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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
posted by oigocosas
on Aug 29, 2007 -
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 -
[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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I want to create my own lamps that hang from the ceiling. I will create the shade, but I need to buy the socket with cord and plug. My plan is to sell these, so I'd like to say at least part of the lamp is UL listed. [more inside]
posted by chadparker
on Feb 22, 2006 -
What would be a safe paint to use on a (regular old general use incandescent) light bulb that will actually be used in a lamp? [more inside]
posted by Dreama
on Feb 7, 2006 -
A friend bought me a set of glasses from a street vendor. One of them got broken...please help me find another! [more inside]
posted by nadawi
on Feb 6, 2006 -
What is the best way to finish a soapstone carving? I have tried car wax, mineral oil and linseed oil - all applied with a leather sham, and all based on recommendations, but all unsatisfactory. I sand in gradations from 80 grit to 1500 grit but nothing that I do results in that smooth, shiny, almost translucent quality that I have seen in other soapstone carvings. I do all my carving and finishing by hand, no Dremmel or similar.
posted by arcticwoman
on Jan 16, 2006 -
I want to start screening graphics onto tshirts, patches, hoodies, etc.... [more inside]
posted by whatitis
on Dec 21, 2005 -
I'm craft challenged. I'd like to make one of those daily calendars (where you tear off or flip back each day). Two questions... [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade
on Dec 14, 2005 -
I need to be gluing paper to paper for long lasting results. Please help me find a glue that will not let go! [more inside]
posted by bilabial
on Nov 21, 2005 -
Where can I get a custom rubber stamp made cheaply (<$30US), within 2 weeks, from artwork I provide...over the Internet? [more inside]
posted by griffey
on Oct 30, 2005 -