wheat paste vs. PVA for adhering paper and book cloth to binder's board [more inside]
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]
I think I would like to buy a loom. Yes, for weaving things. [more inside]
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!
How can I print and cut out 50 small round photographs to attach to bookmarks? [more inside]
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?
Any cool reuses for an empty Chambord bottle? [more inside]
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]
Does a 120V AC -->12V DC power supply need an RF choke when used to power a small DC motor? [more inside]
How would you go about making 7-foot-tall (approximately) elephant tusks? [more inside]
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]
How to build a wire frame for rice paper lampshade without wire hangers? [more inside]
These are my perfectly ordinary shoes. I'm terribly bored with them. How can I hack them to make them more interesting? [more inside]
Chicago Filter: I would like to take a hand sewing class - but NOT embroidery. [more inside]
How can I repair used paperback books -- and keep them out of the recycling bin? [more inside]
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?
Anybody know of a tutorial for recovering a three-ring binder? [more inside]
What is the long-term impact of reusable art/craft projects (e.g. school "environmental" arts projects or Etsy-esque recycled jewelry & knickknacks)? Do they really help the environment or do they just delay the impact? [more inside]
I have a vague idea about making a friend in the UK a birthday present of some hand-decorated (by me) socks. Where can I get some perfect, already-beautiful but understated, socks to enhance? What kind of socks would a feminine academic in Oxford, UK, find wonderful? Do you know your online sock options? [more inside]
Help me make a gift for a friend. I have a friend that enjoys shopping at the the Hobby Lobby / Michaels kind of stores, and she also likes board games. Help me adapt a board game rule set that would go nicely with shopping at such an establishment. (One problem, she hates Monopoly - so it can't be a Monopoly adaptation.) She really likes Taboo, but I can't think how to work it in with this theme.
A space in or near Camden (London, UK) we can take over to build kites and paper planes? [more inside]
Where are the art and craft galleries in the Los Angeles area? I'm looking for galleries that sell art, jewelry, pottery and so on that's not mass-produced, but not crazy expensive fine art either. I'd love to find something like Portland's Real Mother Goose. Nice stuff, not too experimental or edgy and perfect for buying gifts for my parents.
Recently started weaving chainmail in a search for a quiet crafty activity to do at my desk during downtime at work. Sunk ~$100 into getting a good mix of starting materials (anodized aluminum, brass, and a steel "coif kit" for when I get the hang of it.) Have so far learned basic 4-in-1 weave and made a bracelet and some earrings for my wife. (The latter turned out, the former is so-so.) What are some good resources for patterns, advice, other info?
What are your favorite craft and sewing blogs? Thanks!
What crafty things can I do with old foreign stamps? [more inside]
What are your favorite clever and creative crafts made by upcycling paper? [more inside]
Help! I'm making a craft resin beltbuckle for an xmas present-and I have done the first layer which hardened just fine over the photo in the mold-but the second layer is still unhardened at the 40 hour mark-its not totally liquid-but sticky to the touch. Is there any way to make this harden-I'm heating it under a heat lamp-but any crafty people got a sure fire solution? I don't have time to start over.
A bottle full of swirling, opaque, pearlescent liquid, that did not homogenize; how did we do that? [more inside]
I have a creative block. Every time I start a creative pursuit, I accuse myself of a lack of originality and/or plagiarism and quit. [more inside]
Monopoly and decorating cookies aren't interesting enough to woo my relatives away from their naps. What are some fun projects, challenges, and DIY kits the adults in my extended family can do together for entertainment over Christmas week? [more inside]
I have old clothes, I have a paper shredder (confetti style), can the two come together and make stuffing for pillows? [more inside]
Is there a machine that will allow me to cut a hole in a stack of paper? [more inside]
I want to make lots of neat little gifts to give friends for Christmas. I'd like these gifts to be useable, elegant, consumable, and grown-up (not decorative, artsy-fartsy crafty crap). My recipients are Pragmatic New Englanders, and would be irked receiving potpourri, eye pillows, embroidered towels, door-hangings, pine-cone-bird feeders, or anything of that ilk. Hence: consumables. In the past I've had past successes making figgy pudding with brandy butter and a collection of homemade ketchups, relishes, mustards, and chutneys, but this year I want to move out of the kitchen. Blow me away with millions of amazing little home-made gift suggestions. [more inside]
How to obtain gutta percha? Once used to fashion tintype cases and to insulate the first trans-atlantic cable, it's since fallen out of fashion. Now, it's primary application is for the filling of root canals. Where can I find some in sufficient quantity for a craft project?
I have the crystal pieces from an old, broken chandelier. What can I make from them? [more inside]
Where can I find woodworking plans or guides for creating outdoor furniture with a minimum of fasteners? [more inside]
Knitting, crochet, beading, sewing.. what am I missing? Looking for some unusual craft techniques and projects. [more inside]
What are some good resources for learning to work with old tyres - crafting them into products and designs? +or could you explain the basic processes? [more inside]
What kinds of advertising options should a new internet startup offer its customers and how should they be priced?
What kinds of advertising options should a new internet startup offer its customers and how should they be priced? [more inside]
I have a dress that I love. I want more dresses just like the dress that I love. Help me find someone in London who will make me cute dresses! [more inside]
Which crunchy/crafty/eclectic/kid-centered type stores should I visit when I'm in NYC? I'll be there for a seminar but will have some free time afterwards. [more inside]
Items weighing less than 1lb that make you think "WOW that's cool!" or "GOT to buy that!" on first glance? Catch: items already in your home or could do a bang-up job of creating in two weeks. [more inside]
Where can I find colorful velcro larger than 3" in diameter? [more inside]
My girlfriend really likes bracelets made from ordinary objects. She has a fork bracelet and a bike chain bracelet already. What are other objects that I could turn into bracelets for her? Or, alternatively, what are some cool Etsy shops that make cool bracelets out of everyday stuff? [more inside]
LA Gourmet Cocktails? What are the finest, most crafted cocktails you've had in LA? High-end genius drinkology? Even just the best-balanced martini? Is there a molecular gastronomy equivalent here? [more inside]
what is the coolest thing I can make using 1000 redundant business cards? [more inside]
Hi all, I have recently become obsessed with origami, and I love the funkier side of the craft. Bright colors, geometric patterns, modular pieces. I have the basic folds down, but now I want to make and learn about really cool stuff. Do any of you have suggestions about the most interesting origami papers, websites, discussion groups, patterns, etc.? Or any other origami advice?
I'm trying to figure out how to colour some clear glass tea light holders to maximize sexiness and avoid flames. [more inside]
Can you recommend some alternatives to Make magazine/blog without the social baggage and less emphasis on blinktrons and noisetrons? [more inside]