that doesn't deteriorate?

I've been working with a traditional egg-tempura technique that I was taught, but I have had some problems with the paintings later on. The recipe is essentially one egg-yolk (without the yolk's ...
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Are “oil colours” the same as “oil paints,” or am I buying pigments by accident?

I was looking at these oil colours from Winsor & Newton and was just hoping someone more experienced could confirm that "Oil colours" = "Oil paints," and that I'm not inadvertently buying pigments ...
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How do I evenly space my knots for my hanging craft project?

I'm attempting to make a ladder-like structure completely out of fishing line. I'm trying to avoid any extra materials such as rings, hooks or crimping sleeves because I want this to be as low-...

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