Gorgeous crustiness

I always loved organic surfaces and textures, the ones only nature can create. There is a wonderful beauty to it if this is combined with handmade…
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Mixed Media Mandalas

One of the lessons I really enjoyed from Life Book 2016 was week 8 - Finding Centre with Mandalas by Faith Evans, it was a really…
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Playing With Shibori Ribbon

If you're like me, you tend to spend way more time than you should looking at other people's creations. I justify my hours spent on Pinterest,…
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Card Board Loom Weaving

Weaving is one of the oldest art forms known. Myself, I love tapestry weaving and Navajo-style loom weaving using my own dyed and spun fibers. I…
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Bookbinding: Ideas for the Cover… and a Tiny Wee Book!

It seems that in the world of crafting and creating there are as many trends as in fashion, music and general designs. At the moment I…
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Mandalas in Metal

Mandalas in Metal. Making meaning... the Zen of stamping...  Mandala designs by Emma The inspiration: I have a teachers aide, a former…
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Let’s Make A Felted Vessel

I learned how to make a felted vessel about 5-6 years ago. It was my first experience ever in wet felting and I just fell in…
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Experimenting with Leather – Wet Molding for Jewelry

Since I've been experimenting with leather for the Component of the Month, I thought it might be fun to explore a basic leather working technique with…
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Whimsy dog head video tutorial.

I have been wanting to 'get to grips' with my YouTube account for over a year.. probably longer if the truth be told, but never found…
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Tutorial – Felted Wine Bottle Drip Collar

Have you ever been drinking a lovely bottle of red wine and even though it is so wonderful and the cheese and crackers are the perfect…
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Lunala Pendants: a Mixed Media Tutorial

In this most recent issue of Interweave's "Step by Step Wire" there was a polymer mixed media lunala pendant, by yours truly! I hadn't had anything…
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Melting Orphan Beads for Cabs

I have a *pile* of orphan beads - really.  And I have tried to sell them, in bigger sets, in smaller sets, for pretty great prices,…
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Making a Felted Stocking Ornament

Each year I try and make ornaments for my family members. I've done ceramic, hand-sewn and beaded ornaments before. This year, I'm working on needle-felted stocking…
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Wine Charm Tutorial – A Quick Gift Idea

If you're looking for a quick, easy, handmade gift for friends, hostesses, teachers, or anyone who loves wine (YOU!), these wine glass charms are really fun…
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Displaying Art Beads

So you've spent many hours at all times of the day and night stalking your favourite designer's auctions and trawling through bead shops and in the…
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Sculpting with Slip

Creating three dimensional beads in clay doesn't have to take hours of carving. I've been working on some raised designs using clay slip and for today's…
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Stocking Filler Earrings

Back in 2015 I posted a tutorial for soldering simple prong set studs well I was playing around with this idea for stocking filler gifts last weekend…
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Brooches – A Tutorial

I am currently obsessed with the idea of bringing brooches back, and I'm not the only one.  According to several articles, brooches started making a comeback…
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Felted Gourds

Fall is harvesting time for hard-shell gourds, usually after the first frost. I love gourds for all the possibilities they offer but most of all, I…
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Make Your Own Stamps

If you're a regular reader of the AE Blog, you'll know that I love experimenting with different ideas for creating your own stamps. Today, I'd like…
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Never Enough of Skulls and Flowers…

I want to stay true to my intention to give you a little bit insight into my creation process as my contribution to AE. The last…
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Lampwork Headpin Ring

I throughly LOVE lampwork headpins and I am some what addicted to our wonderful leader Jen Cameron's creations. There is something almost mesmerising about them, so…
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Cage Your Trinkets and Treasures

For August's headpin challenge I created a wire basket holding coral and beach glass. It is something I learned from the wonderfully talented Mary Hettmansperger years…
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Dorset Buttons – A Heritage Craft

Welcome to my very first post on our lovely new 'Art Elements' blog - I hope you're having fun finding your way around all the new…
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Down to the Bare Threads…

Photo Above: Bangles wrapped with sari silk and embroidery yarn and sewing thread (oh, and wire!) There is something elementary beautiful in fabrics and the underlying…
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Playing with Raku

I've hardly done anything this last couple of weeks, it's school holidays so my time has been dictated by children. So I was looking around for…
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Sea Glass Earrings

Every year my other half, the children and I head down to Cornwall to spend some of the summer holidays with his family, and every year…
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Headpin Tutorial Roundup

As part of our August art headpin design challenge (click the link for more details), I thought it might help to do a round-up of some of the…
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Handmade Picture Frames

I've been making lots of tiles recently. I love having a larger area to design on. After firing a couple, I realised that I'd completely forgotten…
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Thrift Shop Find Turned Fab

When it comes to art beads I am some what of a bead snob! I like to support the handmade artisans that put time and effort…
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