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The answer is quite simple really: you can mix watercolours (and paints in general), whereas you can't easily mix coloured pencils. For example: If I have two different blues - a light and a dark - and I want a blue that's halfway in between, with watercolours I can just take roughly equal quantities of each, mix them together and use that. With pencils, I ...


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Something else that may help to explain the difference is that watercolor painters can be quite picky about which paints they choose for mixing. Each watercolor paint is made from 1 or more pigments, which are some sort of substance that is used to make the color. For example, the color winsor yellow deep contains one pigment: PY65. In contrast, cadmium ...


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If you are more interested in subtractive sculpting (removing material rather than adding it like clay), I spent my earliest sculpting days carving bars of Ivory soap. There may be softer brands, but you know Ivory soap is 99-44/100% pure <grin>. How to Make a Soap Carving A sharp knife is not necessary. Plastic knives, spoons, or Popsicle sticks could ...


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Wood. Adam Savage (whose non mythbuster stuff I love to bits) has a tendancy of making them - see his hellboy sword. He used thin plywood for a base and shaped it with bondo, covering it with aluminum ducting tape. He has another video where he shows process of making a shiny not weathered 'metal' sword from a solid wood sword - the process where he covers ...


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Most commercial flags are made out of nylon. It's lightweight, durable, and dyes well. Specifically, the flags on many sites are made from DuPont SolarMax™, which is supposed to be nicely color safe in the sun. For inside use, you should probably be fine with a ripstop style nylon. This heavyweight DuPont SolarMax™ nylon is the most popular and versatile ...


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You can make a firm gel using agar mixed with hot water. It's clear, colorless, nontoxic and is actually edible. It looks like Jello after it sets, but it doesn't melt at warm room temperatures. You can color it with ordinary food coloring. It's much less expensive and safer than casting resin.


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Tinfoil / aluminium foil Usually has a 'dirty' look, as all folds will be visible, but is very characteristic and quite easy to work with. source Baking paper Has a beautiful translucent look and warm, light brown colour, which makes your projects look more organic. Good for creating 'origamized' lamps. Or baking stuff inside your origami: source Clear or ...


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What you're supposed to see in those pictures is how the fabric drapes. From a flat piece of fabric you can only see the weave (if zoomed in), the pattern and the color. From the product page you should also see the weight of the fabric, what you don't see is the drape of the fabric (how it flows and molds itself to the body), that can determine if it's ...


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A fairly easy solution would be to use candle wax. This can be melted and coloured then you can either fully fill the vessel or apply as a thinnish layer to the inside of the glass to create the look you want. If you did go for the thin layer around the vessel, then it should be possible to subsequently partially fill with water then apply a thickish layer ...


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Taking "India" into account, you could surely find jackfruit or mango tree. I would suggest you could use the white sticky latex of jackfruit/ green mango. While eating, I find extreme difficulty in removing the gum like plant excreta from hands, I am sure it would work as a mantra as far as natural gum is concerned. Secondly, in Indian villages you could ...


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For a few reasons, I'd go with holiday ornaments. These are available in clear plastic, rather than glass, which is less of a breakage worry. They're also cheaper and lighter than glass jars. And they're already nicely spherical! an example from Michaels craft store Ditch the metal collar and ring. Fill with a colored epoxy resin. Add a decorative cork. ...


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Freezer paper is a product that has a waxed coating on only one side. It's sort of like a hybrid of oven paper (also called parchment paper, baking paper, or ladokola) and wax paper. Neither wax paper nor oven paper can substitute for freezer paper in this particular application, because the wax on one side is being used as a temporary adhesive. After heat ...


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Paint that's fairly compatible with the material of the bottle can be applied evenly by pouring it into the container, swirling round and tipping out. You may need to do this 2 or 3 times. This should mimic milk fairly well. PVA could be applied similarly. For a clearer filling you could use coloured varnish instead, but this wouldn't really look like jam,...


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Would it be possible to do this with sugar? If you boil a heavy sugar syrup enough it will set hard and clear, almost like glass. I accidentally filled a bowl with brown "glass" and bits of orange this way, and it was almost impossible to get out. Sugar is cheap and doesn't need special ventilation, but you do need to be very careful handling hot ...


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Various kinds of material can be used for this, including palm, banana, and coconut leaves. In Zanzibar specifically, according to the website Zanzibar Tribal Art, grass and ilala palm are used in their weaving: The products of grass and ilala palm weaving (such things as sleeping mats) and basketry are associated with the widest possible range of ...


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PVC Heating PVC with a heat gun will soften it, so you can flatten it between boards with clamps/weight to make the blade. There are a multitude of YouTube videos from folks building cosplay swords out of PVC pipes and fittings. PVC is a bit hardier than wood and can stand up to whacking a bit better. While it won't look completely metallic, you can sand ...


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You may need to combine different materials to get all the qualities you're looking for. Here are some ideas: Canvas and denim are strong, abrasion-resistant fabrics. Another option is ripstop nylon, which is manufactured to be strong, lightweight, and resist rips and tears. The weight of your fabric will determine how strong it is. For additional strength, ...


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I make shirts, decals, signs, etc for a living. The best way to go is to buy a pack of inkjet shirts transfers (if you have an inkjet printer) If you have a laser printer look for the laser transfers. Staples, Target, Office Depot, etc. carries them. You will need an iron, and of course blank shirts. Blank shirts you can get in a multipack to save money. ...


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Plaster that is thick enough to be reasonably strong and rigid will probably be too heavy. Masks are often made from papier mache, essentially building up strips of paper soaked in paste over a former which dried to a fairly strong but lightweight material. Other methods involve pressing paper pulp into a mould. You could also use your plaster original ...


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Waxed cotton has the weight and drape. Here's a wiki link https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waxed_cotton Another benefit to waxed cotton is its ability to "heal". Once punctured leather, pleather, and vinyl will keep that hole. Also waxed cotton would be great as your mockup so you can tailor and make adjustments.


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I work for a company that doesn't make sex toys, but we do make silicone products with electronics inside, so I've seen lots of the same issues you're facing here. The way we do it is to 3D print a mould for the object using an SLA printer (in our case a Form 2) - as you note, this material is rather brittle so doesn't work as the internal structure, but it'...


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The normal way to do this is to use something soft inside the box to provide impact protection (usually foam), and then a layer of something over the foam to provide a more durable, scratch free and better looking surface (usually velvet). Velvet is also popular because it is less slippery than other options, so pieces don't slide around inside the box as ...


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No, spray paints can get into the cooling system through the vents, blocking air flow and gumming up moving parts. Some spray paints may even conduct electricity after drying which can short out (seriously damage/destroy) your laptop's electrical components. The only "safe" way to use spray paint on any electrical device is to unplug (remove battery) and ...


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There is no standard quality ranking for artist oil paints, however, generally, they are sold as Professional, Artist or Student grade with different brands having their own names. Price also is usually an indicator. I think it is more useful to think of paint in terms of purity rather than quality. The top end manufacturers are pigment makers firstly, the ...


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It depends on what you want to draw, and in what style. Working with charcoal on canvas will really emphasize the texture of the canvas, creating a rough impression. It will be hard to draw details - in relation to the size, that is: you can still draw details but they'll have to be larger or implied rather than drawn carefully. Coincidentally I've recently ...


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Fisherman's knot This is what I would use if you are looking for a pure knot solution. One of the easiest ones to use as well since it is just two overhands knots. Image from Wikipedia Basically lay the ends of the elastic along side each other. Then take one end and tie an overhand knot around the other end. Then do the same with the other loose end. (...


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A lil drop of superglue on the knot will lock it down, the liquid kind, not a gel. It wicks into the fibers. Superglue, or any cyanoacrylate-based glue works great on fishing line as well. Maybe try mason'-s line at a hardware store. It's the string they stretch and place a hanging level on. It usually comes in hot pink or other bright colors.


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Instead of yarn or thread, would fishing line work for you? Different strengths available. Is flexible. Is made to be in water. Can be knotted. Variety of diameters available.


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