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As part of the projecteducate Artisan Crafts Week, we are posting an Artisan Crafts ABC. This week long feature will introduce some popular and some unknown techniques from the artisan crafts world.
This list will by no means be complete, we are just highlighting a few techniques/materials for each letter


E stands for Earrings


Earrings are a type of jewelr, meant to be work on the the ear through a piercing, typicall in the earlobe. There are many other types of ear piercings, but the lobe is the most common.
Among earrings there is a great variety of types and looks. Artists create earrings through various means, some are made from scratch, including the posts or hooks that go through the pierced hole. Others are made by attaching elements to pre-made posts or hooks or chains. Earrings can be made from a large variety of materials, the posts and hooks are typically made of metal though. Other elements can be made from wood, paper, glass, plastic and more.
Often earrings are made to match necklaces or other jewelry pieces.

fresh apples 2 by Lethe007 Pink Skull Studs by Madizzo USB Earrings 2 by harlewood :thumb192106650:

E stands for Enamel


Enamel, also called vitreous enamel or porcelain enamel, is made with powdered glass that is used to coat metal, glass or ceramics. The powderd glass is fired at a high temperature until it melts and creates a smooth, durable, glossy finish.
Enameling can be used for decorating jewelry or decorative objects, since it has been industrialized in the 19th century, it is also widel used for everyday objects, such as cooking ware, interior and enterior of kitchen appliances like ovens, bathtubs, magnet boards and much more.
The ancient cultures, like the ancient greeks, chinese and egyptians as well as the romans and middle age europeans widely used enamel in decorating vessels, decorative objects and jewelry. Even today it is used for many decorative objects such as the famous Fabergé eggs.
Enamel is created by finely grinding colored glass or clear glass that is later mixed with pigments or metallic compounds or oxides to add color and various characteristics to the enamel.
There are also cold-enameling techniques which mimic the look of the powdered glass enamel, typically using a resin compound or nail polish.

Butterfly Earrings by stillifewithshadow Bramble Brooch by matthewtmauk Enamel Necklace 3 by Mielenmaltti Splattered Aqua Enamel Earring by che4u

E stands for Embroidery


Embroidery is the art of decorating fabric with yarn or thread. Sequins, beads and other objects can be added and embroidery threads are available in a wide variety of colors and finishes.
Embroidery can be done by hand or by embroidery machines. Modern sewing machines often have basic embroidery functions that are easy to use and can yield great results.
Hand embroidery is done in a variety of basic stitches, like the chain stitch, blanket stitch, satin stitch, cross stitch and more.
Embroidery is an ancient art, with the oldest surviving pieces dating back to approximately the 5th century BC.
The technique is used to decorate clothing items, decorative fabric items (such as table cloths, curtains, etc.) and, among other uses, purely decorational items like wall hangings. There are many artists who use embroidery techniques in very creative and unique ways.
Bead embroidery is a very popular type of using embroidery technique to attach beads to a base material and creating beautiful patterns and designs.

Little Mouse Embroidery by becausecute Doodle Embroidery by TindrasGrove Embroidery thingy by 12brainbread Embroidered gray corset 01 by Angirias

F stands for Fossils


Fossils are preserved remains of plants or animals and usually will be of the minimum age of 10,000 years. Many fossils are much older though, there are fossils that are several billion years old. Fossilisation is rare, as the organic substance has to be covered by sediment, be frozen or be in an oxygen free environment before it has the chance to naturally decompose.
Some fossils, such as petrified wood, fossilized dinosaur bone (gembone), ammonites, ammolites and more are used by some artists to create jewelry and decorational objects.

Orthoceras Fossil by MeetMy45 Brass Ammo - Another Photo by KubusRubus Sterling Gembone Inlay Band by jessa1155 Trilobite Pendant by metalsmitten

F stands for Fondant


Fondant is an edible material typically made from water and sugar.
Poured fondant can be used as a sweet filling or coating for candies and cakes (think Cadbur Creme Egg filling). Rolled fondant is used to cover cakes and created edible small scultures and decorations for cakes, cookies, cupcakes, etc.
Some cake artists prefer to use marshmallow fondant (made from marshmallows, water and sugar) because it tastes much better than traditional fondant (which is often peeled off the cake before serving).
Fondant is popular for its silky finish and soft texture. It can be collored and flavoured and easily formed to create gorgeous cakes and decorations.

Peter Rabbit Cake by DancesWithWacom Colorful 3 tier cake by Verusca Mini Birkin by Sliceofcake Love and Valentine's day cake by kreativekortney

F stands for Forks


Some artists use forks (or spoons or other cutlery items) to create quirky fun jewelry. Other artists hand make forks from scratch.

Choose Your Weapon for Dinner by Rajala 5 Octopus Fork Necklace by Doctor-Gus Fork by abstraherer Bon Appetit by BaziKotek

G stands for Glass


Glass is very versatile in the artisan crafts. It can be used to create sculptures, vessels, tableware, stained glass windows and ornaments, jewelry, decorational items and more.
There are many types and techniques when it comes to glass work, you can read about a lot of different kinds of glasswork in the glass week specials.

More than Meets the Eye by sarahhornik Purple Dragonfly Collage Glass by FusedElegance Strummer's Land in Glass by Raventalker Crunk Cup by TonyTheZ

G stands for Gourds


A gourd is a dried, hollowed out plant fruit. The dried shell of the gourd has a wooden texture which can be decorated by carving, painting, pyrography, drilling holes and more.
In artisan crafts it can be used for various different items, like bowls, cups, plates, lamps, sculptures and other decorational items.

little red hood by possiblygayjane Gourd lamp bracket IV -night 3 by Calabarte Newest gourd by scootersmom :thumb163307962:

G stands for Gowns


Traditionally, a gown is a loose outer garment worn by men and women, it goes back to the middle ages and can be knee length or longer. Later the term was used for women's garments consisting of a bodice and skirt. Today the word often refers to elegant, elaborate dresses like evening gowns, ball gowns or wedding gowns.
In either case, the gowns are usually tailored and sewn by skilled craftsmen and -women. They can be relatively simplistic or elaborately decorated and can be made from pretty much any material.

Venice Ball Gown by RobynGoodfellow OOAK Victorian inspired Gown by DalilaDolls Blue Vampire 01 by Nsaia Robe a la Polonaise Front by ColeV

H stands for Hats


Hats are clothing items meant to be worn on the head. While there are many ceremonial and religious types of hats, most are purely decorational/functional.
Hats can be made from many different fabrics and there is an abundance of shapes and styles. Some hat makers add beads, embroidery, ribbons and other adornments to their hats, others add ears or eyes to create cute and fun hats.

Biohazard Bunny Hat by Allyson-x Shark Hat by Bubblecat Yoshi Again by Amaze-ingHats Pokemon: Vileplume by NOTNCosplay

H stands for Hair Accessories


There are many different types of hair accessories, like fascinators (think mini hats), hair combs, clips, pins, hair bands, scrunchies, tiaras and more. These accessories can be hand made from a variety of materials or pre-made ones can be decorated in my different styles. There is literally no limit to creativity when it comes to making or decorating hair accessories!

Pink ume trio kanzashi by elblack The mini one by WildflowerG :thumb192367536: Pinky head band by Minicini

H stands for Horn


Many animals have horns or antlers that can be used in artisan crafts. Horns can be used as a decorational item (think hunting trophies, for example), as musical instruments, drinking horns, bows and more. Some artists carve intrinsic patterns and designs into the horn and create amazing works of art. Horn can also be used to create pendants or jewelry inlays.
(Ivory is not a horn, it comes from animal teeth!)

Viking signalhorn Complete by Technojunk12 Hvergelmir by Wodenswolf series4 pic3 by Bonecarverpm Hand of Doom Horn Bracelet by Wodenswolf


I hope you enjoyed today's installment! Please remember that all descriptions are kept short and there is a lot more information to be found. If you are especially interested in one (or several) of the above mentioned methods, materias or techniques, try a search here on dA or google to find out more.
Cheers,
MyntKat
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for including us in your great feature!
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DancesWithWacom Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
:giggle:Great article!:)Thanks very much for using my work.:hug:
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becausecute Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
thank you for featuring my embroidery :heart: This education project is fun!
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Verusca Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Fantastic feature...thank you so much to include my work here. Very nice to meet so many talented people. Cheers!!!! :iconsynconi:
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DalilaDolls Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Thank you for using my Victorian inspired gown
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matthewtmauk Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Thank you for using my enameled Bramble Brooch
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Technojunk12 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanx for using my horn! ( the one with metal on it):worship:

nice article ;)
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Allyson-x Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Thank you for featuring my hat ^^
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BaziKotek Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Thank you soo much :hug: :glomp:
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Madizzo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Thankyou for including my skull earrings!!!
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