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Braids Braids Braiding is a easy, medieval and quite practical way to make laces, straps, ties, and many other narrow wares. There are far more possibilities than just the simple 3-strand braid that everyone knows. Although there are many ways to make cords and narrow strips of fabric, this discussion is limited to a few of the most common braids made from a set of elements and using no equipment. Basic Flat Braid The elements are divided into two equal or nearly equal groups, and the outside element from one group is carried over the rest of that group and added to the inside of the other group. Type: 3-strand This is the "basic" braid, virtually ubiquitous in time and place. Construction: over 1 Examples: Medieval London- worsted wool, each element composed of 5 strands (Crowfoot et al. 1992) Medieval York- interesting example made from hair moss (Walton 1989) Medieval York- as part of a more complex diamond mesh structure (Walton 1989) Type: 5-strand Construction: over 2 Type: 8-strand Type: 4-strand
The Square Stitch Sometimes referred to as the "Box Stitch", the Square Stitch is the cornerstone of all boondoggling stitches. To start this stitch, you'll need two strands of boondoggle the same length. First, FIND THE CENTERS of these two strands... Create a STARTER SQUARE STITCH before continuing... Return to Basic Stitches Starting Stitches - Boondoggle Projects - Finishing Stitches How do you do the Square/Box Boondoggle stitch? How do you do the Square/Box Boondoggle stitch?
No-Sew Fleece Octopus Tutorial - While She Naps I picked up this craft booklet, circa 1966, a few months ago at a church rummage sale and got inspired to update one of its projects. The yarn octopus has long been a classic toy to make for children, and I've transformed it into an even easier, and perhaps more cuddly, no-sew fleece octopus! According to my 8-year-old, her fleece octopus is "the cutest thing ever." You'll need: -16" x 16" piece of fleece -styrofoam ball 3" in diameter -3/4" wide ribbon - felt scraps in white, gray, and black -embroidery floss -8" x 8" piece of quilting cotton for the bandana -string (not pictured) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Put the octopus on your head and smile! No-Sew Fleece Octopus Tutorial - While She Naps
Summer is here and our family is SO excited! The kids are planning and scheming about what we are going to do this summer. Love it! One of the fun activities that they wanted to try was making bubble snakes that are all over. The best part is they are easy to make and use things that I had laying around my house. Start by cutting the bottom of the water bottle off. Pour some dish soap into a shallow container with a little bit of water and gently mix. We decided to add some color to the bubble snakes with food coloring. Annika added a rubber band to hers as well as the tape. Rainbow snakes were definitely a hit in our house! Please remind your kids to blow air out not suck air in! Walking on Eggs Packing Peanut Experiments Exploding Peep Geysers Shooting Water Experiment Exploding Art Rainbow Bubble SnakesHousing a Forest Rainbow Bubble SnakesHousing a Forest
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Natural Bubble Soap Solution Tools needed for this project Container like Plastic jar 1 cup water 2 Tbs light karo syrup or 2 Tbs glycerin 4 tablespoons dishwashing liquid Directions: Mix together and have fun! For Colored Bubbles: Containers 1 cup granulated soap or soap powder 1 quart warm water Liquid food coloring Plastic straws Dissolve soap in warm water. Handmade Paint Brushes for Kids Make paint brushes from a variety of recycled materials! Make Non Toxic Glitter This glitter can be used for almost any type of project and may even be mixed with glue for special crafts Baking Pan Jar 1/4 cup of salt (or granulated sugar) 1/2 teaspoon of LIQUID food coloring Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Oven for 10 mins 1/2 cup coarse salt (non iodized) or 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 -10 drops food coloring (a drop at a time), adjust for desired color Measure salt or sugar into a clear jar with a tight fitting lid. Some recipes suggest that you bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Directions: Tips: Craft Page: How to make Non Toxic Natural Craft supplies and materials for kids. Healthy, eco friendly, green paste, dyes, glue, glitter, clay, paper,paint, play dough, more Craft Page: How to make Non Toxic Natural Craft supplies and materials for kids. Healthy, eco friendly, green paste, dyes, glue, glitter, clay, paper,paint, play dough, more
I can't believe I've never tried this project before. It was so easy and fun that I ended up doing it three times this week... first with my own kids, then as a project at my son's school, and then with our music class. I have a little bit of PTSD after working with lots and lots of squirrelly little 4 and 5 year olds. In particular my own kids, who tend to just dump out all the paint, smear it all over their bodies, and then run away screaming. They can engage with art projects sometimes, but it's a delicate trick... figuring out what will draw them in. Puffy Paint 1 c. salt 1 c. flour 1 c. water a healthy squirt of food coloring or tempera paint. Put in squeeze bottles for Puffy Paint Paradise. Puffy Paint Puffy Paint
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Lately, my bucket has been brimming over with ideas. I love Pinterest not just to discover cute and clever art lessons, but for ideas to create them. I’m in the business of creating my own content so I look to my surroundings (and Pinterest!) for my daily fix. Here’s what’s inspiring me lately… A simple image often spurs the brain into action. I’m always on the lookout for a simple approach to teach perspective and this atmospheric grove of birch trees is perfect. Last summer, I took my parents to visit Lotusland in Santa Barbara. Of course, inspiration is never far away. What has inspired you lately? Share October Inspirations October Inspirations
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Amalgamated is a new series of vessels by studio markunpoika constructed from assembled pencils. Taking advantage of the pencil’s unique hexagon shape, the pencils are first tightly glued together at each facet to form a solid block. The final pieces are then carved on a machine lathe to reveal the insides of each pencil. Via studio markunpoika: “Amalgamated” is a collection which explores the relationship of a mass produced ‘tool’ and its individual purpose. The beauty of the pencil as an object seems to go unnoticed if utilised only for their primary purpose. The vessels are part of a collaboration between Gallery FUMI and Faber-Castell and were recently on view as part of Design Miami/Basel 2014. Vases Constructed from Hundreds of Pencils by Studio Markunpoika Vases Constructed from Hundreds of Pencils by Studio Markunpoika
From 2012-2013 Gucci Japan produced an online video series called “Hand” that payed homage to 35 artists and designers who eschew modern mass-production in favor of traditional techniques. One of the most impressive videos is an example of Japanese parquetry demonstrated by Noboru Honma, where geometric mosaics of wood are cut into razor-thin veneers for application on boxes or other decorative objects. According to Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo, when viewed with headphones and at full-screen, this video may be an example of autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), a perceptual phenomenon that’s described on Wikipedia as “a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation in the head, scalp, back, or peripheral regions of the body in response to visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, and/or cognitive stimuli.” So, what’s the verdict, does this Japanese parquetry make your spine tingle!? Or maybe this calligraphy video? The Fine Art of Japanese Parquetry Using Razor-Thin Slices of Wood Mosaics The Fine Art of Japanese Parquetry Using Razor-Thin Slices of Wood Mosaics
DIY PVC Flute - Native American Flute
This page provides a tool for designing Native American flutes. The basic strategy is to provide inputs such as the key of the flute, the bore diameter, wall thickness, finger hole size, and many other parmeters you will be using, and this tool suggests design parameters such as the length of the sound chamber and the location of the finger holes. Note that this tool attempts to predict the best bore length, finger hole locations, and other output parameters using a set of rather complex equations. While these equations provide can provide a “reasonable” first approximation for these parameters, they should be considered a starting point. It is typically possible to construct a well-tuned flute by using the results of this tool and then careful tuning of the flute (see the Basic-Six, Basic-Five, and Bob Grealish tuning methods). In short: You may find this tool a useful starting point. Preserving Your Results On Windows 7, you can use the Snipping Tool. Temperaments Status Revision History DIY PVC Flute - NAFlutomat DIY PVC Flute - NAFlutomat
Basic Resin Casting In this tutorial, you will learn about basic resin casting - the types of resins, how to measure them and how to work with them. You will also learn about different types of molds and how to mix them. What you need Resin Measuring Tools Disposable Mixing bowl or cup Disposable tools Suitable mold Cooking Spray Straw Items for Embedding Instructions Resins: Polyester Resin: is a liquid plastic that hardens when a few drops of the catalyst are added to create a chemical reaction. Epoxy Resin: These resins are more frequently used in the crafting and hobby world, they are easy to use with a low toxicity, making them suitable for ventilated craft rooms and work areas. Epoxy resins come in two parts: resin and hardener. Always handle resins with care, and follow the proper use that is recommended by the manufacturer. Pigments and Dyes: These come in liquids, powders and pastes . Molds: Latex molds: These are great to use as the flexibility of them means you can literally POP out your resin cast.
Casting Flexible Polyurethane Foam I have been making a series of 3D printed molds recently (see Making a 3D Printed Mold) and figured I should explain how I'm doing the casting. The molds are for animal ear shapes (it's a long story) and they need to be squishy and light weight. The best material for this is polyurethane foam. It comes in a two-part kit, similar to most RTV silicones and casting resins. It's slightly harder to work with than those other materials due to its very short pot life, but with a bit of practice you can achieve good results. I'll show pictures of the 3D printed molds I've used but you can also cast into molds made from many other materials. Note that if you are going to use a silicone, or other rubber mold, you will need to be sure to use a "mother" mold, which is an outer mold that is stiff, unlike the stretchy rubber. "Submitted by Ace Monster Toys for the Instructables Sponsorship Program"
« Advance your next-door Woody Allen by supporting the American Film Institute-Fashiontribes From The Heart Blog | Main | Shed your holiday funk with a hearty, healty chopped salad-Fashiontribes Food Blog » Sink Your Teeth Into Raw Jamaican "Jerky" Made with Avocado Instead of Meat or Tofu - a Raw Food Recipe from FASHIONTRIBES RAW FOOD BLOG (Photo from JEREMY SAFRON'S JAMAICAN SPICE CUBES from This recipe is in the style of Jamaican jerk baked tofu using avocado instead of tofu, using firm yet ripe avocado and a special cutting style. Ingredients: 3 Avocados 1 cup tahini 1 tablespoon ginger juice 1/4 cup tamarind 1 habenjero pepper 1 teaspoon Allspice powder 1 soaked date 3 sprigs of cilantro Bottom 3 inches of a scallion 1 tablespoon tangerine juice 2 tablespoons olive oil Pinch of Salt *add water only if needed* Preparation: Put the avocados aside while preparing the sauce. - Lesley Scott TrackBack Comments Post a comment Fashiontribes: Sink Your Teeth Into Raw Jamaican "Jerky" Made with Avocado Instead of Meat or Tofu - a Raw Food Recipe from FASHIONTRIBES RAW FOOD BLOG
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Apple pie is absolutely my favorite fall dessert. I crave apple pie all day, every day during this time of year. And the smell of warm apple pie…mmmm, there is nothing better. 4 oz Canning JarsRolling Pin 3/4 Cup Flour1/2 tsp SugarPinch Salt4 Tb Cold Butter (cubed)2 Tb Ice Water 3 Granny Smith Apples (peeled and cubed)1 tsp Spiced Apple Cider (or lemon juice)2 Tbsp Flour1/4 Cup Brown SugarPinch Nutmeg, Apple Pie Spice, Cinnamon PIE CRUST: Mix together flour, sugar, and salt. PIE FILLING: Peel and cube apples. Step #1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Step #2: Cut out a large circle for the bottom crust and position it into your canning jar. Step #3: Place the canning jar (just with the bottom crust) into the oven and bake for 5 – 7 minutes. Step #4: For the top crust, use the lid of your jar to cut the top to size. Step #5: Once you’re ready to bake, place tinfoil atop jars to protect crust and bake on a baking sheet in the center of your oven. DIY: Canning Jar Pie | Alana Jones-Mann
baked goods | Alana Jones-Mann While in California, I had the honor of getting to collaborate with the incredibly talented Kelsey Harper aka Flower Girl Los Angeles. I’ve been a fan of Kelsey’s work for a while – her arrangements are always so chic and beautiful, but still have that very cool down-to-earth California vibe. So, needless to say, I was over the moon to get to work with her on a little just-for-fun project. For the collaboration, we kept to what we both do best – I brought the cupcakes and Kelsey brought the flowers. What resulted was a batch of beautiful flower-topped cupcakes. I wanted to take the agate slice cupcake from my Gemstone Cupcake DIY one step further, so I decided to make a batch of agate sugar cookies. Materials Needed: Sugar cookie doughRoyal icing (in a piping bag) [for recipe, see HERE]Food coloring (either water or gel-based)PaintbrushPiece of scratch paperOptional: Metallic silver edible color, sanding sugar Directions: Wait a minute…24 hours?! Photos: Pretty Party Decor Ideas:

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