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What can I do to store and segregate my embroidery thread?

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 ...
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How can I get a wooden box to close straight down?

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 ...
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How to protect & preserve water color paintings

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/...
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How do you properly store tins of turpentine?

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 ...
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How can I store my oil pastels?

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 ...
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Making a jewellery box - protection and lining

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 ...
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What should I keep in mind for storing wool roving?

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 ...
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Storing Oil Paint in Bottles

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 ...
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Caring for Kneaded Erasers

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 ...
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Storing large format art in the smallest space possible

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 ...
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Charcoal and Pastel Drawing Storage

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 ...
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What can I do to store and segregate my embroidery thread?

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 ...
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How do you properly store tins of turpentine?

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. ...
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How should I store my nibs for long periods?

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 ...
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Store paper in a humid environment

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 ...
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How should I keep my unframed A3 size pencil drawings?

A3 Drawings Briefcase Google search link
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How can I get a wooden box to close straight down?

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 ...
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What can I do to store and segregate my embroidery thread?

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 ...
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Storing large format art in the smallest space possible

I ended up getting a folding canvas print rack. Inexpensive and I can use it for shows.
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Store paper in a humid environment

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 ...
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Can I use Aquadur PU or Camlin Picture Varnish Oil color as a varnish for my acrylic paintings?

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 ...
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How can I get a wooden box to close straight down?

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 ...
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How should I store my nibs for long periods?

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 ...
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How to protect & preserve water color paintings

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 ...
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How to protect & preserve water color paintings

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 ...
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