There's nothing to gain by refusing to tell others what materials create your artwork. Every artist has their own unique style that none can truly replicate, anyway, whether they want to or not. I don't like to label people as competition; instead, I want to be open about what I know and grow alongside my fellow artisan crafters in our creative endeavors. We should all be in this artistic community together!
With that in mind, here are links to all of my favorite materials ^^ I'll try to do tutorials when I can, too. Happy crafting!
MEDIUM: Fimo Clay, Soft (found at almost any craft store/online). Also, occasionally Fimo Effects is used for any glittery/transparent colors
LIQUID CLAY: Translucent Liquid Sculpey is great to use for attaching thin limbs/parts (such as tails, other hair, anything dangly, etc.) put some on the end of the limb/part before attaching it and it'll be like cement once it's baked. Good for keeping them from breaking off your charm! can be found at crafts stores/online also. On another note, use Liquid Fimo if you're making jelly or other colored liquid for fake food (it's more transparent)
TOOLS: (for refining those tiny sculpting details) I have lots of them They all came in a package. THIS www.amazon.com/SE-Pottery-Tool… was a pretty sweet deal.
THE MAGICAL EYE-PAINTING BRUSH: www.amazon.com/Micron-Brush--X… (this is the one I use for all anime-ish eyes and little details) You'll see a cheaper one at Hobby Lobby, but I've found that this particular model has a better and more consistent quality.
PAINT: Acrylic (again, found at most craft stores. or Wal-Mart lol) Be sure to thin it with water before painting details and rinse the brush often for smooth texture.
GLOSS: My painted details on figurines are protected beneath the practically indestructible, waterproof Ice Resin. Can usually be found as two tubes with a connected double-dispenser at your local craft store. (Hobby Lobby for me )
METAL LOOPS AND GADGETS: Screw eyes and tiny split rings (around 4mm diameter) can be found at craft stores, as well as jewelry wire. I order mine in stainless steel from ebay for a better deal, though Ya might want to use a small pair of pliers to get the tiny split rings on; they're so small it's almost impossible by hand. You can choose to twist the jewelry wire into a loop and stick it into the clay (the key rings need something to hook onto!), but I prefer to stick in screw eyes.
CHARM STRAPS: search "cell phone lariat" on eBay. You'll have many options These are sold at craft stores too, though imo in much less quantity and quality ^^"
MINIATURE BOTTLES: Those tiny glass bottles are also all on eBay. Search "miniature glass bottles"...simple enough haha. Their corks don't usually come with a loop to attach a keychain to, though, so you'll probably have to order screw eyes along with them.
SNOWGLOBES/SNOWDOMES: snowdomes.com/ They've got everything you need! These are pretty much the best quality ones that won't make you broke (trust me I've looked everywhere ) Proper glue to go along with these is a must, too www.amazon.com/TESTORS-PRODUCT…
SHADOW BOXES: I've yet to see finer craftsmanship of shadowboxes! www.etsy.com/shop/Intirado They come in all shapes and sizes here and are acrylic with stainless steel frames, so they're quite keychain-suitable
"Remember: artists have no jealously guarded professional secrets. How often have I heard students say, 'If I could just watch that man work, I'm sure I could get ahead!' Getting ahead does not happen that way. The only mystery, if such it may be called, is the personal interpretation of the individual artist. He himself probably does not know his own 'secret.' Fundamentals you must master, but you can never do so by watching another man paint. You have to reason them out for yourself."
- Andrew Loomis