When we see a unique craft that is creatively designed, we mostly wonder how it has been made. The ornamental figures in the garden, scrap-metal made sculptures, and simple household trinkets for decorating the living room that was created by the craftsperson might make us think that they require professional skill to make. But with determined DIY spirit and a workshop, you can create anything with only your imagination as the limit. You can even get extra income if your crafts have suited the professional standard.
Scouting your surrounding reusable materials
Waste materials are available for free. What can be more profitable than using free materials? Besides, making use of waste materials helps environmental conservation.
Copper and steel are the most common metal waste that can be found in the dumpster. The metals can also be salvaged from broken electronic devices.
Inspect your garage and your garden storage. See if there are broken metal-made tools. Collect them and select which parts can be reused.
You can use metal scraps to make a stool, a bench, book-shelves, or simple decorative trinkets. There are many DIY blueprints available online that ranges in difficulty, from the entry level of craftsmanship to the advanced one.
Do not throw away your worn clothes. With the right knitting tools and the best sewing machine, you can create pillow cover, tote bag, baby bib, and other items.
Store your worn clothes neatly. Or if you think you do not have enough for your project, contact your friends and families. Ask them to donate their used-up clothes to you.
DIY metal crafting basics
First, you need to make sure that there are these tools on your workbench:
A bandsaw allows you to cut metal blocks. With a bandsaw, you can cut a piece of a broken ladder and turn it into any objects you want.
The design of its vertical blade and a stationary table makes cutting more efficient and safe. Cutting using a handsaw can result in unstable grip and has a higher risk of injury.
- Die Grinder
Die grinder is vital to give the welded joints a beautiful finishing. It is the tool that gives the significant difference between novice and expert metalworking.
- Metal Nibbler
A metal nibbler has many functions, such as to drill, to carve, and to cut. It is handled with hand and offers more mobility and precision when crafting.
- Flux Core Welder
Flux core welder is the heart of DIY metalworking. Allocate your time to research which welder can work flawlessly with your household electricity.
- Press Brake
This tool allows you to bend and curve metal plate and tubing. Press brake is big and quite expensive. For DIY projects, it is best if you look for the second-hand press brake.
DIY sewing basics
For DIY sewing projects, you need these tools grouped in one container:
- Measure Tape
- Sewing Machine
- Seam Ripper
You can begin your sewing projects with producing sweater ornaments, tote bag, and pillow cover. If you think your skill is advanced enough to make dolls, then do not hesitate to try.
Selling your products
Before selling your products, you should know what others think of your crafts. It is better to get criticism than a compliment so that you know what to improve.
Sell your crafts to your closest social circles. After it goes well, try selling them online. Always be open to criticism and update your information of new techniques. DIY skills are all about neverending willingness to learn more.…