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My grandma's fingers are becoming too old for knitting. What alternatives are there?

If she has rheumatic arthritis, the best thing she could do is continuing knitting and crocheting for short periods. Many movements that are done during physio therapy for arthritis of the hand are ...
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How can I do my Poké Ball decreases so they appear tighter?

I think you'll enjoy trying what's called the "invisible decrease". By running through two stitches but not actually making the base of both of them, it tightens up the space and only shows a single ...
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Reviving wool from possible moth damage

A quick hack would be to roughen up the bare patches with an old toothbrush or the coarse side of a Velcro strip. Try to treat only the bare patches like this, and be extra careful at the edges ...
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Make sphere models

Toothpicks and Styrofoam Spheres. Use the toothpicks to both symbolize the bonds and hold the spheres in appropriate alignment with each other. Since you want the spheres to touch, use slightly ...
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Layers of liquid with glittered glue and shredded hot glue stick in a test tube

Yes, it's likely that an off-the-shelf glitter glue will give out, if it hardens at all in the wet environment. Glitter glue is a PVA glue, which tends to soften and dissolve when exposed to water; it'...
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How can I draw a horizontal line on a spherical object?

Build a structure from common materials, i.e., books, blocks of wood, etc., at the height necessary to match your objective line. You can use a pencil secured to the structure, making contact with the ...
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How to start/end a cluster of 5 cross-stitches in 2/3 colors, that's not adjacent to any other part of the pattern?

Ugh, confetti stitches are the worst! Especially when it's not a full coverage piece like you're describing. But you have options :) The easiest starting option with an even number of threads is a &...
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How do I blend charcoal enough to make it look like a skin surface?

You will probably need medium and soft charcoal for creating smoothly blended surfaces (like her skin), and some hard charcoals or perhaps even a carbon pencil (which contains a mixture of charcoal ...
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How do I extend the length of a Plaid Wool Maxi Skirt

Color Consideration In theory it would be ideal to have the same fabric with the same pattern, but this looks like a circle skirt. Even if you got a piece of the same fabric, you wouldn't be able to ...
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How do I attach frilly extension of skirt using a sewing machine WITHOUT the thread appearing on the front of the skirt?

If what I see in the picture is what’s up, this should do it. So, what I see is the plaid skirt with a serged hem that is folded up and hemmed with a professional blind stitch machine. Remove the ...
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How can I draw a horizontal line on a spherical object?

A globe-shaped object is hard to create a stencil for because it curves in two directions. To have access to the painting surface, the stencil shape would be a cylinder. If you make the stencil from ...
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Make sphere models

You could also 3D print spheres in different colors (representing different atoms) with regular cutouts that serve as sockets for connetors. One example is this honeycomb sphere: If you print fitting ...
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Using an underpainting and painting a gradient on top of another, with gouache

Use acrylic paint as an underpainting. It can be safely used in combination with gouache. To retain as much as possible of the character of a gouache painting (the matte look and texture), I suggest ...
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My grandma's fingers are becoming too old for knitting. What alternatives are there?

I imagine bobbin lace should be doable even with arthritic fingers as long as your grandmother is able to handle the bobbins. There are rather thick ones available and you can use thicker thread and ...
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Make sphere models

Velcro-covered spheres Since children's games making use of Velcro balls can be found in many toy stores, a cheap option would be to start with buying a few of these balls (e.g.), find some ...
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How can I convert a stick pin badge to a butterfly clasp?

For removing the stick pin backing, you need to remove the parts that stick out and file it down to be smooth. To remove, I'd use one of the following: a Dremel tool with appropriate bit if it looks ...
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How to prevent acrylic or polycarbonate sheets from bending?

You can use a layered option. Frosted acrylic or polycarbonate tends to be expensive, so you can get a thin sheet of that, maybe 1/4" or 1/8", then get a clear support piece the same size ...
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How can I speed up the curing process of Mod Podge?

Please keep calm. Most products do have differences between being "fully cured" and being "cured enough to handle". I have no first-hand experience with this particular type of ...
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How to prevent acrylic or polycarbonate sheets from bending?

Add a mesh/grid of thin tensioned horizontal wires below the sheet - your frame will need to be strong enough to resist the tension. Something like guitar wire, or perhaps clear fishing line will have ...
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What are the benefits of using an overhand grip?

The tripod grips are used mostly for drawing "lines", whether plain writing of text, or drawing contours. However, the overhand grip is used mostly for filling areas, e.g. backgrounds. This ...
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How can I convert a stick pin badge to a butterfly clasp?

I think that @whrrgarbl has given you all of the correct steps for accomplishing this change. I just wanted to add a couple of additional comments regarding that answer: I think your best bet is ...
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A way to efficiently and effectively combine papers for musical scores

I assume you need it to lie flat when open, and don't have access to a printer that will print double size pages (e.g. A3 if you normally use A4). If you do have such a printer it's easy - fold in ...
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How do I blend charcoal enough to make it look like a skin surface?

I'm not a charcoal artist, so this is more in the nature of observation and very general theory. This question and your other one about drawing the scratches in the armor are about getting very fine ...
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How is this fabric stretched without folds?

The manufacturer of the original grille eliminated the folds by cutting them away. If you look very closely at the corner, you'll see that the feint lines of the fabric stop abruptly. That's where the ...
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How is this fabric stretched without folds?

This is a guess, but I think you simply have to use a glue that has a somewhat long working time (30 - 60 minutes). After applying the glue, attach the grille cloth as you would stretch canvas unto a ...
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Keeping thermoplastic from sticking to models

I've never used the stuff, but it has a reputation for sticking to everything. Have you tried a release agent? I'll offer some speculation on what should probably work (the first things I would try ...
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