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My personal floss storage method is floss bobbins. via Michaels These are typically available in any craft store that sells embroidery floss, in the same aisle as the floss. They're available in either thin plastic or cardstock, and typically have little notches at the top or bottom that lightly hold the floss in place as you wind it (and for storage). ...


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You don't need to use fancy hinges to fix the problem. The admittedly crude diagram, below, is a cross section of the box and lid (the dot on the right is the hinge). The arc is the path of the inside edge of the front of the lid. The rectangular white space inside the lid is where contents can fit when the lid is closed. But the arc when the lid opens ...


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There are a couple of things that will definitely work to help preserve displayed paintings: Paint quality. If you want the paint to remain vibrant over time, then you get what you pay for. Artist/professional grade paints are substantially more lightfast than student or children's paints. So, if you want it to stick around better, get the good paint. ...


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In a general sense it is a very good practice to refer to the material safety data sheets (MSDS) for products like this. The product labels, in theory, should also contain similar information. MSDSs will always contain more information though. They will break down all the information needed about the product when it comes to safety. It should be safe to ...


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So the main considerations for storing oil pastels are: The individual pastels are kept separate, so that they do not bleed into one another They are kept reasonably cool (room temperature, ~20ºC is fine) If the latter is a problem, just keep them in the fridge (although you'll want to allow them to warm up a bit before using them). As for the former, if ...


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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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When it comes to wool, I think the biggest issue is moths. You don't want the wool to be eaten, so to store it somewhere where the moths cannot come, is a good idea to start with. Then, constant moderate temperature and humidity sound like a good idea as you don't want the wool to dry out, become less soft, those kind of things. You're mentioning that the ...


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The problem with bottles Oil paint doesn't really "dry", it hardens through a chemical reaction that turns the oil in the paint into a kind of plastic. The oil reacts with oxygen in the air and polymerizes. If the paint is stored in a container with no air (like a squeezable tube), it can't start the hardening process until it's dispensed and ...


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Since a kneaded eraser works by absorbing the pigment you are erasing along with a little friction to lift the stuff, to keep it healthy keep it away from things it can absorb. Like sand or dust. You also want to keep it dry. Keeping it off the carpet may not be not so much about keeping it healthy as keeping it from getting stuck in the fibers. Temperature ...


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If the old portfolio bag worked well, I'd suggest getting another one. It seems to be the most practical solution since it's mobile. An alternative would be having a drawing cabinet and installing it atop an existing closet or a tall wooden construction so the space underneath is still available. There are also vertical drawing cabinets (e.g. image 2) ...


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I would lean toward using acid-free tissue paper. It comes in all sizes and you can cut out sheets large enough to separate your drawings. I think this is similar to what my sisters use. Of course one of the things that could help preserve them is spray a fixative on them, to help keep them from smudging. Last if you need a physical container, there are ...


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My mother once owned an embroidery business, and the way she dealt with her thread was to pre-cut it to length, then twist or braid it back into skeins. With the cut-to-length skeins, you can remove a single strand of thread while leaving the rest of the skein intact. (Note that this method works best for perle cotton, i.e. the type of embroidery thread ...


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Usually tins like this will be fairly well sealed if you re-close them properly, however there will often be a bit of overspill which collects around the top of the tin from pouring out the contents. With this in mind it will help a lot of you take the time to wipe up any spills from around the tin before you store it and for anything which leaves a dry ...


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There are a couple of things you need to consider before we look at storage options. Ensure your nibs are clean When you are done using your nibs you should ensure that you medium is removed and clean before you store it. Most people suggest just using room temperature water or more specifically distilled water (that would have less mineral build up that ...


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You can make sure an equal pressure is applied to the individual papers or blocks while being stored by laying a heavy and flat object like a book or a similar item on top of them. Even if the humidity would otherwise warp the paper, there is no room for that now. You can try storing your currently warped paper blocks like this for a while, but I doubt they ...


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I believe that what you may be seeking is going to be called a four-bar linkage hinge. I found a great video showing how it works in a tool box lid, specifically to clear a carrying handle, but your requirements would not necessarily include that much range of movement. Within the above link, there is another link to images that show the process involved in ...


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Like Erica I use thread bobbins, before this I used miniature pegs which were really cute, but the wood mine were made of was stupid cheap and so ended up ripping my threads. The thread bobbins is a great way though, you can buy them super cheap but I recommend customising. I have customised so that mine all have what number colour and make they are.


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I ended up getting a folding canvas print rack. Inexpensive and I can use it for shows.


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On my work we had this problem with plastic sheets which we send to a customer, (plastic does not warp but its static charge changed enough to give printing problems.) The solution was to wrap the sheets in a waterproof layer of plastic in small(ish) numbers to the customer never had more than for a few days near his printer. So yes, your suggestion of ...


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Asian Aquadur PU is a wood varnish, which is something you already asked about here. These products are not made for varnishing paintings, so you can expect yellowing (and other detrimental characteristics). Camlin Kokuyo Camel Picture Varnish is specifically aimed at varnishing paintings made with oils. Apparently, users experience a slight dilution of ...


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Alternatively, you can remove the front edge of the lid, then reattach it with hinges. You might have to replace the clasps with a different style, but this allows you to move the lip of the lid out of the way before opening it. You may also have to add clasps for the corners of the lid, so it reinforces the structural integrity of the lid, now that it's no ...


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By cartridge I presume you mean cartridge calligraphy pens and/or their nibs. The main difference when it comes to storage of nibs is that usually cartridge (fountain) calligraphy pen nibs are stainless steel and dip pen nibs are not. So the main concern will be with moisture/damp as the dip pen nibs will try to corrode, but I would store both in a dry place ...


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Tips from Artists & Illustrators: Before storing your work, take the time to ensure it is as you want to find it. Remove any unwanted pencil lines, or carefully dampen a piece of kitchen towel to lift off fingerprints. Put a date on the back if you haven’t already and place it in layers of acid-free tissue paper. When it comes to looking after and ...


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After I complete a watercolor painting on paper, I seal it with 3-4 coats of Krylon GLOSS UV-Resistant Acrylic Coating. I don't like the finish of the MATTE coating (plus, it dulls metallics). I use light coats and let each dry at least 30 minutes


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