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Where to source leather for a DIY watch band?

I'd like to take a stab at making my own watch band(s) out of leather. There are plenty of tutorials out there on the process, but I am not so sure about where to source the materials -- especially the leather itself. [more inside]
posted by cubby on Jul 21, 2016 - 9 answers

What can I do with the PhD in materials science/graphene

I'm currently thinking about doing a PhD making new carbon-based materials. I find the topic really interesting, but I’m not really sure what one does with the degree after they graduate unless they stay in academia. What kinds of options exist for a PhD graduate with this kind of background? [more inside]
posted by strekker on Apr 27, 2015 - 7 answers

What are houses in different countries made of?

I need to get a general sense of the primary building materials used for housing in a few different countries around the world. I'm looking for suggestions on where to find this type of information. [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Jul 23, 2014 - 4 answers

I need to find a substance with the following physical properties:

I need to find a substance that is : a) transparent over the visible or infrared, b) melts between 10 and 100 degrees C c) has modest freeze/melt expansion e)is at least a bit volatile in the liquid phase. [more inside]
posted by Nish ton on Dec 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Material for making game boards out of?

I'm trying to hand-paint gameboards (five 21cm x 29cm boards, for a boardgame) for someone, except I can't figure out what material can hold up to the dual stresses of being painted/printed on (not by computer, but by the older methods of linocuts or woodblocks or etching) and the day-to-day wear and tear from being used as a gameboard, while still being reasonably priced. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 7, 2013 - 18 answers

What material is the third eye of the Cytherian made from?

In the Star Trek TNG ep, The Nth degree, the Cytherian has an interesting material as his 'third eye'. I've had two tiles of it as a kid. It doesn't appear to be a hologram, but looking at it at different angles one sees a lattice of circles/spheres. What is this material and where can I purchase it in larger areas?
posted by oonh on May 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Golden Compass close read

Due to persistant recommendations on AskMe, I am finally reading (well, listening to) The Golden Compass. It's amazing. Now I want to read about The Golden Compass. [more inside]
posted by latkes on May 13, 2013 - 16 answers

We are living in a material world, and I am a material girl

I need help with finding a few things: 1)Some wood that would work well as a book cover 2)A large sheet or roll of what I believe is called chipboard. 3)A continuous/piano hinge, 12 inches, that is not stainless steel or bright brass [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Mar 13, 2013 - 14 answers

Sewing, fabrics and craft stores in Berlin?

I'm looking for fabrics and sewing notions in Berlin. Large selection of fabrics, especially home decor would be great. Google is not helping me.
posted by buck:fuller on Jan 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Where's the tile? Like, now

Need to buy some subway tile in NYC... quickly. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Nov 5, 2012 - 12 answers

I am also open to bids from local roofing companies.

I need help with sourcing unusual building materials for my DIY doghouse that looks like my ridiculous-looking house. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Sep 28, 2012 - 21 answers

Nature's egg timer?

What readily available materials change state at a constant, predictable rate in an easily observable manner? [more inside]
posted by londonmark on Aug 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Bird Houses Aren't Real Houses

How can my kid best test an experiment regarding roofing materials and their ability to block heat? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Nov 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Educational materials regarding income disparity and public policy?

What are some sources for particularly educational/relevant flyers regarding income disparity, public policy, and other issues pertinent to the Occupy Wall Street movement?
posted by mintchip on Nov 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Autoclaving flask stoppers: rubber, silicone, or something else?

What is the best flask stopper material for repeated autoclaving / use in sterile applications? Is rubber okay? Would silicone (or something else) be better? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jul 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Free inventory software for nonprofits?

Free materials tracking/inventory software specifically for nonprofits rather than businesses: does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Jul 3, 2011 - 3 answers

What materials to use to

Installation/exterior decoration artists: What materials to use to draw/paint permanent text and illustrations on a brick wall? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone on May 1, 2011 - 3 answers

"Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards - Materials list?

My wife is planning on learning to draw from the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. I'd like to surprise her with a box with all the materials that are needed to complete the course but I can't get the book away from her for long enough without her being suspicious. I've tried google but no luck. Does any one have or can direct me to a list of the materials needed? Thanks
posted by ndaguiar on Apr 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Constructive Help

ARCHITECTURE/URBAN DESIGN: Looking for innovative, green construction materials (think porous pavement, green walls). Catch--I need to get my hands on a few samples in two weeks. [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Jan 25, 2011 - 11 answers

Testing your materials science expertise

Are any of these materials science analogies ambiguous? How can they be improved? [more inside]
posted by Mapes on Jan 18, 2011 - 13 answers

What non-toxic material is best to fix a coffee pot?

I have a leak in my coffee pot's water tank, and upon examination, I cant see where the leak is coming from (meaning that the whole bottom generally gets too wet to detect the crack). I was thinking I would run a thin bead of some kind of material around the bottom of the tank to attempt to seal it back up. My question is: what kind of material would you recommend that would not pose any toxin problem in case the tank water comes into contact with it? It would also have to be generally heat tolerant as the coffee pot heats up under there.
posted by howa2396 on Dec 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Name my plastic stock, please!

(Plastic molding[?] filter) What exactly would you call the stuff in this picture, if you were trying to buy some more online? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin on Mar 9, 2010 - 7 answers


Is it legal to levy class materials charges in scotland ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity on Jan 19, 2010 - 14 answers

Building a space ship

Set designers, cinematographers, hobbyists, LARP people, carpenters, welders, and geeks: I need tips and tricks for building a one-person "space shuttle" out of cheap materials. It's for an independent HD video sci-fi short, and I would like to build it myself. Budget is $600–$1500 for materials and in-store material cutting/processing. [more inside]
posted by Khazk on Jan 5, 2010 - 14 answers

Are Miller Indices used for anything, or are they just a convenient notation?

I am taking an intro to materials science class, and in which we have learned about Miller indices, which are a way of denoting directions and planes in a unit cell. So far we have done nothing with this other than draw directions and planes. I was wondering, is this just a notational convention or is there some reason why they are the way they are, as in does it make some more advanced math easier or something?
posted by selenized on Oct 17, 2009 - 6 answers

Plastic temporary body jewelry needed soon

Temporary body jewelry for MRI not found because of advances in gardening equipment. Help. [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Sep 11, 2009 - 27 answers

Condensed Matter Forum?

I'm looking for a forum that hosts discussion in the field of condensed matter physics and/or materials science. I'd like a site where scientists can go to ask and answer questions, similar to Ask.Metafilter, but a general forum would be good as well. Does anyone know of such a site?
posted by Aanidaani on Aug 17, 2009 - 2 answers

The most light-absorbent material?

I need to stop a projection from showing up on a wall -- is there a particularly light-absorbent material that I could use? [more inside]
posted by Rumpled on Jul 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Deadstock in LA

Where can I buy large amounts of vintage/dead stock fabric in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by gilgamix on Jul 9, 2009 - 2 answers

Do Prismacolor pencils ever go bad?

Do Prismacolor pencils ever go bad? [more inside]
posted by aquafortis on Apr 11, 2009 - 7 answers

Cardboard in Pasadena

Where can I buy flat sheets of corrugated cardboard near Pasadena? [more inside]
posted by kepano on Feb 7, 2009 - 8 answers

Real-life tech-tree

"In order to feasibly produce, say, transparent adhesive tape, integrated circuits or sugar-free soft drinks, you need such-and-such materials and such-and-such equipment, which in turn depend on other things, all the way down to ores and fuel and such. So if you want to build your very own set of night vision goggles from scratch, here's everything you need access to in order to get started" Has anyone compiled, for the public to see, anything resembling a real-life 'tech-tree', akin to what's found in computer games such as Civilization? [more inside]
posted by Anything on Oct 19, 2008 - 6 answers

How do you make something that improves the acoustics of an auditorium?

Can anyone offer me some suggestions for how to make a relatively inexpensive sound trap (i.e. like those echo reducers that large auditoriums have). Info about materials, shapes, etc. would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by n8stew on Aug 9, 2008 - 3 answers

What's that material that swaps between images as you tilt it called?

What's the proper name for that kind of image-switching material that switches between two pictures as you tilt it? I mostly associate it with novelty baseball cards, toys, children's books, and so forth. That plastic-y corrugated stuff? If I wanted to order a bunch of postcards printed with it, what am I looking for?
posted by paul_smatatoes on Jun 1, 2008 - 5 answers

help me find a coffee mug printer who rocks!

Anyone with personal experience printing coffee mugs? Ordered out for a few cases from a printer I would prefer not to libel, got a mushy print job in return. Can you recommend specific printers? (Especially if they can do even, opaque flat area coverage on dark mugs) [more inside]
posted by clango on Apr 14, 2008 - 2 answers

secrets of the fine d-i-y

what's the secret handshake that gets me access to the interesting/unusual materials that designers and contractors can get ahold of? [more inside]
posted by phoeniciansailor on Feb 24, 2008 - 17 answers

Ironing plastic bags together...is this toxic?

You can make an interesting "fabric" (tutorial here) by ironing plastic bags together but I am pretty sure that doing this releases molecules of Something Bad into the air that I am then breathing. Am I right? Do I need a respirator?
posted by tingting on Dec 7, 2007 - 9 answers

Help me identify this fibrous roof sheathing

Help me identify this building material... [more inside]
posted by Bjkokenos on Sep 17, 2007 - 5 answers

Ping pong pros needed!

Building a ping pong table to ITTF rules? Wood/paint selection help needed. [more inside]
posted by mphuie on Sep 10, 2007 - 8 answers

What is the ideal material for a home-made, doggy-safe plush toy?

What is the ideal material for a home-made, doggy-safe plush toy? [more inside]
posted by EL-O-ESS on Jul 1, 2007 - 6 answers

Where can I buy scratch card paper?

Is there such thing as scratch card paper/transfer? And if so where might I be able to get it? [more inside]
posted by Sevenupcan on May 13, 2007 - 7 answers

Graduate school prep

Does anyone know any good resources for graduate school preparation, particularly in the physical sciences? I'm a sophomore and I want to get ready to start applying, but I need some help... [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Apr 4, 2007 - 14 answers

Advantages and disadvantages of other materials compared to steel ?

What are the main advantages and disadvantages of materials like glass, concrete, wood, and plastics, compared to steel ? [more inside]
posted by vincentm on Sep 26, 2006 - 21 answers

Best source for weather-proof political campaign yard signs, including printing?

Know a good source for weather-proof political campaign yard signs? I'm in California, the size is aprox. 24"x 18", with two colors, and the quantity is 2000-5000.
posted by letitrain on Aug 29, 2006 - 13 answers

Stuff for science play and study

I want to stock my 4th/5th grade classroom with materials that students can study, manipulate and experiment with on their own. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Aug 11, 2006 - 9 answers

Uses for old newspaper material?

Chemical profiles of typical newsprint and novel uses for recycled newspaper. [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Aug 5, 2006 - 9 answers

What durable yet flexible material should I be using for my longboard?

I'm going to make the deck on my next longboard my self. What durable yet flexible material should I be using? [more inside]
posted by cheerleaders_to_your_funeral on Jun 17, 2006 - 3 answers

Help me get rid of large chunks of styrofoam.

Hints on how to discard enormous pieces of styrofoam? [more inside]
posted by young_simba on Dec 19, 2005 - 20 answers

Recommend a Hose!

Gardening question:

I bought what I thought was a pretty good garden hose and it's already kinking up like there's no tomorrow. What's the best material/best brand?
posted by Kafkaesque on Nov 18, 2004 - 6 answers

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