Unanswered Questions

46 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
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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 ...
5 votes
1 answer
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Is it safe to cut into a stuffed futon mattress?

I am attempting to create plans for converting a regular futon frame and mattress into a slide out style sofa bed using the original parts of the futon, an additional iron twin bed frame, and ...
5 votes
1 answer
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Can traditional water gilding be used with leaves other than gold and silver?

Is it possible to gild with imitation, or other than gold and silver, leaves using traditional water gilding? If not, why? Also, why is it not possible to burnish (using agate stone) when using ...
4 votes
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Decipher part of a sweater pattern

I am knitting a vegetable-patterned sweater for my daughter, but have come to a part where I struggle with understanding the pattern. Perhaps someone can help me decode the instructions? The pattern ...
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Good Blackener Product / Process for Aluminum and Stainless Steel

I am looking to replicate this type of finish on aluminum and stainless steel hardware: This is Jax Iron, Steel, and Nickel Blackener on carbon steel (mild steel) with a Rustoleum 2x clear coat. I ...
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Can "dry" acrylic paint be safely mixed with oil paints?

I'm working on a new painting and prepared the canvas with several thin layers of acrylic paint to create a solid black background which I then let dry for a couple of days. I then began painting over ...
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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 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. ...
4 votes
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Making a tensegrity table height adjustable

I'm interested in making a "tensegrity" coffee table shaped like this: That is, two rigid (in my case wooden) frames connected by five prestressed tensioned cables (chains in the image) ...
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Ink Jet Printing Onto Foil Already Transferred to Paper

My first question here... I'm trying to print "magical" cards from my PNP game and I want to use a home technique that resembles (in-line) cold foil. Equipment: Black only laser printer ($...
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How can I add my own images to silicone beads?

I would like to make my friends, who own a clothing boutique, some custom silicone wristlets. I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for and would love to add their name or something or the such to an ...
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How to restore antique dressform?

I bought this antique-looking dressform for my partner, but I can tell it's seen better days. It says Adjustoform on the neck, which I expect is the brand. I want to repair it as best as possible, but ...
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Does psyllium powder improve air dry clay?

Recipes for air dry clay often include: Materials to absorb water from ingredients that get blended with high water content. Materials that swell when wet to add temporary bulk during modelling, and ...
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How can I get a 120 degree angle with crochet chains?

I am trying to make the edge of a diamond with chains in crochet with no stitches in the center of the diamond but I am unsure of the best way to get a 120 degree angle turn with only chains. I am ...

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