Beading

Attaching Clasps to Beaded Jewelry
Bead Board - makes beading easy!
Beading tips
Beading F.A.Q.
Knotting with Tweezers
Stringing Cords
Stringing Wire
Birthstones
Crimping & Crimp Cover Instructions
Easy Ear Wire
Knowing Your Beads



Crafts

Bow Making
Candle Burning
Decoupage with Mod Podge
Folding the American Flag
Floral Tablescaping
General Tips
Melted Crayon Art
Photo Booth with Props - How to set up
Sculpey
Styrofoam
Tillandsia Care (Air Plant)
Vinyl Lettering



Framing

Conservation Framing
How to Hang and Care for your Pictures



Needle Arts

Knit with Milly Video: Blocking
Knit with Milly Video: Cast On
Knit with Milly Video: Cast Off
Knit with Milly Video: Knit Stitch
Knit with Milly Video: Purl Stitch
Knit with Milly Video: Knit a Starbella Scarf
Knifty Knitter Looms
Knitting & Crochet Abbreviations
Knitting Instructions
Yarn Weight System



Painting

Acrylic Paints: which one to use?
Basics of Brushes
Clay Pot Preparation
Coloring Items Using Alcohol Ink
Crackling
Glitter, Sparkle, Shimmer & Shine
Painting Mediums / Products Information
Painting Surfaces
Painting Tips
Sealers
Tin Preparation
Wood Preparation



Paper Crafts

Accu-Cut Die-Cut Machines
Creative Card Making
Distress Inks with Tim Holtz
Getting Started on a Scrapbook
Glossary of Stamp Terms & Techniques
Inking 101
Marbled Look Created with Alcohol Ink
Masking Techniques - Rubber Stamping
Scrapbooking on the Wall - Canvas Art
Taking Gift Tag Art One Step Further
Tear Paper, HOW TO
Twinkling H20's



Sewing

Blanket Stitching
Choosing the right THREAD
Fabric Conversions
Fabric and Sewing Project Tips
Glossary of Sewing / Quilting Terms
How to Wash your Fabric and Quilts
Stuffing (Fiberfill)

About STYROFOAM

Tips reprinted courtesy of the Dow Chemical Company, Manufacturer of Genuine STYROFOAM(R) Brand Foam. www.styrofoamcrafts.com

The creativity is endless with STYROFOAM* Brand Foam. Follow these suggestions to create almost anything at all. For the best results, be sure you're using genuine STYROFOAM Brand Foam from The Dow Chemical Company.

Cutting: STYROFOAM Brand Foam cuts easily with a serrated knife, hacksaw, floral knife or X-acto knife. Wax the knife blade with an old candle for easier, smoother cuts. To cut a thick piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, or several sheets stacked together, try using an old electric knife - as the saying goes, "it cuts like butter."

Sanding: For smooth, rounded edges, "sand" the foam with another piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. To shape larger pieces, cut out the basic shape and then sand to the final shape.

Sculpting: Shape it with your fingers, carve it with a knife, roll it on a table, or texture it with tools. You can even roll it flat with a rolling pin.

Texturing: Cover foam shapes with plaster, wallboard compound, gesso, modeling paste or other coating materials. Then, smooth it or stucco it, swirl it or sculpt it.

Cookie cutters: For a wide variety of fun shapes, press metal cookie cutters into a 1/2" thick sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Gently remove the shape from the cutter, "sand" any rough edges with another piece of foam, and you're done. Dip your shape in paint and stamp out greeting cards and wrapping paper; or, use the shape to decorate a Christmas tree, garland or wreath.

Curling: To create curls, cut out thin strips from a foam sheet by holding a knife vertically, pressing slightly against the sheet and carefully pulling the knife toward you.

Painting: Paint with water-based craft paint. Solvent-based paints may damage the foam (see paint manufacturer's instructions for details). For thorough coverage, try a stiff stencil brush and gently "scrub" the surface with the paint. Some spray paints are safe to use on STYROFOAM Brand Foam - read the label carefully to determine whether or not it's foam-approved. When spraying, rotate the shape for better coverage. For easier handling when painting, insert a floral pick or skewer into the foam shape to use as a handle. When done, insert the handle in a block of STYROFOAM Brand Foam or stand in a cup or can while paint dries.

Gluing: For a fast, sure bond, use a low-temperature glue fun. Hot glue guns can be used but the hot glue may melt a small portion of the foam. White craft glue is a tried and true favorite for STYROFOAM Brand Foam. For a better bond between two pieces, gently rub the pieces together before gluing; insert toothpicks or florist's picks between the pieces to hold them together while the glue dries.

Marking balls and eggs: Marking off sections on a rounded surface can be tricky, but with the aid of a thick rubber band, you can measure even sections and draw smooth lines. For example, to divide a ball or egg into two equal sections:

1. Wrap a thick rubber band around the center of the ball or egg.
2. Decide which edge of the rubber band will run exactly along the center line (for example, choose the right side.)
3. Use a tape measure to see if the measurements on either side of the right edge of the rubber band are the same.
4. Adjust the rubber band accordingly until both measurements are identical.
5. Run a very sharp pencil along the right edge of the rubber band to mark the center line.

To mark off quarter sections: Move the rubber band so it bisects the two halves you just marked. Follow steps 2 - 4 above.