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7 Awesome Crafts you probably didn't know existed

The world of crafting is fascinating and never ending. We have been crafting since the first human molded some mud into a pot, and a seemingly endless list of crafts has been created since. Some crafts are very well known, and you have probably dabbled a bit into them yourself... but some of them are a lot less known. I put some examples together, please enjoy them and leave a comment below letting us know how many of them you already knew :lol: if you know any unknown crafts, feel free to share them with us!

Extra credits if you already tried some of these!

Note: These are NOT totally obscure crafts that are only practiced in remote places of the world or that require specialized equipment, I chose crafts that should be easy enough to pick up but not a lot of people are doing.

1. Stone carving.

Incredible works of art can be made even from the humble common stone. Precious or semi-precious stones can be used as well.
Celtic Ravens - Carved Jet Gauged Talon Earrings by DreamingDragonDesignocean jasper skull carving by tattoopink
Triskele Altar Stone by Troll-BloodFor the love of Alba by fairyfrog

2. Mini crochet.

Lots of us have tried crochet at least once (some of us with terrible results, ahem) but miniature crochet is a new world of challenges. Just imagine how tiny their hooks must be! No wonder we don't see many people trying it.
Micro-crochet Stag by KimLCrochetsMicro crochet Dragon by Ambrosial-Wolf
5 millimeter Itty Bitty Micro Crochet Whale by altearitheMicro-crochet Polar Bear by KimLCrochets

3. Terrariums.

Nothing like art that is alive and growing! These terrariums are as beautiful as practical, most of them require very little care and are a sustainable ecosystem. I can't stop admiring the care and patience required to grow the plants, put them together beautifully, and even craft tiny accents.
Totoro with umbrella under a tree Terrarium by puffterrariumsTerrarium 02 by lbenologa
Finn and Jake Terrarium by MaForetmini-terrarium with exuviae 2 by Isisnofret

4. Recycling circuits.

Technological waste is increasingly common, some artists have found a way to turn waste into treasure.
Computer Cufflinks by Techcycleblack dragon by thebluekraken
Capacitor Motorcycle by AmpOwlDazzling Crystal and Rainbow Resistor Bracelet by Techcycle

5. Feather painting.

Feathers are small and delicate canvases, it's incredible the amount of detail and realism some of these crafters achieve.
Star Wolf Starfeather Detail by GoldenwolfWNC Prayer feather by THODRAGONFIRE
Sun Feather by DraikairionButterfly Lotus Feather Pen by ChaeyAhne

6. 3D beading.

Sure, anyone can string one bead after the other and create a simple bracelet. But engineering a stable 3D structure with nothing but tiny beads is breathtaking. 
Hi, I am sitting on a rock by RrkraScyther by AgentDoppelnuller
Jade SplitSkirt Bead Dress Short Waist by pinkythepinkMask thing by Rrkra

7. Cosmetics.

Lots of people don't know that they can make their own cosmetics, and it's very easy! There's a lot of tutorials and suppliers online. It has many advantages: you can control the ingredients and make sure they are top quality, skip anything harmful (preservatives, allergens, etc) and make them perfect for you. They make great gifts too, and many people appreciate artisan cosmetics. Soap - Cat Pink by shirickiBacon Perfume by Cloudpow
HH-Candy Autumn Fragrances 2012 by A-Little-KittyFight Club Soap by SkinfullyYours

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AsheSkyler Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
1. Yes, possibly one of the oldest crafts right up there with wood and bone. Cool stuff regardless.
2. Yup. I'm in a crochet circle, sometimes people like to get really wild with it. It's amazing how one person only has patience for a huge afghan, another only has patience for itsy bitsy critters, and neither have the patience for the opposite. Heheh.
3. That's a new one! Most I've heard of is fish tanks and bonsai trees. Cool!
4. Haven't seen specifically computer parts used, but I love seeing "junk art". Especially of dinosaurs.
5. Seen painted feather earrings in gift shops. I'd be too worried to wear it and  probably put one in a case on display!
6. Seen it in passing, a great mark of patience. And possibly of sculpting?
7. Make your own make up?? Well, if you can make your own cleaning supplies, I guess that's not so impossible... Somebody had to create it on their own at some point.
Draikairion Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for displaying my Sun feather painting!  I greatly appreciated this!  10 gold stars for you!

Talty Featured By Owner May 17, 2014   Artisan Crafter
My pleasure to feature your awesome art :) and thanks!
TheDragon-Empress Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't really understand the third one very well...
Talty Featured By Owner May 11, 2014   Artisan Crafter
It's about creating terrariums, some people pick the plants in small scale, grow them, plant them in a aesthetic fashion, decorate with pretty sand, stones, or small decorations to make them look like a tiny garden. It's a beautiful, living craft.
TheDragon-Empress Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds amazing, do you know anyone who does that?
Talty Featured By Owner May 12, 2014   Artisan Crafter
I posted some good examples on this article, but if you try looking for "terrariums" right here on DA, there's a lot of amazing creations!
TheDragon-Empress Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Talty Featured By Owner May 14, 2014   Artisan Crafter
No problem ^^
MojoLiazon Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I knew about all of these, some of them I intend to try... But I would like to point out this apparent typo:

"They make great gifts too, and many people appreciate artesian cosmetics..."

'Artesian' cosmetics, are you sure that's what you meant? Seems probably a typo to me, maybe an autocorrect of 'artisan'.

Anyhoo! Good article, will inspire some people and probably help others find their niche.
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