Unanswered Questions

43 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
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Plastics options for molding

I am creating a sword for cosplay, and I need the material used to be clear, rigid, and lightweight, and to cure properly in such a thin mould (and can be poured into the mould I have, as I'd prefer ...
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Are Faber-Castell Pencils ment to be oily?

I purchased a pack of Faber-Castell “Grip 2001” graphite pencils. I’ve bought other Faber-Castell grip pencils before but, not these specific ones. I’ve used there “Colour Grip” and “Art Grip ...
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Binding a book against the grain

I have stack of nice paper, but it runs against the grain, when used for handbook binding. When binding, the paper grain needs to be parallel to the book binding edge. What happens if a book is bound ...
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Detergent residue on the surface before painting - how bad is it?

Before painting a small item (think of a plastic model), I wash it in soapy water to remove oily fingerprints etc. Most commonly I use diluted dishwashing liquid. From experience, washing is important,...
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What kind of adhesive is this?

A number of online videos show making an air dry clay, often used with a silicone embellishment mold. The ingredients are starch, a little oil, and a clear, one-part liquid adhesive. Here's an ...
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What's that tool for knitting, stitching or sewing?

During clearing out the home of my deceased parents, I found some plates which are tools for either knitting, stitching or sewing. First I thought they were part of the knitting machine Brother KH-588,...
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What is this stitch option on my Euro Pro Deluxe Denim & Silk

Curious about this odd "offset" stitch on my sewing machine, does it have a name? When would it be used? It's under the "stretch" heading, so I gather it would be used on stretchy ...
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What is it called when we view a person from the back?

There are several ways to indicate the angle at which a person is depicted in the visual arts: en profil/in profile, en trois quarts, frontal. While these all generally relate to portraits, I wonder ...
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Gilding with other leaves but gold and silver using traditional water gilding

Is it possible to gild with imitation, or other but gold and silver, leaves using traditional water gilding? If not, how come? Also, why is it not possible to burnish (using agate stone) when using ...
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Too much vinegar in clay - how to get back plasticity

I've added too much vinegar to my clay and made it too sticky. Is there any fast way to get back the plasticity other than just slowly drying and then adding water back in? Would an alkaline solution ...
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What are these blue spots on a AISI 301 steel plate?

Below is a 150x microscope view of a 301 steel plate. It is covered by this type of small blue spots. It appeared after the steel had been treated at 400°C. The subcontractor thinks that the steel was ...
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What is holding this geode together and how?

I have a nice geode sample that is sadly structurally unsound, and I am looking for a solution to make it sturdier so I don't run as much of a risk of it breaking on me. I have a separate geode that ...
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How did they make spiral decorations and pearls on old frames?

I am trying to find out what technique was used back then (1700's) when they made those nice gilded frames for, e.g., mirrors. See included image as an example. How did they do the spirals and pearls ...
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How should I maintain a carved wood panel

I bought this wood carving (see below) several years ago from a vintage/antique housewares and decor store. At least one of the cracks predates my purchase, but I don't think all of them do. ...
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Handmade ceramic plate cracking after putting hot food on it

I had made a set of plates (from slab) with the Plainsman’s coffee clay and glazed it with John Britts’ 3M4 glaze (dipped half in 3M4 base and other half 3M4 +2.5% rutile). I’ve been using them for ...

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