Stefan
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What paint should I use on a concrete statue?
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Sealing the concrete is the crucial step. I'd be using two coats of external plastic primer. You can buy primers with more than usual grip, but they cost twice as much (worth it). Then I would paint ...

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What is the way to clean kneaded eraser?
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I just tried washing one under a running tap of warm water and lots dishwashing liquid. (I kneaded the rubber while I washed it.) Mine was dark because I used it to pick up charcoal. Oddly enough it ...

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Rapidly Paint Fabric Flags?
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Rollers in various widths with a fast drying acrylic. I would insert a piece of card inside each pillow to stop the design running through to the other side and to keep the fabric straight. Your ...

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Any White Pens/Markers To Write Over Black Pens?
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I'd try a correction pen, there are now quite a lot to choose from. This web page shows over a dozen kinds, and how opaque they are over black ink. The best white ink pens Matching the paper ...

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How do I start over?
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These are the ways I start over: Walk away and leave the work out of sight for a few days. Sketch out the scene on something that does not matter. Do that 10 or even 20 times. For example, I bought a ...

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What is the purpose of an underpainting?
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Two main stages of underpainting Underpainting (or toning) eliminates the harsh, intimidating white canvas and allows you to paint freely without worry about ‘filling in’ the white. Use a big brush ...

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Baby oil or glycerin for snow globe?
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Glycerin has a density of about 1.2gm per cm3, while baby oil has density of 0.8. The less dense baby oil offers less resistance and I imagine will give quicker falling flakes of snow. How much ...

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I need a glue that won't turn opaque or run
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Liquid Nails Clear is a Selleys product made in Australia. We use liquid nails here as an all round building and construction glue, including masonry, metal, timber. Their technical support people ...

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Removing stitching from jacket
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I’d be using tweezers to remove the final remaining thread with a magnifying glass if needed. If the jacket's fabric is synthetic do this more carefully than if it is cotton. You might need to as a ...

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How can I blend soft pastels without removing too much colour?
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I'm not sure why it is lightening: is the paper showing? Does the paper have enough 'tooth' or grip to begin with? How hard are you pressing into the paper and pastel? I've found gentle pressure with ...

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Dense, easy-to-access material?
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This might be useful, a website that allows you to convert volume to weight for over 1500 substances and materials. Aqua-calc

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Prevent black colored pencil from blending into adjacent colors
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I’d suggest you buy one black Faber-Castell pencil. They are beautiful to draw with. And they have more pigment than the Crayolas so the blacks will be blacker when you need them to be. Judging by the ...

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Preserving chalk pastel artworks?
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Separate the works with a spacer (an art-class classmate built a box using corflute with a set of vertical 10mm balsa spacers in the corners with rounded tops to keep them separate and help guide the ...

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Is there paint without texture?
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I would try sandpaper or even an environmentally friendly (low fume) paint stripper. Other solvents might also be a worth a try, for example mineral turps for oil. Another option is to use a heat gun ...

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I am having trouble transitioning from sketching photos to live models
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Working from a photo is easy. Working from real life is testing how well you can see. It is not easy to get past what you think something should look like and what it actually looks like. As someone ...

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What paint to use for outdoor plastic chairs?
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I'd also use a specialty undercoat. Your DIY store or paint store should be able to supply an undercoat with extra grip designed to grip to difficult surfaces. I recently bought some. It's called ...

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Is it possible to make a charcoal lump stop leaving marks?
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Another approach to coating the coal is to submerge it in a liquid so you can be sure to seal every crack and surface imperfection. The amount of weight it needs to bear might be a factor in choosing ...

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Is it legal to make portraits of people for indirectly commercial purposes?
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Perhaps the answer is to search for photos and filter for search results that have been tagged with Creative Commons usage rights? In Google, try Images > Tools > Usage Rights. You'll see four ...

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Fast method to cut/shred glue stick into small pieces
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If you are cutting dozens, I'd wrap a bunch in tape where you are not cutting, and then cut them with a heated blade/knife. Alternatively a hacksaw or serrated breadknife. Update: Sorry misread the ...

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How do I get a glass jar out of refractory plaster?
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My approach would be to carefully drill holes into the glass very near one another, and then gradually break pieces away with long nosed pliers, or if you have a dremel with a tip for grinding glass ...

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Touching up the coloring on my American nylon flag
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Perhaps try fabric paint available at a serious art supply store. In Australia, I'd would by these, as they set permanently. Matching your colours will be difficult, so experiment on a scrap of paper,...

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Very small grommets keep splitting
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This is not my field, so I won't be much help. But I notice no one has answered. If it were me, I'd take the spreader and the grommets back to the store, as well as samples of split grommets and the ...

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How do I clean dried brushes?
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As an alternative, I have used a low-fume paint stripper to smother the brushes in, and then wrap in clingwrap, and let soak for several hours. (I have not tried paint thinnners: this probably works ...

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Painting a backpack
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I’d consider leather shoe dyes. Alternatively, embroidery.

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What type of printer should I use for cardstock?
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I might be wrong but you sound like you're at the beginning of the research phase. One thing not mentioned in the excellent answers already given, is that paper or card stock come in many different ...

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What criteria should I be considering when looking at a second hand sewing machine?
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Personally oid buy an older Janome or Lemair. I have had both, and they are tough and reliable. I have made curtains for two houses etc. I’m sure other brands can be recommended. Speak with a sewing ...

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What materials can be used to fill a puffy jacket?
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Buy a quality fill, used by hiking jacket manufacturers. I have a RAB jacket with Primaloft: best jacket I have ever owned. It insulates when wet. You can buy it off the roll. You can buy it off ...

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How can I repair broken glass inside a stained glass project?
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Replace the whole broken section: could look weird another You're going to be lucky to get the same glass of the same colour. If you could, I would replace the whole section with the crack. You can ...

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