How to clean suede leather.

Suede and leather can be hard to clean. It’s advised that you have suede cleaned professionally. However there are a few steps you can take if it’s very light soiling. How to clean suede leather. »»

Five ways to clean a rabbit fur pelt

Keeping and displaying tanned rabbit fur pelts — or any animal pelt — is a way to preserve a portion of an animal that might otherwise be wasted. A hide may, for example, be kept by a hunter as a trophy piece or it may simply serve a decorative purpose. Some people belive each animal has spiritual power, and keeping one nearby gives you protection or helps you with whatever that animal represents.

Whatever the case may be, tanned hides need to be cared for in order to keep them clean and presentable. Properly maintaining a tanned hide requires routine maintenance to ensure that it looks good and does not suffer the effects of aging and potential deterioration.  Five ways to clean a rabbit fur pelt »»

History of Zuni Silversmith Traditions

Zuni Needlepoint Pin

Metalworking had a different history among the Zuni than that of the Navajo and Hopi. In about 1830, the Zuni learned to work with copper and brass salvaged from old kettles. They did not begin silver crafting until four decades later. History of Zuni Silversmith Traditions »»

History of Navajo Silversmiths

Navajo necklaces

Atsidi Sani (Old Smith in English), was the first known Navajo silversmith. While some native american tribes have worked with turquoise for millennia, sterling silver and turquoise jewelry is a relatively recent trade. The Indians of the Southwest did not learn to work with silver until the latter part of the 19th century. History of Navajo Silversmiths »»

How To Make a Beaded Rosette Medallion Necklace

Finished Beaded Medallion Necklace

This project will help you learn to do applique rosettes on a small project. Beaded medallion necklaces have been popular for both men and women dancers for many generations. How To Make a Beaded Rosette Medallion Necklace »»

DIY – Build a Photo Light Box for Under $5.00

DIY Photo Light Box Tutorial

A commercial photo light box can cost over $100 or more. If you are on a budget, you can build your own with a few simple supplies you can purchase almost anywhere for $5.00 or less and you can build it in about ten minutes without any particular skills. DIY – Build a Photo Light Box for Under $5.00 »»

Dogon Beads

Dogon trade beads

It’s controversial whether old Dogon Beads were a Dutch, or German Inception.

The minefield of African bead history is certainly a fascinating one. More so, when their origins are questionable, and even contradicted by archaeological findings and ancient documents.

It’s basically science vs. written evidence – and such was the case for the controversy relating to old Dogon Beads. Dogon Beads »»