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When Marco Polo returned to Europe after living in China for 24 years, he brought with him stories and small samples of Chinese sculptures, ceramics, enamels, furniture and art. By the middle of the 18th century, Europeans were trading and craving for Asian products, Chinese art, designs, furniture, chinaware and sculpture figurines.

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 Chinese Chou period (1122-221 BC) brought about the prominence of bronze casting. But, even before this, Chinese master craftsmen were producing art beyond its peak with fine stone, ivory, jade and bronze sculptures.

Fabulous ceremonial vessels and sculptures used by the nobility for funerary art and ancestor worship are quite evident in many ancient tombs and mausoleums. In the ancient tombs of the Han Empire (202 BC-220 AD) archeologists have unearthed a rich combination of jade carvings and bas-reliefs with a very high degree of excellent workmanship, as well as elaborate ornamental sculptures in gold, silver, bronze and clay ranging from household utensils, animals and people.

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).

Nowhere is the supremacy of Chinese art sculpture more evident than in the magnificent archeological find from the tomb of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang at Xi'an in China. Underground chambers and pits contained more than 8,000 life-sized terracotta army soldiers, chariots and cavalry, all in perfect battle formation.

Buddha sculptures and art were brought to a high level during the prosperous T'ang Dynasty. Stone and iron replaced bronze in the casting and chiseling of religious sculptures. Glazed terracotta figures during this era were tremendously finely detailed and very realistic.

During the Sung period, Buddhism and Chinese Buddha and art sculpturing seemed to have lost its lasting interest and greatly declined. Indian and Japanese Buddha art remained strong and many interesting works from these countries came out during this period.

Buddhist imagery has always played an important role in the development of sacred art and temple architecture throughout Asia. It is through these images and temple remains that scholars have been able to trace the growth and spread of Buddhism. Different types of Buddha statues and styles were carried from one culture to another as Buddhism spread throughout Asia. Many Buddhist images from China and Japan trace their origin to India many centuries before.

Buddah statues and styles have thus far become one of the most popularly sought kinds of Asian sculpture. Today, the time and effort put into creating these fabulous master pieces is highly treasured. Collectors of such antique items trade them for quite a lot of money.

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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