A stitch used in embroidery to secure a line of seed beads to a cloth backing. A simple stitch is used to initially attach between one and three beads, and then the thread is put back through at least one of the beads. The backstitch is completed with another simple stitch.
The process of removing paint and glaze by dipping a bag in turpentine.
One of the most secure ways to fasten together two ends of a necklace or bracelet. One end fits into the other, screwing into place until locked. Attached to jewelry with knots or crimp beads.
Used in hand weaving beaded fabrics. The loom holds each row (aka "warp") of thread. Can be constructed from metal, wood or plastic. Completely fabric accumulates on roller on each end of the loom.
A natural wax used in handmade candles. Beeswax improves the smell (adds sweetness), burn time and softness of a candle.
An Asian painting technique. Brushes are dipped in ink, with drops allowed to fall on a blank paper, which is then folded and pressed. The image revealed when the paper is unfolded is the basis of a design.
Used in glass working. Molten glass on the end of the hollow, metal tube (usually iron or steel) is blown into the desired shape.
The tool used to punch holes in a wooden object, for hanging.
A small, hand-held roller that evenly spreads ink when stamping.
Pliers specifically designed for breaking glass when working with mosaics and similar projects. Jaws are wide and straight to improve your accuracy.
A technique used extensively with Native American beadwork. Thread is drawn through one bead and then looped around the thread of the row above it, then returning through the original bead. Another bead is added and the process repeated.
A small, flat surface with a pin backing. Used as a base for brooches and other creations designed to be worn.
Cylindrical glass beads available in a variety of lengths, colors and finishes.
To enhance finish (making it glossy) by polishing.
Used in candle making to add pleasant aromas to the finished product. Available in either wax or liquid form, it is added to the candle wax prior to pouring or dipping.
A mold-making process using a plaster mold. Water in the liquid is absorbed by the mold, shortening the dry time required.
A knitting technique that allows you to remove your needles without damaging your project.
Casting on (Binding on)
The knitting technique used to start a new project.
Used in soap making. Soap produced using castor oil softens and soothes skin.
Richly colored, transparent glass, used to create stained glass pieces.
Made of opaque glass, this pearl-like bead is used in seed beading.
A single stitch used in knitting and crocheting.
Used to bend, crimp, wrap and otherwise shape craft wire, these needle-nose-type pliers are often must-haves in jewelry making. Jaws are available with teeth (to get a secure grip) or smooth (to avoid damage to the wire).
Seed beads with small flat facets cut onto the surface (aka "true cuts" or "one cuts").
Two knitting needles joined with a flexible nylon cord.
A transparent sealer used to prevent bleeding when decorating wood.
A device used to wear earrings without requiring the wearer to have pierced earlobes. Available in a variety of styles, all have a flat surface on which a design can be adhered.
The effect created when different colors of enamel are fired onto a metal background. Creates a stained glass look. Generally used for small items, such as jewelry, beads and buttons.
Adds a moisturizing quality to handmade soap-without changing the color of the final product.
Used in soap making. Produces a better lather and a harder (longer lasting) bar. Used with other oils that provide moisturizing qualities.
The process of rolling clay into strands, which are then wound into a variety of shapes. A smooth appearance can be achieved by blending the creases between each coil.
Artwork achieved by assembling designs and pictures from individual sources (magazines, photographs, etc.) onto a background.
Clear glass beads with color inside the bead's hole.
Circular earrings. Ideal for displaying beads or as the base for other creative additions (wire art, feathers, etc.).
A soft, inexpensive metal. Deep reddish-brown in color, it is popular for use in jewelry making. Can be polished to a high sheen, and lacquered to reduce oxidation (oxidized copper takes on a green color).
Used in needlework, when a fine thread is used on a fabric. Individual stitches are barely visible, while several can be used to form a detailed design.
Used in embroidery. Spaces on the fabric are counted to determine thread placement.
A painting technique in which water-based and oil-based paints are layer on each other. Due to the difference in drying times, the result is multiple, randomly placed breaks in the paint.
A cutting tool with a sharp blade, useful in a variety of projects.
Used in jewelry making to secure ends of necklaces or bracelets. At the end of an unknotted thread, fold the string over and slip the crimp bead over it, leaving a loop of the desired size. Using pliers, squeeze the bead to hold it in place.
Used in embroidery. Designs are created by counting squares in the fabric, and filling the spaces with small "x"s that cover each square.Cut-outA design technique used in paper crafts. A design is cut out of a piece of paper (has the same appearance of a stencil). This paper is then applied to another paper product (such as a card or scrapbook page) of a different color.
Used primarily in glass cutting, their curved jaws ensure an even pressure that helps achieve curved pieces of glass.
The name of the two frames (always the same size) that hold the paper as it dries. The mold is a mesh screen which is stretched across the frame. The deckle is placed on top of that to form the shape of the paper.
Defined as "cutting out," decoupage involves cutting images or designs from paper (usually decorative) and applying them to any of a variety of surfaces (works equally well on wood, glass, ceramic, cardboard). Images are secure with a decoupage medium, or other clear acrylic adhesive.
When one less stitch is used on a row to decrease the width of a piece.
Cylindrical glass beads having thin walls and large holes. Also known as "antique" or "delicious" beads.
Dip and carve wax
Wax that is designed (by adding paraffin) to create softer wax that is easier to carve without cracking or breaking.
When a piece is intentionally given a worn, aged look.
These knitting needles are pointed at both ends for work on items with no seam (such as socks and mittens). Available in a variety of lengths.
An earring base. Clip-on style, but with a screw that further secures the earring to the ear.
Either the process of adding textured items to the pulp of handmade paper (e.g., adding leaves when still wet) or heating embossing powder over a fresh rubber stamped image (e.g., powder heats and turns shiny.
Used in jewelry making to attach leather or rattail cords to other earring apparatus (e.g., clasps, jump rings).
Pieces used in jewelry making to cover the ends of finished pieces (such as beaded chains or thick thread).
Straight wires with a small loop on the end. Generally used to string beads.
Small loops of elastic (sometimes made of flexible plastic) that fit onto the earpieces of eyeglasses. Attached to a chain or string and used to hold eyeglasses around the neck of the wearer.
A proportionate, small version of a full-sized object.
Black card covered in a white, chalky layer. That layer is scraped away to create a white on black design.
Something created from all raw material (no pre-made parts).
A process of transferring paint or dye to a fabric. A mesh screen is pulled tightly across a frame. A squeegee moves the pigment through the screen.
Using a coat of opaque or semi-opaque paint to change the color of an existing image.
Cylindrical glass beads available in a variety of colors. Numbered to indicate size (the larger the number, the smaller the bead).
Glass beads with a frosted finish.
Used in beadwork. Inserted in between decorative beads, they ensure the finished necklace or bracelet will lie flat and will reduce tangling. Usually made of metal, but are available in a variety of styles.
Shell Heishe Beads
Small round or cylindrical beads created from natural shells.
A material used to seal finished mosaic creations.
A nylon thread used in bead work.
Used in candle making, it is sprayed in the mold prior to pouring to ensure easy removal of the hardened candle.
Silver Lined Beads
Glass beads with a mirror-type lining in the holes. Usually square. Also known as "rocailles."
Single-edged razor blade
Used in model making, ideal for cutting balsa wood.
A mechanism used to join two pieces of thread or cord when creating jewelry.
Yarn ready to be turned into a creation. One long piece coiled to avoid tangling and to increase ease of use.
Clay creations used by blending together several flat pieces of the material bound together with slip.
A creamy blend of clay and water used to coat or embellish bisque.
A painting technique in which a sponge is dipped in paint and applied to a desired surface. Using two complementary colors results in a marbled effect.
A mechanism used to join two pieces of thread or cord when creating jewelry.
Stearine or Stearin (stearic acid)
A fatty acid used in candle making. Makes for harder candles (decreasing drip) and allows for easy removal from the candle mold. Darkens colors by making candles more opaque.
Patterns to allow for a perfect design every time. Used in a variety of craft projects.
A painting technique that results in a speckled look.StylusA sharp, pointed instrument used for marking, writing, or engraving.