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Is there paint to use on pre-baked Sculpy?

I want to paint my Sculpy before baking it. That's because I want to paint designs on a rolled-out strip, let it dry, then roll it into beads, and then bake it. If I bake the beads first, it will be hell to paint the kind of itiny designs on the beads that I want to be there. (And I don't want to make the designs out of different colors of Sculpy - that's too difficult for me and not the look I'm going for.) I haven't, in my research, found any way to do this. Help?! (alternatively there is a product that is not exactly Sculpy that I can paint and then roll into beads and then either bake or get it to harden in some way other than baking?)
posted by DMelanogaster on Dec 30, 2013 - 15 answers

Ideas and advice for a DIY electric bike on the cheap.

For a long time I've thought that it would be a fun project to put together an electric bicycle. However I've been stymied by the cost and questionable quality of the existing kits, and the complications and compromises of the various DIY methods that are out there online. I have some ideas for how to go about making a cheap and simple electric bike, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm nobody's idea of an engineer so I thought I'd run some things by y'all and see what insights you have. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 29, 2013 - 12 answers

How can I resolidify (temper?) pure cocoa butter?

How can I get liquified cocoa butter and candy to reharden? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Oct 25, 2013 - 4 answers

What is a good way to go about learning to make clothing?

Before anyone asks, my purpose is not to save money, or time, or anything practical of any sort. Clothing is something we all use everyday, I appreciate style and fashion, and I'd like to learn how to make clothing in an attempt not to take it for granted. And I think it would be fun. Assume I am a complete beginner (don't even know how to sew, but I do know how to knit, though I'm not a pro at that). What should I do? Books? Online tutorials? What is the progression of items of various difficulty to practice on?
posted by wooh on Jul 1, 2013 - 20 answers

How do I make this thing?

I found a cool thing on Thingiverse: a playing field for the game Dominion. How can I make this thing? If it were 3D printing, I'd go to shapeways, but it's not. Where should I go online to have this made?
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Memento Vita

In the past few weeks, MetaFilter has introduced me to Beate Sirota Gordon and Aaron Swartz, each of whom made the world a better place to live. I'm so happy to know of them and their work, but sad that I'm only learning of them via obituary; I celebrate them, and I want to celebrate the living, too. So help me out: who are the people I may not have heard of who, still here and still fighting, have worked or are working to make the world a better place?
posted by davidjmcgee on Jan 14, 2013 - 16 answers

traveling and making things

Please help me find creative outlets that don't require living in one place or computer screen time, that aren't repetitive, and that pack small. [more inside]
posted by aniola on Dec 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Make Master Make Me a Maker

I have come into an ok amount of free time and I would like to throw myself into the world of being a "maker". [more inside]
posted by sendai sleep master on Nov 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Film making in Northeastern England

What does the documentary film making scene look like in Northeastern England? Where would one start looking for a community? jobs? opportunities?
posted by zany pita on Oct 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Getting more equity out of food-making sweat

Which foods are actually cheaper to make at home using store-bought ingredients? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Aug 10, 2012 - 42 answers

How do you make design decisions in a team with a flat hierarchy?

How do you make design decisions in a team with a flat hierarchy? [more inside]
posted by jfricke on May 23, 2012 - 21 answers

Encyclopedia of idea generation strategies?

Is there an encyclopedia or wiki of idea generation and decision-making strategies? [more inside]
posted by jerwilkins on Apr 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Makin' a Move on a Younger Guy

How do I make a move on a guy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 - 11 answers

not a DIY enthusiast

DIY nuts and bolts question. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Feb 5, 2012 - 15 answers

Make me Handy!

I'd like to get better at fixing things and diagnosing problems--particularly electronics and household stuff. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl on Jan 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Whats the proper way to let a guy know he won't be getting any?

I'm a girl. You're a guy. We're making out, but we won't be doing anything past that tonight. How do I let you know that so you don't feel like I'm leading you on? Or do I let you know at all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2012 - 25 answers

Alone in the middle of a crowd

I drive into a town. How do I start meeting people right away? [more inside]
posted by Folk on Jan 6, 2012 - 27 answers

Tell me the things you wish you had known before you made a music video.

My friend asked me to make a music video for his band, but I have never done this before. We don't mind it looking a little lo-fi. I am looking for tips and advice from people who have done this before. Please tell me the things you wish you had known before you embarked on this particular endeavour. [more inside]
posted by Sully on Nov 20, 2011 - 15 answers

What's the glue that makes people stick?

What's the glue that makes people stick? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2011 - 28 answers

Where are the industrial arts and live/work spaces in the LA area?

Where are the industrial live/work spaces and/or workshops in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by fake on Sep 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Looking for hat and jewelry making courses - Boston area

I am looking for recommendations for two course: one in making jewelry and one in making hats in the Boston area. I did note a hat course at the design school, but you have to be enrolled in a degree program. Has anyone taken any courses in the above they could recommend? Thanks!
posted by KathMuse on Jul 28, 2011 - 4 answers

How to make friends at the college library?

You’re crushing on someone, hell, multiple someones, at the school library. Considering the ambiance, how do you approach that someone/s? Or DO you approach? Is the library off-limits? I really hope the library isn’t off limits. More on my hopes will follow … [more inside]
posted by sleeperhit11 on Mar 30, 2011 - 43 answers

Any rental shops other than 3rd Ward?

Is there a metal shop that I could theoretically rent out for a day in NYC? (Not 3rd Ward) [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Jan 12, 2011 - 2 answers

I'm looking for friends, but I also have to take care of my dad.

I'm in an odd situation in a new town. I need to make new friends, but I have to worry about taking care of my dad. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Where are the cool people in DC?

How do you make friends in DC? My friend is a cool 23 year old woman in DC who doesn't know how to make friends in the city. She basically has her roommates, and that's it. Any idea of where the nice, normal, people in DC hang out, the people who aren't obsessed with themselves?
posted by hedgehoagie on Nov 24, 2010 - 15 answers

How is the TV show Gangland made?

How do they make the TV show gangland? After googling, I can't see to find any interviews with anyone who works on the show. I'm looking for information regarding how they gain access to the gang members, what they go through gathering video on the street, things of that nature. Thanks!
posted by ejfox on Sep 30, 2010 - 2 answers

Making friends in Melbourne

I'm an American guy in my mid-late twenties living in Melbourne, Australia for (at least) the next eight months. My social life was quite exciting when I first moved here during late summer, but lately it feels a bit stagnant at times. I'm looking for ideas of activities to get involved with, to make use of my free time and help me connect with new people (friends of both sexes, plus THE LADIES). [more inside]
posted by adamk on Jul 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Sew Open

I have a long rectangular cushion/pillow I'm in the process of making, probably about 20cm by 60cm. When I sew it up, should I just sew the cushion pad into it (which means it would have to be opened up to be washed, which would annoy me) or should I make an envelope-type fastening - and if the latter, should it go width or lengthways? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jun 22, 2010 - 6 answers

When I grow up I want to be Adam Savage.

I want to possess the knowledge, tools, materials, and workspace to make whatever the hell I feel like making, whenever I feel like making it. Because I can’t do this overnight, I want to start with the most versatile tools and skill first. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Feb 22, 2010 - 48 answers

De-constructing 'code' (picking apart its assumptions)

De-constructing 'code': I am looking for philosophical (from W. Benjamin through to post-structuralism and beyond) examinations of 'code'. That both includes the assumptions contained in the word 'code' and any actual objects or subjects that code is connected to - including, but not limited to: computer programming, cyphers, linguistics, genetics etc. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 2, 2010 - 16 answers

Did the Brita filter spoil my homemade wine?

Does Brita filtered water work for making wine? My experiment got no yeast fermentation in four batches of wine using Brita filtered water and great yeast fermentation in three batches of unfiltered tap made similarly as a control. [more inside]
posted by kturner on Sep 19, 2009 - 5 answers

"If I could rearrange the alphabet, I'd put the vowels all at the beginning... what?"

Help an aspie initiate making out with girls in college. [more inside]
posted by LSK on Aug 24, 2009 - 20 answers

trashcan sinatra

What crazy looking instruments can i build with a minimum of skill + resources and a maximum of WTF. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 17, 2009 - 35 answers

Where can Mrs. Jones find a good pattern making class in the greatern NYCity metro area?

Where can Mrs. Jones find a good pattern making class in the greatern NYCity metro area? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Mar 16, 2009 - 4 answers

Photographer access to restricted areas

I'm about to widen my photographic and film interests and turn my hobby into something more professional. I've always wondered how photographers/artists are able to get into places such as prisons, military sites, 'secret' industrial buildings and other seemingly restricted areas etc to take authorized pictures. How do they do it? What's the trick?
posted by TokyoLight on Feb 19, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I build a social life at 30?

How do I build a social life at 30? Or how do I get better at building/maintaining casual relationships? [more inside]
posted by runflats on Feb 14, 2009 - 22 answers

In This current monitary climate, why don't manufacturers sell their goods at a cheaper price??

In This current monitary climate, why don't manufacturers sell their goods at a cheaper price?? [more inside]
posted by maxmix on Feb 14, 2009 - 16 answers

I'm trying to edit a home video before uploading it to Utube and the sound quality sucks.

I recorded it using the web cam on my HP Touchsmart PC and the playback makes a distorted, squelch sound every time there is a loud part in the video. What's the best way to keep the original soundtrack, but remove the feedback noise? Also, is there a way to adjust the recording levels to improve audio on future projects?
posted by dthm42 on Dec 28, 2008 - 3 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

The Picky Introvert's Guide to Making Friends?

I'm a male introvert with very, very few close friends. I can make casual friends no problem, but I'm rather particular about the type of people I'd want to be serious friends with. Difficulty: I'm an atheist liberal eco-friendly vegetarian tech nerd who doesn't drink, smoke, or do drugs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2008 - 50 answers

How to make egg noodles?

How do I make decent egg noodles? [more inside]
posted by macsigler on Feb 22, 2008 - 8 answers

Mind-melting scenarios...

Early sexual/non-sexual odd-experiences filter. How common is a guy climaxing without any sex at all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2007 - 29 answers

how do i make decisions like a grown-up?

how do YOU go about making a difficult/complex decision? [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Sep 11, 2007 - 27 answers

How to meet people in Chicago in their 20s.

[ChicagoFilter] I moved to Chicago recently, and I'm having difficulty making friends and meeting people who are around my age (early 20s) who share similar interests -- and I am looking for suggestions on how to branch out. (mi) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2007 - 31 answers

How do I make friends without breaking the bank?

I need a less expensive way to make friends. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown on Mar 28, 2007 - 37 answers

How can I make a cool looking book?

What's the coolest book I could possibly make myself? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on Jul 7, 2006 - 8 answers

Casting in silicone?

Casting (molding?) a solid object in silicone or similar... [more inside]
posted by bradn on Mar 28, 2006 - 6 answers

Make Money The Odd Way

Interesting entrepreneurial ventures - what are some unique and quirky ways that people have used to make money? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 4, 2006 - 18 answers

Reliable CD manufacturer?

A reliable CD manufacturer with quick turnaround? [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs on Oct 26, 2005 - 7 answers

Resources for amateur filmmakers?

Resources for student or amateur filmmakers. I'm updating [my film site] to list useful resources or little known tips such as DIY equipment, free music scoring, free software, how to articles, etc. What can you recommend that is helpful? [more inside]
posted by FakeOutdoorsman on Jun 26, 2005 - 4 answers

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