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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

name my art and coffee group, please

Please name my little group and suggest items that should be provided. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Jun 30, 2011 - 14 answers

Coppicing in America

Where, in America (or Southern Canada), can I attend workshops to learn about British hurdle-making, traditional fence-making, and other coppice crafts? Preferably, in the Midwest, but anywhere East of the Rockies would be considered.
posted by Chrischris on May 10, 2011 - 1 answer

Crayons and Paas tablets? Ist that all you've got?

I'm getting ready to dye Easter eggs with my kids, ages 7, 9, 11 and 14. Do you have any tips for decorating easter eggs? Our repertoire consists of using two colors, crayons, and putting on stickers. My google-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Apr 23, 2011 - 18 answers

Crotchety Crocheter is Crotchety

Crochet-filter: Can you tell me how to make the edging of an afghan not be bunched up and stupid-looking? [more inside]
posted by motsque on Apr 19, 2011 - 12 answers

books on creativity for the creative person

Can you recommend great books on creativity that have inspired you greatly in your work? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Mar 18, 2011 - 23 answers

Forgotten craft article

Half remembered craft article - a cute gift made with an egg. You pricked a normal egg, sucked the contents out, then bored a little hole in it. You could then roll up a nice little note or something, slip it in the hollow eggshell, then conceal the hole by making the egg spotted - sticking circular stickers on the egg including one covering the hole. I think the egg was also spraypainted gold. It was a pretty cute idea, anyone remember this? [more inside]
posted by oxala on Feb 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Pretty, personalized DIY baby gifts?

Please recommend small, pretty gift ideas (preferably personalized!) that I can hand-make as new-baby, birthday or Christmas presents for small children. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Feb 7, 2011 - 21 answers

Crafty advice for baseball fan!

Mefites with Craft/Artistic aptitude! I need advice on creating the coolest card table ever! [more inside]
posted by Cainaan777 on Jan 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Burnt Giant Plush Squid

Need advise on repair of burnt Giant Plush Squid. Through an accident our lovely plush squid was damaged, so I now am trying to figure out how to clean and repair the fellow... [more inside]
posted by batgrlHG on Jan 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Who will take my wine bottle and make me a candle?

I need help finding a company that takes your existing wine bottle and turns it into a pillar candle by cutting off the top and pouring a candle into it. I believe it was in OR or WA. [more inside]
posted by bq on Jan 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Crochet blogs?

What are you favorite crochet blogs? They can include knitting and other crafts but crochet should definitely have a main part. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jan 5, 2011 - 8 answers

[bookbinding/craft filter] Should I switch from PVA to wheat paste or some other adhesive?

wheat paste vs. PVA for adhering paper and book cloth to binder's board [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Dec 24, 2010 - 4 answers

How to be an (art) autodidact

Looking for general advice, tips, personal anecdotes, etc from autodidacts (or anyone else) about learning a complex craft/set of skills on your own. (details on the particular discipline inside) [more inside]
posted by Griffinlb on Dec 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Fruit of My Loom

I think I would like to buy a loom. Yes, for weaving things. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Nov 29, 2010 - 16 answers

Need to source clear plastic tubes in Chicago

I need to build a short-ish (maybe 15' or so?) pneumatic tube system between two large (12") clear globes powered by a leaf blower. I have the globes, and the blower is being sourced, but now I need the tubes themselves. I'm looking for clear plastic tubing around 3" in diameter (though I'm flexible) that comes in both straight and curved segments. Cheap is good! Also, I'm in the Chicago area, but I can drive to pick up the items as this is somewhat time sensitive. Any suggestions for vendors that might have such odd items would be greatly appreciated TIA!
posted by Imhotep is Invisible on Nov 29, 2010 - 10 answers

homemade bookmarks

How can I print and cut out 50 small round photographs to attach to bookmarks? [more inside]
posted by CheeseLouise on Nov 18, 2010 - 10 answers

Turning china into gold

I have a set of enamel/china tea cups, the sort you see in Chinese restaurants. I want to paint them gold (or make them gold in some way). What sort of paint/covering/etc would I use?
posted by divabat on Nov 8, 2010 - 5 answers

Reusing a Chambord Bottle

Any cool reuses for an empty Chambord bottle? [more inside]
posted by moonroof on Oct 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Help my flats live forever

I have a favorite pair of pink flats that would be awesome to have in yellow, red, green, eggplant, you name it. They aren't being made anymore. Can I easily DIY-replicate them in other fabrics/colors? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Oct 6, 2010 - 4 answers

How much trouble am I flirting with?

Does a 120V AC -->12V DC power supply need an RF choke when used to power a small DC motor? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Oct 6, 2010 - 7 answers

I meant what I said and I said what I meant! An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent!

How would you go about making 7-foot-tall (approximately) elephant tusks? [more inside]
posted by cooker girl on Sep 29, 2010 - 12 answers

Not handicrafts AGAIN!

I know we've got some fabulously crafty people hanging out on the Green. What have been some of your best appreciated, cheap Holiday projects? [more inside]
posted by Ys on Sep 21, 2010 - 47 answers

How to build a wire frame for rice paper lampshade without wire hangers?

How to build a wire frame for rice paper lampshade without wire hangers? [more inside]
posted by beautiful on Sep 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Pimp my shoes

These are my perfectly ordinary shoes. I'm terribly bored with them. How can I hack them to make them more interesting? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Sep 2, 2010 - 17 answers

Sew frustrated

Chicago Filter: I would like to take a hand sewing class - but NOT embroidery. [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Aug 26, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I repair the spines of paperback books?

How can I repair used paperback books -- and keep them out of the recycling bin? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Jul 2, 2010 - 9 answers

Japanese doll patterns in English?

I am interested Japanese-style doll-making, like amigurumi. I have seen a lot of great amigurumi crochet patterns, and hand-sewn felt doll patterns, and also waldorf-style large doll patterns, but they seem to be mostly only available in Japanese. Does anyone have a good source for these patterns in English? Any other suggestions for good sources of patterns for cute mascot dolls and otherwise?
posted by lakersfan1222 on Jun 14, 2010 - 7 answers

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