Crafters in the modern age craft their wares for fun and profit as well as function. Craft shows feature a variety of handcrafted items available for purchase, and there are many websites devoted solely to showcasing the work of talented artisans.
For many people, jewelry is defined as adornments made from precious metals and gemstones, but handmade jewelry can be made from almost anything firm enough to be supported by string or wire. Some examples of unusual jewelry items to sell include Scrabble tile jewelry and jewelry made from bottle caps.
Paper crafting includes handmade greeting cards, post cards, scrapbooking, invitations and folding arts like origami. Craft stores carry a variety of paper products for the budding paper crafter along with cutting tools and special paints for embellishment.
Creating handmade pottery requires skill coupled with special equipment. In addition to tools like pottery wheels, the clay used to make these items must be baked at specific temperatures for a specified period of time before it can be painted.
Knitting isn't just for grannies anymore. Fiber arts include sophisticated and fashionable knitwear as well as crocheted items. It also covers weaved items and fabrics.
Some crafters with a sensitivity to chemicals or those who prefer organic ingredients are making handmade soaps and lotions from natural products like olive oil and shea butter.
Artists sell both room-size fine art paintings and small art pieces known as ACEOs at shows and online. ACEOs--which stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals--are small, hand-painted cards roughly the size of baseball cards that are sold or traded by collectors.
Candles were the only source of light for many centuries, so candle making was and still is a popular art form. Over the years, handmade candles have grown in popularity as home decor and mood lighting, and, for some, candles have a spiritual connection. Once made primarily from animal fats, most handmade candles today are crafted from soy and beeswax and are scented with essential oils.
Woodworking is another craft with a long and varied history. From simple whittling to large scale furniture, woodworking encompasses many different types of wood and objects. Handmade toys, clocks and sculptures are some of the many items crafted from wood for purchase online and at shows.
Lee Weal began writing and editing online content as a corporate intranet administrator in 2000 and was also the publisher and editor of a monthly employee newsletter. Her articles specialize in children's issues and home improvement.