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How To: Finish a bracelet with crimps and crimp covers

Learn how to finish a bracelet with crimps and covers to finish a bracelet start by putting a crimp bead over your beading wire and then add a clasp. After putting the clasp on the wire run the beading wire back through the crimp. Move the crimp bead up toward the clasp leaving a little room for play in between the clasp and crimp bead. Take your crimping pliers and put the crimp bead in the backspace of the pliers. Squeeze the pliers firmly to smash down the crimp bead. The crimping pliers w...

How To: Do a lanyard super cobra stitch

In this Arts & Crafts video tutorial you will learn how to do a lanyard super cobra stitch. For this you will need two pieces of gimp cord; one piece about 15 times longer than the other. Start the same way as you would with a regular cobra stitch. Make a loop on both the cords and pass the loop on the shorter piece through the loop in the longer piece. Then pass the upper end of the longer cord around the shorter cord and pull it up from under through its own loop. Now pull both ends to make...

How To: Frame things cheaply by soldering picture frames

This video will teach you how to frame anything two-dimensional using inexpensive materials and a soldering iron. The technique used is called tinning, using beveled glass, copper foil, solder, and flux. Tinning is great for framing dried flowers and leaves and only takes about ten minutes to finish your professional looking frame.

How To: Do a double knit-in join

This video demonstrates the double knit-in join.This is the fastest 2 color join. This takes practice to master. As with the Duplicate Stitch Join, this method requires that you leave extra yarn dangling. on "inside" of work, so it's not ideal for a scarf or other project with no "inside." Do a double knit-in join.

How To: Do the embroidery running stitch

For right-handers, work from right to left or top to bottom. For left-handers, work from left to right, or top to bottom. Bring the needle to the front of the fabric at A, and pull the thread through. Now, for the rest of your stitches, you can work them more quickly if you "run" them on the top of the fabric, without taking your hand to the back. Go down at B, and, using your fingers on your non-dominant hand (the one that's not holding the needle!) behind the fabric, encourage the needle to...

How To: Make a zig-zag Chinese staircase bracelet

In this video we learn to make a zigzag Chinese staircase friendship bracelet. You can go wild and make it all different colors or all one color. You start off with 5 strings about a yard long and fold then in half. Then you make a knot creating a loop for the end and to hold to a nail or clip while you make it. Take a strand and make 5 forward knots. With the same strand you then do 5 backward knots. Repeat this one time, so in all are 20 knots and then switch color, or to another strand. Do...

How To: Crochet a beanie cap

Instead of buying a beanie, why not crochet one in the exact color, material, and size desired? Learn how to crochet a beanie-style cap by following along with the step by step instructions in this video crafting tutorial series.

How To: Make a 3D origami Christmas star

Almost Christmas... so time to make this 3-D origami Christmas star! If you still can't make the origami Christmas star after watching this video you'd better focus on completing about 1000 cranes first... With origami, practice makes perfect.Merry Christmas to all you origami lovers!

How To: Make a fabric gift bag for any occasion

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a fabric gift bag for any occasion. First, you will need to grab any type of fabric with any design that you want the bag to be in. Next, you will fold in the edges of the fabric so it has a hemmed look, then sew them down. After you do this, sew the two sides of the bag together, then sew the bottom. Next, grab a piece of ribbon that you don't want and wrap it around the bag. Top it off with a felt flower and sew a button into the middle of it. Glue thi...

How To: Created a wrapped beading loop

Artbeads demonstrates how to make a wrapped beading loop. First, take a head pin or an eye pin and add the beads that you would like to use. Use chain nose pliers to make a 90 degree bend about 1/8 inch above the bead. Hold the bead so the tail of the wire is facing towards you. Use round nose pliers to position the wire into a loop. Use your fingers to complete the loop. Next, attach chain link or a clasp to the loop. Use another pair of chain nose pliers to wrap the rest of the wire around ...

How To: Fold an origami hungry bat

This 3D animation demonstrates how to fold the famous origami model "Hungry Bat", a great Halloween fold! Just take a piece of square paper, and fold along with this 3D animation to get the Hungry Bat! Memorize it (it's really easy!) and show off your skills at your next Halloween party - or use it as decoration, whether for your costume, or the house. Using paper that's black on one side and white on the other is most effective! The 3D animations explains how to fold the model "hungry bat" t...

How To: Snap set a six prong pendant

One important part of jewelery making involves properly setting stones. This jewelry how-to video demonstrates the proper way to snap set a six prong pendant. Begin with your stone flat face down on a surface, with your casting in hand gently press the setting down over the gem stone. You will feel it snap into place. To tighten and secure that your setting is in place use needle nose pliers.

How To: Fold David Brill's miniature origami book

This video origami tutorial shows how to fold a mini origami book designed by David Brill. Follow along with the instructions provided by the demonstrator and see how this little book is folded out of a single piece of square paper. Watch this instructional video and learn how to origami a tiny book. Start folding and make an entire library!

How To: Craft a green ribbon banner gift bow and tag

Sure, you could hit up Target and purchase a large bag filled with cookie cutter ribbons and bows, but why not adorn your next special gift with something a bit more, well, special? In this beginner origami tutorial, you'll learn how to craft a green ribbon banner that can be used to top anything from gift boxes to gift bags.

How To: Origami the letter "E" Japanese style easily

These instructional animated slides teach you how to easily fold a the letter "E". Learn how to use the Japanese art of origami to make your own "E". Use the start, stop, forward and back buttons to easily follow along. You can also speed up the instructional origami video if it is going too slow. Very cool Japanese origami how-to video! Origami the letter "E" Japanese style easily.

How To: Draft a Basic Bodice Pattern

Unlock the secret to clothing design. If you can draft and sew a basic bodice you can design virtually any kind of t-shirt, blouse or other top! Attach a skirt and you now have a dress! Take your measurements by using the guide in the " How to Take Your Measurements" section and let´s get started! If you would rather just whip up an easier beginners t-shirt go to How to Design a Quick T-Shirt.

How To: Tie a leather knot end for jewelry

One of the hardest parts about jewelry making is the knot-tying. It's an intricate process, much like jewelry making in general, which is meticulous and dexterous. Working with leather is also more difficult because of it's thickness and un-malleable contour. This demonstration video will help walk you through the process of tying a knot end with leather.

How To: Tie a four strand round braid easily

If you are interested in tying something cool just for fun, check out this next tutorial. In the video, you'll be finding out how to tie a four strand round braid easily. There are many tutorials on how to tie a four strand braid, but they can be very confusing and that's no fun.