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Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz

 

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Candace Jedrowicz is recycling soda cans into pretty sparkle fairy pins for summer!  In this tutorial you will learn how to make sparkling and glittering fairy pins from aluminum cans, beads, wire, glitter glue and gems.  As seen on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s fun and fabulous Soda Can Sparkle Fairy YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aluminum can
Scissors
Felt pens to color the aluminum – I used purple for the wings
20 gauge wire, about 2 feet - I used copper
24 gauge wire, several feet
Assorted seed beads
Sand paper, fine – I used a sand sponge for double duty
Pencil
Needle tool
1/16″ hole punch
Glitter glue – refer to video for use
Assorted small gems
Brads – I used jeweled brads on some of the designs for function and/or decoration

C2C 7 4 11 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz 7a e1305661471403 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz Begin by cutting the top and bottom off the aluminum can – See the video for tips on how and where to cut. Trace your design on the silver side and cut with scissors.
C2C 7 4 11 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz 3 300x179 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz I used purple felt pen on the silver side of the wings. Watch the video tutorial to see the glitter glue option.
C2C 7 4 11 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz 4 300x197 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz Place the right side of your wings down on a soft surface.  I used a sanding sponge. With a pencil, or other embossing tool, fill the wings with a pattern.
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C2C 7 4 11 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz 8 300x172 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz For the limbs: Cut four 3″ lengths of 2o gauge wire. Make a loop on one end and wrap the tail around to secure it.
C2C 7 4 11 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz 9 300x252 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz Slide on some seed beads.
C2C 7 4 11 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz 10 300x157 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz Bend the unfinished end down to keep the beads on while you work and to help you slide it on the body.
C2C 7 4 11 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz 11 300x218 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz For the head: Cut about an inch of 20 gauge wire.  Begin bending small loops in the middle, keeping them close together.
C2C 7 4 11 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz 12 300x196 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz This is how you’ll attach the beaded wire for her hair.  This one has eight, but seven or six would work for a smallish head.
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C2C 7 4 11 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz 15 300x214 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz Wrap a slightly larger loop on both sides for the eyes.
C2C 7 4 11 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz 17 300x236 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz Attach both ends of the wire to the head just above the cheeks.
C2C 7 4 11 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz 18 300x220 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz Cut about 12″ of the 24 gauge wire for the hair.  Don’t be surprised if you need more wire.
C2C 7 4 11 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz 20 300x220 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz Attach one end of the wire to the first loop on the head. I made curly hair by wrapping tiny coils of wire around a needle tool.  I put on two beads, made three coils, put on two more beads and wrapped three more coils.  Then I put the end of the wire back through the hole and repeated the process.This shows half of the first loop completed.
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C2C 7 4 11 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz 22 300x197 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz When you have as much hair as you want, secure the end of the wire to the head and cut off the excess. You may notice as you’re making your hair that the shape of the face changes and you have to readjust your face.  I like to think that the fairy is showing me how she wants to look.  I think it’s especially so if the face wire moves to one side or the other.  It looks as thought the fairy wants to have her face partially turned!
C2C 7 4 11 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz 23 300x253 Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz Begin attaching the limbs by sliding them through the holes on the front side of the body.
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Comments

  1. Paula Ball says:

    adore this. have been looking for something to do with aluminum cans that would work for Christmas ornaments. This is it! Thanks so much.

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