Learn how this readily available, inexpensive and relatively safe acidic compound can be useful in multiple metal crafting techniques.
The use of rivets to make cold connections in metal art and sculpture.
Cutting metals with different power saws is an efficient and time saving endeavor creating cleaner cuts that need little prep.
These common and uncommon additives aid in drying of oil paints. Learn why and how in this article.
Learn how to use recyclable and discarded plastic packaging to mold fiberglass and cast resin objects with this simple tutorial.
This article will show you how to add calcium carbonate to latex paint to create DIY chalk paint. You can then use prepared chalk paint as a primer on interior porous surfaces under a topcoat.
This article explores the various craft applications of Paraloid acrylic solution resins. Each resin covered has specific properties and solvents that can be used with. Paraloids can be used as coatings or as adhesives.
This article covers traditional, historical, and relatively new and innovative yellow inorganic pigments, as well as their properties.
I will cover some novel methods to prepare a matte paint finish with gloss paints without having to buy separate matte medium or matte paints.
From the inadvertent discovery in a lab beaker to coating Ferrari’s, this pigment has a story as rich as its red hue.
This covers the methods of making unique metallic and pearlescent coatings with mica pigments. A few mixing techniques will be discussed.
Learn how to prepare acrylic paints with a muller and glass slab. The method discussed in this article will minimize the clean-up while expediting the dispersion of pigments into the acrylic medium.
In this article, I discuss the wide variety of fillers and extenders used in paint formulation.
I discuss the ins and outs of running an airbrush from a pancake compressor. Both advantages and disadvantages will be covered.
In this article, I discuss the materials and equipment needed to prepare liquid pigment dispersions using a rock tumbler.
This article presents rather unique uses for foam paint brushes, from stenciling to sign making to various specialty cleaning operations.
Learn how you can use readily available craft materials to stain wood with excellent results.
Learn about the materials and processes that are used to make a solvent-based, quick-drying acrylic paint primer.
The characteristics of various types of pigments and colorants and their application in art and industry.
Article demonstrating various simple shop techniques to make sculpture stands and bases out of metal and other materials
How acrylic plastic (Plexiglas) can be used to create home or office furniture and decor along with modern works of art.
Information on using ordinary hand and power tools to cut and machine acrylic plastic.
This article describes dyeing acrylic plastic like Plexiglass and Lucite and using dye baths to color the acrylics. The main focus will be on dip and immersion dyeing.
A look at the various uses of the step drill bit in the workshop or art studio.
Learn how to add color to clear lacquers with pigments and dyes to create fast-drying custom paints and toners!
This article discusses conventional and unconventional uses for angle iron in industry and the home workshop.
Properties and procedures of soldering and brazing joints made with aluminum alloys.
This article examines the various patinas and related finishes for steel. These finishes either involve oxidation of the metal or are nonreactive finishes.
A comprehensive article covering the history, development and various uses for the carbon arc.
Demonstrating the versatility of a professional variable jigsaw in metal working. Numerous metal cutting blades will be discussed as well as various techniques.
I will be summarizing the common and not so common applications of the very versatile angle grinder.
This article is about the types of metals commonly available to the metal artist. A description of each metal/alloy and their applications will be described.
Learn how to form bowls from thin copper sheet metal using a hammer. I'm sharing two methods to inspire your creative juices.
This article is about potassium permanganate and its various uses in the lab and in industry
I discuss the preparation of pure hydrochloric acid for lab use. I mention tradtional and nontraditional methods.
In this article, I discuss five cleaning fluids that can remove dried acrylic paint from surfaces. I discuss the properties of each cleaner and any hazards involved.
Rust removal by chelation does not dissolve steel like the strong acids. The chelating agent used to remove rust are organic and biodegradable.
In this article, I discuss three possible avenues for nitric acid preparation. They all involve a nitrate salt and a strong acid.
In this site I describe an easy method of how to cut a straight cut with an angle grinder. I also show how to check the results and how it can be fixed.
The oxygen-acetylene torch is a very versatile tool for the studio metal artist. You can weld, braze, heat form and cut steel with a gas torch.
In this article, I discuss the history of sulfuric acid preparation. I then talk about physical and chemical properties to illusrate the various ways sulfuric acid can be evaluated experimentally.
Interested in making your own soap? Learn about the fats and oils used in making soap as well as the differences between saturated and unsaturated fats.