Diamond Max 2 Listed Ranks #2 for 2018’s Best Glass Grinders by Ezvid Wiki

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Diamond Tech Crafts is proud to announce our achievement of ranking #2 on the Ezvid Wiki list for glass grinding tools. Ezvid Wiki was the first video wiki in the world, founded in 2011. It now is among the top 3,000 websites in America. With a YouTube channel that has over 300,000 subscribers and over 175 million views since its founding, Ezvid Wiki has helped inform buyers by providing over $200 million in purchasing decisions.

 

It’s a big deal to be selected as one of the elite, and we’re proud to make the cut, pardon the pun. The data was compiled from twenty-three hours of research and is an impartial assessment of glass grinder options available to buyers in the US. They specifically noted that our Diamond Tech Power Max II provides steady rotation speeds even with thicker materials and an effective cooling system with an easy-glide grate surface.

 

You can find it in the tools category. Click here to view the Wiki and thanks for helping us achieve such a notable distinction!

 

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America’s 9 Best Art Museums to Visit During Your Summer Vacation

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Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 

Summer is finally here, and that means it’s time to pack your bags for the ultimate summer vacation. Sure, you can fill it with loads of swimming and sunning, but with the predicted heat for 2018 all across the country, it’s good to have a few places to go where you’ll no doubt appreciate the high-functioning air conditioning.

 

And while you’re inside cooling off, why not check out some art for your inspiration? Art museums are great for getting up close and personal with iconic classics as well as checking out new artists. They also help bring us inspiration in the things we want to create. If you have kids along with you, art museums help their creativity flourish too.

 

So without further ado, here are Diamond Tech Craft’s top picks for the 9 best art museums to visit this summer!

 

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) – New York City

This famed NYC art museum features a permanent collection that spans different departments like drawings, film, architecture, painting, sculpture, and photography. See works by Picasso, Van Gogh (including everyone’s favorite, The Starry Night), Matisse, Monet, and many more. There’s also a gorgeous sculpture garden to behold.

 

  1. The Art Institute of Chicago – Chicago

It would be impossible to see everything this stunning art museum contains, but it’s certainly worth a try. There are over 300,000 works of art and artifacts in this Chicago institution. Bits of buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, an enchanting Modern Wing, breathtaking views of Millennium Park and paintings from some of your favorite artists. Fans of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will surely recognize this museum from the movie!

 

  1. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – Los Angeles

If you’re spending some time out in California this summer indulging in Rodeo Drive and watching the Hollywood starlets, take the opportunity to spend a few days perusing this iconic museum. The entrance installation is worth stopping in for all on its own, however you’ll love the amazingly eclectic array of art from around the world and centuries ago. From classic to contemporary, LACMA is a celebrated star itself!

 

  1. Philadelphia Museum of Art – Philadelphia

When you head to Philly to try an original cheesesteak (worth the trip alone!), don’t forget to see this museum. As one of the largest museums in America, it has over 200 galleries that span from the first century to modern times. Paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and much more can all be found here, plus it’s where you’ll find the best collection of American realist artist, Thomas Eakins’ works.

 

  1. The Cleveland Museum of Art – Cleveland

Going to Ohio for some roller coaster-related thrills? Take a break from the sun and excitement for some indoor fun at this museum that is just over 100 years old. It is famed for an amazing collection of Asian and Egyptian arts, as well as medieval pieces from Europe and America.

 

  1. The Museum of Fine Arts – Boston

Since 1870, this classic art museum hosts all things new and old with a dazzling collection of works that include Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, tons of Monet, and much more, to the tune of about 500,000 artful objects. Boston is a fantastic place for a family adventure to learn about the rich history of our country and where much of it began. When you explore here, don’t forget to see the artsy side of things at the Museum of Fine Arts.

 

  1. The Menil Collection – Houston

Texas is not all rodeos and BBQ! There’s art to be found here too. Case in point: The Menil Collection in Houston. Here, you’ll get to see pieces from Byzantine works to Surrealist items with galleries that include works from notables like Twombly and Warhol, to name a few.

 

  1. Smithsonian American Art Museum – Washington, D.C.

It was the first museum in the country devoted to American Art. The Smithsonian Museums are all purely fascinating, free, and you’ll never be able to see everything in each of them, particularly this art museum, in one trip. But you can have fun trying! While exploring our nation’s capital, this is one museum you don’t want to miss!

 

  1. M.H. de Young Museum – San Francisco

The building itself is a contradiction of sorts, but coming here is a must for those that want to experience a unique collection of objects, paintings, crafts, sculptures and more all hailing from places like Africa, the Americas, and Oceania from between the 17th and 20th centuries. You’ll even see King Tut’s treasures! But if you want a cool freebie to score during your stay, head up to the observation tower which requires no admission fee and allows you to see the Golden Gate Park with exquisite views from above, perhaps the most stunning work of art of all!
Have a safe, fun, and creative summer from your friends at Diamond Tech Crafts!

Learning from Your Art Mistakes

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Whether you’re crafting for fun or you’re trying to grow professionally in your artistic creations, you may come to a point where you go through growing pains. Art mistakes happen even to the most revered of artists. It’s important to recognize when you make a mistake in your art and move forward instead of dwell. Here are some common art mistakes that artists of all kinds make and how to overcome them so you keep growing and channeling your creativity positively.

 

Having unrealistic expectations

The most common mistake artists make, especially new ones, is to have unrealistic expectations. You can’t expect that everything will turn out like an award-winning masterpiece, or even turn out the way you were hoping. You may want to create a Tiffany-style lamp but your skills aren’t quite there yet, and that’s okay! When something doesn’t turn out right, look at what went wrong and find your way to getting it right with every progressing project.

 

Not learning new skills

No matter what avenue you pursue for your artistic passions from painting to sculpting to glass art and beyond, if you don’t take classes to improve and learn something new, you’ll always be stuck in the same place. Even the best artists in the world learn new things when they can. It helps fuel your creativity and gives you a chance to incorporate the new skills with your new projects.

 

Winging it

It may seem the opposite of creativity, but planning and organizing for your art projects is an important step. It’s not just about your talent and creativity though. Without proper planning, you may not be able to effectively execute your project. If you’re making a mosaic and you don’t set up your pattern first or plan for your colors, you might run out of materials. But be careful! Don’t overthink it and plan too much! You don’t have to make an overly-detailed outline of every single step you’ll do to bring your project to life, but you should have plans set up so it can go smoothly and in the right direction.

 

Constantly comparing yourself to others

Great works of art can be great inspirations. But stare at them too long and you might second guess yourself. Don’t strive to be them. You’re you! Use those elements they used to inspire you and keep in mind that these artists started somewhere, just like you. And like all art, some people will love it while others will hate it. You can’t please them all so go with your own personal flow.

 

Stop trying to be perfect

Sometimes, it’s those little imperfections in our art that make them truly perfect. Remember that and you’ll be more likely to enjoy yourself when you get lost in creating your art.

 

Need some inspiration? Diamond Tech Crafts has plenty of project guides that can help you learn and grow in your art skills while having fun!

 

 

Fun Family Crafts from Toddler to Teen

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For some, spring break is just beginning. For others, it’s the looming summer or those weekends that leads parents and children alike with nothing good to do. Whether your kids are little or big, you can have an amazing experience with them any time you have free time by doing a fun family craft together.

 

Instead of handing them the iPad and sending them on their way, a new way to come together as a family and have some fun is to make a craft with each other. Here are some of our favorite craft suggestions you can do with your kids to make beautiful art and memories you’ll always treasure.

 

For little kids, there’s a lot they can do to help make crafts come to life. This Seaside Shadowbox is the perfect craft because you can go down to the beach and gather up the materials you need to fill it up with like sand and shells. This gives little ones something to do. Not near the beach? Try the lakeside, the forest or any other outdoor area for gathering cool specimens to put inside. Don’t forget to take a photo together that you’ll put inside your shadowbox! This Oriental Garden is another way to use the KraftyBlok and have little ones help you craft it.

 

A terrarium is good for all ages, especially in spring and summer. It helps you become closer to nature, and closer together. Plus, the whole family can help care for it once you’re finished. It gives kids a good sense of responsibility to have something to look after.

 

Got teens? They’ll love to create their own fashionable pieces. This Family Charm Bracelet is a great idea. Of course, they can create it with anything images they wish, even making best friend charm bracelets or ones with images they choose from nature to their favorite musicians and more. If you have a fashionista, these rose necklaces will be a hit too.

 

And for any child, nothing could be better than creating a place to store that hard-earned allowance. This Decoupage Bank gives them something to be proud of and lets them stash their cash for future spending.

 

Diamond Tech Crafts has plenty more crafty ideas for you and your kids. Check them out and make something special together!

 

Diamond Tech Tiles Donates to Habitat For Humanity to Rebuild Hurricane Devastation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Tampa, FL — February 26, 2018 –DIAMOND TECH TILES, as part of its ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity, has donated a range of tiles to the Habitat for Humanity chapters in the Tampa Bay, St. Petersburgh and Clearwater areas. These areas were affected and, in some cases, devastated by recent hurricanes and natural disasters.

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria each caused unprecedented and widespread devastation, forcing thousands of people out of damaged homes and communities in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. This year’s donations from Diamond Tech Tiles will bring a total estimated retail value of more than $250,000 that can be used to help families rebuild.

Habitat for Humanity has local organizations throughout the regions affected by the storms. Diamond Tech Tiles is working with this organization to assess shelter and housing needs ahead of the next hurricane season.

Long-term plans will be determined after the evaluations and will depend on the level of support received from donors, volunteers, corporate partners and other community organizations. Diamond Tech Tiles offers hearts and prayers, along with its generous donation, to help everyone in these affected areas and help rebuild a brighter future.

For additional information or a free catalog, call toll-free 1-800-937-9593 or visit the DIAMOND TECH TILES’ website at www.dttiles.com

 

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About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a path out of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a non-profit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.

 

About Diamond Tech Tiles

Respect, dedication and service; these are the core values of the Daniels Corporation, the family-owned and privately-held company that owns Diamond Tech Tiles. These core values guide every aspect of its business life. Established in 2004, Diamond Tech Tiles continues to strive to bring to market innovative, beautiful and affordable tile products. Today, these top-of-the-line products are used in both exterior and interior design applications around the world. Diamond Tech Tiles offers a variety of tile lines each with a distinctive look and feel to maximize design possibilities. Its success is attributed not only to new innovative tile products but to the strong relationships forged with customers over the years, welcoming the opportunity to service even more in the tile industry for many years to come. 5600 Airport Blvd, Suite C; Tampa, FL 33634

 

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Diamond Tech Crafts Now Offers Mosaic Mercantile Products

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Tampa, FL — February 26, 2018 –– Diamond Tech Crafts, the source for the country’s best quality stained glass, mosaic tools, and accessories, now exclusively carries Mosaic Mercantile products. In an effort to better serve the art community, Diamond Tech Crafts has expanded its selection of tiles, tools and resources with the acquisition of Mosaic Mercantile.

 

This means hundreds of new brightly colored tiles and products are now available through Diamond Tech Crafts, giving even more choices to its customers. Founded in 1997, Mosaic Mercantile Inc. is the world’s premier wholesale source for quality mosaic tile, tools, kits and accessories. Catering to retail art, craft and hobby stores, this partnership means an even stronger dedication to increasing the knowledge and use of mosaic as an art form.

 

Diamond Tech Crafts carries a wide array of tools, grout, adhesives, sponges, books, and other accessories. From basic to professional, the tools available from Diamond Tech Crafts are made to the proper exacting specifications of the highest quality professional grade. Additionally, the Mosaic by Design™ do-it-yourself kits contain everything needed to make beautiful craft projects. They’re easy to use for beginners yet challenging enough for seasoned artists to enjoy. Every mosaic kit teaches the skills required to create beautiful, professional-quality, long-lasting art pieces.

 

ABOUT DIAMOND TECH CRAFTS:

In 1992, Diamond Tech opened its doors in Tampa, Florida. Since then, its customer base and product offerings have grown considerably. Today, Diamond Tech Tiles still maintains its founding commitment to customer satisfaction and the delivery of “innovative products for creativity.”

Diamond Tech Crafts is the place to find and discover the country’s best quality stained glass, hot glass and mosaic tools, and accessories. To learn more visit: http://www.DiamondTechCrafts.com or contact us at 800-937-9593.

 

 

 

Let Your Spirit Shine Through Art!

 

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We all have something we’re passionate about. Most of us are passionate about art, which is a given since we wouldn’t be reading this blog right now. But at Diamond Tech Crafts, we all also have other passions in our lives that are perfect for inspiring creativity in art to show our spirit.

 

Whether it’s a favorite sports team or our love for our country, using our talents for art is a great way to express our devotion. Wondering how to make that happen? The sky is the limit!

 

For example, you can make fused glass beads to wear on a bracelet, necklace, and matching earrings for game day, or for any day. Make patriotic pieces in the same way too. Nothing looks more beautiful than the American flag’s brilliant red, white and blue hues.

 

Use KraftyBlok to make a lamp, a bank, or a jar you can use to save up for tickets to your favorite team’s game. Create a stained glass mural or mosaic stepping stones for the yard, coasters for your den, picture frames, table tops, or wall art.

 

See how many possibilities there are? Now if you’re wondering how to get started, simply visualize what you’d like to make. Is it a team logo? The American flag? The Statue of Liberty? Whatever it is, sketch out your vision so you can plan to translate it into your glass art piece.

 

Then bring it to life through your chosen art medium. With art, there is no wrong way when it comes to being creative, so let it flow and enjoy the process. Diamond Tech Crafts has plenty of ways for inspiring creativity with project guides you can use to fuel your imagination. What will you be making to show your spirit?