Intro to LapidaryIntro to LapidaryIntro to Lapidary7 months ago in Personal More Like This
An overview of some of the tools and stones
Lapidary is the art of cutting gems and cutting, engraving, carving, and polishing rock. It has been around in some form since prehistory. Today, I’d like to discuss some the various tool and a few of the stone types that you may encounter or work with if you acquire this hobby.
Rock Saw: A rock saw is a saw that holds a diamond or silica carbon blade and is used to cut rock. It runs through a reservoir of oil or water in order to keep the blade cool, and help lubricate the path that you are cutting. They come in many different sizes.
Lapping Machine: A lapping machine is used to sand or polish smooth surfaced rock. These machines are great for flat work or cabochon making. Just like the majority of machines used to work rock, the lapping machines must have a
Artists Toolbox: Photography DIY Tools Home Made TripodArtists Toolbox: Photography DIY Tools6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
I've shared this nifty little trick before - a home made tripod. It sounds impossible, but actually it's really practical and much easier than lugging the real thing around with you if it's not needed! Check out this articlefor more information on how to create it!
Source: DIY Cameras
Home Made Reflector
Reflectors can be pretty expensive from time to time. I've been lucky to pick up a couple cheaply on Ebay and they serve the purpose but if you really want to save, then why not try making your own? This article shows you how with just three materials and the video below also provides further guidance - check it out
Short review of most popular semiprecious gemsSHORT REVIEW OF MOST POPULAR SEMIPRECIOUS GEMSShort review of most popular semiprecious gems7 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Hello, it's me again!
Today I'd like to show you a little who-is-who in gemstone world. It will be probably most useful for jewelry makers but gems are used in so many artisan crafts that I hope even those of you who don't make jewelry will find the article interesting. So here we go!
Since I'd like to stay on topic, today's article will be just about popular stones, not about differences between precious and semiprecious or definitions or tips how not to buy a piece of crap instead of real stone. Maybe I will write about those things in future and if you have any questions or need help with identifying some stones feel free to note me, I'll be happy to help
Now let's get those stones rollin'
Quartz is one of the most popular minerals. It's a base for many other gems, like chalcedony, agate, jasper and others. The name 'quartz' is reserved for macro-crystals of tr
Introduction to Cross StitchingCross StitchingIntroduction to Cross Stitching7 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Cross stitch is one of a number of embroidery stitches, but usually the one most people are familiar with. Whether it was in a school art class or just randomly picking up a cross stitch kit as a kid, a lot of us have tried it at some point. Lets delve into this popular stitch a little bit.
What is a cross stitch?
As the name suggests, is is simply a cross, or an 'X' stitched with thread onto canvas. Typically, it's used to make a picture or a pattern. The stitch will form a complete square, and in this regard it is quite similar to pixel art. Through the placement of individual stitches adjacent to one another, an overall image will eventually appear.
It's an incredibly simple stitch, but can take some time to master. Like many crafts, it can be difficult to notice the
An introduction to sewing machinesHello! My name is Arras and I've been sewing for about 12 years. I'm here today to tell you a little about sewing machines!An introduction to sewing machines7 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Prior to the invention of the sewing machine, the only way to sew was to do so by hand, and it was a very time-consuming process. In the early 1800's, a number of different inventors created machines that could do this same work considerably faster, although it wasn't until the middle of the century that they would become more widely available. The sewing machine will never completely replace hand sewing- some things are just better done by hand, or are not even possible on a machine, and many people simply love hand-stitching- but if you're going to be doing a lot of sewing, a sewing machine is an invaluable tool.
Here's the basic anatomy of a modern sewing machine:
The backstitch lever reverses the direction of the stitches, which allows you to "lock" your stitches into place. The hand wheel operates the machine, but gives yo