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Arts and Crafts: Map Making

I would like to make or buy a detailed map of my neighborhood in Manhattan. I want it to be poster sized and nice enough looking to hang on the wall. I also want to be able to make notes on it, put push pins in it and post it on my wall. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Jan 28, 2008 - 11 answers

Neoprene, not neo anymore

What can I do with my old wetsuit? [more inside]
posted by nekton on Jan 27, 2008 - 18 answers

Sewing 101

Beginner's sewing: Please guide me to the most simple, step by step instructions on how to sew simple garments from simple patterns with a sewing machine.
posted by mistsandrain on Jan 26, 2008 - 16 answers

"How Many Five-Year Olds Could You Take On At Once" is not an option

I'm having a birthday pool party (indoor) with a group of 20 kindergarten-age kids. They'll be in the water most of the time, but they'll be in a charming little holding cell for the first part of the party. Any suggestions for an activity or craft that would work well in this situation? [more inside]
posted by bibliowench on Jan 26, 2008 - 10 answers

Will properly sized TECRE button/mirror parts work on a Badge-a-Minit hand press?

i was just a dork and after purchasing an entry level Badge-a-Minit 2 1/4 inch button press from the Badge a Minit store, i purchased 2 1/4 inch mirror parts (for pocket mirrors) on ebay intended for a TECRE brand button press. If they're not compatible, I'm kind of SOL...but if anyone can tell me they WON'T be compatible, I need to buy some compatible mirror parts ASAP in addition to the TECRE ones i purchased and will not be able to return. FYI I did see this post http://ask.metafilter.com/19714/Badger-badger-badger and followed all links and couldn't find the info I wanted. Any advice would be appreciated.
posted by Soulbee on Jan 6, 2008 - 1 answer

ISO etsy help

I'm trying to get some items sold on etsy with limited success and I have a bad feeling my photos are to blame. I don't have an SLR... what do I do [more inside]
posted by chickaboo on Dec 5, 2007 - 27 answers

What are your suggestions for fun and interesting hands-on, craft-type entertainment for a young married couple?

What are your suggestions for fun and interesting hands-on, craft-type entertainment for a young married couple? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Nov 27, 2007 - 23 answers

Paradoxical sheet magnets

SciFilter: Why don't these sheet magnets work as expected? [more inside]
posted by rwhe on Nov 27, 2007 - 4 answers

Help me brand a pizza box

I need ideas on how to decorate a Pizza box. [more inside]
posted by edmz on Oct 26, 2007 - 8 answers

Building A Wooden Jacob's Ladder, And More

You've probably seen this toy Jacob's Ladder before. I'm wondering if there are any other illusions that use the same principle, and whether they can be easily recreated by crafty amatuers. [more inside]
posted by maryh on Oct 20, 2007 - 9 answers

Pop goes the pouch spring

Where can I find/buy the closures for squeeze pouches? [more inside]
posted by that girl on Oct 10, 2007 - 7 answers

Waterproofing craft porcelain?

I'm trying to waterproof tiny objects made out of air-drying craft porcelain, but I've had little success. Suggestions for a translucent waterproofing material, or, perhaps, an alternate sculpting material? [more inside]
posted by nobody on Oct 9, 2007 - 14 answers

Tell Me How to Solder Stuff

What can you tell me about soldering? Not the electronic kind, but more for crafty/domestic purposes. Bonus if you know anything about metalwork. [more inside]
posted by pineapple on Oct 7, 2007 - 9 answers

Halo craft ideas wanted

I would like to make some Halo (the video game) things for my husband's birthday (next week). I am thinking about a Halo-cake (any good ideas? I don't want to make a photo cake) but don't have any other ideas. I don't live in the US and cannot buy many special products here. I also don't want to spend a lot of money. It's the idea that counts. Any ideas?
posted by davar on Oct 7, 2007 - 11 answers

Great paper crafts for a 1st anniversary?

My first wedding anniversary is coming up and I'm looking for some great paper crafts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 21, 2007 - 21 answers

port arthur to new orleans?

driving from port arthur to new orleans for my wife's birthday. can anyone recommend craftsfolk, artisans, jewelry or clothing designers along the way which could provide "that special gift" i am trying to find her? im relying on the "hive mind's" sense of "cool." go for it! i'd love to be able to arrive in some small town, check out some small shop and miraculously have that perfect something waiting there for her. any ideas? food suggestions welcome, too.
posted by oigocosas on Sep 16, 2007 - 5 answers

Injured rubbery-faced monkey puppet needs help

Please help me repair my rubbery-faced monkey puppet. [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Sep 10, 2007 - 10 answers

cool crafts on louisiana road trip?

driving from port arthur to new orleans for my wife's 40th. can anyone recommend craftsfolk, artisans, jewelry or clothing designers along the way which could provide "that special gift" i am trying to find her? im relying on the "hive mind's" sense of "cool." go for it! i'd love to be able to arrive in some small town, check out some small shop and miraculously have that perfect something waiting there for her. any ideas?
posted by oigocosas on Aug 29, 2007 - 4 answers

Letterpress Learning in the Windy City

I have become very interested in letterpress recently and was wondering about opportunities in the Chicago area to learn more. [more inside]
posted by moooshy on Aug 22, 2007 - 5 answers

Where can I buy cheap paper to make my own greeting cards?

[Homemade Greeting Card Filter] I want to make greeting cards, for friends and family -- mainly for obscure holidays (and just to say hello!) But buying supplies at PaperSource is super expensive -- and stamps are not exactly cheap. Where do you buy specialty stock paper and other greeting card paraphernalia? [mi] [more inside]
posted by moooshy on Aug 13, 2007 - 16 answers

Surrealist Scrapbooking

I am making a scrapbook for a friend of mine. The challenge? Neither one of us is the type to groove on the tacky "Precious Moments" aesthetic of most scrapbooking materials available. What's an aging goth to do? [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Jul 27, 2007 - 23 answers

How do I successfully make a floor cloth out of marine vinyl fabric?

I'm making a floor cloth for our kitchen. The instructions I've found online called for canvas. I bought marine vinyl fabric instead of duck cloth canvas since it seemed sturdier. Now I'm wondering if I need to prime it. What will Kilz do to marine vinyl fabric? Do I need to paint the back of it? Anyone ever make a floor cloth? Any tips and hints are much appreciated.
posted by orangemiles on Jul 25, 2007 - 9 answers

How do I get wrinkles out of a thin vinyl?

How do I get wrinkles out of a thin vinyl? [more inside]
posted by jesirose on Jul 20, 2007 - 3 answers

fartsy art for the artsy fart's wedding

I'm going to a wedding on Saturday and I'm looking for a cheap homemade gift project. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Jul 10, 2007 - 16 answers

DIY Shower Curtain??

I'm going to do what seems to me to be a rather weird craft/decorating project, and I'm not 100% sure how to not screw it up. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Jul 8, 2007 - 11 answers

What art supplies have I missed?

Best art supplies for a four-year-old? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jun 4, 2007 - 31 answers

Help me find out more information about Icelandic pattern art and craftwork?

One of my favorite books is a collection called _The Sagas of Icelanders_. The cover is here. There is a beautiful embossed set of work on the cover which i'd like more information about (i'm considering a design along these lines for a tattoo) and i'd also like more information on the design/carving of the (sword hilt, walking stick, etc) shown on the cover. There appears to be no information about either in the book.
posted by arimathea on Jun 2, 2007 - 7 answers

El Gigante

Help me make a luchador mask. [more inside]
posted by e^2 on May 27, 2007 - 1 answer

A Silver Rose

I would like to spray paint a whole rose with metallic silver paint. The intention is that it will encase the rose, fully retaining its pretty rose shape for at least a few days, if not permanently. In reality the rose will probably wilt, or otherwise warp, leaving an ugly silver mess. I don't know. Any suggestions on how to get the results as imagined?
posted by fucker on May 17, 2007 - 11 answers

Poetry about Secrets, Hidden Places?

Poetry about secrets, hidden things, hiding places? [more inside]
posted by Staggering Jack on May 11, 2007 - 19 answers

Help me fake trompe-l'oeil in my bathroom.

I have a vision for decorating my bathroom. It sort of involves an amateurish take on trompe-l'oeil -- I know I've seen it before, but I can't think of where. I'm hoping the Hive can put me on the right path to creativity. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on May 8, 2007 - 10 answers

How do I alter an infant hat knitting pattern to fit an adult?

I found the best hat pattern ever, but it is designed for an infant's cranium. If I want to knit one that will fit my rather sizable noggin, what should I do to the pattern? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Mar 6, 2007 - 7 answers

Short craft/project tutorial - mindstorms appropriate?

I have to do a short tutorial website for a course (30 min/10 pages) with a physical object (no software). Is Lego Mindstorms too big/complex to introduce? [more inside]
posted by ejaned8 on Feb 16, 2007 - 3 answers

Where can I find stickers that look like thought bubbles or speech bubbles?

Where can I find stickers that look like thought bubbles or speech bubbles? This is a good example of the shapes. The size needs to be big enough to allow one to write inside the bubble with a pen or a sharpie, and the stickiness must hold it to a large photo poster.
posted by FearTormento on Jan 5, 2007 - 9 answers

Doggie Footprint Art

I need advice about a craft project that will involve taking pawprints from my dog. [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna on Dec 21, 2006 - 14 answers

News that grows on trees

What are some memorable news stories this year that could be easily turned into company contest fodder, and how can I go about doing it? [more inside]
posted by geronimo's folly on Dec 11, 2006 - 3 answers

Props for a 'vintage' photography project

Help me think of easy-to-make props for my photography project... or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Turn-of-the-Century European Society. [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Nov 13, 2006 - 5 answers

What do I do with a tshirt I won't wear?

What do I do with a tshirt that I love but don't want to wear? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap on Oct 25, 2006 - 27 answers

What kind of glue do I need?

How can I glue a photo behind perspex? [more inside]
posted by szechuan on Oct 18, 2006 - 10 answers

Copyright laws for selling homemade clothes?

If I make a piece of clothing from a store-bought sewing pattern and then sell the clothing, aren't I breaking some sort of copyright law? Likewise, if I buy a patterned fabric for my clothing and sell the clothing, are any laws broken because the fabric pattern was designed by someone else?
posted by foxinthesnow on Sep 20, 2006 - 13 answers

Lots of little squared needed.

Help me find some smallish cheap square tiles in a variety of colors. Please. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Aug 28, 2006 - 8 answers

Caution: Purse

CraftFilter! I need some tips on how to make an awesome purse out of a safety sign. [more inside]
posted by luftmensch on Jul 23, 2006 - 5 answers

Books about craftsmanship?

I'm interested in reading about craftsmanship, in the sense of attention to detail and finish as it relates to the overall success of a project. My specific project is ceramics, and so books (and suggestions) about pottery would be really appreciated, but I'm interested in other disciplines as well. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jun 28, 2006 - 11 answers

Where can I find large adhesive panels?

I'm working on a craft-type project that, when finished, will involve adhering large nylon panels to plastic or metal surfaces. I've done a few sample versions of this by covering cardstock in cloth tape, putting my image on the tape, and then using more of the matching cloth tape to adhere the panel to the surface. There has to be a better way to do this with the nylon, though - is there such a thing as large double-sided adhesive sheets that can turn a reasonably light piece of cloth/sythetic/paper into what's essentially a giant sticker?
posted by OverlappingElvis on Jun 24, 2006 - 8 answers

Help me make a flip-flop charm entirely out of beads!

My mother received a cute flip-flop beadwork craft as a gift and will give me a whole dollar (ooh, ahh) if I found out how to make it or found instructions that make sense. [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on Jun 11, 2006 - 3 answers

Help me be the Green Lantern!

Help me fulfill my nerdly destiny and make my lantern into a decent Golden Age Green Lantern prop. [more inside]
posted by luftmensch on May 18, 2006 - 5 answers

Need miniature cans or bottles ....

I need miniature cans or bottles. I need approx. 200 in each of four colors, with a diameter of about half an inch. [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Apr 19, 2006 - 4 answers

Runway/taxiway signage lightbox replica

Suggestions needed for painting on a piece of plastic or plexiglass which would be lit from behind. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Apr 12, 2006 - 8 answers

Help me make fake legs

I'm not crafty enough to figure this out: I want to make a pair of fake "legs" that are wearing a pair of my jeans, socks, and shoes. [more inside]
posted by robbie01 on Apr 12, 2006 - 11 answers

Searching for crown moulding.

ISO crown moulding for bathroom to match rest of house. D/D free, must love dogs. [more inside]
posted by drewbeck on Mar 9, 2006 - 7 answers

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