Upcycling is a great way to reuse your trash and turn it into a great piece of art. Take this Upcycled Wind Bells project for example; from a few used wine or beer bottles and some stringing material, you can create some wonderful wind chimes, all you need is a Generation Green G2 bottle cutter. Think of all the other great … Continue reading Weekender Project: Upcycled Wind Bells
A little while ago I was flipping through a stained glass book and came across this image and I just had to share it! What a great way to incorporate trash into art. I love this image because it ties upcycling with stained glass and it's a little abstract; clearly this trash is being put to good use. The … Continue reading Glass Upcycling Inspiration
So you want to put a photo on a KraftyBlok? You could tape the photo on… but then the photo will fall off. You could glue the photo on, but then you’ll have all sorts of sticky stuff everywhere and you’ll see the glue through the KraftyBlok. Well low and behold your solution is simple. … Continue reading How to Apply an Image on a KraftyBlok
I have waited all summer and now it’s finally here! Autumn has arrived. Living under the hot Florida sun, who could blame me for being excited about this beautiful season? The colors change, the temperature drops, albeit just a few degrees down here, and the kids are back in school. Say hello to autumn and show off … Continue reading Weekender Project: Sweet Autumn Sun Bottle Stopper
by Rita SchwabWhat if the materials you needed for your next project were free and available?And what if choosing this particular material allowed you to generate some environmental benefits, like reducing waste while proving your creative outlet?This is the benefit of upcycling, using waste material to create something new and of perhaps of greater value. … Continue reading Upcycling – Creating Crafts from Trash!
When it comes to cutting shapes for your mosaics, the material you are cutting/nipping and the tool you are cutting with will usually determine how you cut. In general, there are two nipping tools to use when working with mosaics; the wheeled glass nipper and the tile nipper and for larger pieces you have my … Continue reading Mosaics – How To Cut and Nip Tile
As the last days of summer slip away, keep those fond memories of vacations and day trips alive throughout the whole year with this Seaside Shadowbox. This fun project uses the Kraftyblok as the project base and can be covered and filled with a few items from your summer adventures. Whether your memories are filled with sand castles and starfish … Continue reading Weekender Project: KraftyBlok Seaside Shadowbox
by Rita SchwabIf my job as a creative person is to fill the world with "things," I feel it is equally important that I reuse materials from waste to make space for my craft.I believe that creative re-use has the potential to spark new ways of viewing the world. If one thing can be turned … Continue reading Recycled Crafts Encourage Creativity – An Artist Perspective
A fun way to add interest and embellish while fusing is by mixing in combinations of stringers, millefiori, confetti and frit. Stringers are very thin lines or rods of glass almost the size of angel hair pasta, sometimes even smaller. They are available in multiple colors and can be placed in patterns on or between glass, think … Continue reading What the Frit? Embellishments to add while fusing!
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