Can cardboard absorb cement? If not, other suggestions for a load of toilet-paper-tubes please! [more inside]
Craft filter: I would like to begin selling a mixed media paper craft (a print embellished with embroidery thread). I'm happy with the crafty part...but now about the logistics: sourcing paper, paper size, ink quality, packaging. [more inside]
Craft filter: I'm looking to make an object appear as if it has 1/4" scales (like a lizard) with spray paint and painters tape but I don't know if it'll work. They scales have to be uniform in size and shape.
Craft filter: I'm looking to make an object appear as if it has 1/4" scales (like a lizard) with spray paint and painters tape but I don't know if it'll work. They scales have to be uniform in size and shape. [more inside]
Where to find an unfinished wooden tray in Minneapolis/St. Paul? [more inside]
We're part of a child care co-op arrangement for a month, which means I'll have six 6-year olds to myself for three (non consecutive), six-hour days. I could use some suggestions for creative activities -- running around (we've got lots of outdoor room, wooded and open), arts and crafts, whatever. Ideas that require buying supplies are fine.
I've been hanging out with my wife and her booth partner at a handmade goods market they sell at each week. It's pretty typical stuff, jewelry, crafts of various kinds. They also go to art festivals on occasion to sell their wares. We've been discussing sales techniques that could help them out. I'm wondering if there is such an animal: sales techniques for the artisan seller? [more inside]
I need help coming up with ideas for ~30 min science-related arts and crafts activities for kids aged 3-17 in a pretty limited environment. [more inside]
How do you preserve white rosebuds without having them turn grey? Or, alternately, where can you buy dried rosebuds in white? [more inside]
How to translate a painting into clothing? [more inside]
Colorado Craft Filter: I am looking to find how to procure another mounted monster head. [more inside]
Help me find an excellent sewing box. [more inside]
I'm thinking about designing and making my own eating utensils, because I am that food obsessed. But I'm unsure of what materials to use. [more inside]
Please help me find a relatively easy, yet not cutesy, ballet-themed cross-stitch kit or pattern. [more inside]
I need to know if there is a particular word for this kind of brocade. I think it's a brocade. [more inside]
I have a yen to make cool throw pillows to eventually sell, but I'm lost when it comes to eco-friendly materials. Help me, Mefites! [more inside]
Ceramics filter: What sort of medium is the gold paint (?) that is used to decorate fine china/ tableware? [more inside]
Wood router recommendations sought. [more inside]
How do I make semi-professional, waterproof labels for handmade lip balm tubes? [more inside]
I would like to buy my girlfriend a potter's wheel for her birthday, but don't really know anything about where to look, what to look for, or the price I can expect to pay. Any suggestions or recommendations? [more inside]
I want to start making soap. But I don't know where to start. [more inside]
A Valentine's day question - mea culpa! I'd like to go for something handmade and creative for the dude, but I'm afraid school is sucking up my imagination. Ideas? [more inside]
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]
What can I do with my old wetsuit? [more inside]
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.
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]
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.
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]
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]
SciFilter: Why don't these sheet magnets work as expected? [more inside]
I need ideas on how to decorate a Pizza box. [more inside]
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]
Where can I find/buy the closures for squeeze pouches? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
My first wedding anniversary is coming up and I'm looking for some great paper crafts. [more inside]
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.
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?
I have become very interested in letterpress recently and was wondering about opportunities in the Chicago area to learn more. [more inside]
[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]
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]
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.
How do I get wrinkles out of a thin vinyl? [more inside]
I'm going to a wedding on Saturday and I'm looking for a cheap homemade gift project. [more inside]
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]
Best art supplies for a four-year-old? [more inside]
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.
Help me make a luchador mask. [more inside]
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?