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Green Glass and Leaf Necklace by Falconsong
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super cute poseable BAT by AmandaKathryn
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Burgundy Tree Themed Ceramic Bowl by pixelboundstudios
Burgundy Pine Tree Themed Ceramic Bowl by pixelboundstudios
Dark Blue Wetlands Themed Ceramic Bowl by pixelboundstudios
Soft-sided dragonboat bag by danaan-dewyk
The Jacket - Details by Nymla
white and blue fairy wings by AmandaKathryn
ooak Christmas candy fairy wings by AmandaKathryn
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Alaia by AmandaKathryn
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Steampunk flea 2 by Muti-Valchev
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Colored puffer fish by verulka
Closer Goldfish by FauxHead
octopus sporran! by danaan-dewyk
Cherry Waltz by ImrikDragon
kneeling figure by gecko-online
Digital Fabrication by Seanpt-Architecture
Studio I - Tectonic Wall - Origins by Seanpt-Architecture
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:iconlupagreenwolf: brought up a great point on art supplies and suppliers and shared this wonderful article talking about it:… recommend reading it.  I contacted my supplier, Fire Mountain Gems about this point and here's the information:

My email to them:
Good afternoon!  I'm a frequent customer, but someone I know has brought to my attention that many jewelry supply stores buy their wares from places that do strip mining, abuse workers, and destroy the environment.  I was wondering where it is you get your wares, and if you know how they are produced?  It's depressing to think that my favorite supplier may be purchasing their stones from China or India where extremely low wages, employee abuse, and enviroment destruction run rampant.  Please let me know where and how it is you get your stones and other beads.  Your bone beads have me especially worried because the animal that died to make them may have died strictly for the purpose of making beads, much like some rabbits are raised to later be skinned for their fur and made into coats.  The wood beads as well, because cutting down trees to make beads seems, in my mind, to be very unenviromentally friendly.  A fast and detailed reply would be much appreciated.  Thank you!  ~Renee

Their response:
Dear Renee,
Thank you for your email. We sincerely appreciate your concerns in regards to the products we offer. Our company is not currently associated with a specific fair trade organization.  We do obtain many items from multiple sources located around the world.  Our Hill Tribes and Rajasthan fine silver beads are an excellent example of fair trade products.  We have two great articles regarding our Hill Tribes and Rajasthan silver products available.  Links have been included below:……
We have inspected every location in which we receive our products and have verified that the working conditions are satisfactory.  Many of the vendors we work with have had a continuous relationship with Fire Mountain Gems and Beads for over 20 years. Chris and Stuart are very active in the purchasing process and spend many hours at these facilities before making their purchases.  

While we do not have items that are specifically marked as Fair Trade, please be assured that we take legal and ethical standards regarding labor, work conditions and import/exports very seriously.  Chris, Stuart and other employees often travel to meet with current and new vendors; touring facilities, observing and learning about processes and meeting employees.  We truly believe that we, our vendors and out customers are able to create a better world in business, craft and community by having these types of standards.

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads imports many natural materials for jewelry-making, including shell, coral, horn, bone, fibers and wood. These items are strictly regulated and managed internationally by the United States Bureau of Fish and Wildlife for compliance with the Endangered Species Act. We feel confident in their decisions regarding the sensitivity and balance of these natural resources, and honor their discretion. We continue to import natural materials with their scrutiny, consent and advice. The bone beads come from water buffalo that have passed of natural causes. We appreciate your message and thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention.

If you should have any further questions or comments, please feel free to reply to this email. You may also contact us via Live Chat by clicking the button below or contact one of our friendly Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-423-2319 during regular business hours.

Best Regards,
e-Service Contact Center
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

I found this information interesting and comforting at the same time. It's not often you find companies as open as FMG about where and how they get their supplies. I am personally taking this at face value.

Living in the city, in a crappy apt, with no car, makes it difficult for me to go about and about to get supplies on my own through long walks in the woods (which is very far away, and even a longer walk just trying to get there). As for some supplies I have received from someone other than FMG I get the wood for my wands from my Shaman Elder. He has several corkscrew willow trees, and they shed branches quite often. We get alotta storms in our area, and even just windstorms. When he finds decent fallen branches he brings them to me.

I know many other artists are in the same boat as far as finding supplies for their work. No way of getting out to an area with items you can find and take home with impacting the environment negatively. Even if you do find things you can use you may not have a way of putting it to real use without an outside source. Stones are a good example. Say you find a bunch of beautiful small stones that you can imagine using for jewelry. You have no skills in wire wrapping, no way of drilling a hole through it without causing damage, etc. I contact other artists to help me in this regard. Then you find yourself asking where do they get their supplies? ASK QUESTIONS! Yes, it may be inconvenient, but today's people have an addiction to convenience. I admit I am guilty of this.

Other options, as listed in the article, mention secondhand supplies. Thrift shops and items donated or given to you are good examples. I cannabalize old jewelry that hasn't sold, as well as jewelry people give to me that's been broken or damaged. I know this may be more difficult for people who don't make artisan craft works, but you'd be surprised at the various ways you can get creative. When I was in college one teacher I had said we weren't allowed to use convenient methods of doing our work. For glue I used oatmeal (that stuff is cement when it dries after it's been cooked!), I made my own paper from paper that I had used previously (you can find info online on how to make paper; it's messy but so much fun!!!), and various foods provide their own colors. Beets, carrots, and various other items that stain your clothes with their juice? Yeah, use those as paints by adding in thickeners if you need to. Or use them as dyes! We're artists and creativity is what we breathe. Inhale deeply.

For those who purchase supplies from various sources I recommend asking some tough questions laid out in the article and in my email conversation with FMG. I hope this helps!
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Welcome to #BeenTouched

This group was created for all art mediums that require physical manipulation through touch. This includes, but is not limited to Ceramics, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Wood, and Found Objects.

This being the case, 2-dimensional art such as photography, painting, and digital mediums don't fit into what this group is all about.

Our submission guidelines are simple:

:bulletred: The submission must be physically altered through the use of your hands, either bare or with a tool.

:bulletred: Please submit your highest quality work.

:bulletred: Sensitivity towards the photo-quality needs be evident through the use of background, cropping, lens focus, and pixil quality. (In other words, more effort than a snap shot.)

:bulletred: We only accept one submission per work of art, so we want to see the picture that best describes the piece.

:bulletred: Only finished work will be accepted; no work in progress.

:bulletred: We accept up to 3 submissions per week.

:bulletred: Please note that we are more critical when voting submissions into the featured folder. If your submission doesn't make it, feel free to submit to another folder.

Group Info

This group focuses on three dimensional art such as sculpture, pottery, figures, and so forth that have been created using a variety of different materials, such as clay, wood, metal, paper, plastic, found art, stone, and so forth.
Founded 9 Years ago
Jan 31, 2010


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Welcome to Been Touched. This is a group that is designed to connect other DA artists who work in the mediums of clay, glass, metal/steal, wood, stone, and other types of physical mediums.

Please take a moment to look at our artists galleries, favorite their work, and link with the group.

If there is any artwork or artist that should be a part of this network, send me a note. Thanks!







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IntrovertedSpaniel Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017  Student General Artist
Is this group still active? I've been trying to join for a couple of months and I haven't heard back...
Docali Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015   Traditional Artist
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BigBearsArtStudio Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
fourth attempt expired leaving group bad management!
MelMuff Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sadly the founder of this group passed away 2 years ago in an accident.
CMHirst Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Be sure to check out my latest piece been working on it for weeks.... [link] Enjoy :D
BigBearsArtStudio Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
is the group even active anymore?? last 3 attemps to submit have all expired?
Sakkeru Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Would my plushies be high-quality enough to be submitted, and if so where would I submt them?
sedge-s Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for accepting my work
SculptorBoris Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
cheers, mate
DSkehan2004 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is this where you can accept ay paper figure projects?
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