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One mistake many woodworking newbies make is taking on projects that are too big and detailed for their level of skill. Projects without an effective plan often are completed with apparent flaws and appear to be something of tremendously low quality. When a simple woodworking project is very large or requires a variety of tools to complete, calling it “easy” can be misleading. By start with a manageable project, the beginner can build skill before moving on to a new task. After a time, as you gain experience, you can increase the complexity of the project. Thus, until you become a more skilled woodworker, you ought to stick with the construction of small woodwork projects.

You may want to start with a little bookshelf, which takes learning several skills that will be handy later yet it does not require an expert’s ability to make. Another good starter project is a birdhouse as it’s easy to produce and its function is practical. If birdhouses aren’t your thing, consider designing a letter box or magazine holder.

Ensure you have all the supplies necessary for your DIY woodworking project before you start it. The first thing you will require are the project’s plans. Project plans can be purchased from home improvement retailers, found in books and magazines on woodworking, and downloaded on the internet. Online you can find plans that can be downloaded for no cost and some that you have to pay for. You’ll get a list of all the supplies you need and comprehensive instructions to complete the project. If you need pictures and written guides to follow, they are almost always in the directions enclosed.

There are so many woodworking projects for beginners that require only a hammer and chisel. With these basic tools, you’ll find that you can produce a large number of things. Once you have mastered the basic woodworking skills with these tools, you will be ready to take on more complicated and intricate projects. Before tackling more complex tasks or purchasing better tools for doing finer work, you’ll need more experience and skill.

There are many different kinds of wood, some of which are less difficult to work with than others. As a novice woodworker, start out with easy to work with materials so you can become more knowledgeable about the techniques and fundamentals. Pine, plywood, and balsa wood are some of the more popular, manageable woodworking materials.

When you first begin, a simple woodworking design is ideal so you can master the basics. With the skills you are now learning you probably won’t be churning out quality pieces for some time, but they will be valuable when you’re ready to move onto bigger projects.

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Wedding Crafts Ideas for Saving Money


Hi, My name is Teresa Surrency and I love arts and crafts.Why are wedding crafts so fun? It is because you are getting so involved in the creation of your wedding decorations. Your friends and family will also be glad to get involved which make for great bonding time.

You may know me from my scrapbooking website or my scrapbooking secrets membership site.It is my goal to bring the arts and crafts world to others helping them recognise the joy of crafting.This article is all about creating your own wedding items by using creative crafts.

Weddings are a wonderful special occasion and they can get very expensive in a hurry.With wedding crafts not only can you have a great time creating your wedding decorations, you can also save hundreds of dollars.  In creating your own decorations you are able to  insert a personal touch while holding the price down.A few ideas that can help you add some creative touches to your big day.

It is very easy to create your own wedding veil.The items you will need are very few.  You will need a length of bridal illusion in the desired length.  You will also need a comb to attach it to your hair and a hat or headpiece to cover the comb.  Sew large running stitches about an inch from the end of the illusion and gather it tightly.  Now  sew the veil to the comb.  Top with hat or headpiece.   As an alternative, you can decorate a wide-brimmed straw hat with silk flowers, ribbon, and pearls.  There are many ways you can add sparkle to your veil by using beads, sequens, pearls and other items that will make your veil even more beautiful.  Another idea is to purchase a very inexpensive veil and add your own creative touch making it look like an expensive creation.

The bouquets and floral arrangements can also be personally crafted.  For a simple outdoor wedding, consider wild flowers.  They are free and have a charm all their own.  Bouquets can be arranged in large clear vases, with a bow tied elegantly around.

Favors for the guests are for the most part proper even if they are wedding crafts.  Refrigerator magnets are a simple and well-received favor.  A really nice idea is to make a magnetic picture frame and include a picture of the couple.  You could cut a frame out of craft foam in one of the wedding colors, arrange over the photo, and glue all onto a cardboard backing.  Place self-adhesive magnet tape on the back of the cardboard.  Decorate the front of the frame with foil heart stickers and a monogram of the couple’s last name. 

Bows for the ends of the pews or rows make simple wedding crafts.  Wide velvet ribbons are nice for fall and winter weddings, while satin is more appropriate for spring and summer weddings.  Loop some flat lace in with the ribbons.  In the center of the completed bow, attach some silk flowers and pearl sprays with a hot glue gun.

Perhaps you’d like to try your hand at decorating your own cake.Check the craft section of the department store for pans and gadgets of all types to help you create a cake to remember.  Do remember, though, that it takes a steady hand.  Be sure to practice before starting on the real cake.

Preparing for a wedding can be expensive, but with wedding crafts, you can take some of the sting out.  Plan early, however, because it will take a little while to make favors for everyone and all the other little details you will want to take care of.  Maybe creating wedding crafts will even relieve some of those wedding jitters.In any event, creating your own wedding items is a way to have beautiful, personal, and a less expensive wedding.









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Beginners to the art and craft of candle making are often confused (at least at first) by all the different kinds of candle making wax available today.  While the following description is by no means complete, it does describe the most common and popular options.

Paraffin Candle Wax

Paraffin is the workhorse of waxes. Most commercially made candles are made from paraffin wax.

Paraffin is a byproduct of petroleum refinement. It’s what’s left when crude oil is refined.

Paraffin has a lot to recommend it as a candle wax. The wax is affordable and quite versatile – it works in any number of different candles – and it’s performance can be enhanced with additives.

Soy Candle Wax

Soy candle wax is a recent invention. Researchers developed it by hydrogenating (adding hydrogen molecules to) soybean oil. With the addition of hydrogen, it becomes solid and suitable for making candles. However, unless the candle maker uses additives, most soy candle wax is usually too soft to use reliably to make taper candles or pillar candles.

Soy candle wax really shines when it comes to making container candles. It has a long burn time, burns cleanly and does well with added fragrance and color.


Beeswax is a great, albeit expensive, candle making wax. Bees produce the wax to build honeycombs to hold the honey. When a beekeeper empties the honeycomb, the wax can be used to make candles.

Beeswax has a long burn time and burns even more cleanly than paraffin. It is a firmer wax than soy candle wax so you can use it for tapers. Although it can hold fragrance, many people prefer not to add scent because they enjoy the mild, soft fragrance of the beeswax itself.

Unfortunately, beeswax is relatively expensive. This has always been the case. Historically, beeswax candles were the candles of the rich. Beeswax is less costly today, but it’s still somewhat of a luxury item.

Where to Learn More

The waxes I’ve mentioned here are by far the most commonly used candle making waxes available. You’d do just fine if these were the only ones you knew about.

However it’s well worth digging a little deeper and visiting the page: Candle Making Wax. You’ll discover some interesting waxes I haven’t mentioned here, as well as some more details about paraffin and soy wax.

Of course you need more than wax to make a candle. You can find out what equipment and supplies you’ll need at: Candle Making Equipment

And here’s a good source to learn everything you need to know to start making beautiful handcrafted candles: The Candle Making Connection. I’ve learned the hard way that you can save a lot of time and frustration if you visit sites like that and get some insider tips and advice before you start experimenting on your own.

Making candles is a very rewarding craft and I hope this information helps you get started with.



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