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How It All Began?

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.

In the middle of the 19th century, a man named Rene Lalique was born in the French province of Champagne. From the early childhood to his college days, Rene was involved in many art works. He had received awards for his drawing during his early education, apprenticed to jeweler and goldsmith and enrolled in the School of Art to continue his education. He completed his artistic desires by finishing sculpture at the Ecole Bernard Palissy.

Rene worked as a freelance jewelry designer and because of his fine craftsmanship he was able to draw attention to many notable people of his time. Through experimenting with glass and presented it in an exhibit, he was able to produce perfume vial that became his trademark for success. In the early 1920's he began to manufacture wide range of objects made from glass which include vases statues, clocks. tableware, lighting fixtures and later, a range of car mascots.

Car Mascots' Popularity

Rene Lalique commissioned the Breves Gallery for them to supply these car mascots to British customers. Because of this arrangement, the name Breves Gallery was put at the side of the mounting of the car mascot. Valued from 2 pounds, twelve and sixpence, Breves became a talk of the town. It became renowned because it holds the rights to market the now famous Lalique car mascots.

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).

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All of the mascots marketed by Breves Gallery had two basic sizes. There were mascots which have large bases to fit exactly to bigger size mascots and the smaller type to suit perfectly for smaller mascots. Take note that the full Breves Gallery Knightsbridge address was always seen outside the different transparent base sizes. The bases have ten different styles and most of these were ordinary tube design of different altitudes.

There are two mounting rings used in making these bases. And all of these rings are cut according to the type of the mascot so that these mascots can be easily accommodated. Since the mascot is made of glass, there was difficulty for the mascot to fit the ring without doing any damage to the base of the mascot. Since mascots were made of glass and the ring were being created from nickel, brass and chrome, careful steps should be done to fit the mascot to the ring otherwise the elegance will be broken forever.

Some of the designs of the Lalique car mascots include Small Dragonfly, Coq Houdan, Falcon, Frog, Five Horses and Large Dragonfly. The rings used to fit the Falcon and the Five Horses are exceptions to the usual solid rings being used. The rings for these two mascots were thicker and larger. Sometimes these adorable Lalique car mascots were used as deskpieces wherein Breves Gallery used a wider mounting for a perfectly designed triple clamp arrangement at the interior.

Other Car Mascot Designs

There were 27 other designs which depicted horse heads after it was commissioned by Citroen company in 1925. The mascots made when Citroen took control were patterned to various birds and animal figures, nude forms and even included shooting stars. They were made from satin finish, clear glass, frosted and satin finish decorated with colors of blue, purple, amber, grey and brown topaz. And the most amazing and rarest design of car mascot ever made is Fox, the famous of which is named 'Spirit of the Wind'.

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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