waterproof material?

Can someone tell me what material I can buy that is lightweight, molds like clay, is waterproof and singeproof, and won't break the bank? does such a miracle substance even exist?

Topic by Karv   |  last reply


Radioactive materials?

Hi all, i am wondering, are there any common household items that are radioactive? BESIDES SMOKE DETECTORS... Plz answer. thanx!

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What material is this? Answered

I'm interested in making a ring similar to the kind that Catherinette Rings makes with this pair of taxidermy eyes. I've sourced the the eyes (obviously), but I also like the little tubing they use for the ring itself.  Can anyone tell me what this is called if it's a commercial product, or is it custom machined by the ringmaker? Thanks, Noahh

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What materials do you use for batik?

We are about to attempt to do batik painting at school and your example looks like the most simple one I have come across so far for primary school to do. I have a few questions to ask about this what sort of wax do you use? and what sort of paints do do use are they acrylic or fabric paints? I would really appreciate any answers Thank you Anna

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US source of thin polypropylene sheets?

I'm looking for sub-mm thickness polypropylene sheets for use in plastic origami projects - sort of like the Orikaso folding dishes and polyscene's work. I need sheets that are at least 14x14" without creases. Colored stock would be great, white is just fine - but black won't work. So far I've struck out with the local plastics fabricators, signmakers, and printers, but hope springs eternal - any suggestions would be appreciated.

Question by brossa   |  last reply


Wallets

I need some ideas for materials to use to make a cool wallet, give me anything that can work for a wallet.

Topic by Thelonelysandwitch   |  last reply


helium gas holding material?

Can one suggest me light weight envelope materials to hold helium gas with 70 to 100 grams per square metre

Question by sudalai shaanak   |  last reply


Paint on rubbery material is sticky?

I used spraypaint (krylon fusion for plastics) on a material kind of like the plastic ruberry outside of wires, cables, cords, etc. It feels really sticky to the touch and I don't even know if I want it on anymore (I don't mind either way). What's the best way to go about this? If I wait long enough will the paint dry and stick to the material? Or should I remove the paint, and how?

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What is a good material for engraving? Answered

Hi creative people! I want to engrave a delicate pattern into a flat piece of material. The material needs to be sturdy and it needs to be acetone resistant. I tried using plaster of paris, but it's not sturdy enough. I can either engrave the material by hand, or with a Dremel. After the piece is engraved, I plan on pressing acetone liquefied ABS plastic with a rolling pin into it. That's why it needs to be unaffected by acetone, and also why it needs to withstand some pressure. Once the ABS had time to harden I want to pull it out of the engraved "mold". Thanks for any ideas!

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Adhesive/fill material needed

I need an adhesive or fill material with some special properties. It should be a moderately viscous liquid that sets up into something very flexible, jellylike would be ideal. It should be applicable in very small quantities. It should flow before curing and be self leveling unlike silicone adhesive. Tensile strength is relatively unimportant. It should not adhere to two part tin based casting silicone. An analogy that comes to mind is E6000 adhesive but it's viscosity is a bit too low and it sets up way too hard. UV cured resin like Loon UV Knot Sense (great stuff that I learned about here) comes close and has the right viscosity also but also cures too hard. If you know of anything, I've got a project on hold until I find something and would greatly appreciate advice.

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Built of recycled materials, but is it "green"?

Construction is nearing completion in Taipei of a plastic bottle building. Technically a temporary structure, "the world's lightest, movable, breathable environmental miracle" (say the designers) is also strong enough to withstand typhoons and earthquakes.  The building will eventually become an exhibition space. Much is being made of the structure's "green" credentials - LED lighting, and particularly the construction material; 1,500,000 recycled PET bottles. That sounds great, and in most of the news coverage of the structure (such as the BBC and Treehugger) it sounds like the building is built directly of bottles that have been re-shaped somehow (maybe squashed in a heated mould).  The bottles even have lids, and they talk about filling them with air, water or sand to change the thermal properties of the building.. It turns out, though, that the building material is not "PET bottles", but "PET bottles chopped up, melted and re-formed into much thicker-walled bottles intended solely for building", branded as Polli-Bricks. OK, still recycled, still greener than most building materials, but it smacks of spin to just say the building is built of bottles. The Polli-Bricks are impressive - individually nice to look at, and fitting together snugly "like Lego" - but there is no indication of how much energy is spent creating them.  They are made by Hymini, but the Hymini website flashes up all sorts of alarms with my firewall and anti-virus as an "attack site".  There is more information at Miniwiz as well, but some of the links there also trigger alarms. Maybe I'm being a wet blanket. It is a nice building, after all. What do you think? GreenMuze article

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Avoid using PVC

I see a lot of projects that use or re-use different grades of PVC pipe due to its easy use and availability. Free or cheap PVC seems to be a good material choice for those who lack the tools and skills needed for metal or wood work. I suggest that builder rethink this choice. Exposure to PVC is dangerous to your health. Fumes and dust from cutting, drilling and accidental burning or overheating PVC are known to cause cancer.A few points:PVC production is the largest use of chlorine gas in the world.Chlorine production consumes enormous amounts of energy.Chlorine production causes mercury pollution. Hazardous by-products are formed throughout the PVC lifecycle.By-products of PVC production are highly persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic.PVC is extremely difficult to recycle.PVC is one of the most environmentally hazardous consumer materials ever produced.source: http://www.healthybuilding.net/pvc/ThorntonPVCSummary.htmlDifferent grades of PVC have different melting points, flash and glass temperatures. At 70-80 Degrees C (~150 F), most grades begin to soften and degrade in performance. This should be taken into account when building projects that involve any kind of direct or indirect heat, including hot water, etc.(I've edited this post to contain more useful information)

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Gibson box into clothes hanger (materials?) Answered

Hi!! i've an issue... I wanna turn the Gibson image on this box ( https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/379172_10150941929298151_198254740_n.jpg ) into an clothes hanger (where the keys of the guitar are the place to put the clothes)... what can i use to make the box stronger? like wood or something? unfortunatly i don't have a saw or something like that... does someone of you have a clue?

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Looking for Heat Resistant Flexible Material

I am trying to find a heat resistant material that is flexible... I am trying to make a pull down shade to attach to a tension rod, that will make my home more energy efficient... This means It will also need to be thin enough to roll up into a small roll... It needs to be reflective or at least block out all the sun... I work nights and sleep through the day, and have trouble sleeping when the sun gets through...

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what is a good lightweight molding material?

I'm building an iron man animatronic  helmet and i need to know what will be the best molding material to make the helmet mold and how i would make that i'm a tech guy so i don't know about this costume stuff thanks and rember to follow me for awsome tech and science stuff.

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Need advice on material for an indoor firepit?

I'm looking at building an indoor firepit that uses ethanol fuel. I have it all planned out and everything but need advice on material. It will basically be a hollow sphere that is open along the front and sides and will have the ethanol fuel can placed into the bottom. This will all be supported by wooden legs. I'm thinking of using a clay straw and sand mixture (COB) because it's very strong and fireproof  but I'm not sure if it's the best option. Does anyone have any ideas?

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Building a bar, which materials etc. Answered

I plan on building a bar, but i don't know what sort of wood to use, i have already designed it in Google Sketch-up, so could someone help. the design includes alot of detail including raised and lowered parts. 

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what can I make with these materials? QUICK!!!! Answered

I need a fun project that i can make something with rubber bands, duct tape, paper, very little cardboard, and wood glue

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Creating hollow, clear mold. What materials?

I'm trying to create a Metroid from the titular video game series but I'm not sure of which direction I should go. As you can see, the top (i''ll call it the "head") is semi clear but contains a nucleus within it. So far the only method I can think of is with clear resin. Issues though are that I dont know how to leave an empty space for the body to fit within the head and I dont have a pressure pot available. I've never created a mold before and my only experience is clay sculptures. What methods could I use to create this? All I have to work with is my garage and some clay at the moment and although I'm willing to go out and spend some money, I wont be buying something like a $300 pressure pot.

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Need to create a lifesize "tree" out of recyclable materials

Can anyone suggest a way to create a life sized tree or an abstact looking tree (preferably out of recycled materials)?

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would aluminum be a good material to make a smoker out of?

I was going to build a smoker and was wanting to know if aluminum would withstand the heat and be very relliable. would it hold too much heat or maybe not enough to keep at a particular temperature

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Food safe material to line or seal a metal ball? Answered

I have an aluminum rice steamer ball that I need to seal the interior of.  It will hold candies so it needs to be food safe.  I'm looking for either some sort of food safe epoxy or silicone material that I can use to either just plug the steamer ball holes or line the entire interior surface.  Any ideas?

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What transparent spray-on material darkens it's background?

Im looking for a way to evenly darken an area of a wall, while keeping the 'background' visible. The effect Im aiming at is that of a shadow cast on the wall, sharply distinguished from the lighter surroundings but still showing the texture and perhaps images underneath. I am specifically looking for a material that can be sprayed, for example with a air pump spray but a spray can would perhaps even be better. I bought a transparent lacquer in a spray can, but it turned out to be too transparent. Another option could perhaps be to dilute black paint? A few conderations: I prefer to spray it (fast and evenly) Background to 'paint' on will be brick and wood Preferably non drip (or not too much at least) I want to cover a small area several times and will use a stencil template. How would you go about doing this? Do you know of ready made materials in spray cans that do the trick? If you know of a specific liquid, where could I buy it? Many thanks in advance!

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I need a good material to level the bottom of a bottle.

I'm using old beer bottles to make lanterns. The main problem I encounter is that the bottom of the bottles are kind of domed. When I put the tealight candles in them, they want to slide to one side and sit at an angle. I thought about hot glue, but I was hoping for something less susceptible to heat and a little more classy. Any suggestions?

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Where can I get recycled industrial textile material?

 I've been looking for this: http://www.markrobson.fr/page5/files/metisse1.jpg kind of industrial recycled felt(?) type material everywhere and I can't seem to find any source that isn't exclusively sold wholesale with insanely huge minimum bulk orders like 1,000 meters minimum or something. I really really like the look of the material and wanted to use it for home decor things like for furniture or even use as a rug and possibly clothes or something and I also of course like the fact that it's made of recycled materials. Which brings up another question does anyone happen to know if this stuff is safe for those kinds of applications or is it similar to fiberglass insulation which is actually pretty harmful to touch? I really want to use it for clothes or home decor if it isn't harmful but definitely don't have the money or even use for anything over 10 meters of this material and even that's a stretch I really am looking more like up to five meters or so at the moment.

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A non-toxic sealing material that can resist moderate temperatures?

What should I use to seal two glass plates which will make up the sides of a shallow tank of a solar water heater? It should be able to resist temperatures of up to 80 degrees Celsuis.

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Pyramid head costume, what would be the best materials and design? Answered

 I plan on making a sweet Pyramid head costume this year, and it'll be my first costume made so tips would be nice. I need some advice on what to use for the helmet cage and if I should go for the Game version of Pyramid Head (Apron, gloves, and boots) or Movie (Skin... kilt? and no gloves) either way I'll be using the movie helmet as it'll be easier to make most likely, and It'll look better. I have no idea what to get for materials except for some sort of rigid foam and covering for the helmet.

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lost wax casting: what material is the best for pouring metal into?

So I made a rad Yoda wax figurine recently and I'm looking into converting him into a aluminum via the lost wax casting method. I've seen some other instructables on casting the metal into plaster of paris, but that doesn't seem to preserve the very fine details that I want. There are a few other methods I've seen on other forums, like mixing fine sand with plaster and making a ceramic mold...I have even wackier ideas like using fireproof cement, but I haven't seen anything online to support using it...what other ideas can you think of that don't involve expensive investment powders I have to buy online? 

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How do you make your own shag carpet?

More importanly, why did the 70's kick ass? Tips on technique, styles, and materials? I have about 3-4 skiens of camoflauge yarn, I dont know if that will help?

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What adhesive to use for gluing zip lock bag material to fabric?

I have a project in mind which I want to line with a food safe material. After some consideration It boiled down to just using pieces cut from a zip lock bag and cotton material. I'm going to hem the 2 materials together but don't want the zip lock material slouching and separating from the cotton material in the middle. If I used a spray adhesive for fabric to adhere the zip lock material flat to the cotton will the adhesive show through the zip lock liner? I want it to look clear so cotton material shows through the plastic like laminated cotton but don't want to use that material. Any ideas or product suggestions? Thanks.

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What white material should I use to draw on blue paper? Answered

I need it white to look like a blueprint, as it's a project for school. I tried a white pencil, it was OK but I had to push down really hard and it was bad for details. Worst case scenario, I'll use that.

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What material i should use to make Alphonse Elric armor?

I want to make the Alphonse Elric cosplay(armored one). i am thinking follow this method; 1) i will print the pdo files using pepakura designer(although i dont know exactly how to scale them and which paper size i should print to) 2) i will put paper patterns to cardboard and cut them 3) Combine and hot glued parts 4) apply body filler to outer surface 5) sanding 6) painting all i want to ask is that can this method work to make a good Al's armor? Can you suggest anything else. This will be my first armor craft. Also i have been thinking about Goldy's Alphonse elric armor tutorial. He used different materials like polyurethan foam some adhesives and vinyl. His Al cosplay is the best i think but the materials he used are difficult to supply here in my city should i use these materials and start from 2nd step above(except sanding and painting) or can i go with cardboard method. Also can you give me advices for both techniques. Thanks...

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Can you suggest some other materials for Candy Wrapper Bags? Answered

Rolls of candy wrap plastic/cellophane don't seem to be available in Australia.( I don't know what to call them")   I have made several so called candy wrapper bags using paper and tape so I want to find a "paper" that is already laminated or weather/waterproofed as my arthritic hands are not suited to all the cutting and sticking of paper and sticky tape. My current bag takes over 300 pieces so reducing some of the steps will make it more manageable. Any ideas will be greatly welcomed. Thank you.

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I need suggestions for good materials to use for molding and casting..(details inside :) )

I need some casting(?) material ideas. I'm looking for fairly inexpensive material to make selector knobs (so it needs to cure to a hard, strong material)...would that material work also for casting things like remote control casing? If not, what would be a good material?... then i also need to make some thermocoupler holders, which need to be able to handle 300 degrees for a very long time. a hard material would be preferable, but, something with a firm rubbery texture would be ok also.... THEN, what material would be good for making the molds to pour the casting materials into to form those items? First, I'd want something solid i could cut into to form the shapes I want to cast, then I need something to put over my first cast(s) after I 'fine tune' them so I can make more.....So.. any ideas/suggestions?

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i need a stretchable strong string like material (textile) -any ideas?

String needs to be able to stretch over 50 feet and be able to hold enough tension to not sag. Know it will probably be a synthetic material, but not sure what would work best?

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Can I use plaster-of-paris as a mold material for making an aluminum casting?

I do not have access to any proper mold making materials, only items that can be found in a hardware store or a pharmacy. I would like to know if I can use plaster of paris as a mold material for a simple pour type casting using a lost wax type method. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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I have a material that came from a coffee bag and I want to know what it is? Answered

All I know I have this coffee bag and I can see threw one side of it and not threw the other. I want to use it for an instructable but I need to know what it is so other people can make my project. Thanks for the help.

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What material are most modern shoe soles made of and where can I buy it? Answered

I am going to try to make my own shoes (and yes,if it works there will be an instructable) and I would also like to design custom soles. If you can get the material in pellets instead of sheets please tell me. One more thing, don't just say "rubber" 'cause that's not witty that's just dumb. There are LOTS of types of rubber.

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How do you make mini-lights (LED) / christmas lights? materials? procedures?

We are creating christmas light for our project. Since we don't know what to do, could anybody give us the details in making one? Our plan is to create the mini-lights which consists of 100 small bulbs. What are the materials used... Thanks!

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what materials and methods would you use to fortify cardboard with a resin of some sort?

 In some of make your own halo suit of armor instructibles they briefly go over creating the armor from cardboard and an aqua resin although the description is not detailed enough to grasp. I am aiming to make sculptures out of this cardboard fortified with resin, does any one know how i would go about doing this?

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Teddy bear pattern out of army material? wanting for daughter before he deploys :-(

Hi,  I'm wanting to make 2 smallish teddy bears  one for my daughter out of her dads old army shirt and another for my husband out of daughters old sleepsuit, I cant seem to find a pattern anywhere, I ideally want a hand sewn pattern that's fairly simple as never made one before, if anyone could help me it would be greatly appreciated as wanting to make them for each other so they  can have while he's away on tour x

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Model Railway Exhib - Conservatory of Flowers - Mini SF Landmarks made of Recycled Materials

There is going to be a Model Railway Exhibition at the Conservatory of Flower in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. They turned one of the wings into the largest fantasy Model Railroad layout. Landmarks of San Francisco have been built out of Recycled/Repurposed Materials and placed around the layout. It looks really cool.The Conservatory of Flowers is Recycled Acetate File Folder Tabs, Corrugated Plastic and Chess Pieces for Finials. The Chinatown Gate is out of Mah Jongg Tiles and Dice, Portals of the Past is from Cassette Tapes, the TransAmerica Pyramid had 6000 Computer keys, and Coit Tower has Rulers and Yardsticks. There are more buildings also.November 20, 2008 - April 19, 2009Golden Gate Express ExhibitionThere is a video at the link and you can read a news story about it.Model Railway-Conservatory of FlowersPhotosSan Francisco Chronicle

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Anybody need a coffin?

Hey y'all! I'm moving from the bay area to LA and need to get rid of some coffins I made for a performance. I'd love to get the material cost back (the performance was a free street performance) but I'll also consider trades or giving them up for free. Things I'd trade for: printing supplies, art paper, paint. More info and photos here: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/art/3665821234.html

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i'm looking for an idea to make and float ghost props on Halloween.

I've seen a couple instructables on ghosts in here, but not one that fit the bill. This year I tried a helium filled balloon with white material on it. The idea was to use an LED inside the white balloon, drape the material over the balloon and let it float in my front yard. Secure it with fishing string. But the lightest material I found was still too heavy for the balloon. The material wasn't cheesecloth, but as close to it as i could find. Any ideas or recommendations?

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