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What is the easiest way a Wizard can copy-protect the scrolls he makes?

Your goal seems to be to have the NPC profit every time it is cast. It looks like you value spells without material components, but why not embrace (expensive, consumed on use) components? Instead ...
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Can you make armor with multiple elemental resistances using only wool and copper? And how much time and money would it cost?

No, this scheme does not work. Elemental magic is primarily magical rather than primarily elemental For the same reason you can successfully cast Fireball underwater you can't expect wool and copper ...
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How can a character create a Spell Scroll?

Xanathar's Guide to Everything adds optional rules for creating spell scrolls. They can be found on page 133, but I'll highlight the basics here. A character must have proficiency with the Arcana ...
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Can I really craft an Arrow of Total Destruction by RAW?

RAW, yes. A Bag of Holding is an uncommon magic item roughly 2 feet in diameter at the mouth and 4 feet deep. ... The bag weighs 15 pounds, regardless of its contents. So this couldn't be an ...
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Do Cobbler's Tools work on Horseshoes?

No, cobbler's tools aren't used to craft/maintain horseshoes A cobbler, by dictionary definition, works on shoes for humans. Traditionally, this would be primarily leather work. Farriers do work on ...
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What is the easiest way a Wizard can copy-protect the scrolls he makes?

Copying spells into your spellbook takes a lot more time than casting them. Assuming this holds true for 5e as well your wizard could scribe the spell on parchment that corrodes within ~10 minutes if ...
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What is the easiest way a Wizard can copy-protect the scrolls he makes?

This doesn't really answer your question about scrolls, but if the spell is a self-targeted spell, perhaps the wizard could make potions instead. Alternately, non-recharging wands might fill the bill,...
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Can I really craft an Arrow of Total Destruction by RAW?

The rules as written do not cover any of the working elements1 of the referenced design, other than the interaction between the two magic items. The rules are silent on what happens if one of the ...
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Can you make armor with multiple elemental resistances using only wool and copper? And how much time and money would it cost?

It wouldn't work even if D&D was a physics simulator I second everything that Upper_Case and ThomasMarkov have said, but there's another problem. Even if D&D were a physics simulator, this ...
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How creative should the DM let an artificer be in terms of what they can build?

Artisan Tools function more-or-less the same for Artificers as they do for other classes; with a few perks Any character with proficiency in Artisan's Tools is able to use those tools to craft items, ...
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How can a character create a Spell Scroll?

The Create a Magic Item section on page 284 of the Dungeon Master's Guide is for the Dungeon Master not PCs. It's there to help the DM create a homebrew magic item that doesn't already exist in the ...
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Can a lizardfolk using Cunning Artisan build a club I can cast Shillelagh on?

The club has to be wood Not every weapon is made of the same material. Since shillelagh specifically mentions a the wood of a weapon as the target, a club or quarterstaff made of a different material ...
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What are the options for player characters to create traps?

Proficiency with thieves' tools, per optional rules in Xanathar's Xanathar's Guide to Everything has a section on tool proficiencies that details what each tool set contains, a list of skill checks (...
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Does the Magic Initiate feat allow one to craft magic items?

Per the DMG, no, the Magic Initiate feat by itself does not enable one to create magic items. Page 128 of the DMG describes the requirements for crafting magic items, and specifically states The ...
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Can a PC create a magic artifact?

No. Artifacts are generally used by the Dungeon Master as plot devices. The guidance for artifacts in the Dungeon Master's Guide states (chapter 7, section "Artifacts"): Characters don’t ...
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Do clubs of different materials have different stats?

A club is a club. There are no rules in the game for different basic materials or styles of construction providing different weapon stats. The only special material effects in the rules are Silvered ...
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How much material silver is required to silver a greataxe, if the time and expertise is being provided as a favour?

The standard rule for crafting items is a 50/50 split between materials and labor Both the PHB and Xanathar's Guide to Everything present rules for crafting items as a downtime activity. While the ...
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What is the easiest way a Wizard can copy-protect the scrolls he makes?

Build it into the spell. Make one of the rules of the spell "if this spell was cast in any way except by a scroll scribed by Glumdyfork the Greedy, the spell has no effect." That requirement shouldn'...
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Is this homebrew "Faerie Fire Grenade" unbalanced?

It's slightly overpowered I think you're completely right in how well it's balanced against other magic items, such as Dust of Disappearance, however due to its relative ease of production, it'd be ...
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How can I limit crafting and material-searching without limiting player agency?

If the players are enjoying this it may not be an issue, but some advice. The key part to every game is to have fun. It seems, or sounds like, your players are having fun but that you are not. Perhaps ...
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Can I use fabricate to turn gold coins into ingots worth three times as much gold?

This is a hack in the crafting rules, not in the fabricate spell. That said, in the absence of a hard rule I could not find, there are two contradictory implications at various points in the rules: ...
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For crafting an item do you need to be proficient with the tools?

There's no real contradiction here. In general, anyone can use a tool with or without proficiency - if they have proficiency, they get to add their proficiency bonus to checks made with that tool. For ...
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Do Cobbler's Tools work on Horseshoes?

The rules for Smith's Tools aren't very helpful but I would think that they would be the more directly beneficial toolset. The Wikipedia article on farriers includes this sentence: A farrier ...
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Can I combine two parts of a sword, each with a separate infusion?

No, this won't work All of the infusions that apply to weapons have the restriction: Item: A simple or martial weapon... A part of a sword isn't a sword and therefore isn't a viable item to have a ...
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How much does it cost to manufacture a conductor stone?

This is up to you The short answer is that I think creating such a conductor stone would likely cost about 50 gp and take about 5 days of work in a 5e framework. But you as a DM have total liberty to ...
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What caster level do you need to craft a Ring of Protection +5?

Caster level 15. Per d20srd.org: Protection This ring offers continual magical protection in the form of a deflection bonus of +1 to +5 to AC. Faint abjuration; CL 5th; Forge Ring, shield of faith, ...
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Can you make armor with multiple elemental resistances using only wool and copper? And how much time and money would it cost?

An item granting four damage resistances is an extremely powerful item. Upper_Case's answer has all you really need to come to a ruling here, but I think we can motivate that answer further by ...
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Can you make armor with multiple elemental resistances using only wool and copper? And how much time and money would it cost?

The game being about "almost anything" is the issue You said "in D&D you can try to do almost anything", and this is probably the underlying issue which should be addressed. ...
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How can I limit crafting and material-searching without limiting player agency?

1. Apply time pressure One way to handle this is to give them quests that explicitly have timelines. If they go resource harvesting, they lose the quest. This is similar to what you described with the ...
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Can I craft an Arcane Focus Shield?

Shield is not one of the available options for an arcane focus. You're 100% in house-rule territory. One of the reasons for allowing Clerics (and Paladins) the use of a holy symbol on a shield is ...
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