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Finishing an Embroidery Hoop

I am quickly nearing the end of an embroidery hoop project, and am not sure how to finish it. I plan to display the project within the hoop itself, but am in search of guidance on how to finish the ...
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Why would a candle require a much larger wick than normal for its size?

I was recently given a couple of fairly large beeswax pillar candles by a friend who got them from his church. They were going to be thrown away, but he knew that I dabble in candle making so he ...
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How to tack fuse glass frit and keep pores in glass

I am trying to make a glass sheet that is porous and I am looking for tips on my kiln cycle program. I have soda lime glass beads that I crushed into a powder and I am planning on pouring them into a ...
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How can I stabilize flowering tube onyx?

I've got some rough flowering tube onyx. The material is beautiful, with fantastic patterns, and I'd like to slab it and cab it. However, like most specimens of this type, the material has a lot of ...
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Capiz Shell table top

I have been looking for a tutorial on how to make a table top with a mosaic of capiz shell. I have quite a lot left from making a chandelier style lampshade and I thought an accent table might be nice....
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What is the correct converter to fit my Inoxcrom fountain pen?

My grandfather left me an old Inoxcrom fountain pen that was given to him as a gift. I have been using it as a dip pen to write with, but am hoping to find a converter so I can use it on the go. I am ...
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How do I get a glass jar out of refractory plaster?

So today I made a metal foundry with a 2/4 plaster 1/4 sand and 1/4 water mix and I put a glass jar in the middle of it to create room. But now the glass jar is stuck and I don't want to break it. Any ...
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What is the purpose of an abrader in flint knapping?

I'm trying to learn flint knapping, and I keep seeing references to abrading the edge while working the material. What is the purpose of doing this? How do I know when an edge should be abraded, and ...
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What are these blue spots on a AISI 301 steel plate?

Hi, This is a x150 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 ...
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plastics options for molding

I have a mold made from a platinum-cure silicone rubber. Its a pretty simple shape with a 3mm thickness. I have attempted to use a fast cast urethane resin, with a shore D hardness 72 that is clear. ...
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What is the equivalent to niello for brass?

I have some brassware with nice engraved designs that I'd like to bring out. If it were silver or gold, I'd use niello, but that apparently doesn't work on brass. I could try and do something to ...
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What are the common causes for sticky harness needles?

Frequently I'm finding that my harness needles are too difficult to pull through by hand, and I have to resort to pliers, which means putting down the awl. Slows down the process a bit. What I'm ...
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How long to dry juniper before working with it?

I would like to carve something out of juniper cut down last week. I intend to make something like a hiking stick or some small decoration pieces, so nothing big or critical. How long should the ...
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Preservation of Animation Cels

I have several animation cels on celluloid. Does anyone have advice or references on how to mount and preserve them? They will be on display, so they'll need to be preserved against possible light ...
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Can I make doublets with a Genie and a trim saw?

I've never made doublets before, but I'd like to try. My concern is that I don't have a flat lap. I only have a trim saw, and a 6-wheel Diamond Pacific Genie. Is it possible to attach the dome to a ...

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