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About colours
Once every half year I check my colours and if they are dry, I pour a little liquid into the cans; water in the water based; thinner (white spirit) in the enamel paints (or acetone). You get so disappointed if the colours all dry out. Some of my colours are more than 20 years old
  The safety belt in the Lundby car

  Garage sale find - a Lundby car One of the safetybelts was missing A medicine jar had a plastic strip, perfect for a new belt I cut the strip, filed the end, cut a small notch for the lock and painted the strip. Finally, I collected some dust on top of a painting on the wall with my finger and rubbed the strip to take away some of the shine... The notch on the strip fastens the new seat belt in the car. Like new again =)
Dry paper clay
Put the concrete hard lump in a couple of small zip lock bags with water. Be patient and wait for it to become soft again (could take up to a month). Work it a bit and it will be like new
Cloth without fringes
Use ordinary wood glue, dilute it and apply carefully on the edge. You can also use it to strengthen tiny crochet cloth for small tables
Soften your plastic clay (e.g. cernit)
Use your food processor for this. Put a hard clump of clay and work it in the processor until it crumbles into very small pieces. A few drops of baby oil (pure paraffine) on the crumbs and run the processer for quite a long time - eventually the clay becomes soft and pliant. It will harden in the oven as usual.
Spackling paste
When you have used paste, always drip some water on the paste before you screw the top on. No more dry paste! I prefer the acrylic paste the carpenters use, because it never becomes gritty and it is possible to make corners with it
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