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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1/4" lauan plywood from the hardware store. Easily worked with a bandsaw or jigsaw. Sand rough edges, and 'break' any corner. Paint it a black-grey. Let the "blade" continue past the cross-guard to the end of the grip. Build up the grip with a few strips of plywood, then sand the corners off. Make the cross guard from plywood... you get the idea. This is ...


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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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While the answer of Robert Cartaino is probably the best, I think that another alternative could be candle carving. Besides the loop tools proposed by @Matt, that are apparently also used to carve candles, I would consider using different types metallic spoons: Note that you can use both sides of the spoon, and although they are metallic, they are ...


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Plywood is ultimately the answer. When making box joints or finger joints you need to have dimensionally uniform and preferably stable wood. Plywood comes in many sizes and I would imagine something like 8mm would be fine. If you are OK with something larger like 16mm then you would have stronger joints as there would be more surface area. This is ...


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I hope the surface that you're sticking them on, is smooth and not absorbing all the glue. In that case, I'd do it the same way as applying wallpaper. - paper that is wet, is a bit stretchy, so it can follow the curves a bit. - wallpaper glue doesn't 'set' immediately, you can still move the pieces around for a while, this allows for better manipulation. - ...


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Rework an antique fur coat! My grandmother keeps encouraging me to take hers, which I really don't want -- but the point is there may be many other such coats that used to be valued and sought after, but are now of very little interest to most potential wearers. Asking around thrift stores or estate sale agents may give some leads; even if they would ...


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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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Your best option for "precision" may be a craft known as batik. It involves applying melted wax onto the fabric in areas you wish to remain clear of the color currently being created. This effectively creates a stencil for the portion to be colored. Either paint or dye would then seep into the fabric. The wax is then removed/washed out and new wax applied ...


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Since fire coats the things it can't destroy in black opaque soot, it doesn't really matter if the colors underneath survive... they won't be seen until after someone cleans the sign, after the fire is over. I would suggest using the sign's shape to convey its meaning. That way, even when it is totally blackened and silhouetted against a wall of flames ...


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The drawing of pictures in manuscripts is known as Illumination* The Wikipedia article on the subject (as mentioned in a previous answer) contains a wealth of information on the subject, including this gif showing the steps: Image from Wikimedia commons: link Steps involved (from the image caption): I. Graphite powder dots create the outline II. ...


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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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Disclaimer: I have no first-hand experience with industrial resins (like boat resin), but I used craft resin (like crystal epoxy resin) several times. There are 2 aspects to keep in mind when choosing your resin: The properties of the resin Your own health Material properties For pouring and encasing objects in resin, you usually want a crystal clear ...


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I would strongly consider what is usually used for covers in these types of books. Hardboard or millboard. They are both similar materials that I would suggest for this. Unfortunately their names are sometimes used interchangeably so I would like to clarify a little what they are. Then you should be able to make a informed choice. Millboard is what you ...


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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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