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The history of stone craft is the history of civilization. No other form of art has ever withstood the ravages of time to tell us the story its creation. Be it the “Statue of David” by Michelangelo or the “Discuss Thrower” statue of the Greeks, the sculpture of stones have their own uniqueness; their own ability to speak. And in a land like Orissa, where the craft of stone sculpting attained astonishing heights, it is but natural that entire history of the state is weaved around this timeless craft! Starting from the rock edicts of Ashoka to the supreme sculptures of Konark, from the motifs of Vaital temple to the present day image of Krishna, Orissa has been the centre of supreme stone craftsmanship.

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 art of carving stone that evolved in Orissa over the ancient periods have reached excellence in modern day through centuries of disciplined efforts. Even today, a drive through Cuttack-Puri road would bring one face to face with many stone carving museums that house beautiful carvings of local artists. Done in white sandstone red sandstone, pink onex and black granite, these carvings are known for their intricacies, classic touch and detailed attention.

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).


Till date traditional instruments consisting of hammers and chisels of various shapes and sizes are used to give shape to the imagination of the craftsperson. The craftsman borrows heavily from the Hindu mythology as theme of their work. Hindu deities like Lord Ganesha, Goddess Laxmi, Lord Vishnu, Buddha and Saraswati and themes from Konark temple form the crux of the thematic expressions of these dexterous craftsperson.

The process of stone carving is lengthy and needs great deal of patience. The process generally begins by choosing the right size of stone and then knocking out pieces of it from the base. The artists need to know which tool to use and how much force to exert in hitting off a piece of stone from the block. Once the general shape of the statue has been determined, the sculptor uses other tools to refine the figure. Eventually the sculptor has changed the stone from a rough block into the general shape of the finished statue. The final stage of the carving process is polishing. Sandpaper can be used as a first step in the polishing process. Emery, a stone that is harder and rougher than the sculpture media, is also used in the finishing process. This abrading, or wearing away, brings out the color of the stone, reveals patterns in the surface and adds sheen.

Apart from idols, a variety of household products are made from sand stone by the craftsmen of Orissa. Contemporary artisans have made many a decorative and utility articles like ashtrays, paperweights, candle stands and book rests out of stone carvings. Even items like kitchenware are commonly made. Indeed the stone craft of Orissa has scaled glorious heights!

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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