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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

Recover a Three-Ring Binder

Anybody know of a tutorial for recovering a three-ring binder? [more inside]
posted by Srudolph on May 30, 2010 - 6 answers

Crafty Recyclables not so Recyclable?

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]
posted by divabat on May 9, 2010 - 12 answers

Beautiful summer socks for the indoor Oxford, UK, climate?

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]
posted by amtho on May 4, 2010 - 13 answers

hobby lobby game make

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.
posted by Brent Parker on Mar 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Let's go build a kite (but where?)

A space in or near Camden (London, UK) we can take over to build kites and paper planes? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Mar 18, 2010 - 3 answers

Where are the art and craft galleries in LA?

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.
posted by kbuxton on Mar 17, 2010 - 11 answers

Amore d'Armor

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?
posted by Scattercat on Mar 16, 2010 - 4 answers

favorite craft and sewing blogs?

What are your favorite craft and sewing blogs? Thanks!
posted by hollyanderbody on Mar 6, 2010 - 17 answers

Don't need to mail things but would love the decor

What crafty things can I do with old foreign stamps? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jan 5, 2010 - 8 answers

I would rather not burn it.

What are your favorite clever and creative crafts made by upcycling paper? [more inside]
posted by SinisterPurpose on Jan 5, 2010 - 6 answers

please help me harden my resin

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.
posted by donabean on Dec 21, 2009 - 6 answers

70's Genie Bottles of DEATH!?

A bottle full of swirling, opaque, pearlescent liquid, that did not homogenize; how did we do that? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Dec 17, 2009 - 10 answers

Knock it off

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]
posted by Sophie1 on Dec 16, 2009 - 14 answers

Projects for Christmas-weary adults?

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]
posted by ollyolly on Nov 30, 2009 - 12 answers

Will putting cloth through a paper shredder kill the shredder?

I have old clothes, I have a paper shredder (confetti style), can the two come together and make stuffing for pillows? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Nov 29, 2009 - 10 answers

Perforating Paper

Is there a machine that will allow me to cut a hole in a stack of paper? [more inside]
posted by edmz on Nov 27, 2009 - 16 answers

What non-food consumables can I make for holiday gifts?

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]
posted by mr. remy on Nov 6, 2009 - 29 answers

Where to find gutta percha?

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?
posted by aladfar on Oct 14, 2009 - 8 answers

What can I make from a broken crystal chandelier?

I have the crystal pieces from an old, broken chandelier. What can I make from them? [more inside]
posted by jeather on Sep 14, 2009 - 9 answers

Woodworking without modern fasteners?

Where can I find woodworking plans or guides for creating outdoor furniture with a minimum of fasteners? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Sep 8, 2009 - 13 answers

Too bad I don't have a vintage cat...

What should I do with this awesome vintage cat carrier? [more inside]
posted by kathrineg on Sep 7, 2009 - 10 answers

Recommendations for new and unusual crafts?

Knitting, crochet, beading, sewing.. what am I missing? Looking for some unusual craft techniques and projects. [more inside]
posted by psychostorm on Aug 18, 2009 - 36 answers

What are some good resources for learning to craft old tyres into products?

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]
posted by Not Supplied on Jul 31, 2009 - 7 answers

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]
posted by tnoetz01 on Jul 29, 2009 - 2 answers

Cheap, good dressmakers in London?

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]
posted by shewhoeats on Jul 14, 2009 - 6 answers

Crunchy, crafty mom shopping nirvana in NYC?

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]
posted by printchick on Jun 8, 2009 - 8 answers

Don't get me wrong, clotheslines are great, but help me make one AWESOME!

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]
posted by variella on May 27, 2009 - 16 answers

Where can I get large pieces of velcro?

Where can I find colorful velcro larger than 3" in diameter? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on May 26, 2009 - 2 answers

What everyday objects can I turn into nifty bracelets?

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]
posted by NoraReed on May 19, 2009 - 29 answers

Made of cocaine and the tears of child actors

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]
posted by klangklangston on May 1, 2009 - 15 answers

fun things to make with business cards

what is the coolest thing I can make using 1000 redundant business cards? [more inside]
posted by girlgenius on Apr 24, 2009 - 19 answers

Funky origami advice?

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?
posted by tnygard on Feb 21, 2009 - 11 answers

How can I NOT set this craft on fire?

I'm trying to figure out how to colour some clear glass tea light holders to maximize sexiness and avoid flames. [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Jan 23, 2009 - 12 answers

Do you have any good DIY resources

Can you recommend some alternatives to Make magazine/blog without the social baggage and less emphasis on blinktrons and noisetrons? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Dec 22, 2008 - 21 answers

Where can I find light weight potatoes made of foam/plastic/etc?

Where can I find light weight potatoes made of foam/plastic/etc? [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Nov 20, 2008 - 10 answers

How do I create something artsy for my walls?

DIY art/craft help with the gingko tree/leaf as inspiration. [more inside]
posted by Amizu on Nov 13, 2008 - 7 answers

Vintage water slide decal adhesive

What is the adhesive that backs water slide decals made of? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Nov 9, 2008 - 3 answers

Filler up!

What kind of filler should I use in the home-made microwaveable heat packs I'm making for holiday presents this year? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Oct 20, 2008 - 17 answers

How do I make my own lavender-filled softies?

How do I go about making my own lavender bags? I'm planning on making some softies for Christmas presents and am unsure on whether they need to be fully filled with herb (dude) or whether a mixture of polyfilling is needed (less expensive). I'm also wondering what kind of lavender to use, and where the best (UK) place to obtain it may be. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Oct 5, 2008 - 9 answers

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