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Carnelian has enjoyed nearly uninterrupted popularity as a jewellery stone from pre-historic times to the present day. It was an obvious choice as an early gemstone; with orange to red colours created by iron oxide inclusions, carnelian nodules would stand out and glow in a creek bed or field. As a variety of chalcedony it was harder and more durable than the surrounding rocks. Its durable properties, as much as its attractive colour, ensure that it has never faded from view.

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.

The name Carnelian comes from the Latin cornu, meaning horn, cornum meaning cherry, or carnis meaning flesh. Carnelian beads dating to at least 4000-5000BC were unearthed at Mehrgarh, an important Neolithic archaeological site on the Kachi plain in Pakistan. Carnelian dating to 1800BC has been found at Knossos, on the island of Crete. Often set with Lapis Lazuli and Turquoise, Carnelian was a gemstone of choice in the high-carat gold jewellery of the Egyptian Pharoahs. For the Romans, Carnelians toughness made it ideal for signet or seal rings, as it could stand up to detailed carving and the shock of hot wax. In the 1800's gem artisans from Germany cut Carnelian beads specifically for trade in Mali, West Africa. Carnelian was also a favourite during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods when cabouchons were used in abundance. Today it is again a favourite with jewellers due to its variety of cuts and vivid colour.

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).

Carnelian occurs in both banded and patterned varieties and in a wide range of orange to red colours, so there are numerous cuts to choose from. It is available at all price points, from inexpensive beads to bright jelly orange stones or carved gems.Deposits of Carnelian have been discovered worldwide in areas of volcanic rock, where it formed as orange to red nodules of pure, patternless chalcedony as well as banded agate. The mines of Rajpipla, in the state of Gularat, India, have produced the stone in commercial quantities since at least 1500AD. It is there that heat treatment became common; the stones were heated in earthenware pots laid in a fire. Today, most commonly available stones come from deposits in India and South America and is heat treated, but natural materials is also available, often from artistic gem cutters who have access to materials from smaller, high-grade deposits. These fine stones are largely used in Handmade Rings. Some fine Carnelian is found in the United States Pacific Northwest, where it has formed in the volcanic rocks of the Cascade Range.

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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