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Published: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:38:07 -0500


The Often Unappreciated Value of an Enemy

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:05:55 -0500

By "enemy" I mean the person or persons other than us who we feel or think are hurting us or, at the least, wishing us ill. Also, an enemy can refer to something bigger than persons, such as a whole nation or group of nations-which I hope to be able to talk about later in this post-but what I have in mind when thinking about how valuable an enemy can be are more or less limited to dynamics that arise from interpersonal relations.

Costume Play Is A Popular Hobby

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:09:48 -0500

Cosplay, which is a coined word for costume play, describes people who enjoy wearing costumes for Halloween or special events. This imaginative world of original or copied costumes created by individuals is a popular hobby and is an excellent outlet for costume enthusiasts. Many conventions and public gatherings are more exciting and interesting with cosplay attendants.

A Look Into GUIDI

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:58:02 -0500

An unprecedented devotion to artistry along with an uncanny revere for its ancestry accurately describes the craftsmanship of the fashion house: Guidi. Founded in 1896, Guido Guidi, Giovanni Rosellini, and Gino Ulivo would later establish Conceria Guidi Rosellini, Italian for "Guidi-Rosellini Tannery" (Guidi, n.d.). In doing so, the trio managed revolutionize the mask of an artisan good that currently serves as the very nucleus of fashion, leather. This proved to be an honorable feat, with respect to the location of the settlement being Tuscany, a region in central Italy in which leather tanneries dates back to the middle ages.

Anastasia Tremaine

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:04:07 -0500

This is the life of Anastasia Tremaine, a very minor character in the short story, "May Day Eve". You will explore her thoughts as she goes through happy and sad moments in this narrative essay, and learn about how she lived from when she was only ten years old up until the time she was nineteen years old.

Playing With the Cure Time of Molds and Casts

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:21:19 -0500

Some molds and casts cure too quickly while others may take just too long. Find out what you can do to delay or speed up the process.

Slush Casting for Hollow Objects

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 07:30:55 -0500

Slush casting technique lends itself well for making thin and hollow figures, objects or masks with outstanding detail. The author shares some of this like important facts on molding.

Why Art Galleries

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:51:30 -0500

Many people may wish to visit Art Galleries, but there is a belief that, it is for the wealthy people. A place which is exclusive and not open to them. Imagine doing a task or activity repeatedly again and again without payment; people visit your gallery and none purchase anything?

Find Time for a Quick Energy Boost

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:29:53 -0500

Finding time for exercise can sometimes feel like trying to squeeze your foot into a shoe that's too small. That can be especially true at a busy time of year like this.

How To Attract Local Customers - A Quick Guide To Local SEO

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:51:36 -0500

When it comes to ensuring local customers can find you, the process is easier than it sounds, but it needs work. It also needs constant maintenance if you want to ensure you stay in front of your target audience and ahead of your competitors. Fortunately, there are companies offering professional assistance with search engine optimisation that can do everything for you, but more on this later.

Unleashing Creativity With Clay

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:59:15 -0500

Clay is a versatile material that lends itself beautifully for various artworks.The simplest way of creating a model that too playfully is by sculpting it out of clay. Working with this flexible and malleable material can be both interesting and enjoyable.

Free Inspiration

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:05:41 -0600

Inspiration can be found in many places. Study can be done when you don't even seem to study. Watching your surroundings closely is vital.

Creating Models Out of Ordinary People: Who Are Scouts and How Do You Get Scouted?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:57:41 -0600

A lot of people start doubting or questioning themselves when a scouter approaches them whether modeling might actually work for them. We talk a little bit about the work of scouters and offer some tips on how to get scouted.

I Want to Be a Model, But Where Do I Start?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:53:56 -0600

Your friends and family say you look attractive, you are getting popular social media for your selfies and pictures, many guys seem to compliment you. These may be some signs that you may have the looks for a career in modeling.

Important Terms That Every Model Should Be Familiar With

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:19:02 -0600

Here's some of the most common and important terms every wannabe model should know. Not only will you communicate with everyone better, but you will also seem far more knowledgeable and experienced.

What Is Being Photogenic, and Does It Influence Your Chances in Modeling?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:08:09 -0600

You may hear of people who aren't the most good-looking or charming yet have excelled in modeling. You may also have heard of the term 'photogenic' and how some people just somehow always look good on the camera.

6 Unspoken Truths of the Modeling Industry

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:56:45 -0600

It is known that people learn best through experiences. Of course, you may have read and heard a lot about modeling, but there are some rarely spoken norms and culture of the modeling industry.

Top 5 Modeling Myths That May Affect Your Confidence

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:16:53 -0600

There are many rumors and myths circulating about modeling that gets very popular through word of mouth. Because these myths get so popular, many potential models hesitate to join the industry.

Hollywood: Do Hollywood Actors No Longer Exist To Distract People?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:45:16 -0600

When someone wants to relax, they could end up looking for a film to watch, and there are going to be a number of ways for them to do this. For one thing, one could go and watch something at the cinema.

Stock Rustling in the American Wild West

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:41:54 -0600

Want to know how the stock rustler outwitted the rancher when stealing cattle in nineteenth century America? Discover strategies the rancher used to strike back.

Why Do So Many Models Support Social Causes, and Why You Should Too?

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:23:18 -0600

Recently, Pamela Anderson, the well-known American model announced her support for animal rights and became a PETA ambassador. British actress, and model Emma Watson is standing up for environment causes and preaching biodegradable environmentally friendly clothing, and other gothic and alternative models like Kat Von D expound the Vegan lifestyle and the health and beauty benefits that may be reaped as a result.

Misconceptions and Facts: Lies and Truth About the Business of Modeling

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:10:56 -0600

Modeling as a business is important and serves to meet many different types of clients and industry's expectations. Clients constantly require fresh and new faces to market their product or service and modeling agencies have a need to keep with times to meet these demands.

To Instagram or Not? How to Use Social Media to Your Advantage in Modeling

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:10:09 -0600

Social media is taking the modeling world by storm and media platforms like Facebook. Twitter and Instagram are dictating the trends and norms of fashion in the world today. Names like Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and Cara Delevigne are those who have risen to an incredible amount of fame through their online presence.

Modeling Scouts: What's It All About?

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:03:17 -0600

Have you ever gotten approached by Scouters and be offered an opportunity at modeling? Most people may feel hesitant and scared to listen to the words of a stranger on a street. But the person giving you a name card and seeing your potential is no stranger; he or she is a 'talent scouter'. Talent Scouters play an essential role in developing models.

The Job Of Casting Talents For A Film

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 07:46:39 -0600

Aspiring actors undergo a tedious process in auditions before they can get the role in a commercial or film. In this kind of industry, competition is always tough. In a pool of people who fall in line for auditions, there will be hundreds who want the same role so badly just like you. Some are even seasoned and have years of experience which make them more fit for some roles as compared to newbies.

4 Things a Legitimate Model Agency Asks You

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:57:53 -0600

There are a few working styles and ways that may cause you to think that a model agency even though is legitimate, may be trying to pull a fast one on you. Your fear is completely justified as there have been many rumors floating around that have led to many misconceptions.

What Type of Pictures Do Model Agencies Want?

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:31:40 -0600

Pictures are in its own way more important than a resume or cover letter when it comes to securing a modeling job. What is most important is how you look on the final product, be it photos or videos; the camera must love you.

Discard or Repair

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:49:13 -0600

What to do when something get damaged. Should you throw it out or try something else? Here you find tricks on what to do with ceramics that were damaged.

Thousand Pillar Hall - An Acoustic Marvel in Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 19:20:01 -0600

Madurai is situated at 462 kilometers south of Chennai (Madras as it was known in earlier times). The famous Meenakshi Amman Temple is located in the centre of the city. Inside the temple there are famous halls like Marriage Hall, Thousand Pillar Hall etc. The hall is very famous for its musical pillars. This hall is a classic example of perfect sound engineering technique. The average height of each pillar is about 12 feet. An expert team with modern gadgets found the sound engineering wonders in this hall.

Who Am I?

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 08:11:08 -0600

So Who am I? In your human form you're who you are right now.

Hitler's Wrong Symbol That Defeated Him and Saved the World

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 08:09:42 -0600

There are about 20000 symbols in the world. All civilizations have used symbols for their good. We may also select and use symbols according to our needs. Just keep the symbol in your purse or wallet. You may see the results for yourself. Hitler the most notorious dictator in the history selected and designed it in a wrong way. Even though he got thunder like victories initially, ultimately the wrong symbol had its own impact on him. And he committed suicide.

Reasons To Invest in Judaica Art Today

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:49:53 -0600

There's a lot of different pieces of art that you can purchase. You can go for modern offerings, or things from the past, spending thousands of dollars in the process. There's nothing wrong with these options, but what if you want to go with something a bit religious? Perhaps you want something that represents the culture and faith that you hold to on a regular basis.

Finding The Beauty In Judaica Art

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:45:55 -0600

There's a lot of different ways that you can celebrate the amazing elements of Judaica. But did you know that there's a lot of fine art that exemplifies this world? You may see some things here and there, especially around the holidays, but there are fine artisan crafts and pieces that you can explore on a deeper level out there. There's something glorious about art that comes Judaica, and you'll see that there's something great to explore if you just know where to look.

Acquisition of the Unmatched Embroidery Digitizing Patterns

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:42:45 -0600

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Let's Talk About Art

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:27:07 -0600

What is it like to speak with your buyers when you are 'the artist yourself'? Why is it nicer than have someone represent you?

To Bless You Is The Best Gift I Can Give

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:04:57 -0600

It is the time of year for data analysis again. I just listed all the data I am responsible for collecting, evaluating and putting together for a federal report, which is due soon.

Do What You Love

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:03:14 -0600

In one of the seminars I attended, we were told to look at what we love to do, to look at our strengths, and focus on that. We deserve to live life doing the things we love and loving the things we do!

How To Get What You Want

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:00:45 -0600

I rushed to the car, turned on the ignition and whooshed I went! I slept late and woke up ten minutes after the alarm went off.

Sentiment or Emotion

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:33:49 -0600

What happens when you want to make a sculpture? Will you stick to your plan or move along with the process?

Snow - Seasonal Miracles of Living

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 12:56:46 -0600

Did you ever look at a snow flake? Living in the Rocky Mountains affords many seasonal miracles, in many seasons.

Reproductions With Mold Making and Casting

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 09:30:05 -0600

You can easily reproduce anything by first making a mold of the same before casting in the same. The result will be a spitting likeness of the original.

Ever Wanted to Know How Many People Died in 2016?

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:33:20 -0600

I typed "how many people died in 2016?" into my browser's search engine. I found it no surprise that Wikipedia came up as the very first result. I thought, I wonder what figure it will tell me. I found it astounding that the only people Wikipedia recognised who had died in 2016 were those who had some sort of public status, reflected in a Wikipedia page devoted to them as a person.

Be Yourself, Respect Yourself, and Do What You Can

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 07:28:11 -0600

Finding time to savor some quiet as the old year ends and new one is about to begin is a wonderful gift to give yourself. Yesterday afternoon, as the waning sun's light burnished the winter treetops golden outside my window, I was doing just that.

Identification Wristbands For Events: The What, How, Where And Why Of ID Bands

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:39:55 -0600

We live in a day and age where people are spending more and more time outdoors than ever before. Whether it is a grand EDM festival or a local art showcase, the turn up is usually quite impressive and this has turned the events planning industry into something very lucrative. One of the most important and possibly most sensitive aspects of a successful event is security and access control. Over the years, the industry has seen everything from basic ticket stubs and name tag passes to finger print recognition and ID wristbands as a way to control access. However, the ID bands have proven to be the simplest yet most effective modes of control. So, how do you make the most of these identification wristbands for your event or party?

How to Approach Promotional Modeling Agencies

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:28:24 -0600

Professional modeling agencies would likely have a specific set of models based on their experience with previous clients. This article will inform you on how you can impress a modeling agency and procure a position as a promotional model.

Increase Your Productivity by Finding Time for Quiet

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:09:17 -0600

Distractions are everywhere today, and quiet is hard to come by. It's a fact of life in the 21st century.

Five Awesome Group Events for You and the Squad

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:25:43 -0600

If you're looking for ideas for fun group events, do something different with one of these five options. Whether for business or pleasure, you'll learn from your peers and have a great time too!

What Is a Supermodel?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:03:08 -0600

Occasionally we get confuse on the difference between model and supermodel. So what's a supermodel?

Get To Know Your Silicone Rubber

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:04:44 -0600

Silicone rubber offers endless options and is suitable for varied uses. Through this article the author shares his views on uses of silicone rubber,find out more.

Types of Modeling: What Type of Model Are You?

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:24:53 -0600

The modeling agencies help you to figure out the right style that suits your personality. Never be disheartened if you don't succeed initially and continue trying your hand at various styles. You never know, you may find the perfect match!

Time Is All You Have, So Why Not Befriend It?

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:41:22 -0600

Befriend time? But isn't it the thing that nips at your heels and makes you worry about keeping up?

Is It Worth Spending Money on a Bottle Service?

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:22:46 -0600

Benefits of Getting a Bottle Service - You can get in fast, without the need to fall in line. You have real estate, a place where you can sit, place your things (but you have to see to it that your valuables are within your reach, since things are often stolen at tables).

Bottle Service in Nightclubs - What Are the Advantages?

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:21:58 -0600

Based on the number of drinks you and your buddies consume (excluding drinks you buy for women), bottle service could cost higher than the admission or the alcohol served at the bar. However, if you not get bottle service, the night will be more costly if you have a larger group and spend a longer time, plus it will be more difficult, especially for men, to get into the club. Bachelor Parties If you want to spend quality time with your buddies in a nightclub, you have to go for bottle service/hosted entrance.

Bottle Service - The Basics

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:21:46 -0600

Bottle service, also referred to as table service, is one of greatest tributes of man to the pleasures of self-satisfaction. This is the good life - drinking overpriced, marked up alcohol delivered by scantily dressed women as you pass out and run up a bill, but don't you deserve it since you only live once? However, a case will be made for VIP bottle service even for club-goers who do not like to spend a month's wages on bottle service.

Tin-Cure and Platinum-Cure Silicones

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:39:05 -0600

There are two types of silicone rubbers and these two are very different from each other in both properties and applications.The author also shares some of this important topics on mold making and casting.

Enjoy a Perfect Family Weekend at a Trampoline Park

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:23:16 -0600

Such parks often have safety and security measures in place and they provide a perfect setting to engage in full-throttle fun. So, give your family a memorable outing and let every member enjoy trampolining the way it should be.

Opportunities in Art

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:32:48 -0600

Artists as well as the art world change continuously. Right now lots of new places to show art pop up. You can even offer your own place as a stage for an artist!

Flying Model Rocket Safety Tips

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:20:25 -0600

Many kids will be getting model rocket kits for Christmas this year, but how much do you know about model rocket safety? Before you let your children loose with their flying model rockets, make sure that they, and you, know the basic rules of model rocket safety.

What Equipment Do You Need to Launch a Model Rocket?

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 09:22:05 -0600

Many people find that, when they buy a flying model rocket for a gift, they should also have bought some model rocket launch equipment, but that wasn't made clear at the point of purchase. Don't get caught out in the same way; read this guide to what additional equipment you will need to launch a flying model rocket.

Sponsoring the Study of Art: Learning From The Renaissance Age

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 09:21:44 -0600

The Renaissance age teaches us of how art received great sponsorship, recognition, and patronage. This was largely influenced by the Medici family's contribution and the efforts of the great scholars who constantly liaised with the ruling class. It is interesting to know how the ruling class also massively supported the study of art and the discovery of talents. Powerful lessons can be gleaned from the whole-hearted support to the development of art from the Renaissance age- the art illumination and enlightenment period.

Enjoy Trampoline Parties and Have Great Fun

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 10:51:16 -0500

Nobody feels awkward at such party as these parks suit people of all age groups and this is perhaps the biggest USP of these parties. So, if you have a party to host in coming days, you can decide to take it to the trampoline park near you to make it special and memorable at the same time. After all, great parties are loved by one and all.

Raku Firing

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 10:24:47 -0500

Ceramic technique. What is a Raku Firing exactly? How does it work and what are the risks?

Entering and Winning the Best, New Sweepstakes

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 08:57:29 -0500

Sweepstakes are a gamble. They are typically used as a promotion strategy to introduce new products. But if you are lucky, they offer a good chance to make some quick cash and earn grand prizes. There are several sweepstakes available online, that you can participate in. However, it's impossible to enter all of them. Here's how to maximize you earning potential from sweepstakes.

Pattern Making and How To Design Handles in Leatherwork

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:37:39 -0500

Patterns are shapes or motifs of objects cut out in paper and other materials which include cardboard, tin sheet, zinc or galvanized iron sheet, plastic sheet etc. and used as a guide in producing leather articles. They also refer to already prepared designs/decorations/motifs intended for transfer onto leather and other surfaces for fixing or duplicating them on the leather. Again, patterns also refer to impressions or decorations made on a surface. Patterns can be stamped, woven, batiked, embossed, incised, drawn, peeled, tie-dyed etc. on leather.

Piercing, Decorative and Protective Tools in Leatherwork

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:36:35 -0500

Leatherwork tools are relevant to the production of the item and largely influence its forming as well as final outlook. Therefore, a leatherwork artist must know the distinctive and usage of each of these tools especially the controversial ones such as the piercing, decorative, and protective devices.

Improvising Your Own Leatherwork Tools and Caring For Them

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:35:50 -0500

Tools used for leatherwork can be improvised and produced by students using the locally available materials in our environment. Existing tools that have been discarded in the environment can somehow be manipulated to produce tools that can be very useful in undertaking a task in any of the processes in leatherwork. This article discusses some simple methods that can be learned in improvising simple tools in leatherwork.

Description of Marking, Measuring, Cutting and Sewing Tools in Leatherwork

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:21:05 -0500

There are several tools used in the field of leatherwork. Most of these tools are locally made while others are bought from shops that sell imported leather tools. The tools used in leatherwork are very many and varied. Therefore, for purposes of easy identification and study, marking tools, measuring tools, cutting tools and sewing tools are described in this article.

Importance of Paper Designing in Leatherwork

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:21:02 -0500

Designing is an important step that ensures the success of any article.The truth is that the leather material for the production of items are costly and as such, a leather craftsman cannot just experiment with it, thus, paper is used to test the feasibility of a particular design before it comes to life using leather. Detailed merits of paper designing prior to actual three-dimensional production in leather sounds professional and advantageous for many reasons,some of which have been dealt with in this article.

The Challenges in The Leatherwork Industry

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:18:38 -0500

The leatherwork industries are faced with several difficulties or challenges. Experts in this area must know the challenges so as to devise means of arresting them. The discussed challenges in this article, however, have been dealt with appropriate solutions.

Tanning After-Treatment Processes

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:14:04 -0500

There are some treatments that are given to leather after they have been tanned. Some of these include washing, setting out, oiling, stuffing, and drying.

Areas of Enterprise in Leatherwork

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:13:40 -0500

Leatherwork as a field of the visual arts has numerous viable enterprises. These enterprises offer several career opportunities to many people in the Ghanaian community. Students of leatherwork with their practical expertise can set up their own small-scale industries to cater for themselves and their families and more importantly even employ other persons. These areas of enterprises in leatherwork do not require huge capital for one to establish an enterprise. In fact, an individual can start the business right from his house with a small table and some few hand tools and materials. Let us use this unit to highlight some of these areas of enterprises in leatherwork.

Careers Avenues in Leatherwork

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:12:58 -0500

Leatherwork, as a field of human endeavour, provides several job opportunities to the masses in the country. Each of the careers it offers generates a lot of income for the individual. Also, they are very lucrative and enterprising.

How To Care and Clean Leather and Its Products

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:12:56 -0500

Leather has to be cared for to prolong their use. They must be cleaned regularly to free them of substances that can slow down their performance when used for the production of articles. Every type of leather has a special way of caring for it.

8 Oz To Boot

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:46:33 -0500

Of course, it is not about the boots, it is about the player! But football cleats can give you the confidence and assurance that your feet are ready to tackle that ball for the first time and the relationship between the foot and ball just gets better with a right, authentic pair of football cleats.

Reasons for Decorating and Finishing Leather Items

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:22:25 -0500

Decoration is the means or process through which the appearance of an artwork is enhanced or made more attractive. Decoration of articles and works in leatherwork has several benefits or importance both to producers, customers and the product itself. Finishing is the treatment given to products to change, improve or develop their appearance or behavioral characteristics. This treatment improves the hand and makes the products very attractive. It is the final methods and processes of preparing the leather for use, of polishing, buffing or otherwise after the completion of the leather artifact. Some of the reasons for decorating and finishing leather items are discussed in this article.

Preparatory Processes Before Tanning

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:22:14 -0500

All the tanning processes go through these basic processes. They are important because they enhance and improve the transformation of skins and hides into leather. The preparatory processes include slaughtering of the animal, soaking, fleshing/ defleshing, dehairing, bating and pickling.

How To Produce Ten Different Lacing Styles

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:21:02 -0500

There are several lacing or thonging styles which though form part of the construction of the article, also improve the aesthetic appeal of the article. Some of these thonging styles are discussed in this article.

The Forming Techniques in Leatherwork: Gluing and Stitching

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:18:55 -0500

These processes ensure the permanent joining or securing of the various parts of the intended article together. Usually, small pins are used by some leather craft men to initially secure the pieces together as a final check before the actual stitching or gluing is carried out. Other leather craft men oversew the edges of the pieces temporarily together with cotton as a checker to test the general outlook of the article. The temporary sewing is very important because any corrections can be easily made before the actual and permanent stitching is done.

Socio-Economic Reasons for Studying Leatherwork

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:16:55 -0500

Leatherwork is an aspect of visual arts that concerns itself with the production of items and articles with leather as the principal material. It involves the various processes of preparing the skins (outer coverings of small animals) and hides (outer coverings of large animals) into leather and using appropriate tools and materials as well as techniques to produce leather articles. Leatherwork is therefore not limited to only the preparation of the outer coverings of animals into leather, but also, the production of articles using the leather obtained.

A Beginner's Guide on How To Draw

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:59:27 -0500

These are the basics on the art of how to draw for beginners. This includes people of all ages from 7 to 70 who love to draw but lack the confidence to start. The following will guide you to express yourself and fire up your creative imagination!

Fundamentals in Basketmaking

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:53:37 -0500

A useful introduction to the fundamentals of basketmaking with links to video and other informational sites. What is basketmaking? What materials can be used? What's involved in the process?

How to Prepare for Model Casting

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:20:07 -0500

Have you been called up by a model agency for a casting call? So sit tight, and read our guide carefully for you to ace your casting.

Ensuring Safety for Your Kids While Playing on a Trampoline

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:21:26 -0500

During winter or rainy season, you can pack away the trampoline and store it somewhere dry. The mat should also not have holes in it. If the mat is worn out, replace it with a good quality mat of the same size.

What Makes Natural Leather The Best Choice

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:24:32 -0500

Natural leather has several features that make it far more different from synthetic leather. These characteristics have to be known by leather craftsmen and students to help develop their taste and sharpen their judgment concerning 'fake' and real leather products. Some of the characteristics of natural leather are vividly described in this article. The aim of the paper is not to discourage leather craftsmen and producers from using artificial leather, but to accentuate the unique abilities of natural leather.

Finishing Techniques in Leatherwork

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:24:28 -0500

Finishing is concerned with the improvement of the hand and appearance of a product so as to enhance its general outlook and maximize its marketability potentials. It is essential that Leatherwork articles are finished in any of the accepted finishing techniques to heighten their design and aesthetic qualities. There are various appropriate techniques through which leather products can be finished. Some of these techniques are burnishing, waxing, polishing, spraying, texturing, patenting. using conditioners, soaps, and cleaners.

How To Differentiate Between Natural and Synthetic Leathers

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:24:26 -0500

Natural and synthetic leather share strong similarities in many respects. Therefore, it is important that we know their unique characteristics to make it easier to distinguish amongst them. Also, the prices of high-quality synthetic leather items are somewhat similar to those of natural leather. Owing to this, one may even be mistaken synthetic leather as natural leather. This article unveils the unique features of both natural and synthetic leathers while highlighting their strengths and limitations. This will assist leather craftsmen and clients who will be adequately informed about the types of leather to choose for the production of a particular article.

How To Fix Different Kinds of Fasteners on Leather Products

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:24:05 -0500

Fasteners are devices in metal, leather or fabric used for closing or locking and opening leather articles. They include buckle, press-studs, zips, velcros, toggle and loop, drawstring etc.

The Different Ways of Dyeing Leather

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:22:59 -0500

Dyeing is one of the major processes in the decoration of leather items. It is the process of permanently changing the color of leather by the use of a liquid colorant. The core fibers of the leather which are porous in nature absorbs and permanently holds the dye solution. The whole skin can be dyed before it is cut for the production of leather articles or parts of an already produced item can equally be dyed. However, when a whole leather is dyed, there is an even penetration of the dye.

How To Design and Produce Functional Items in Leather: Briefcase, Belt and Leather Suspended Chair

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:22:54 -0500

One of the interesting aspect in the field of Leatherwork is creatively manipulating the leather material to come out with aesthetically pleasing and functional products that can be used in playing various roles in our everyday life. This includes enhancing our personal outlook through the use of items for personal grooming like belts, briefcases for storage purposes and chairs for seating. The steps in producing these functional items have been discussed in this article.

How To Decorate Leather Using Tooling, Marbling, Dabbing, Printing, Painting and Patchwork

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:22:36 -0500

Increasing the aesthetic qualities of an item to be produced is one of the powerful means through which manufacturers win greater market share for their products. The leather craftsman must know these decorative techniques so that s/he can utilize them in improving the attractiveness of his/her products. This article gives a core description of tooling, dyeing, marbling, dabbing, painting and patchwork.

Enhancing The Aesthetic Outlook of Leather Items

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:22:25 -0500

There are various ways of heightening the aesthetic appeal of items produced with leather. Some of these include printing, carving or incision, embossing, weaving, in-laying, on-laying, thonging, stamping and scorching. These decorative processes have been discussed in this article.

Classification of The Uses of Leather

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:22:08 -0500

Leather has various uses in almost all the undertakings and activities of individuals, societies and the nation as a whole. Its immense use cannot be exaggerated. However, for purposes of easy identification and study, the uses of leather have been classified or grouped into seven namely, Clothing and body items, War and Defense, Education, Chieftaincy and culture, Containers for storage and services, Sports and entertainment and Industry.

Why Preliminary Designing Is Important in Leatherwork

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:00:44 -0500

Preliminary design refers to the designs that are made prior to the production of the real product in Leatherwork. They are usually in the form of sketches carried out on paper. Preliminary designing is of immense importance in the field of Leatherwork production.

Ways of Joining Pieces of Leather for Production

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:59:57 -0500

Pieces of leather are skillfully joined to produce leather items. The ways are varied and they are dependent on the particular leather item to be produced. Therefore, the Leatherwork designer must equip himself/herself with knowledge on how each of them is carried out. Some of the joinery techniques are described in this article.

The Rudiments in Thonging Leather

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:58:39 -0500

Thonging is a decorative way of securing or joining the ends of the pieces of the article together. A thong is a long strip of thin leather that is cut and used for thronging. The width of the thong varies depending on the size of the article to be produced. However, the common size is 1/8 inches while the size is further reduced to 1/10 inches if the article is very small. Leather to be used for thonging must be strong but thin. Usually, the type of leather used for the production of the article is used for the thonging provided it is thin. However, if a different colour effect is to be achieved, the leather craft man can dye the thongs. To create a continuous thong, the leather is marked in a continuous formation using a compass or any circular device.

The Four Steps in Producing Leather Items

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:58:29 -0500

Several items can be produced with leather. Some of these items include belts, purse/wallet, caps/hats, folders, pencil case, key cases and holders etc. However, there are some processes that when followed meticulously can help the leather craft man to produce functional and aesthetically pleasing articles. These processes include making a template, laying out, cutting and assembling.

The Effects in The Use of Leather Materials, Tools and Materials on The Health of The Individual

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:58:16 -0500

Leather as a material, as well as the tools, materials, and techniques used for its production, can pose serious health problems to the individual. The leather craftsman should endeavor to avoid the effects of these health hazards. Some of the effects that the tools, materials, and techniques in leatherwork can have on the individual are discussed in this article.

Terminologies Used in The Field of Leatherwork

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:56:28 -0500

There are various terminologies in leatherwork. The leather artist must understand these terms. He must perfectly know their meanings so that he can be a chief or exponent in the field. Some of these terms in leatherwork are discussed.

Kinds and Importance of Tanning in Leather

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:52:47 -0500

Tanning is the process of preparing or processing skins/ hides into leather using tannic acid. The raw collagen fibres of the pelt are transformed into a stable material that will not rot. The principal difference between raw hides and tanned hides is that raw hides dry out to form a hard, inflexible material that when re-wetted (or wetted back) putrefies, while tanned material dries out to a flexible form that does not become putrid when wetted back. The tanning process significantly improves the natural qualities of the leather such as its dimensional stability, abrasion resistance, chemical and heat resistance, its resistance to repeated cycles of wetting and drying.

The Uniqueness and Production Processes of Synthetic Leather

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:52:15 -0500

The synthetic or Artificial leather is a fabric or finish intended to substitute for leather. There are considerable diversities in the preparation of synthetic leather. The commonest technique is the use of calico. These are the processes through which the fabric is transformed into leather:

Creating Adventure

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:11:01 -0500

Working together with a fellow artist to create a work beyond the reach of each of the artists. Exciting and scaring and a huge adventure. Only possible in mutual surrender.