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I think I can help you. To make a living, I carve glass. Tabletops, door fronts, serving platters, and almost anything else made of glass has seen my efforts. By far the best tool to use would be a Dremel type rotary tool with either a diamond burr or a stone grinding bit. These come in quite a variety of shapes, compound materials and grit levels and ...


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If the knife is really that blunt, I recommend taking it to be professionally sharpened. Many craft stores offer this service either as part of their regular services or on a part-time basis (once or twice a month). Otherwise, you may have a knife sharpener in your city who would be able to do it. The cost is generally based on the length of the blade, so ...


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This can be done, but the difference can have more to do with the type of glass than the method. From personal experience, tempered glass is inherently stressed and is almost impossible to work with. Areas towards the necks of bottles have similar issues. I suggest fresh masonry bits for their cost effectivenss. Too slow can cause stress from the pressure ...


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So I'm a big knitter and crocheter and a musician with tendinitis for the past 20 years. Aside from the standard advice (NSAIDs, massage, etc) there are a few things that you can do to mitigate the situation. First, make sure that the amount of pressure you're using is the bare minimum amount possible. It may actually take some time to retrain your hands, ...


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If you would rather use it indoors, that's fine as long as you wear a mask. If you're doing a lot, consider one of the heavy-duty ones: You can generally buy these anywhere you can buy spray paint or airbrush supplies. Be aware that your lungs might not be the only place you don't want paint ending up when you're indoors - cover anything you want to remain ...


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Instead of securing the fabric with the scews, I'd let the fabric secure itself on the outer edge of the wood. The less holes you poke into a fabric, the stronger it is to withstand tearing or wearing out. Instead of a simple hem, you could roll and secure the fabric (light blue) around a cord or other thick material (dark blue) to create a bulge that is ...


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Always wear safety glasses! (It's a good idea with any drilling, but especially when drilling through glass.) There are specialty bits made for drilling through glass that can be found at most hardware stores. A standard drill will work fine. Don't use a hammer drill! Keep your drill speed low (if it is variable) especially if you wind up using a diamond ...


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As said by Tom, you should use a mask to spray indoor. It is quite convenient when you are alone but that does not protect your environment. Also don't forget that if you should be wearing a mask in a room, all the other breathing beings in that same room should do the same... An alternative (or complement) is a spray booth which will catch the particles ...


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I will make a comparison with wood. Ever have a splinter before? They can hurt and bleed and become infected in some cases. Now imagine small microns of bone dust in your lungs. They can cause minute tissue scars inside you that you cannot repair. This is not because of the carving itself so much as the smoothing and finishing with other tools like sand ...


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As with any repetitive strain injury (RSI), rest, moist-heat-then-ice, massage, compression, NSAIDs and, of course, physical therapy can all help. For me, I've generally found that plenty of aerobic exercise to increase circulation through tight sore muscles is what will fix/relieve RSI issues the most quickly for me. YMMV. The main problem is that this is a ...


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Main precaution ; Do not touch it while it is hot. No vapors will come off the steel . What does A4 mean ? Your heating would be about right for forging. But for bending , try room temperature. It will bend very well unless you paid a premium for strain hardened bar. If you bend it extensively at room temperature it will harden. If you need to bend it more ,...


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The majority of the safety recommendations relate to the fact that this is a hot wire cutter. Use caution near the wire. It is hot and can burn you. Keep fingers and hands out of the way. (I was once stupidly holding the wire section of my hot wire cutter while chatting to another student, and the cutter got plugged in. I had an very straight burn across ...


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While superglue is strong enough to seal many things, it does have an enemy: acetone. Acetone is able to break down superglue bonds. To get the superglue off of your shoe, try and use nail polish remover (that contains acetone). Be careful though, since acetone is known to be able to dry your hands quickly though. Using this should do the trick. Just ...


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You would use a hand held diamond file. They are sold specifically for the purpose you are describing (fixing chipped articles). There are a number of articles and videos online which detail the process and specify which files to use (flat, rounded, etc.).


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Your best bet would be to laminate the picture at a local print shop. That would seal whatever has gotten onto the paper behind an impermeable barrier of clean plastic. Barring that, you can probably get rid of most of the bacteria by exposing your drawing to ultraviolet light. UV light is used in many industries as a disinfectant. As for the amount of ...


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There are lots of links that describe toxic fumes from burning or laser-cutting acrylic. Apparently, the risk also applies to the molten plastic, as you would encounter with 3D printing or molding. According to Everything You Need To Know About Acrylic (PMMA): ...fumes from 3D printing with acrylic or from the molten material used during injection ...


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A tile cutter with a diamond blade works to smooth the edges of glass. I bought one at a garage sale to cut slate tiles and found it also works to finish glass edges. Mine has a way to tilt the blade also. I first lightly run the glass edges at a 90 degree angle against the diamond saw blade, IE, with the blade straight up and down. Next I tilt the blade ...


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I think @matt's response is exactly correct, but I wanted to add a bit more to it. There are two concerns about inhaling dust--the size of the dust particle and the chemical composition of the particle. There are lots of articles on-line that talk about how dust inhalation causes problems, but I will summarize this one from the Canadian Centre of ...


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Yes, if you overheat it, most thermo-plastics will give off dangerous gases when heated above a certain temperature. For bending, you need somewhere between 100C - 170C (212°F - 338°F). Cast acrylic needs higher temperatures than extruded (due to the higher molecular weight), and thicker sheet need slightly higher temperature than thinner. But do ...


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So, from my experience... Wrong? No. Basically, looking at the major art paint options I can't see any that, when combined, would result in a dangerous mix. Some, however, will mix a bit better together than others. Yes and no. The key to the cracking effect is difference in drying times, some paints dry faster than others and when you apply a fast drying ...


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I am not an expert on this subject, by any means, but I can share the information that is available so that you can at least make a more informed decision yourself. Polymer clay, just like most other materials and chemicals, comes with an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet). This sheet lists all the potential hazards and risks when using the material. All the ...


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It will work, as high temperatures melt the crayons, regardless of the device you use, but in all cases I'd suggest doing it in a well-ventilated room or outside, as the fumes are a little toxic. Also note that holding the crayon in one hand while doing so is asking for trouble: wear a glove, or attach the crayon sturdily to something. I'm sure crayons ...


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Yes, there is still a risk, as the hazard is in the oil; as the oil dries, it emits heat (an exothermic reaction) which, if it's in a pile of other flammable objects--such as other oily rags, papers, etc--can cause them to combust. From the Wet Canvas forum (the thread also contains some personal experiences with combusting rags): Remember it is the ...


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It would help to know the tray material and finish (a picture of the edge detail would be great), and it isn't clear whether you are referring to just the outer edge of the mosaic area or every glass tile, but here are a few ideas: If the problem is the outer perimeter of the mosaic area, remove the sharp edges with a Dremel tool and diamond disk. Clamp ...


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Acetone is the well-rounded budget conscious option. Zizouz212's answer generally covers this. It is hardly the only option though. It largely depends on the material the glue is on well. When it comes to skin (not a material but certainly somewhere glue ends up) warm soapy water is certainly effective. How long you scrub or immerse depends on the amount ...


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By the sounds of your application, a table-top glass grinder is the right answer. I'm saying this from a couple assumptions: It sounds like you're making many of these and just want a nice edge to your mirrored glass. You probably want minimal effort to accomplish this, for now. You have not described the need to artistically embellish the edge of the ...


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You might consider a small piece of leather. I've seen leather pot holders that would likely work, but any suitable size piece of suede of sufficient thickness would work. You could also wear a heavy leather glove on the hand that you're holding the piece you're felting. (note -- I don't do felting, but I've done plenty of other needlework projects ... ...


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Disclaimer I've tried to make sure what's in this answer is accurate. However, when doing any work that can affect your own safety, always carry out your own risk assessment and consult a professional about what protective equipment you need. This is not professional advice. You're looking at three major types of respiratory protection (well, 4 if you ...


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I can think of a couple possibilities. A "fabric only" method would be to sew buttonholes. These are reinforced with thread all around a slit in the fabric, which prevents fraying and tearing at a frequently-stressed point. While they're most often used in clothing, I have also used buttonholes on a shower curtain -- I haven't tried on an application that ...


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First, you need to make a distinction for epoxies intended for an industrial environment. There are some kinds of epoxy, and some handling methods (like spraying epoxy for finishes), that are hazardous and need a respirator and skin protection. Epoxy sold for home use is much safer, and products sold as art supplies are covered by regulations that require ...


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