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How To Make Your Own Sugru Substitute. Pic2 shows a 2"x2"x2" solid silicone cube that cured enough in two hours to be removed from its plastic box form.

How To Make Your Own Sugru Substitute

For years I have been looking for an inexpensive way to create a flexible skin covering for robots and electronic circuits. I have tried several kinds of casting urethane rubber and silicone rubber. They all have their difficulties and either set up to fast or too slow. They are too thin or they are too thick. They are also very expensive in small quantities. I and many others have tried using the inexpensive silicone caulk that is readily available from hardware stores. So I wanted to add a catalyst that would help the silicone to cure from the inside out rather than just from the outside in.

As I understand it, 100% silicone caulk works by the moisture in the air initiating the polymerization of the silicone. Mop N Glo As A Cheap Clear Sealer For Metal & Acrylic Painted Items. By Rose Marion, Wire Jewelry Idea: Coating Base Metal Wires to Preserve Shine.

Mop N Glo As A Cheap Clear Sealer For Metal & Acrylic Painted Items

Cheap Substitute For Jeweler's Rouge. Make Your Own Paint. Decorating techniques make use of the most unexpected local resources.

Make Your Own Paint

Somewhere around the Mediterranean, a nameless visionary was the first to use an olive oil plaster finish to embellish the home. This simple preparation is applied in one or two coats. Over a Venetian plaster finish, it brings out the texture and adds color. Mix the juice of half a lemon with one liter of olive oil. How To Make Your Own Paint. DIY Puffy Paint. I can't believe I've never tried this project before.

DIY Puffy Paint

It was so easy and fun that I ended up doing it three times this week... first with my own kids, then as a project at my son's school, and then with our music class. I have a little bit of PTSD after working with lots and lots of squirrelly little 4 and 5 year olds. In particular my own kids, who tend to just dump out all the paint, smear it all over their bodies, and then run away screaming. They can engage with art projects sometimes, but it's a delicate trick... figuring out what will draw them in. This project was perfect because the bottles are just so irresistible to squeeze that no one could deny their hypnotic powers.

Puffy Paint 1 c. salt 1 c. flour. Make Your Own Colored Chalkboard Paint. Making your own colored chalkboard paint is nothing new.

Make Your Own Colored Chalkboard Paint

Stamp Pad Ink Recipe. Ever wanted to create your own stamp pad ink?

Stamp Pad Ink Recipe

Now you can with this simple recipe! What you need Baby food jar Rit powdered dyes Rubbing alcohol Instructions Add the entire package of dye into the clean baby food jar, then fill the jar with the rubbing alcohol. Embossible Ink Recipe. Envelope Glue Recipe. Make your own glue to use to stick on envelopes with.

Envelope Glue Recipe

Very easy! What you need 6 tbs White vinegar (4) 0.1 oz. packets unflavored gelatin 1 tbs Vanilla extract Instructions Start by bringing the vinegar to the boil in a pan. Add the gelatin and stir until it is dissolved. Add the vanilla extract and stir until well mixed. Whilst still warm brush a thin layer onto the back of an envelope flap. Clay-Type Recipes. New Cement/Paper Mache Clay Mixture. Today’s post is by Warren Eggleton, a reader from Australia.

New Cement/Paper Mache Clay Mixture

Warren has been experimenting with the idea of altering the basic paper mache clay recipe by adding Portland cement. He’s making huge pots with the mixture, along with some of the original paper mache clay, and it looks really promising. You can see how he makes the pots below. Cold Porcelain. Air Dry Porcelain. Anything that is quick, affordable and makes beautiful things is a craft winner for me . But…I often find myself uninspired for something new and different. I’ve found it in air dried porcelain (aka Porcelana Fria). What will someone make with 3 cups of white glue (PVA) 3 cups of cornstarch (Corn flour) one tablespoon of white vinegar one tablespoon of glycerin (health food or hobby shop), and 2 tablespoons of canola oil? The beautiful mouse and necklace pictured (compliments of Espirit ) is the answer!

Amazingly simple and a GREAT school holiday project, get the kids into the kitchen to cook up some home made, air dried, porcelain. Baking Soda Clay. Here's another homemade modeling compound that good for both kids and adult artisans.

Baking Soda Clay

Compared to the homemade polymer clay I presented a few weeks ago, it's non-elastic when wet and much "softer" when dry---that is, easy to sand smooth or to reshape, to add etchings, and possibly even to carve (I haven't tried). I've used it to make a variety of small items, particularly small bowls and candle holders (shown below in order of finished-ness). It takes paint well but I would finish painted pieces with a coat of varnish. Sanded nice and smooth!

Materials 1 cup corn starch2 cups baking soda1.25 cups cold waterNon-stick potWooden spoonMed-large bowl (not pictured)Damp cloth, lid or plate (not pictured) Steps Combine ingredients in pot and stir until smooth. Fun Craft Recipes. Gelatin Plastic Recipe. Gelatin Plastic This is a great project sure to brighten up any gloomy day.

Gelatin Plastic Recipe

You can experiment with every sort of shape and size of gelatin plastic you create, even try to mix and match colors for some real surprises! Ingredients: 3 Envelopes Unflavored Gelatin 9 Tablespoons or 75 ml. Water 3-5 Drops of Food Coloring Materials: Miscellaneous Formulas For Fireproofing. In coating steel or other furnaces, first brush over the brickwork to be covered a solution made by boiling 1 pound each of silicate of soda and alum in 4 gallons of water, and follow immediately with composition: Silica............. 50 parts Plastic fire clay .... 10 parts Ball clay.......... 3 parts Mix well. Neo-Tribal "Epoxy"/AKA Cutler's Resin. A few minutes ago, I glued a blade in a piece of antler using the pine pitch glue. My mix called for 3 parts pitch, 1 part bees wax, and 2 parts moose dung.

The dried moose dung was hammer forged (cold) on the kitchen counter basically to a coarse powder. I melted the pitch and the wax in an old soup can, then stirred in the hand forged powdered dung to form the glue. How To Make Body Glitter. Craft Recipes For Kids.