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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

Sewing machine vibrations and Computer hard drives.

Can a mini sewing machine and iMac live happily on the same desk? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Mar 25, 2012 - 4 answers

DIYODS!!! (do it your own dang self)

What are the best DIY sites on the web? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Mar 22, 2012 - 13 answers

sealant for letterpressed coasters

I'm making some paperboard coasters, but I'd like to seal them so that they won't pick up coffee rings. What sealant would be best? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Mar 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Are there craft blog events?

I have a blog that used to have some readership. I think I got people interested mostly by participating in food blog events (where someone hosts on their blog, names a theme, and then everyone makes something, blogs about it, and gets a link in the event post. There are so many of these that there are even blogs that aggregate all the food blog events). Then I had to move my blog and lost most of my visitors. Also I now post a lot more art/craft content than food. I assumed there would be similar things for my new topics, but I just can't find them. Do you know of any recurring art/craft blog events with open participation, or any websites that catalog such things?
posted by lgyre on Feb 27, 2012 - 4 answers

What's this craft paper called?

Google-fu failure - please help me find this kind of craft paper! [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on Feb 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Beading help

Beading/jewellery/craft people, can you help me work out how to make this necklace? [more inside]
posted by peter1982peter on Feb 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Learn From Home, an Age Old Craft

Can I teach myself to be a silversmith? More specifically, I want to make nice rings, with drusy and cut stones, and maybe some raw brass pendants. But how do I start? [more inside]
posted by ohmansocute on Feb 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Help find my mom some projects.

My elderly mother needs a project or three to do during the winter. What can you suggest? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Jan 10, 2012 - 8 answers

how to set up kids business selling homemade crafts

a bunch of 4th graders want to raise money by selling crafts they make. I want to know more about this kind of kids business. [more inside]
posted by akomom on Jan 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Stopmotion animation project ideas for kids

Give me ideas for stop-motion animation projects I can do with my young daughter. [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Dec 29, 2011 - 13 answers

How can I turn two love letters into a gift?

I need ideas! I have two love letters that I would like to display, or archive in an attractive way, and give as a gift to the letter writers. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 - 5 answers

Finding the right beads

I want to buy some craft beads for a friend in the USA (I'm in the UK), but don't know the exact type of beads she uses, or where's best to buy them from, and I don't want to ask her directly as it's a surprise. [more inside]
posted by emc on Dec 17, 2011 - 5 answers

[spoiler]: use highlighter pen to reveal

how do you emulate a [spoiler] tag on paper? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Creative Arts Ideas for Grownups

Where can I find resources on the web or in print for great art-making and unique crafty ideas for adults? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Nov 3, 2011 - 11 answers

Looking for info on wax seals/stamps

Getting back into letter writing. Thinking about using wax seals, looking for some information. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Nov 1, 2011 - 12 answers

What are the ingredients of a awesome perfume kit?

What supplies & book should I get for an adult that wants to get started making their own perfumes? I'm looking to spend around $75 for everything. [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker on Oct 20, 2011 - 9 answers

How do we get more people to come to our weekly adult creative night?

Last winter, our small-town nonprofit arts organization decided it wanted to do something during our long dark winters to bring people together to be creative in its gallery space. Thus was born free weekly drop-in adult creative time. Problem is, people don't go. How do we change this? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Oct 11, 2011 - 22 answers

Halloween costume help: Kaneda from Akira

I'm going to try to make a Kaneda (from Akira) costume for Halloween. What craft materials do I want to use to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Oct 5, 2011 - 4 answers

crush the piñata before it crushes you

My boyfriend wants a piñata full of condoms, nips (airline-sized bottles of alcohol), and fireworks for his birthday. How do I make a piñata shaped like a T-Rex holding a can of PBR? Where do I find (plastic!) nips in Chicago? How do I go about obtaining fireworks when they're illegal in Illinois? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Sep 18, 2011 - 24 answers

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