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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 are good tools for carving in cork?

What are good tools to carve in corks? Actually, I'm using a simple kitchen knife but I guess there are better choices. My goal is to carve some chess pieces.
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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 to pick an embroidery machine

I'm looking at buying an embroidery machine (or more specifically my partner is). We only have one real hard requirement: The machine must be capable to accepting a pattern from our computer that ...
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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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How to fix glass kaleidoscope inside cardboard tube

I have a maker/craft project making a kaleidoscope out of three mirrors and a badminton shuttlecock tube (sawn in half). This will be a project for a class of school kids aged 8-12, so we'll have to ...
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Will I have problems with wire baked in oven baked clay?

I am planning an armature for use in stop motion. I will use 3 steel wires twisted together using a drill. I am planning to have oven-bake polymer clay (such as Sculpey of Fimo) on the wires. It ...
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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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Do certain markers work better on felt?

I'm about to start on a project made of felt. I'm making caterpillar segments out of felt, and I need to mark alphabet letters on the back. This project is for kids. They'll make their caterpillar ...
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Finishing an Embroidery Hoop

I am quickly nearing the end of an embroidery hoop project, and am not sure how to finish it. I plan to display the project within the hoop itself, but am in search of guidance on how to finish the ...
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What happened to slant-needle sewing machines?

Slant-needle sewing machines used to be all the rage, and it's easy to see why: being able to see what you're sewing better is great. But nobody makes them anymore. Instead, most modern machines have ...
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Why is my papier mache balloon changing size between layers?

This is actually something I have observed with my wife's pinatas. I understand that as it dries it should shrink a little but I have seen papier mache balloons shrink leaving a wrinkled mass. I ...
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How can I resize this crocheted hat pattern for an infant?

I want to make an infant-sized version of this hat (PDF). The current pattern (assuming correct gauge) makes a hat with an 18.5" (47cm) circumference. It seems that a common size for a newborn/infant ...
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What kind of bamboo should I use for making a Chinese fan?

I've started making a functional fan, and I was wondering what kind of wood or bamboo (I prefer bamboo) I should use to make the body of the fan. I kinda searched around using words like "thin", but ...
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What circular knitting needles can I use if I am allergic to nickel?

I'm a knitter who's allergic to nickel. Are there any circular knitting needles made without nickel, chrome, or stainless steel?
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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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How to overcome the fear of imperfection?

In all of my art classes, and virtually anywhere I encounter new artists, the number one obstacle I see holding them back is a "fear of imperfection." So I'd like to submit this question to any/all ...
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What are other techniques to draw a circle besides using or mimicking a compass tool?

I would like to draw circles and ellipses more accurately without relying on a compass (or spinning my paper around). This seems like a simple google-searchable question, but most of the results are ...
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How can I shrink hand knitted wool blend hat to original size?

Over a year ago I was gifted a lovely cat ear hat that was hand knit by an artist on Etsy. I love wearing it but since I've worn it so many times (and sometimes wear headphones over it while at work) ...
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How to create a metal ring?

I'm looking for a way to create a metal ring without using any machine or drill. I'd like to use cheap, simple tools. I found two ways for creating it, and they are very simple but it seems like ...
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Dim lighting with colored pencils

I asked a similar question to this recently (Shading dark scenes) but this time I want to know how I can get a colored pencil drawing to look very shadowy and dark. How do I color the picture where ...
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Photo transfer on wood

Does anyone know if its possible to do a photo transfer (using a laser printed photo) to wood without mod podge or using something cheaper. I want to do some transfers for my cub scout den but it ...
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What's the term for the opposite drawing style to hyperrealism?

I'm learning how to draw, and I'm trying to find the name of my favorite style so I can find more resources about it. The style is reasonably minimalistic, using only the necessary detail to make ...
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How can I artificially age paper without staining or dyeing?

For several applications, I don’t like the cool look of modern bright white paper. For some valuable prints, I prefer natural white paper without optical brightening agents. In some cases, however, I ...
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How can I make the detail of this map stand out better?

I have been etching a map of the United States into 9 slate sheets (8" by 11" ~1/4" thick) Originally my goal was to try and inlay wire into the groove that I cut with a Dremel. I found colored "...
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Is it standard to fill in every cross stitch square or is it acceptable/preferable to leave some blank?

I'm planning to start a cross stitch project soon using one of the online cross stitch pattern creators so that I can use an image of my choice instead of finding an existing pattern that I like. The ...
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How to draw mandala when I intend to color it with pencil colors?

Mandala drawings: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandala Color pencils are not strong enough to hide the normal pencil. Example: Orange color pencil will not hide the underlying HB graphite pencil ...
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How to start a pencil portrait without using an outline of features?

I enjoy drawing head portraits in pencil, but I've found that sketching an outline of the prominent features often lead me astray. For example, due to shadows my eye is sometimes approximating the ...
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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 get dark colors on paper through pencil colors?

I use these Faber Castell colors for school children: This is what I have tried: Despite after repeatedly coloring the same areas with these pencil colors, I could not get better results. Though I ...
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Drawing detail in dark hair?

When drawing from reference photos, and the hair is photographed, the definition of the hair is muddled. No lighting on the hair. Almost like a silhouette. Example: I lightened the image up to see ...
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Will a children's pullover rescale for an adult?

I bought some natural-grey handspun wool in a Slovenian village and want to make a rustic pullover with a classic aran pattern out of it. The problem is that, although the wool wraps to 9 wpi (which ...
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Is it possible to melt a glass bottle without a kiln?

I've seen these cheese plates, art, spoonrests etc. are made of melted glass bottles. Is it possible to melt these in a normal household oven? Or do you need something like a kiln? If it is possible ...
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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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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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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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Best materials for a long-lasting scroll

I'm trying to make a scroll to document life events. The important requirements are: approximately 30cm wide by 2m tall relatively easy for other people to sign their names on it can be rolled up and ...
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How to measure the distance to horizon line one-point perspective?

I am drawing a room, which is 10m x 10m (or whatever units). I am drawing it in one point perspective. How do I determine exactly where to draw the back wall? As in, how far back.
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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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Sew Hidden Seam

I have a leather couch that the seam on the arm split. How can I sew this up without showing the stiches (or least obvious that it was hand sewn)?

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