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How To: Make Chain Mail Armor from Start to Finish

This article is a guide for making Chainmail Armor from start (simple wire) to finish (a finished chainmail shirt). We will be using the European 4 in 1 weave, as this is the most common weave. This is the weave that you usually see in movies. There are several sections to this guide: Materials, Making the Rings, Weaving the Rings, and Making the shirt.

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: A square knot for hemp jewelry

This video explains to a jewelry maker how to make a square knot which can be used is hemp jewelry. The hemp twine varies in thickness and comes in a many of colors. There are many different stitches used to create hemp jewelry, however, the half knot and full knot stitches are most common. Step by step explanation is included. You can make a lot of different jewelry with our help and this guide, some of which are anklets, bracelets, chokers, or necklaces.

How To: Make a moving paper butterfly toy with origami

Looking to add specimens to your paper menagerie? With this guide, you'll learn how to make a moving paper butterfly toy from a folded sheet of square paper using origami, the traditional art of Japanese paper folding. For more information, including a step-by-step overview of the folding process, as well as to get started making your own colorful paper butterflies, watch this free origami lesson.

Money Origami, Flower Edition: 10 Different Ways to Fold a Dollar Bill into a Blossoming Bloom

The very first banknotes were used by the Chinese in the 7th century, during the Tang Dynasty. Before it was used as a true currency, paper money was used as part of a deposit system in which merchants would leave large amounts of coins with a trusted associate and receive a paper receipt for the transaction. The reason was simple—the copper coins used as currency at the time were heavy.

How To: Throw a paper airplane far

This video will teach you the three most important tips which you will need in order to throw a paper airplane far. First, you will need to use your dominant or stronger hand. Next, you will need to throw the airplane as if you were throwing a baseball, taking a slight forwards step as you throw it as well. Finally, you will need to make sure that you release the paper airplane at the proper point of your throw, at the maximum part of the arc and not when your arm starts arcing downwards. By ...

How To: Tie the Eternity knot to decorate a rope or string

In this video the host of "Tying It All Together" demonstrates how to create a "Eternity Knot". This type of knot is an attractive way to decorate a rope or string. Strung along one after another on a rope or string, it creates elongated bead-like knots at intervals of your choosing. The Eternity Knot is named for it's resemblance to the symbol of Buddha's all-knowing wisdom and the uncommon quality of his realizations. In this video the host will lead you through the entire process of creati...

How To: Make a ball gown out of trash bags and newspapers

The newest trend in couture? It's called 'trashion' - high fashion using trashy things. And we mean trashy! This tutorial shows you how to make a ball gown using trash bags, duct tape and newspapers. You'll also want a dressmaker's dummy to construct your dress around - or at least a model who's okay with standing still for a long period of time. Use the trash bags to form the dress, and then attack the newspapers over it layer by layer. You're ready for your debut!

How To: Quilt a wide binding

Watch this instructional quilting video to sew a wide binding on your quilt. A 3" binding is recommended when you're learning to use these tools but after that you can create wider & narrower bindings. Here's info for wider bindings.

How To: Make Day of the Dead paper mache sculptures

In this tutorial, we learn how to make day of the dead paper mache sculptures. First, you will make the paper mache sculptures into different body shapes, then use a sharp knife to carve along the sculpture. Use different paints and colors to make the characters more believable and realistic. Use a thick paper mache when making these, because you will lose a lot of layers when you are thinning it down and shaving it into shape. When finished, you will attach the different pieces of body parts...

How To: Do the Buttonhole Stitch

The buttonhole stitch is used in many types of hand embroidery - general surface embroidery, crazy quilting, whitework and cutwork, Mountmellick embroidery, needle lace, filet work - you name it, buttonhole stitch fits in somehow. It's a super versatile stitch, and once you have the basic stitch down, it's just a matter of applying it in a variety of ways. Watch this video from Needle 'n Thread to see how it's done.

How To: Do a center-drilled single-end wire-wrap for jewelry

The long name of this technique makes the meticulousness and dexterity skills of making jewelry a must. If you aren't perfect in all your techniques, this might stump you, but practice makes perfect. Wire wrapping a center-drilled, single-end stone takes skill. This demonstration video will help walk you through the process of doing a center-drilled single-end wire-wrap.

How To: Origami a Cobra

Is your repertoire of origami reptiles repugnant? Well fear not, because with this tutorial video, you can learn to fold your very own origami cobra. Just make you don't get a paper cut when you fold the fangs.

How To: Fold an origami pumpkin and design a Jack-O-Lantern

Much easier and cleaner than carving a jack-o-lantern from a real pumpkin, this video shows how to create an origami pumpkin and decorate it as a jack-o-lantern. Each step is clearly showing as it is orally articulated. The pace of the instructions is slow so views will have the ability to watch and do at the same time. When all the folds are completed, an origami pumpkin is the final result. Some ideas are given about how to decorate it so the origami pumpkin can be used as a jack-o-lantern ...

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