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Beaded neck ornament, Sudan

This particular neck ornament, with its central band of patterned Venetian beads and brass cartridge cases, would be worn by a Dinka man at or shortly before his wedding to show his eligibility and the wealth of his family in cattle. The beads themselves would either have been traded across the savannah from West Africa or brought inland from the East African coast.

Courtesy of The British Museum

Valentine's Crafts for Kids

Valentine’s Crafts for Kids

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Valentine’s Crafts for Kids – You need some unique ideas to make Valentine’s Crafts for Kids this February? For those who want to celebrate this day and maybe you are busy to find what kind of gifts that you will give to your friends or family. Celebrating Valentine do not always identic with chocolate, we can encourage our children to make their own creations for valentine.  Do not need a fancy…

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Noelle Beaded Ornament Cover

Noelle Beaded Ornament Cover

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It’s only the first week in October, yet I have Christmas and all its sparkly finery on on my mind.

I was playing with beads a couple of weekends ago, and found that I created a beaded Christmas ornament cover.  How did I do this?  Well, I discovered that my expertise in crochet paid off with designing this piece.  Seems that crocheting with yarns and thread and needle beading are cousins in a…

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Ornaments Days 4 - 10

Ornaments Days 4 – 10

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So far I have been doing good with making an ornament as day here is day 4 – 10. I am posting the pictures of the ornaments weekly here but daily on Facebook come check them out. Some of the ornaments are good some so-so but I am posting them all as I do not have time remake any. I am limiting myself to just a few hours a night for this project. I would love to see yours tag me in your photo or…

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How to make a dazzling, beaded Christmas ornament

How to make a dazzling, beaded Christmas ornament

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During the Christmas season, every day and everyone seems just a little more glamorous. This dazzling, Beaded Ornament is all that and more, layered with seed beads, pearls and twinkling rhinestones. Can I hear an “ooh” and an “ahh”? It’s the second ornament in this week’s’ series of handmade ornaments. (For more glitz, check out yesterday’s Sparkling, Glittered Ornament.)

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Rebekah Meier made this…

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Ornaments Day 25 thru 31

Ornaments Day 25 thru 31

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Wow we are so close to Christmas and only one most ornaments post after this. It was pretty much all polymer clay this week     Night 25 Simple gingerbread men, I forgot to texture till it was almost to late Night 26 This snow man was fun I really enjoyed making him. Night 27 Pretty simple but I like it. Night 28 Chibi Angel I know she is not perfect but I like her and it was my first time making…

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Ornaments Day 18-24
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I can not believe I have made it this far. I have done 24 ornaments and a tutorial for one of them. Night 18 Not bad for my first time using wire for anything more than a few findings. Night 19 This was a fun little tree to make I had a blast texturing and making little candy canes. Night 20 I loved this one so much I had to make a second with a few slight changes, Night 21 This one did not turn…

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