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PE - Artisan Crafts ABC II A - D

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 8:24 PM


Last year MyntKat did an excellent work putting together an Artisan Crafts ABC for projecteducate, however the Artisan Crafts are so extensive, diverse and ever-growing that there's still much to cover. In this new Artisan Crafts Week we will explore some different crafts, techniques, materials and popular themes to expand your knowledge of this addictive world. This list is still not complete, and we invite you to share with us your knowledge.

Artisan Crafts ABC: A - D | E - H | I - M | N - R | S - V | W - Z
Artisan Crafts ABC II: A - D | E - H
I - M | N - R | | S - V | W - Z

A stands for Assemblage


Assemblage, mixed media, found objects are all different names for the activity of putting together apparently random objects in an harmonious and aesthetic setting. It can be made with either new or thrifted objects for different effects. This is a very wide category, and the final products can be decoration, jewelry, clothes, furniture or pretty much anything. For some the thrill of finding useful stuff is close to a treasure hunt.

Heart Drive by luthien27Pocket Watch Assemblage by asunderCreator by AMechanicalMindSteampunk Bird Necklace by byrdldy


A stands for Appliqué


In the sewing world, an appliqué consists of a smaller piece of fabric that is placed over a bigger and sewn around its borders to fix it permanently, but it can also be sewn invisibly or glued. Appliqués can consist of complicated patterns, fun characters or elegant decorations, and they are frequently used in quilted pieces with very striking results. Modern sewing machines have simplified the needlework required and made appliqués much faster to sew. Tutorials available here and here.

Detail - Flowering Applique Q by suedollinQuiltsTree spirit embroidery hoop by loveandasandwichPurple Princess Gown by DaisyViktoriaApplique by laurelin77


A stands for Amoeba


When we say that crafters can get inspiration from anything, we mean it! Look at this artwork inspired by amoebas, even cakes are dedicated to them.

Amoeba Fused Glass by trilobiteglassworksAmoebia Cake FTW by Phobieh:thumb157165074:Paramecium and Amoeba Magnets by whatnomints


B stands for Bento


Bento is a traditional Japanese meal box that is carefully planned to be both healthy and beautiful. Japanese mothers take great pride in their bento-crafting abilities, some of them spending hours every morning preparing and decorating bento for their kids. Bento is prepared, transported and eaten in a sturdy box with different compartments for food, some also include a clip for portable chopsticks. Bento is prepared with the rule of thumb "4 parts rice, 3 parts protein, 2 parts vegetable, 1 part sweet" and traditionally, the sweet portion consists of pickled vegetables! I know some people that would feel cheated by that dessert... Corselia has a very complete tutorial for basic bento construction and Mechanical2127 has a tutorial about bento decorations.

Bento ~ Charaben ~ Baby Pandas *kawaii!* by mitsubachichanBENTO - fck yea by olikokitty bento, delicious by susanlinProm '06 Bento by gargoylekitty


B stands for Bird houses


Some people can't settle for regular bird houses, and they have to take them to the crafty level! Building houses out of different materials, painting them with incredible talent or decorating them to look after something completely different are some of the most popular activities involving bird houses.

:.Chickadees.: by XPantherArtXVictorian Circus Birdhouse 2 by natamonRovers Return Inn Bird Feeder by JimshabitatRobobird House by stuff-from-my-head


B stands for Balloons

Ad-Kins once told me "Don't let anyone tell you clowning isn't an art". I had to find out by myself, and it turns out that there's a lot of artists creating incredible balloon art! Anything from characters, to tools, to cosplay, to balloon furniture. An incredibly useful tutorial was written by mrballoonatic.

Balloon Animal Dragon Costume by YourBalloonManBalloon dress by doganiea balloon Harley by jario21Rest your weary feet by mrballoonatic

C stands for Carving


Carving is the activity of cutting or chiseling a material with the objective of creating a raised image or a complete three dimensional object. Carving can be practiced in many surfaces, most commonly fruits, ice, wood or pumpkins, but some artists make exceptional carvings out of incredible things, like pencils. A wood carving walkthrough was made available by piratecaptain.

Fruit Carving Dragon by carvingnationsBuild Me A Snowman by PixelBlenderPan by Kotka666pencil carving key ring by cerkahegyzo

C stands for Chainmaille


Chainmaille refers to the art of interlacing metal rings in patterns to form meshes, ropes or objects; It originated in chain mails used in ancient times to protect the wearer against swords, but today it's used mostly for decorative purposes. Beginner tutorials are available here and here.

Chainmaille Cowl Halter 1 by FeMailleTurtleGolden Black Chainmaille Dragon by SerenFeyHobbes, The Chainmaille Tiger 1 by TelperinonFirst Celtic Star and Chainmaille Ball by MailleMentality

C stands for Clock

I guess clocks fascinate more than a few. There's a plethora of beautifully decorated clocks with any technique imaginable, and many talented people are still making their own clocks down to the mechanism. Here's a sample of all the beauty available.

Wooden Clock by back2rootNo.3 by ericfreitasdragon clock by Macca4everRococo Style Clock by lizzy-lizzy

D stands for Decoupage


Decoupaging is the activity of decorating an object by gluing pieces of paper or fabric to the surface, later several layers or glue or varnish are added until a seamless finish is achieved and the images look painted. Decoupage is usually accompanied by other crafting techniques, like stamping, gold leaf, crackling paints or antiquing. This easy decoupage bookmark tutorial by InkKiller is a great start.

Little girl box by ShadowisperMothers Day by katatonia91Decoupage by 13th-TaleDecoupage box by InkKiller

D stands for Drawn thread


laurelin77 describes it as: "Drawn Thread Work is traditionally white on white and is created by snipping individual threads and un-weaving them from the surrounding fabric, then securing the ends with stitching. Once this is done a pattern can be created by gathering together and twisting the remaining threads of the fabric." Drawn thread work can be used for beautiful tablecloths or fresh summer garments, and it's adorable for baby clothes. It's a relatively unknown craft so it's perfect for anyone looking for a new hobby; there's no tutorials available on deviantART but this one does a great job explaining the basics.

Drawn Thread Work by laurelin77Block 97 - Whitework Ventures by KithplanaDrawn Thread Work Colour by laurelin77

D stands for Damascening


Damascening is a metal work that consists of inlaying a metal into another, commonly gold into oxidized steel for contrast. The surface of the metal is prepared by making several shallow cuts and a gold thread is forced in the cuts by hammering it; as a result the gold is encrusted with the desired design. The technique has been used for centuries to decorate armors, weapons, tsubas, jewelry, wall ornaments, and many etceteras.


Images borrowed from Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damascen…



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:iconmrballoonatic:
mrballoonatic Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for featuring my sofa and my tutorial

It is a great feature thing you do for all of :devart: but in particular those of us that work in Artisan Crafts, especially those using non conventional materials in their artworks!

Keep up the great work!
Michael
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012   Artisan Crafter
it's my pleasure :la: I love love love looooove featuring and promoting the artisan crafts :huggle:
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mrballoonatic Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:glomp:
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jario21 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
WOOT! My Balloon Harley got used!!
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Yes it did :la: good work!
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:iconjario21:
jario21 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
*squees* thank you!
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012   Artisan Crafter
You are welcome ^^
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:iconstarlit-sorceress:
Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You forgot "B is for Bookmark!"

Here are two creative takes I've done on that theme:

Ribbon bookmark: [link]
Bookmark charm: [link]
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
:giggle: it would have been a good option, but unfortunately I couldn't choose everything I wanted since I was limited to three things per letter :lol:
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:iconstarlit-sorceress:
Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
That makes sense. I guess I'll have to wait until the next installment, then. (And thanks for the fave, by the way! :))
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012   Artisan Crafter
yup, next time I'll add it :D I'm not sure if I'll make another one soon tho, it was too time consuming x.x and you're welcome :)
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ninjazzy Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Wow! This is so great!
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
excellent! :la:
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ClayGauged Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
These are really awesome features/series. That chainmail is incredible. I can't imagine how much patience that must take. Lots of crafty things I'd never heard of, like those bento boxes. I don't think I've ever seen food so adorably prepared. What is it with this website? You give me clay that looks like food and food that looks like precious adorable baby animals. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO EAT ANYMORE! :fear: But where is "C is for Clay"?
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
hahahaha your message is so funny! :giggle: but I see what you mean, it's confusing how many things that look like something else exist :lol: oh and I didn't add clay because I already had enough words for "C" but not enough for "P" so I went with polymer clay instead :D
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Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, some very interesting stuff in here. I really liked that dragon clock. Very cool. :D
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Me too, it's a pretty awesome clock :D
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:iconquolia:
Quolia Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They're all so lovely :love: Love the bento and clocks!
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I'm glad that you liked my picks! :D
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Shadowisper Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the feature on my decoupage box ^^
Great idea of showing us some incredible techniques
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012   Artisan Crafter
You are welcome! ^^
It wasn't originally my idea, but I agree it's a great idea :D
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maytel Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
That is crazy!! I didn't know that most of these types of crafts existed! I love all of them :dalove:
That pencil carving makes no sense to me, it is too awesome, I must look away.
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Talty Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012   Artisan Crafter
weeeeeee I'm glad I could help you meet something new! :la:

When I discovered that guy I immediately fell in love, I still can't understand how he does that :stare:
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:iconmaytel:
maytel Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
He's probably made of magic, that's the only logical explanation.
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Agreed! :la:
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:iconyobanda:
yobanda Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Wow very educational! I have never heard of any of those art mediums I don't think!
Geesh! I guess I need to get out there more. [: Thanks for sharing!
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I'm glad that you found it educational, that means that I achieved my goal :iconcryforeverplz: all my work pays off!

You are welcome, I hope you'll like the future features too ^^
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yobanda Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Hahaha XD Of course [:
Can't wait to see your next feature ^-^
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doganie Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the feature. This is a really cute idea. :)
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012   Artisan Crafter
You are welcome :D
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:iconjario21:
jario21 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
you know, if I had the money, I would so totaly buy my friend a pair of your miniature ramen earings. those are the most awesome earrings I have ever seen.
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Oh that means a lot to me, thank you so much for saying that! :love: the sole intention is most flattering :D
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:iconjario21:
jario21 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
I am grateful for your feelings towards the comment, and I am serious about getting her a pair of those as soon as I can. so be expecting an order for a pair from me ^_^
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I will be looking forward to it! ^^ If you want any special ingredients let me know :D
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inknalcohol Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012   Writer
Chainmail still amazes me! And that balloon dress is awesome.
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:iconjario21:
jario21 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Agreed, I need to try to make one, I just need to catch my friend on a good day so that I can use her as a model.
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012   Artisan Crafter
The dress even closes and opens from the front :faint: awesome!
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CubesOfSpinach Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks for including me! You've got some wonderful examples up here, a lot of talent across a broad spectrum of crafts.
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012   Artisan Crafter
You are welcome! :) You people never cease to amaze me, I find new talent everyday, you were one of them :love:
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kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Amoebas!! =D
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I was thinking of you when I chose it XD
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:iconkimchikawaii:
kimchikawaii Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
I am totally going to be doing a Save the Amoebas design after AX!
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012   Artisan Crafter
YES PLEASE! :dummy:
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Demoncherry Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!! So much talent under one roof!
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I agree! :la:
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byrdldy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Thank you for featuring my steampunk clockwork bird necklace. Great articles! I enjoyed reading them and look forward to more. Love the
Damascening - beautiful!
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012   Artisan Crafter
You are welcome, I'm glad that you liked the articles! Stay around for the rest of the series, more articles and the contest :love:

Oh I love damascening so much! :heart:
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Brookette Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love learning new things on dA! This was really wel done. Thank you!
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Me too! :la: I'm glad that you liked it :D
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fafatonk3kusruk Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Damascening!!!! oh i know this technique has a name!!!
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