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There's nothing to gain by refusing to tell others what made art easier for you. We've all got our own style anyway, whether we want to or not! I say this as someone whose creations were once ugly (or ugliER than they are now) and who was conveniently ignored for asking the infamous "how did you..." questions.

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!

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:bulletblue: MEDIUM: Fimo Clay, Soft (found at almost any craft store/online). Also, occasionally Fimo Effects is used for any glittery/transparent colors

:bulletblue: 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)

:bulletblue: TOOLS: (for refining those tiny sculpting details) I have lots of them :B They all came in a package. THIS www.amazon.com/SE-Pottery-Tool… was a pretty sweet deal.

:bulletblue: 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.

:bulletblue: 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.

:bulletblue: GLOSS: Varathane www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-Vara… expensive again but very much worth it (also remember that one of those little cans will probably last you many years!) It's actually meant to protect furniture and stuff so it'll make your clay shiny and indestructible! 8D *also a key factor in keeping your paint from chipping. on another note, the glaze that's actually made for clay very easily stains and peels -_- furniture glaze ftw!

:bulletblue: CHARM PARTS: Screw eyes and tiny split rings (around 4mm diameter) can be found at craft stores, as well as jewelry wire. Ya might want to use a pair of pliers to get the tiny split rings on, though (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 use screw eyes.

:bulletblue: CHARM STRAPS: search "cell phone lariat" on eBay. You'll have many options :D

:bulletblue: 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.

:bulletblue: 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 :crazy:) Proper glue to go along with these is a must, too www.amazon.com/TESTORS-PRODUCT…

:bulletblue: SHADOW BOXES: meh..... www.ebay.com/itm/6-FILLABLE-1-… I use these. couldn't find many other options online so had to stick with them even when they say "made in taiwan" in tiny letters -.- overall though they're still pretty clear. some of mine arrived scratched up so you might want to beware of that too.

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"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

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I love making a variety of crafts, though clay miniatures seem to be the focus right now. I do plan on keeping in touch with my long-time origami and crocheting obsessions, though ^^

My idols of fiction are Vivi from Final Fantasy IX, Zero from the Megaman X series, and Avatar Aang.
And the Dai Li from Avatar: The Last Airbender are cool. VERY cool. :giggle:

Expect all kinds of random work from me. I dabble in any type of art I find interesting, and I'm a part of manyyyy many fandoms x)
On that note, I do write for fun too :B www.fanfiction.net/~minnichi Whether it's good or not is a different story!
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Nazgullow Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Merry Christmas, Minn!
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Simply-a-Shadow Nov 20, 2013  Student General Artist
happy birthday~
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Agent-Alaska Nov 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday! :party:
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Happy birthday
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mudkipclove Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Happy birthday!! :happybounce: 
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SoulKillur Nov 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
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Nazgullow Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god. LOL. THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUU THANK YOU SO MUCHHH T^T *HUG*
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minnichi Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey, anytime! XD You deserve it :D *Hugs back* 
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Nazgullow Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also. Omg your webcam picture is perfect.
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Nazgullow Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHEEEEE
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