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hhHHHh I *JUST* bought a new tea mug last week and I’ve already knocked the thing off the counter and split it in half exactly
after the ceramic glue stage dyall have any methods of reinforcing the join points from the outside? I’m fine with this mug being no longer dishwasherable, I can just clean the thing by hand
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Bobbin Lace by kyllykky_jewelsofficial
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pseudomonasina · 2 days
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Pit - again 😘 but this time with arrow! (which actually is a light saber, but shhh don't tell anyone 👀💦)
Photos @ chrisw_photography on instagram
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ericafails · 3 days
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I figured I should post the masks I made in October, mere DAYS before I restarted this account. I had been wanting to play around with paper mache and just hadn't sat down to do it until October of this year.
He's the Beijing Opera style Monkey King. You can buy masks painted in the style of their makeup but they're all lifeless. Just basic expressionless mask forms that have been painted up. I wanted this one to feel like there was an actor present. It's also why I put some special attention on the teeth. There's a little yellow and brown mixed in there to make them more real feeling. This guy started off as a sheet of wire mesh that I pressed into my face to mold the shape. I paper mache'd over that, and when I had enough layers and it was all dry, used paper clay on top of the terrible face mold. Then came the sanding. So much sanding. Since he was getting painted up in flat colors and getting a couple of gloss coats he didn't have to be 100% smooth but I still wanted to get rid of the obvious globs of paper clay. The fur was hand glued in little clumps. A real learning curve there.
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crochetmelovely · 16 hours
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It's #wipwednesday! What are you working on this week? ✨️🌈🎉
This is my free pattern, Classic Shell Afghan! Making it for an eventual video tutorial! 💕
https://crochetml.com/free-crochet-pattern-classic-shell-afghan/
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/classic-shell-afghan
https://crochetml.com/free-crochet-patterns/
Video tutorial for this stitch here!
Check out the tiktok here!
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fictionadventurer · 2 months
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Hobbies need to be accessible. I believe that it’s becoming more and more important for people to have physical hobbies that create real things and develop real skills--giving people a sense of accomplishment and overcoming feelings of helplessness. But so often, it seems like even beginner-level instruction is aimed at making the entry barrier as high as possible.
I was reading this book where this guy argues that people should develop areas of “micromastery” when getting into a hobby. Find one small, achievable, but still impressive task to master, so you have a cool skill to show off (and the sense of accomplishment) without having to master an entire huge area of knowledge. Instead of learning to cook, learn to create a really good omelet. Instead of learning an entire new language, learn to count to ten. And then you have a knowledge base to help you if you want to explore further. Seems very common sense. Very accessible. Learning is for everyone, not just people who want to devote tons of time to a new hobby. But even that guy, in his instructions, keeps telling people to buy the most expensive equipment to have the best possible results. There’s even a point where he says “the more expensive, the better”!
That infuriates me. I am enraged. The guy who’s trying to make learning accessible to the masses is now saying this is the realm only of the rich! It’s telling people to buy into the marketing ploy that more expensive is automatically better! It’s absurd. It’s insane. There probably is equipment that improves the outcome of the final product, but it’s not necessarily the most expensive stuff, and you certainly don’t need the expensive stuff when you’re just starting out!
Yet, tutorials and craft books keep pushing this message. If you want to start drawing, you need an expensive sketch book and seven different pencils and different weights of pen, and the right eraser. If you want to bake, you have to have the best flours and the appropriate sourdough technique. If you want to knit, you better have the expensive yarn. That’s garbage, and it makes things more difficult than they need to be.
When you’re just starting out, you’re learning if you even like the activity. Do I like spending time drawing? Do I even like the process of knitting or woodworking or building model airplanes? It’s pointless to spend tons of money on good yarn only to find that you hate the process of knitting. Pointless to get the good pencils when the process of drawing makes you want to crawl out of your skin.
If you want to try something, just try it! As simply and cheaply as possible. Want to draw? Get a free pencil and a bit of notebook paper. Want to knit? Get a pair of knitting needles from the thrift store and some dollar store yarn. As you get deeper into the hobby, you’ll probably want to upgrade your supplies--but now that you know more about the process, you know what problems can be solved by better supplies.
I was always intimidated by bookbinding--the tutorials always talked about having the right glue and the right book press--until a guy in the comments said, “I use Elmer’s Glue and my laptop.” I could manage that! That was accessible! I got some glue and some big textbooks and made a book! Not perfect, but it wouldn’t have been perfect even if I had the fancy supplies--I was just starting out! And then I figured out that a paper cutter and some kind of tool to smooth the endpapers would be useful. So I got that--as cheaply as possible. I have made books and I have enjoyed it without a huge investment in time and money. And more tutorials need to take that approach. I refuse to believe that we have to give tons of money to the crafting industry. I refuse to believe that we have to be consumers in order to become creators.
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fairhairedkings · 6 months
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if you like crafting and also free things, might i suggest the antique pattern library?
it’s a not for profit that’s gathering books, patterns, and other materials related to crafting that are out of copyright (or getting permission from copyright holders in some cases) in order to share them online. they scan items, clean them up, then make everything available for free!
free things are great, especially when you’re just starting to get into something. like oh, i’m supposed to spend money on this hobby i just picked up 20 minutes ago???
the first time i ended up on the site, i seriously spent hours just trawling through everything. there’s the usual suspects like knitting, crochet, embroidery, but there’s also woodwork, calligraphy, and books on things like how to mount and frame pictures. with cross stitch patterns, they also make modern charts with the dmc colour codes available.
links to their webbed site and instagram:
https://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/
https://www.instagram.com/theantiquepatternlibrary/
behold, a glorious cat cross stitch pattern (link goes to antique pattern library page):
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[image id: Multicolour charted cross stitch design of a cat sitting on a red pillow with tassels, holding a green ball]
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cat-cosplay · 3 months
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Gelatinous Cube Cat Bed
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snowshinobi · 1 year
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god my favorite part of knitting/crocheting/etc is watching string become fabric. crumpling it in my hands. this fabric would've never existed had I not willed it into being. it isn't fabric, it's time made physical. made material. isn't that the high of crafting? you mold time between your hands and put it into other people's hands. my least favorite part is when my cat tries to cram the whole yarn ball into his mouth
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gigantomachylesbian · 5 months
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It’s always “stop starting new hobbies, don’t keep buying more supplies, weren’t you working on a project already don’t start a new one” and never “nice enrichment I love your enrichment”
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behold.
wretched beast.
one of the higher tier donation rewards for the previous charity stream was a custom plushie of ones choice and the design selected was for this,
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so now this creature lives in my home til I can ship it out
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Paper Star Tutorial by shingstars_good
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pseudomonasina · 2 days
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Look at my gorgeous Palutena! 🌟✨ A true Godess of Light, the only one! 😍🙏
I am so happy to be able to shoot with her a kid Icarus shoot 😍📸✨
Palutena @ baunzys_world - instagram
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making simple bunny lantern for mid-autumn festival by 大可的手学会了
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assholebarbie · 3 months
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Well now I have to drop everything and make these, don’t I?
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changan-moon · 1 month
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drawing chinese shanshui on porcelain
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