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Tool time: clay-up your toolbox

Tool time: clay-up your toolbox Syndee Holt Polymer-clay artists have been covering metal tins for years–no Altoids[R] box is safe from us! These metal toolboxes, designed for croppers, are just perfect for our clay tools. And the box–oh the box–is a fantastic palette for our clay creations. Coolest part about these boxes? The lid is […]

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it’s as easy as one, two, three with a trio of simple and easy gift ideas

Clay holiday: it’s as easy as one, two, three with a trio of simple and easy gift ideas Lisa Pavelka Few things say you care as much as a handmade gift from the heart. If you’re short on time (and who isn’t these days?) and are looking for elegant yet simple gifts you can make […]

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Design originals: Layered Cards for Every Occasion!

Design originals: Layered Cards for Every Occasion! Are you afraid of collage? If so, this is the book for you. Simple, yet detailed cards using a variety of common materials like bottle caps, photos, picture slides, tags and fibers can be combined for stunning results. A solid and basic overview of collage with a few […]

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Wrap it up! Package your parcel with hand-dyed tissue paper

Wrap it up! Package your parcel with hand-dyed tissue paper Teri Martinez This project is so quick, inexpensive and easy that you will have more trouble stopping than starting! Ideal for creating original wrapping paper or envelopes and cards (don’t forget the ribbon!) to give for the holidays. Watching the colors blend and change is […]

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Clikit: Karen Foster Design

Clikit: Karen Foster Design Wouldn’t it be great if there was one tool that punched holes of various sizes, set eyelets and embossed designs into metals AND came with its own storage container so everything stayed together? Well, here it is, the Clikit spring action tool does all the above. You’ll never have to go […]

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Miniature masterpieces: mini memory books

Miniature masterpieces: mini memory books Vesta Abel Now that you have shelves full of memory books dedicated to your wedding, your children, your pets and everything in between, what better way to share the memories than to create a mini memory book to give to loved ones. Instead of lugging the spiral-bound, 120-pg book over […]

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layering glass slides into intricate jewelry pieces

Through the looking glass: layering glass slides into intricate jewelry pieces Alma de la Rosa A wonderful instructor–Romona Dolan–taught this technique to me and I have since expanded upon her way of layering collaged slides and applied it to jewelry. I prefer using glass slides for this technique because they are thin and you can […]

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Express extruder: polymer clay express

Express extruder: polymer clay express This clay extruder is going to be a favorite tool for caners or people who want to make canes, but find them too tedious. The extruder gun is heavy-duty with 26 pounds of thrust in the trigger and up to a pound of clay can be extruded at one time! […]

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I wish I knew then what I know now …

I wish I knew then what I know now … Mary Utterback Sparklers and cherry popsicles scream summer to me. Not just summer, but July 4, a celebrated holiday when my family would travel to my grandfather’s cottage on “The Lakes” in Indiana. The lazy summer days of childhood–sitting on the end of my grandfather’s […]

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here is a list of great online resources to help you on your way to selling your art!

Way of the web: here is a list of great online resources to help you on your way to selling your art! Kathie Gillaspey FINE PRINT IMAGING www.fineprintimaging.com The difference between reproducing your art work on your home printer or at your local copy center and having it professionally reproduced can determine if you will […]