How to Get Started With Beading as a Hobby

Beading is a great creative hobby that is suitable for people of all ages. You can also make beautiful and unique creations for yourself, family, friends and loved ones.

Young children love to make beaded bracelets and necklaces. There are also beading kits that are catered for children to learn the craft of beading. Adults who love working with beads can also make a living selling their creative bead work at fairs, online, and opening their own trendy bead boutiques.

Here is how you can get started with this wonderful craft.

The first step would be to find a good local bead shop with good advice of experienced staff. There are also online catalogs and websites that provide great information and sell all sort of the supplies and tools required.

Some stores would also offer beginners’ classes that would help you to learn basic techniques. Some even offer packaged starter kits that may include a beading board, tools, beads, wire, findings, books, etc.

Start with a simple project such as a basic bracelet or necklace, without using too expensive beads and findings. You can use Swarovski crystal, sterling silver and semi-precious beads at a later stage.

To sell more items, you can also consider expanding your bead work to more items than just jewelry. One area that is gaining popularity is bead work on household items. You can add beads to table cloths, lamp shades, or comforters. Beads can really liven up any household piece that you have.

You can also work on seasonal projects, like Christmas bead work for jewelry or household items. Many people are interested in decorating their house during this and other holiday periods and will be more keen to purchase beaded craft.

The only limitation with bead work is your own imagination. Happy beading!

Creative Craft Designing Ideas

Bottle cap crafts are the latest buzz these days. Attractive crafts can be made with ease and displayed as a show item. Crafts are made out of products that are naturally available. All it needs to master the art of craft making is some patience. Imagine displaying and decorating your homes with crafts made by you. I bet you would love the amazing feeling. Read on about some interesting tips on the art of craft making.

Craft making is a very old art. This has a rich and long history. We are so involved in other activities these days and end up buying decorative stuff for our homes rather than designing them ourselves. Trust me making and designing stuff ourselves would give a very satisfying feeling. This would also be de stressing from our regular routine and a refreshing change. Artists are always appreciated and held in high regard. Designing your own crafts is not all that much of a herculean task. With a little and interest, this skill can be easily mastered. Decorating your homes with crafts you make would give a different and unique look to the set up. Crafts can be made out of decorative paper, plastic, wood etc. Obtaining the raw material is quite simple. This is in fact a very inexpensive and creative hobby.

I bet you would have heard of bottle cap jewelry. Check out some bottle cap necklaces. These are gaining immense popularity in recent times. They can be easily made out of old bottle caps. Rather than discarding used caps, they can be converted into wonderful pieces of art. This is also very good from the ecological point of view. Bottle cap crafts look very decorative and trendy. They can be attached on magnets and displayed on fridges. Bottle cap necklaces and jewelry are quite a rage these days.

Do encourage your children to cultivate this amazing hobby. Craft making brings out the best of your creativity skills and is a nice and interesting hobby to pursue.

On a serious note, craft making can also be considered as a rewarding profession to pursue. Artists are always sought for and are in great demand. The inputs are very easily and cheaply available. You can also consider customizing your client’s requirements and design unique crafts. You would most likely not come up against stiff competition as most people are busy or plain lazy to design their own crafts. Homemade soaps and candles are in great demand these days. A little research on the neighborhood preferences beforehand would give you a great idea on how to proceed to monetize this amazing hobby.

Easy and Creative Stop Motion Animation Techniques

Stop Motion Animation is a very creative hobby. It is also very inexpensive to start out in; and you can probably do it for no cost at all. All you need is a typical digital camera, some basic software, and a few ideas. Here are some thoughts and tips to get your creativity flowing in this hobby.

When thinking about doing some kind of animation you have to think outside the box and realize that just about anything at all will make a good subject. And you have to think about the fact that just about any medium will work well also.

Two Dimensional Ideas

Working in two dimensions gives you a lot of creative and inexpensive options. You can simply draw pictures on paper and erase then redraw them to show the motions you want to make. An alternative to erasing is to draw series of pictures on separate sheets of paper and photograph them individually. This can give you extraordinary results but is very challenging to make sure the images stay cleanly tracked without slippage which would make it very jerky and shaky.

An excellent way to draw pictures is to use some kind of an erasable surface. This tends to be much easier than drawing pictures on paper and two excellent mediums for this are the dry erase board and the chalkboard. These make it very easy to erase potions of your drawing and redraw the motions. I highly recommend using a dry erase board if you want to get some great looking animations and if you have some skill in drawing.

Drawing images of figures and objects then cutting them out and using them in animations is an excellent way to get very creative and very expressive animations. There are two important additions you can make to this style of animation. You can cut the drawing into segments to show motion. An example of this would be to draw a human form then cut it into its different parts like arms, legs, head and torso. This way you can move them individually much as a human moves. Another way to enhance cut out drawings is to make multiple drawings of the same object to show motion or rotation. A good example of this would be a face. You would draw multiple faces such as one with the mouth closed and one with the mouth open. This way you can alternate between the drawings and simulate talking.

Three Dimensional Animation

There are some exciting possibilities available to you when you start to think about doing animation in three dimensions. And the first place you could start is with clay or play-doh. If you don’t have any of these materials you can easily make some out of flour, salt and water. Another very simply yet very expressive technique is to use wire. You can easily shape it into figures and objects. It holds its shape well yet is easy to manipulate into simulations of motion. Wire is so effective that it is often the frame over which many modern figures are made. This technique is called using a wire armature.

Action figures and dolls make great animation subjects as long as they have movable joints and body parts so you can articulate them. But you don’t have to stick with that. Just about any three-dimensional object can be used in interesting ways. You can draw small eyes, noses, and mouths then attach them to any object and come up with an interesting anthropomorphic little project. You can even carve potatoes or apples and get some great videos. And just moving objects around can be the source of some interesting videos. Watching furniture move around a room can be a good idea or watching items move around a desk can also be interesting.

Animating yourself and the real world is also a fun way to approach the hobby. If you stand at attention and take a picture then move forward six inches, stand at attention and take another picture you can come up with a great series of pictures that show you magically sliding around without moving your feet. You can also do the same thing by jumping into the air and snapping a picture of yourself. Move forward six inches, jump, and snap another picture. With this technique you can create an animation that shows you floating around.

Some final tips

Don’t forget the camera. If you really want to make your animations special you should move the camera as you take your series of pictures. You can do this by either zooming in or out or panning from side to side. This moving of the camera is the single best way to make your animations stand out.

While the medium you use for your animation is very important and can turn a plain animation into something special to look at you should put some time and thought into the story of the animation. This is what can turn it into something truly remarkable. Surprise your viewers and keep them guessing as to what will happen next.

Just about anything in your every day world can be transformed into something extraordinary with a little bit of animation magic and a little bit of creativity. Just look around your house and you will discover lots of great ideas.