Art And Craft Ideas For 12 Year Olds

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Although the art of making your own jewelry is nothing new there is a lot of different ideas of where to buy seed beads. There are many people who seem to have an artistic and creative mind and can channel this into the creation of beautiful jewelry. Over the last few years this art seems to have grown more popular, as the popularity of the Internet has grown so too has the popularity of the beading craft.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

A few years ago most people who were involved in making jewelry would have to go to their local arts and craft shop to buy their materials or look out for a fair that was coming to their area. Since the recession hit many craft shops have closed their doors and large retail outlets have very little choice of materials as they expand in other areas to compete with other stores.

Because the majority of jewelry made with beads are made up of seed beads the question has to be asked where to buy seed beads now? The answer has to be that the best place is online because there is so much choice. If you were to use a search engine like Google you would find thousands of advertisements for seed beads and the choice of shape, size and color is astounding.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

When you buy seed beads online there are a couple of things you need to remember. First thing is that seed beads are generally quite small as the name implies but they can also be quite large. Until you become familiar with different sizes of beads it's a good idea to keep a ruler beside you so you have some point of reference. Another thing is that the pictures are often enhanced and are taken under bright light and may not give a true reflection of the color.

The most famous of the seed beads are the Czech ones. They seem to be the most popular amongst jewelry makers as they are precision made and renowned for being uniform in size. Another popular seed bead are Japanese ones. One of the more well known ones are Toho, they are tiny in size and known after their manufacturer. Although seed beads can be used on there own they are often used as a spacer or to help in alignment of larger beads or as filler.

There are a number of forums online and I would recommend that you join one and become part of their community. You can soon make some very good friends and the amount of knowledge and information on there is astounding. Once you have read a few posts and had a browse around you will soon find the most popular online deals available and members of the forum are happy to pass on any recommendations they have.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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