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  • Learn about gold and silver metal clay formulas from Art Clay and PMC brands plus Aura 22 and AGS (Accent Gold for Silver and the key characteristics and best uses of each formula from those brands.

    Metal Clay Silver and Gold Brands and Formulas

    Metal Clay Silver and Gold Brands and Formulas

    by Margaret Schindel9

  • Hot process soap making is one of the ways to make all-natural soap at home. But can you make the soap really, really pretty? What can you add to it to make it more interesting? Here's an account of some of my recent adventures in hot process soap making. You should be able to learn something, too!

    Hot-Process Soap Making Adventures, with Recipes

    Hot-Process Soap Making Adventures, with Recipes

    by Rachel Koski39

  • Check out these DIY ideas on how to make pop-up greeting cards for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s, or Father’s Day. This article includes pop-up card ideas, tutorials, and templates.

    37 DIY Ideas for Making Pop-Up Cards

    37 DIY Ideas for Making Pop-Up Cards

    by Loraine Brummer12

  • Looking for Thanksgiving arts and craft projects? Try these reaths, garlands, pumpkins, turkeys, pilgrims, scarecrows, and more! Links to tutorials included.

    40 Best Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts

    40 Best Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts

    by Loraine Brummer152

  • There is a proper way to color your wood burning project without raising the grain of the wood. This article explores the technique more in depth.

    How to Color a Wood Burning Project

    How to Color a Wood Burning Project

    by Bede12

  • Unleash your creativity by creating a funky, fantastical paper mache statue. I'll show you how to gather inspiration, sketch your idea and build an armature that will be the frame for your creation.

    Make a Paper Mache Statue

    Make a Paper Mache Statue

    by QuiltFinger96

  • This funky little Christmas tree decoration is made with polymer clay, some sewing pins, and thread. Making this ornament involves some detail work, but it can be completed in a couple of hours and will add a unique decoration to your holiday tree.

    DIY Holiday Craft: String Art Christmas Tree Decoration

    DIY Holiday Craft: String Art Christmas Tree Decoration

    by Donna Herron10

  • Do you have extra buttons around the house that you want to use? Try these fun button project ideas that are perfect for both kids and adults!

    48 Excellent Button Craft Ideas

    48 Excellent Button Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer28

  • Upcycle your oatmeal box by incorporating it into fun craft ideas! They make great craft supplies for kids and teenagers and adults.

    37 Excellent Oatmeal Box Craft Ideas

    37 Excellent Oatmeal Box Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer4

  • This winter, try out these snowman craft ideas that are perfect for kids, preschoolers, and adults. You could even make these DIY projects with the intent to sell them at craft shows. Enjoy!

    50 Amazing Snowman Craft Ideas

    50 Amazing Snowman Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer17

  • Many great ideas for making crafts using milk jugs. Included are pictures and the site names to the tutorials. Crafts for kids and crafts for every holiday.

    41 Awesome Crafts Using Milk Jugs

    41 Awesome Crafts Using Milk Jugs

    by Loraine Brummer12

  • I've noticed that many different projects can be made with wire hangers. Inexpensive and fun, these hanger crafts are perfect for the classroom!

    50 Super Wire-Hanger Crafts

    50 Super Wire-Hanger Crafts

    by Loraine Brummer70

  • Crafts, for kids and adults, using paper towel and toilet paper rolls. Ideas for wall decor, seasonal and holiday items or adults. Easy and inexpensive projects for kids.

    56 Amazing Paper Roll Crafts Ideas

    56 Amazing Paper Roll Crafts Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer19

  • The best Halloween arts and crafts for kids, preschoolers, toddlers and adults. Halloween art and craft ideas to make spiders, witches, ghosts and bats. Fun and easy art and craft ideas for Halloween

    46 Inspiring Halloween Arts and Crafts Ideas

    46 Inspiring Halloween Arts and Crafts Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer40

  • These five artists come from all around the world and create pieces with quite different styles, but they have one thing in common: They're all remarkable, innovative ceramicists.

    5 Creative Ceramics Artists

    5 Creative Ceramics Artists

    by Adam Barnes0

  • Try these fun and easy egg carton craft ideas for kids and preschoolers! It's a great way to upcycle an item you can accumulate easily.

    58 Wonderful Egg Carton Craft Ideas

    58 Wonderful Egg Carton Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer10

  • Looking for a fun and simple homemade craft? Try crafting with salt dough. Here's an easy recipe and fun craft projects to try.

    How to Make Salt Dough for Crafts

    How to Make Salt Dough for Crafts

    by Claudia Mitchell82

  • Have you ever thought of metal as your canvas? It's easier to create designs in metal than you think. Acid etching copper and brass yields endless possibilities with impressive results. If you can stamp it, draw it, or write it, you can etch it!

    How to Acid Etch Metal/Copper and Brass Blanks for Jewelry

    How to Acid Etch Metal/Copper and Brass Blanks for Jewelry

    by Natasha49

  • Use this step by step wet felting tutorial to create wet felted beads. Add a cheap recycled charm bracelet to the mix and the result is a gorgeous wet felted necklace or bracelet.

    How to Wet Felt Beads for Use in Jewelry

    How to Wet Felt Beads for Use in Jewelry

    by Sally Gulbrandsen48

  • Mason, canning, or glass jars... they can all be used to make crafts. With these ideas for kids and adults, you'll learn to make recycled and upcycled Christmas crafts, centerpieces, wedding décor, gifts, and more.

    94 Outstanding Craft Projects Using Glass Jars

    94 Outstanding Craft Projects Using Glass Jars

    by Loraine Brummer182

  • Do you want to try bringing new life to old calendar pages? Find over 30 fun craft ideas below that are great for kids and adults alike. Make bows, stars, gift bags, ornaments, and more!

    36 Genius Ideas to Upcycle Old Calendar Pages

    36 Genius Ideas to Upcycle Old Calendar Pages

    by Loraine Brummer18

  • Easy and affordable holiday crafts make a great family project. Create a beautiful wreath that will adorn the special Christmas corner of your home. Here are three simple DIY wreaths that fit the Christmas spirit wonderfully.

    3 Lovely DIY Christmas Wreaths (Step-By-Step Instructions)

    3 Lovely DIY Christmas Wreaths (Step-By-Step Instructions)

    by Deborah Minter0

  • A great way to use old newspapers is to craft with them. In this article, you'll find ideas, pictures and links to great tutorials. There are some easy and fun crafts for kids too.

    59 Amazing Crafts Using Newspaper

    59 Amazing Crafts Using Newspaper

    by Loraine Brummer121

  • A DIY crafting project for making a toad house from a flower pot, and then adding Wampum to decorate the outside of the toad abode.

    How to Make a Toad House

    How to Make a Toad House

    by Anthony Altorenna45

  • Learn how to make a fancy 3D chandelier from a frozen pizza box. Three dimensional chandeliers are a popular choice for party decorations. In fact, we are using several of them for my daughters high school graduation party this year. I have made...

    How to Make a 3D Chandelier from a Frozen Pizza Box

    How to Make a 3D Chandelier from a Frozen Pizza Box

    by Jamie Brock50

  • These easy and fun gnome tutorials use styrofoam cones, old socks, circles of burlap, wood scraps, etc. for the gnome bodies, and faux fur, rag mop, yarn, pom poms, etc. for the beards.

    27 Easy and Fun Gnome Craft Ideas

    27 Easy and Fun Gnome Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer0

  • Looking for plastic bottle crafts for kids, preschoolers, and adults? Try these craft project ideas using water and liter bottles. As you learn how to make crafts using plastic bottles, you'll be able to make flowers and even jewelry. These are also great recycling ideas for children.

    75 Inspiring Craft Ideas Using Plastic Bottles

    75 Inspiring Craft Ideas Using Plastic Bottles

    by Loraine Brummer41

  • Soda, pop, coke or cola cans—they are all aluminum cans that can be used to make crafts. Check out these can art and craft projects for kids and adults. These 30+ things to do with aluminum cans include flowers, jewelry, and angels.

    37 Awesome Aluminum Can Crafts to Make

    37 Awesome Aluminum Can Crafts to Make

    by Loraine Brummer22

  • What can you do with old book pages? Browse these fun project ideas and get inspired to make crafts such as garlands, flowers, trees, and more!

    53 Creative Craft Ideas Using Book Pages

    53 Creative Craft Ideas Using Book Pages

    by Loraine Brummer11

  • These pretty clay birds are easy to make using clay and some household tools. These birds can be made in any size or color and used to decorate your home, garden, door wreaths, or your Christmas tree!

    DIY Craft Tutorial:  How to Make Decorative Clay Birds

    DIY Craft Tutorial: How to Make Decorative Clay Birds

    by Donna Herron26

  • Recycled thick Woolen Jumpers are used to create hanging basket liners. Follow these simple steps to create a hanging garden of your own. Fill it with herbs or flowers to create a riot of color.

    How to Make Hanging Basket Liners With Wool Sweaters

    How to Make Hanging Basket Liners With Wool Sweaters

    by Sally Gulbrandsen80

  • Fun, easy Halloween craft ideas. 40+ Halloween craft projects that include: Bats, spiders, ghosts, witches, monsters and mummies. Wreaths, noisemakers, painted plates

    48 Fun and Easy Halloween Craft Ideas

    48 Fun and Easy Halloween Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer24

  • Learn how to custom paint leather shoes, boots or sandals successfully with acrylic paint and then how to trim and embellish them with rhinestones, faux gems, sequins and other fashion accents

    How to Embellish and Paint Leather Shoes

    How to Embellish and Paint Leather Shoes

    by Margaret Schindel272

  • Learn how to texture metal clay with carving, tear-away textures, photopolymer plates, household items, leaves, food, purchased and homemade mats, molds and tools in this comprehensive guide.

    How to Texture Metal Clay

    How to Texture Metal Clay

    by Margaret Schindel203

  • Unbiased reviews of metal clay related products including the Ultra-Lite Beehive Kiln and custom name/logo stamps by Metal Clay Artist Magazine's senior editor and technical editor Margaret Schindel.

    Metal Clay Product Reviews

    Metal Clay Product Reviews

    by Margaret Schindel10

  • Try out these DIY burlap craft ideas! You'll be inspired to make flowers, garlands, wreaths, ornaments, and wall art. Keep these projects in mind for any upcoming holidays, seasons, weddings, or events.

    77 Creative Craft Ideas Using Burlap

    77 Creative Craft Ideas Using Burlap

    by Loraine Brummer16

  • A simple craft that can be made at home. Recycle an old bottle or jar and create an eco-friendly gift or decoration.

    How to Make Earth Dolls at Home

    How to Make Earth Dolls at Home

    by Anicham Pugal1

  • These decorative birdhouses are built for the birds! Birdhouses designed with the birds in mind have a higher chance of attracting tenants, and adding a bit of whimsey makes them look good too!

    How to Build a Rustic Decorative Birdhouse

    How to Build a Rustic Decorative Birdhouse

    by Anthony Altorenna31

  • Do you have a sentimental sweater you no longer wear? Maybe it's a gift from Valentines Day, Halloween, Christmas, or any other special occasion. Take it out of storage and make it into a pillow that you can use in the appropriate season.

    How to Make a Pillow From an Outdated Sweater

    How to Make a Pillow From an Outdated Sweater

    by The Sampsons2

  • Looking for wedding and bridal shower craft ideas? These handmade wedding and shower craft projects include decorations, favors, centerpieces, bridal bouquets, veils, headbands, invitations, and place cards.

    69 Sensational Wedding or Bridal Craft Ideas

    69 Sensational Wedding or Bridal Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer4

  • These 50 teacher appreciation gifts are easy to make, creative, and inexpensive—and your child's teacher will love them.

    50 Awesome Teacher Gift Craft Ideas

    50 Awesome Teacher Gift Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer6

  • Here are some inexpensive ingredients, directions, and tips on how to make hand crafted, vegan homemade soap. With pictures and recipe you can learn to make your own home made soap

    Homemade Soap - How to Make Soap at Home

    Homemade Soap - How to Make Soap at Home

    by Dolores Monet5

  • Learn how to weave flexible metal clay sheet or paper to make woven metal jewelry. This illustrated step-by-step weaving tutorial demonstrates a simple method with helpful illustrations.

    Metal Clay Weaving Tutorial

    Metal Clay Weaving Tutorial

    by Margaret Schindel38

  • Learn how to create mosaic designs for a table top from ceramic tiles. How to make a mosaic table top with ceramic tiles for outdoors in your garden. The best mosaic techniques for beginners. How to grout a mosaic. Ceramic tile mosaics make awesome garden tables.

    How to Make Mosaic Designs With Ceramic Tiles

    How to Make Mosaic Designs With Ceramic Tiles

    by L M Reid15

  • This article examines the various patinas and related finishes for steel. These finishes either involve oxidation of the metal or are nonreactive finishes.

    Patina Finishes for Steel

    Patina Finishes for Steel

    by Jason11

  • Metal clay must be dry before firing to avoid steam that causes bubbles in the metal. Learn how to dry metal clay using foam, Teflon, a hotplate / cup warmer, dehydrator, hair dryer and other methods.

    The Pros and Cons of Metal Clay Drying Options

    The Pros and Cons of Metal Clay Drying Options

    by Margaret Schindel39

  • Layered necklaces with multiple chains and charms are a popular fashion trend. These necklaces are surprisingly easy to make with the right tools and supplies. Learn how to make your own boho-style necklace with this tutorial!

    How to Make a Boho Layered Necklace With Pendant

    How to Make a Boho Layered Necklace With Pendant

    by Donna Herron10

  • 40+ coffee filter crafts for kids and adults, including ideas for making flowers, butterflies, wreaths, roses, and snowflakes, as well as crafts for Christmas, Halloween, and fall. Many of these coffee filter art projects use other inexpensive supplies like food coloring and markers.

    46 Unique Coffee Filter Craft Ideas

    46 Unique Coffee Filter Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer32

  • Learn how to make simple homemade musical instruments such as: drums, flutes, clickers, shakers, sistrum, harmonica, tambourine, ankle bells, cymbals, bongo, guitar, and maracas.

    52 Homemade Musical Instruments to Make

    52 Homemade Musical Instruments to Make

    by Loraine Brummer48

  • A comprehensive guide on gemstone setting techniques in metal clay before and after firing. Learn which stones are safe to fire in place and how to set them in fresh, dried or fired metal clay.

    The Ultimate Guide to Setting Gemstones in Metal Clay

    The Ultimate Guide to Setting Gemstones in Metal Clay

    by Margaret Schindel213

  • Have fun learning experience while crafting this happy elk. This craft with the letter “E” helps children want to learn the sound the letter makes and what words begin with "E."

    "E" Is for Elk (Alphabet Paper Craft for Kids)

    by Jason Nicolosi8

  • Look through this extensive list of creative owl crafts for kids, teachers, preschoolers, and adults! They can make lovely gifts, home decor, or projects for art class. Enjoy!

    55 Wildly Fun Owl Craft Ideas

    55 Wildly Fun Owl Craft Ideas

    by Loraine Brummer49

  • Browse these sweet gift ideas you can make for a mom and her baby. If you need to put something together for a baby shower gift or to make a new mom's care package, use this list for inspiration!

    50 Darling Homemade Gift Ideas to Make for a New Mom

    50 Darling Homemade Gift Ideas to Make for a New Mom

    by Loraine Brummer3

  • A detailed list of basic, nice-to-have and specialty materials, tools, supplies and equipment for working with metal clay. Learn how to build a metal clay toolkit or see what's missing from your kit.

    Metal Clay Materials, Tools, Supplies and Equipment

    Metal Clay Materials, Tools, Supplies and Equipment

    by Margaret Schindel42

  • A fun craft for kids and adults, these eco-friendly bird feeders are just what your garden needs. Attract birds the earth friendly way by using these easy to follow instructions, including photos.

    Easy Biodegradable Bird Feeders

    Easy Biodegradable Bird Feeders

    by Claudia Mitchell65

  • Easy craft projects for boy scout camps and for boys to make and sell. Simple, fun and easy crafts that boys will enjoy. Craft projects especially for boys to make.

    41 Craft Ideas Especially for Boys

    41 Craft Ideas Especially for Boys

    by Loraine Brummer11

  • Building your own guitar pedal board doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. This simple rack is easy to make, built sturdy to take abuse, and it keeps your stomp boxes organized with the cables tucked neatly underneath. The size can be adjusted to fit your specific needs. And it looks good!

    How to Make a Custom Guitar Pedal Board

    How to Make a Custom Guitar Pedal Board

    by Anthony Altorenna0

  • Step-by-step instructions on how to make rusting plates, for making rusted papers and fabrics.

    How to Make Rusting Plates

    How to Make Rusting Plates

    by Lisa Vollrath28

  • Project ideas for making Mexican, or Cinco de Mayo crafts. 50+ fiesta craft ideas for kids and for adults.Craft ideas including piñatas, huge flowers, maracas and wreaths, using crepe paper, yarn, cla

    61 Fun and Fabulous Mexican Crafts for Kids and Adults

    61 Fun and Fabulous Mexican Crafts for Kids and Adults

    by Loraine Brummer1

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