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There is a place in the heart of the Venice Lagoon whose name is well known throughout the world for producing something exceptional: the Murano glass.

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 place is precisely the island of Murano where, according to some scholars, glassmaking could even date back to the Roman times.
What is certain is that it became an art in Murano beginning from the 13th century, when the Republic of Venice decided to move all the foundries located in Venice itself to the island. In a short period, glassmakers became the most important members of the local community and created a productive industry based on top-quality glass creations that dominated the market for centuries and is still considered the best in the world today.

Most of the main glass factories in the island were founded by local families that handed over this sublime art from father to son.

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).

This is how it has survived till now.
This is how Gianni Seguso, one of the most appreciated glass master, learnt his job from his father.
This is how he is teaching the art of glass working to his son Marco, to keep this long-standing tradition alive.

The Seguso family has been creating extraordinary glass objects since the 15th century, specialising in the production of the so-called Murano Rezzonico chandeliers, magnificent artworks that are chosen to decorate some of the most elegant and sophisticated buildings in the world. The name originates by the fact that the first objects of this type were commissioned by the Rezzonico family, one of the most important in Venice, three centuries ago.
The Murano chandeliers are not only unique pieces of furniture that can turn an anonymous room into an elegant space worthy of a palace; also, they are authentic artistic creations that can be compared to paintings, sculptures or poems.

The Seguso family owns an authentic glass foundry right in Murano: in this ancient building, they work hard in the intense heat to give life to their masterpieces still using the ancient techniques of the blown glass. In this way, they can allow the fusion of the material at low temperature and then shape it following the Rezzonico style.

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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