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PE - Artisan Crafts ABC II E - H

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 11:43 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

E stands for Embossing

Unlike carving in which material is removed, an emboss is performed by pushing the material from behind to create a raised surface or by pressing it between dies with sunken and raised patterns. It's commonly used on leather, paper or metal and depending on the material to be embossed a combination of heat, pressure and humidity is used. Not to be confused with heat embossing described below. A very complete tutorial about paper embossing can be found here.

Mandala with Celtic knot by CacaioTavaresRenaissance Style Bracers - Reddish Brown Version by Adhrasparchment letter 2 by cyferredroseTesting embossing by annemee

E stands for Etching

Etching refers to using an acid or abrasive substance to corrode unprotected areas of a surface, usually glass or metal, to produce an image. Fire etching, sand etching and laser etching emulate the results without the use of acids. The pieces can be used as decoration, jewelry, or as part of a traditional printing technique called intaglio (described in the next article of this series).  An etching tutorial by ehay is available here.

Dove and Magnolia Blossoms by HouseofChabrieretched pattern on copper by SteampunkProjectEdgelit Triskelion Cross etched glass by ImaginedGlassAcid Etched Brass Series by mtomsky

E stands for Entrée

Entrée (French for "entry") is the first course served to guests and it's meant to set the tone of the meal. Since it's the first impression one will receive in a restaurant, some chefs take great care in designing their entrées to be interesting, creative, delicious, beautiful and fresh, while still being small and not overwhelming so it doesn't compete with the rest of the meal. That's a lot of pressure for one dish!

Culinary Cup Entre' by plusnia:thumb137506743:Mini Taco Salad by Demi-Plum

F stands for Fused glass

Fused glass, kilnglass or warm glass are all names given to the activity of layering glass in different colors and firing it until the layers melt into a solid piece. It's probably one of the most achievable glass techniques since it requires a lower temperature, but it still requires a kiln. A great step by step tutorial can be found here.

Fused Glass Lily Pendant by FusedEleganceDiscount Fused Glass Pendant by poisons-sanityFused Glass Locket by Create-A-PendantFused Glass Pizza by jjosryo

F stands for Felting

Felting refers to the activity of mating and condensing fibers until they form a solid piece of fabric called felt. Felting can be performed by mating the fibers with a needle (needle felting) or by rubbing the fibers together in a soapy solution (wet felting). The final product can be used to make clothes, hats, dolls, plushes, paintings, decorations, jewelry, or even construction pieces for the car industry, making it one of the most versatile crafts. This introductory tutorial by Lightspeed-Suzuka is a great place to start.

Felted Nellie by LumichiStarry Night by MsGolightlyOcean felted bag by kokonokfelt flowers by craftlady

F stands for Fairies

Fairies are one of those things that seem to fascinate crafters and inspire them to create incredible works of art.

Albino fairy dragon necklace by AlviaAlcedoThe Sky In Her Sleeves by LillyxandraFairy Bottles Various Colors by egyptianruinSteampunk Fairy Doll close up by elvenelysium

G stands for Glassblowing

Glass blowing is a technique in which a molten piece of glass is shaped by blowing air into it, causing the glass to inflate. The inflated piece of glass can be shaped and manipulated as it hardens to create vases, glasses, cups, decorations, figurines. etc. A wonderful demonstration can be seen in this video.

painterly series piece2 by LaughingTreereticello goblets by LaughingTree:thumb156200960:Medusa by doilydeer

G stands for Garnet

Garnet is a gemstone commonly used in jewelry and appreciated for its rich red color, although it can exist in almost any other color.

Time Traveler Silver Garnet Pendant by WiresculptressGarnet ring by loopy-dloupeBLOOD RARGOSH by LUNARIEENDark pink ruby necklace in sterling silver by CreativityJewellery

G stands for Gilding

Gilding is the activity of covering a surface with a thin layer of gold, most commonly gold leaf or gold powder. Gilding can be achieved by numerous techniques, it can be as simple as gluing it or as complicated as electroplating. The gilded place is called a gilt, and there's no limitations as to what objects can be gilded.

Stones of Blood by MaylarPrimavera by mocorockscythian gold - the goddess of fertility by AmeKamuraDragon Crest After by Azmal

H stands for Heat embossing

Heat embossing, also known as stamping, is a way to easily do embossing on paper for gift tags, business cards, scrap booking, bookmarks, etc. The desired design is stamped with a slow drying ink, and special embossing powders are sprinkled over the design. The left over powder is removed, and the embossing powder is fixed with a heat gun that melts the powder into a smooth and solid piece embossed over the paper. An example can be seen in this video.

Embossed Holiday Gift Tags by WildeMoonSWEET LOVE Handmade Card by hexmediaJapanese Book Binding 12.13.08 by Artsee1Pink Butterflies by LilithDarck

H stands for Hand spinning

Spinning fibers to produce a thread or yarn is an art on its own. Some knitters enjoy spinning their own yarn, and even consider it therapeutic. Hand spinning allows a better quality control, the ability to dye the material in custom colors or personalize the yarn with different color pallets and textures. If interested, check out this dying and spinning tutorial made by myceliae.

Indian spice handspun yarn by SnowberrylimeCosmic Ocean-Berry Handspun by White-Rose-TreeHandspun stash by SnowberrylimeCarribean Handspun by Blushingewe

H stands for Hemp

Hemp is a natural fiber and it's considered to be one of the first materials used for clothing, it grows fast, it's durable and cheap.  It has an unique look and texture that you either love or hate, it's commonly used to make bracelets with earth and natural themes. HippieKender made a tutorial for a cute but easy bracelet that can be found here.

Blue Swarovski Hemp Bracelet by PhathempGolden Hemp Bracelet by CillanaThe Knitting Bohemian2 by illuminangelHemp Rainbow by kaileighblue

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BeadsByCelleste Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
I'm still going through the alphabet, but there's some pretty neat stuff here!!

Have you thought about adding a section for "F is for Flameworking" and show off some of the awesome things one can do with a small hot head torch, mandrels and glass rods? It's definitely a cheaper alternative to glassblowing and sort of in miniature in a way? There are stores that have the supplies all separate, but for any beginner, there's a pretty good kit for $100 to get anyone started that includes the torch, mandrels, glass rods, stringers (thinner glass rods for finer details), etc. It's what got me into it and it's so much fun!! Also, to anneal the beads (heat them in an oven and cool down slowly to strengthen them for durability and longevity), there's a lot of places that will just pop them in the kiln for you for just a few bucks!
Talty Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I'm sorry for the late reply, but I'm glad that you liked the ABC! :) If I ever make a part III I will definitely add "F is for Flameworking" I wish I could ever find one of those beginner kits, I didn't know it was that inexpensive thank you so much for sharing the tip :heart:
WildeMoon Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you so much for including me here - beautiful choices!
Talty Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012   Artisan Crafter
You are welcome :)
Lumichi Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student General Artist
eee! thanks so much for the feature in this wonderful article!
Talty Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012   Artisan Crafter
No problem :love:
Wiresculptress Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm very humbled to have my garnet Time Traveler pendant included - thank you :)
Talty Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012   Artisan Crafter
No problem, it's beautiful :D
Lightspeed-Suzuka Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been peering through all of these for extra inspiration, and was surprised (and honored!) to find my tutorial linked :) No wonder I've been getting extra hits lately!

Thanks so much for the lists :D I can't wait to try some of these out!
Talty Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Oh that's great, I'm glad it got you extra hits! You definitely deserve it :)

I'm glad that you're enjoying the ABC, let me know if you try anything :la:
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