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Sheryl Westleigh

Joined 8 years ago from Maine

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    How to Create a Balancing Sculpture Armature

    4 months ago

    How to make your sculpture balance in more extreme poses. It all comes down to a good armature.

  • Crunchy Candied Pecans

    Crunchy Candied Pecans

    5 years ago

    Candied pecans are a wonderful snack or topping for salads and desserts. They are also incredibly easy to make. You can also replace the pecans with walnuts or other favorite nut. I prefer pecans because they have a sweetness that goes well with the...

  • Turn Your Holiday Dinner into Turkey Stock

    Turn Your Holiday Dinner into Turkey Stock

    5 years ago

    Making stock from the remains of your turkey or chicken dinner is an easy way to get the most out of it. Making stock does require simmering on the stove all day so if you aren't able to make this the next day, freeze the carcass until you have time...

  • Make Resin Cabochon Rings

    Make Resin Cabochon Rings

    5 years ago

    Resin is a very versatile medium for jewelry making. I use it to make rings, necklaces, and earrings that I sell on Etsy. In this project we will be making some simple rings with inclusions. This will give you a good introduction to using resin that...

  • Using Etsy Search Ads to Promote Your Shop

    Using Etsy Search Ads to Promote Your Shop

    5 years ago

    The handmade marketplace Etsy has launched a new advertising tool for their sellers. This advertising will allow sellers to boost their visibility and sales, if used right, for an affordable rate. Patterned after other search advertising, like...

  • Container Gardening - Food in Small Spaces

    Container Gardening - Food in Small Spaces

    5 years ago

    You don't need a big space to grow a great garden. Apartment dwellers and renters who can't build a garden due to space or rental agreements can still have fresh homegrown food in a small space. The secret is simple: containers. We see flowers grown...

  • Running a Lean Handmade Business

    Running a Lean Handmade Business

    5 years ago

    Running a craft business has certain unavoidable expenses, supplies, postage, taxes, etc. but there ae ways to reduce your expenses and run a lean efficient business. Here are some of the ways I reduce my business expenses. I'm single and...

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    Etsy Coupon Codes

    5 years ago

    Etsy has rolled out the long awaited coupon codes. Learn how to use them and promote them. Every Etsy seller can now create multiple coupon codes that can offer either a percentage discount, free domestic shipping, or free worldwide shipping. These...

  • Using Ice Resin to Create Jewelry

    Using Ice Resin to Create Jewelry

    6 years ago

    I recently started using Ice Resin for making my steampunk pendants. I previously used Diamond Glaze which is a great product for thin applications such as glazing over paper but I found that for my necklaces that it tended to get cloudy when too...

  • How to Make a Press Mold for Polymer Clay

    How to Make a Press Mold for Polymer Clay

    6 years ago

    Press molds are a great way to make polymer clay jewelry with a lot of detail much faster. In this lens I show you via videos how I made a press mold of a sculpted cameo that I made and then press several pendants using it. Press molds are very...

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    Make Your Own Jewelry Displays for Craft Shows

    5 years ago

    An attractive booth will draw people in to look at your handmade creations.

  • Homemade Pita Bread

    Homemade Pita Bread

    5 years ago

    Pitas make the perfect hand held food. You can fill them with just about anything you'd put in a sandwich and then some. It's no wonder why this ancient form of bread is still popular around the world. Store bought has nothing on homemade....

  • Using Twitter to Promote your Handmade Products

    Using Twitter to Promote your Handmade Products

    9 years ago

    Twitter is a platform for sending short messages (140 characters) out to people who 'follow' you. You can use Twitter to build relationships with other people who share your interests and promote your handmade business. This lens is all about how to...

  • Selling Handmade Jewelry Online

    Selling Handmade Jewelry Online

    5 years ago

    The internet gives jewelry artisans so many new opportunities to sell their work and reach a far larger number of people. This lens gives an overview of things to consider before selling your jewelry online. Selling online is both easy and...

  • Great Sour Pickle Recipes

    Great Sour Pickle Recipes

    5 years ago

    The more sour the better as far as I'm concerned when it comes to pickles. I also love to make my own but sometimes I don't want to go through the hassle of canning so instead I make refrigerator pickles. This is especially good when you only have a...

  • Fun Science - World in Pond Water

    Fun Science - World in Pond Water

    5 years ago

    Explore microscopic life in a local pond, marsh, or stream. A cup of water can contain millions of microorganisms. Seeing tiny single celled organisms through a microscope really brings home to kids the concept of cells and the idea that there are...

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    Dilly Beans - Pickled Green Beans

    5 years ago

    I love pickles in all forms. Pickled green beans are a personal favorite.

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    Feature Focus: Sculpting Feet

    6 years ago

    Second to hands and the face, feet are one of the areas sculptors often have trouble with. Like hands they are very complex appendages with lots of bones and are very mobile. Learning the anatomical structure of the foot and how it moves is vital to...

  • Feature Focus: Sculpting Hands

    Feature Focus: Sculpting Hands

    9 years ago

    Many sculptors, even very talented ones, have trouble sculpting hands. They are one of the most complex features of the body to sculpt. This lens can't make sculpting hands easy or teach you overnight, but it will give you a good overview of the...

  • How To Make Your Own Business Cards

    How To Make Your Own Business Cards

    8 years ago

    This lens is all about doing it yourself with business cards. Designing them and printing them, coming up with a card that is uniquely you. Even in this digital age the business card is still important. They can be left just about anywhere, tucked...

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    Introduction to Sculpting in Polymer Clay

    5 years ago

    I have many lenses here on Squidoo about sculpting in polymer clay but none that really give a good overview of what you need to get started. This lens is about the essential information you need to get started sculpting in polymer clay, then you...

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    Needhams - Maine's Favorite Candy

    5 years ago

    Needhams are a traditional potato candy for Mainers. They are especially popular during the holidays and just about everyone has a recipe. The base for the filling is actually mashed potatoes! NOTE: These are not a low calorie treat. I'm a home...

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    Feature Focus: Sculpting Eyes

    5 years ago

    Welcome to the first in a series of lenses about sculpting specific features. Eyes portray much of the emotion in a sculpture and are where you first focus when looking at a face. So come learn about the anatomy of the eye, sculpting, using glass...

  • Making Polymer Clay Jewelry

    Making Polymer Clay Jewelry

    9 years ago

    Polymer clay jewelry is durable, colorful, and fun to make. This lens goes over basic techniques of jewelry making and working with polymer clay. Working with polymer clay require minimal tools and space so it's great for people who want to create...

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    Paper Mache as an Art Medium

    6 years ago

    Paper Mache requires few tools, simple materials, and recycles old paper into art. Now we associate it with children's school projects but paper mache started out as and remains a medium for fine art. Read on to learn more about this great medium...

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    Altoids Tins - A Myriad of Uses

    5 years ago

    Altoids and other candies sometimes come in great little tins. It really seems a shame to throw away such useful little boxes, they just call out to be made into something new. There are so many things that can be done with these little mint tins,...

  • Running a Handmade Business

    Running a Handmade Business

    5 years ago

    So you're an artist, designer, or craftsperson and want to take your first steps into making money from your talent and skills? This lens is full of advice for anyone starting a handmade business. This is only a starting point to learn, it's up to...

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    Branding Your Handmade Products

    9 years ago

    Learn about building a brand as an indie artist or designer. Branding helps create an image for you and your business. It helps generate repeat business and word of mouth which is so important for small business. Branding is about making sure...

  • Creative Uses for LED Lights

    Creative Uses for LED Lights

    5 years ago

    LEDs are energy efficient, long lived lights that can be used for hundred if not thousands of uses. This lens is all about the lighter side of LEDs, building creative projects using these great little lights. I've been thinking for some time how...

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    Make your Handmade Products Stand Out! Using Creative Packaging

    5 years ago

    Creatively packaging your handmade creations can is a great way to further brand your products as well as making them look more professional for wholesale or craft shows.

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    Preparing for an Art or Craft Festival

    5 years ago

    Art and craft festivals are a lot of work but worth it for the exposure you get and the great people you meet. Here is a guide to preparing for a show and having a great time. Oh yeah, and did I mention selling your creations? The very first thing...

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    Polymer Clay Sculpting Tools

    5 years ago

    I'm absolutely addicted to getting new sculpting tools, both buying and making them. If you need some help deciding on what tools you need to get started, want to make some of your own, or adapt household and hardware finds for sculpting. Safety...

  • Life Drawing - An Amazing Experience for Any Art Student

    Life Drawing - An Amazing Experience for Any Art Student

    5 years ago

    Life Drawing has been a vital part of art education for centuries. The human form is the most popular and intriguing subject in art. Working from life is the best way to learn about the human figure. Note: Most life drawing classes and groups work...

  • Raising Barred Rock Laying Hens

    Raising Barred Rock Laying Hens

    5 years ago

    I'm raising Barred Rock hens this year to have fresh eggs once they are grown. I've raised chickens before, mostly bantams as pets and a few broilers for meat. Egg prices have increased by around 40% in the last year, raising your own laying hens...

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    Raising Pheasants for the First Time

    5 years ago

    My family raised pheasants for the first time in 2008. We raised chickens before but this was a little different. Come follow along with our experiences. Pheasants can be difficult birds to raise, unlike chicken or ducks they haven't been...

  • Parmesan Meatballs

    Parmesan Meatballs

    5 years ago

    Delicious meatballs for pasta or subs flavored with parmesan cheese and herbs.

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    Creating with Cold Porcelain

    5 years ago

    Make delicate creations using this easy to make homemade air dry clay. Cold porcelain dries to a beautiful and durable finish perfect for making tiny flowers and other miniatures. It can be used alone or combined with other mediums like polymer...

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    Building Armatures for Polymer Clay Sculpture

    5 years ago

    Armatures are vital to strong sculptures. Learn about different methods for building strong armatures. A strong armature can hold polymer clay in virtually any complicated or precarious position, even look like it's floating in air. The Armature...

  • The Cabinet of Curiosities

    The Cabinet of Curiosities

    5 years ago

    During the Victorian era Cabinets of Curiosity were all the rage. They collected natural specimens, fossils, artifacts, and oddities. Take a peak into that world. If you like what you see, maybe start one of your own! For years I've been...

  • Nigerian Dwarf Goats - Cute and Friendly Miniature Goats

    Nigerian Dwarf Goats - Cute and Friendly Miniature Goats

    5 years ago

    Nigerian dwarf goats are a miniature goat breed. They're hardy, friendly, and utterly adorable. Their friendly dispositions and compact size makes them perfect for small farm, 4H, and as pets. Dwarf goats are still livestock animals however and...

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    Techniques for Curing Polymer Clay

    6 years ago

    No subject in polymer clay has more controversy than how to best cure polymer clay. This lens gives an over view of the main techniques used along with their pros and cons to help you make a decision on how to best cure your polymer clay creations.

  • Where to Find Free Audio Books Online

    Where to Find Free Audio Books Online

    8 years ago

    Whatever you like to listen to whether science fiction, romance, classics, educational, or comedy there's something online for you.

  • Creating Videos of your Art or Craft Work

    Creating Videos of your Art or Craft Work

    8 years ago

    If you're an artist or crafter videos are a great way to share your creativity with the world.

  • Taking Successful Photos of your Artwork for your Website Gallery

    Taking Successful Photos of your Artwork for your Website Gallery

    5 years ago

    If you're an artist you need to present your artwork to it's best effect on your website. You can hire a professional photographer to photograph your work and you'll get beautiful results but it's expensive. Taking your own photographs that look...

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    Polymer Clay Sculpting Tips and Tutorials

    5 years ago

    Want to try your hand at sculpting? Polymer clay is a great medium for starting out, it doesn't dry out while you work with it and can be easily hardened in a home oven.


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