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Where can I buy waterproof mirrored acrylic?

I'm looking for sheet mirrored plexiglass, acrylic, polycarbonate ... [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Sep 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Creating a music map of London for students

How can I use an ordnance survey map plus some pins/string/labels to make a Music map of London for my secondary school classroom without it taking a lot of time and effort? [more inside]
posted by Lotto on Jul 30, 2014 - 6 answers

How to craft ice

I have one of those insane ideas for a birthday present for my other half, but it involves making an 'ice crystal' out of acrylic or glass or something and I have no idea where to start, or where to start looking for help... [more inside]
posted by Muppet Pastor on Jun 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Me write pretty one day

How do I craft beautiful sentences? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Jun 1, 2014 - 15 answers

Best Bonding Agent for cardboard to Plastic liter bottles?

I spraypainted some 2 liter bottles to make kids' rocket jet packs. I am wanting to bond a piece of cardboard onto the back (later with elastic loops for arm loops) that will do it very quickly* as this will be during an activity with 40 kids. [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon on May 31, 2014 - 17 answers

Cleaning tole paint

I have a tole painted wooden bowl that has been on a shelf for possibly decades. It is now tinged yellow. I tried wiping with a damp cloth and a bit of baking soda but that didn't make a difference. I don't want to try anything to harsh and risk damaging the painting. What's the best way to restore this? And then how to maintain it in the future?
posted by platypus of the universe on May 25, 2014 - 1 answer

Best beer-related activity or event in Portland, Oregon?

I'm heading to Portland in July (hooray!) and am already ecstatically excited about all the awesome things there are to indulge in (kind of feel like this city is where I was supposed to live - too bad I live many timezones away). The town is overrun with amazing breweries and my partner who is joining me is a massive beer geek. We're already planning on visting as many breweries as we can and the Oregon Brewfest is on while we're there (double hooray!). However, I'd like to surprise him with the best beer related activity, event, or venue Portland has to offer (which is also acting as a consolation prize as I nixed the idea of staying at the Bed 'n' Beer in Newport). Ideas, suggestions, advice? I know there are a lot of Portland Mefites with wonderful taste - so I'd love any help! [more inside]
posted by liquorice on Apr 27, 2014 - 16 answers

Labelis Totallis - graphic design for a complete newbie

I would like to make some candles, lip balms, soaps etc with wizard themed labels for an upcoming Harry Potter themed party. Then, if it works out ok, I was hoping to expand and maybe start a small etsy shop. But I don't know where to start with the labels. [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld on Apr 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Calling all cross-stitchers of MeFi!

I am about to begin a very large, very exciting cross-stitch project! I have only done small projects in the past, and I need some guidance in several areas. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Mar 17, 2014 - 14 answers

Will there always be a faster space ship?

My Google skills are failing me. I remember reading something about how there is no point in building a fast spacecraft and sending it out into the universe because at some point in the future we will build a faster ship that will overtake it, so we might as well wait, and wait, and wait, until we have the better technology and we never end up building a ship. Does anyone know what this is called or have any extra information?
posted by UltraFleece on Mar 13, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me reupholster leather desk chair

I have a leather computer desk chair that I got 2 years ago that I really like and they don't sell it anymore, it is very ergonomic. I have tried out other chairs and not found one as good. The leather has torn in several places and I need to reupholster it. I don't want to take it somewhere to be reupholstered becasue a) I don't have the money and B) I would have nothing to sit on while it is in the shop. The thing is I don't know anything about reupholstering , let alone what looks somewhat complicated due to all the panels, in it. I have made a video showing in detail the chair, and the problems with it. I will be very grateful to anyone who can help with with this. This is the video.
posted by john123357 on Jan 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Crafting a Monthly Love Letter

Christmas gift help: what's a fun way to visually design a different love letter for each month of the year? [more inside]
posted by bbuda on Dec 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Inspiration and Direction for Christmas Crafting Requested!!

I got a wooden crate like this one to do a craft project for my father for Christmas. He got a record player for his birthday and is starting a record collection all over again and needs something to contain them in. I figured I could make something neat and personal out of a wood crate, but I need help with the details, or ideas for what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Dec 9, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I learn to sew clothing without ready-made patterns?

I'm just beginning to learn to sew, but I'd like to start by drafting from basic instructions, understanding how a 2 dimensional piece of fabric becomes a garment to fit a three dimensional body, being a little bit creative from the very beginning. One reason I don't want to use patterns is because the cost of buying them is prohibitive. But I also just don't feel inspired to go that way. What do you think? Ideas, resources, books? Anything to lead me step by step into the process of drafting and sewing clothing? [more inside]
posted by miaow on Dec 7, 2013 - 18 answers

what do to with fancy beer bottles

I've got some heavy, fancy beer bottles, like this, at home. Throwing them out is a waste, and there is no deposit. What can I do with them?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Best paint to use for a portrait on a toaster oven?

A coworker of mine often complains that we do not have a toaster in the office. I have an unused one, and would like to paint her portrait on it as a humorous secret-santa gift for our office xmas party. I like to work with acrylics and india ink, but am afraid that they will peel off when they get hot. What paint/technique do you think will work best?
posted by DaveZ on Nov 27, 2013 - 8 answers

How to support 90" countertop in sewing room?

How can/should I best support a 90" span of countertop, in a room where we want to do sewing, crafts, and schoolwork? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Nov 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Fashion Corset Sewing for the Novice

So, I was gifted some fabulous fabric, enough for a fabulous fashion corset. Never made one, thus I am looking for suggestions for good patterns, excellent kits, books and other resources. I am a reasonably skilled intermediate sewist, with a good machine, near some excellent local shops. I fully intend to practice on less-loved fabric first. I'm not looking for period accuracy or significant waist reduction, but I am looking to make something more corsetlike than a lightly-boned princess bodice. More steampunk outerwear than Victoria Secret underwear. Most likely I'll pick an underbust as it's intended as an over-my-clothes fashion thing. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Nov 3, 2013 - 7 answers

What Hand-Held Device Will Cut Shapes from Fibrous Clay?

I need to make circular shapes - consistently and regularly - from a material that can only be described as fibrous clay with some waxy residue. I need to find some kind of hand-held device/gadget that will make these circular shapes without breaking. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Oct 27, 2013 - 18 answers

Endless Loop

Can code quality be brought in to a fast and loose web shop? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Oct 16, 2013 - 9 answers

What things cannot be made by machine?

For example knitting can be duplicated by machine, but crocheted items can only be made by hand. I'm curious, are there other things that cannot be duplicated by machine?
posted by patheral on Oct 8, 2013 - 24 answers

Help Make this Space happen: Suggest your favorite tools and resources

I am tasked with stocking up a Maker Space gallery that will be part of a museum. I'm very much a crafter and maker myself, but am looking for the Makers of MetaFilter to tell me your favorite tools, especially ones for small hands (we will be catering to kids and families, as young as 3 years old). We will be doing simple woodworking projects (already looking at Japanese Pull Saws), sewing, circuitry, paper art, lots of tinkering (including activities with recycled materials and new materials). We are focusing on "real" tools (no plastic Fisher Price kids stuff, please), and I expect to buy a couple different versions of some items (hammers for smaller people, hammers for bigger jobs). The tools will get lots of use, so I'm happy to spend a bit more if it means I don't have to constantly replace broken items. I am especially looking for specific recommendations for specific tools, reviews, or resources ("these sewing scissors are amazing for the price" or "don't buy this brand of clamp" or "this site sells very good quality paper punches"). Thanks in advance!
posted by leastlikelycowgirl on Sep 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Can I make my own glass earrings?

I work as an air conditioning mechanic, and with my head stuck in operating electrical machines all day I have a mind to switch to non-conductive earrings. I have 6ga or 4mm earrings. I used to have a pair of glass earrings but they eventually broke when I dropped them. Is there any reason I should not use glass stirring rods to make a new set of glass earrings? I am assuming I can use a torch or buns en burner to bend them and finish the ends.
posted by Naib on Sep 12, 2013 - 3 answers

I need supplies for entry-level leatherworking. Difficulty : cat toys.

I want to learn how to make cat toys for Captain Tightpants. I've got the design, I know exactly what I want to make... but I lack supplies and some knowledge. [more inside]
posted by radiopaste on Aug 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Where can I buy leatherworking supplies and leather in Long Island?

Where can I find leatherworking supplies and leather at a storefront on Long Island, preferably Suffolk County? All I've found are hat shops or defunct addresses. [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on May 1, 2013 - 1 answer

Help me find an easy craft project for 3rd graders

Could someone suggest an easy holiday craft project (less than 30 minutes) for a 3rd grade class to complete during their holiday party? [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Dec 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Building circles....

Is it possible to make a pop-up card without the pixellated look? I have searched Google to no avail. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Dec 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Name this crochet stitch!

Can you identify the crochet stitch in this item? [more inside]
posted by scuza on Dec 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Kids DIY gifts for the non-creative child?

I need ideas for gifts my son could make for Christmas that don't require any artistic skill at all. He's ten, and has issues with fine motor skills. When he's asked to do artwork, it's not much more than scribbles and stick figures. I need to do cheap gifts this year, so I'm going to have his younger sister make bookmarks for him, and some relatives. To balance that, I'd like him to make gifts for his two grandfathers. The grandfathers don't have any particular hobbies, one is nearly blind and housebound. I don't want to ask him to do artwork, because it will frustrate him to compare to his sister's better skills. Any thoughts?
posted by saffry on Nov 30, 2012 - 27 answers

What kind of pillow is NOT going to compress over time to become a sad, flat pancake pillow?

I want to buy square pillow forms and make the covers myself. I want the forms to be at least 16" but larger is better. The cushions will be used by heavy people for lower back support or for head support when lying down in the couch. What sort of pillow is NOT going to compress over time to become a sad, flat pancake pillow? Assume a complete lack of knowledge regarding pillow ingredients, brands, types and sources. [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Nov 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Seeking craft project for 10 year old boy

Craft project for 10 year old boy who is REALLY into Minecraft? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Nov 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Identify this!

Can you help me identify and replace a smashed up clay figurine? [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin on Nov 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Holiday Project Time!

Hello crafty-folks! It's 2012 & once again I have realized that I have not learned to knit in time to give everyone handmade scarves for the holidays. So what new awesome projects can you suggest for holiday gift-giving? [more inside]
posted by Ys on Nov 7, 2012 - 17 answers

No elbow macaroni please...

Seeking your ideas for free or inexpensive crafts for adults that can be completed within 2-3 hours with very little instruction required. Striving for a fun process and a pleasing end product. No worthless, ugly or junky, please. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Oct 24, 2012 - 34 answers

How do I print Braille onto metal?

How would I go about printing Braille on to metal? [more inside]
posted by hitchcockblonde on Oct 9, 2012 - 9 answers

How to Run a Booth at a Fair

Have you ever manned a booth at a carnival, fair, or expo? I'm running a booth and selling items at a weekend fair that will benefit a volunteer organization. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Oct 5, 2012 - 23 answers

Jumping cholla batman!

Where can I legally collect cholla cactus wood in the Palm Springs area? [more inside]
posted by eddydamascene on Aug 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Budget rivets for budget fidgets?

What store would have a rivet-like thing (small!) that I could pick up today or tomorrow to make a more discreet version of this style bracelet? [more inside]
posted by tilde on Aug 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Transfer images from paper to cloth

I like to draw. I like to embroider. Help me get my drawings on the fabric. [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Jul 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Mixed Media Art 101

I think I have fallen in love with mixed media arts and crafts! Help me do more of this! [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Jul 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Gift ideas for a cancer survivor

I'd like to get/make a gift for a breast cancer survivor. I am moderately crafty. Gift ideas? [more inside]
posted by mooza on Jul 25, 2012 - 10 answers

What can I make from the fabric from my wedding dress's train?

I'm having the train removed from my wedding dress-- what can I do with the leftover material as a keepsake? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Jul 5, 2012 - 17 answers

xxx Nothing Is Fucked Here xxx

What are some movie quotes that sound like mantras, maxims, or other sayings, and would thereby make good cross stitch samplers? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jun 10, 2012 - 129 answers

Crafting a momento from a hotel key card

What would be a romantic keepsake (intended for my wife) that I could craft out of a plastic credit card-shaped hotel door key?
posted by TheManChild2000 on Jun 9, 2012 - 18 answers

Glue to bond glass and ceramics

Suitable glue to bond glass to ceramics - must dry clear, and be dishwasher proof (or at least waterproof) [more inside]
posted by robintw on Jun 1, 2012 - 6 answers

How to jazz up a solid silk necktie?

Boyfriend has a solid-colored teal silk necktie he was forced to buy for a wedding. He says he'll never wear it again in it's current state as it is too "prom-y". Anything I can do to either a) make the tie more interesting (ex. a pattern) and thus wearable or b) put it to some other crafty use? [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish on May 20, 2012 - 22 answers

Miniature Chinese landscapes?

You know those miniature dioramas you sometimes find in Chinese restaurants, the ones made out of something like bamboo shavings (?), usually scenes of some trees, a bridge and a small temple or gazebo, set in a little glass box/frame? My Google-fu is weak - my young son is disappoint (he would love one for his birthday)... [more inside]
posted by progosk on May 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Babies Galore!

What kind of thoughtful yet not-time-expensive gift can I make my sister for her new baby? [more inside]
posted by Liesl on Apr 30, 2012 - 23 answers

What (possibly non-English) word describes deliberate, patient excellence?

What word would I used to describe an attitude of deliberate, patient excellence as in a craft or vocation? [more inside]
posted by Kamhead on Apr 11, 2012 - 14 answers

"It whirls, it whirls!"

Do you know about building mobiles? Looking for book recommendations, your favorite mobile makers (or mobiles) and any tips and tricks for finding balance with mobiles. [more inside]
posted by amanda on Apr 3, 2012 - 5 answers

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