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Aleene’s Faux Patina Kitchen Foil Bird by Tiffany Windsor

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A favorite Momma Aleene vintage technique takes on a fresh look with a faux patina finish. Designed by Tiffany Windsor, this wood bird has button textured wings and is painted in rust and aqua to create the look of rusting metal.

Watch Tiffany’s Faux Patina Kitchen Foil Bird YouTube video tutorial

 

Materials

Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Kitchen foil
Wood bird with wire feet (Michaels)
Pencil with eraser
Scissors
Paper plate
Buttons (flower and round for wing, fancy for eye) – Blumenthal Lansing
Acrylic paint – rust, aqua, white
Cosmetic sponge wedges

1. Sketch a wing shape onto center (flat area) of paper plate. Cut along pattern line and adjust as needed to fit to bird.

2. Glue buttons onto wing shape. Set aside.

3. Cut piece of foil approximately 1-1/2 times larger than bird body.

4. Carefully crinkle foil to give it lots of texture. Place foil on work surface and flatten with hands, adding more texture as you flatten.

5. Apply Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue with fingers to front of bird.

6. Press crinkled foil into glue. Cut away excess leaving approximately 1″ extra. Cut foil in 1/2″ intervals around entire bird. This will help the foil to wrap around the edges.

7. Apply glue with fingers along outside edge of bird. Gently wrap foil around sides, press into glue and cut away excess.

8. Repeat process to apply another piece of crinkled foil to back of bird wrapping excess around sides and gluing in place. If any side areas remain uncovered, glue small pieces of foil in place over exposed areas. Set aside.

9. Apply glue over buttons on wings. Crinkle piece of foil and press into glue. NOTE: it is easier when gluing over buttons if you bunch up the foil slightly when you are gluing in place. This gives extra foil to press down into the crevices of the buttons.

10. Use eraser end of pencil to press foil down into the crevices of the buttons. Use side of pencil to rub foil to help it conform to the shape/texture of the buttons. Continue to work the foil into the buttons until their designs can be clearly seen embossed in the foil.

11. Cut away excess foil leaving approximately 3/8″ to cut and glue around to back of wing. Set aside.

12. Use side of pencil to rub foil on front and back of bird. This will add more texture.

13. Use sponge to apply light coat of rust paint to front of bird. Let dry. Use sponge to apply light coat of aqua paint randomly over rust paint to give you the look of patina. Repeat on sides and back of bird. Set aside to dry.

14. Repeat painting technique on wing adding small highlights of white paint over the aqua. Let dry.

15. Glue wing and button eye onto bird. Let dry.

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Aleene’s Cute as a Button Cupcake Wall Art by Heidi Borchers

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Heidi Borchers started with a plain cupcake wood cut out and jazzed it up to be cute as a button! It’s easy to glue layers of buttons and beads in place with Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue!

Watch Heidi’s Cute as a Button Cupcake Wall Art YouTube video tutorial!

 

Materials

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Wood cut out (cupcake shape)
Pencil
Acrylic paint (white to match frosting, red for cherries and brown to match cupcake bottom)
Paint brush
Buttons (Blumenthal Lansing) – shades of white, red and brown
Beads and trinkets

1. Lightly draw pencil line to indicate pattern line of frosting between cherries and cupcake bottom.

2. Paint top with white, cherries with red and bottom with brown. Let dry.

3. Glue first layer of buttons on wood shape using Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue.

4. Glue additional layers of buttons, beads and trinkets until you have achieved the desired design. Let glue dry.

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Kitchen Fairy by Candace Jedrowicz

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Moms love handmade gifts from the heart!  Candace Jedrowicz shares a super cute kitchen fairy made from buttons, beads, wire and some things you have around your house!

Watch Candace’s fun and easy Kitchen Fairy YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Jewelry and Metal Glue
20 gauge wire
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Wire cutters
Soda can
Scissors
Plastic spoon
Buttons – one large for the hair and one smaller 2 holed button for the face – I used Blumenthal Lansing buttons
1/16″ hole punch
Stylus or pencil
Glitter
Assorted beads

1. Cut fairy wings from the soda can.  The wings can be any shape, so try several to see what you like.

2. Lay the wings on a soft surface with the printed side up.  Draw lots of lines using a stylus or pencil to texture the wings.  This will cause the metal to curve toward the printed side.  Turn the wings over and draw a few more lines so that the wings are more or less flat.

3. Spread Aleene’s Jewelry and Metal Glue onto the silver side of the wings with a finger.  Sprinkle glitter on and set aside to dry.

3. Use wire cutters to cut the handle off the spoon and trim off the tip of the spoon’s bowl.

4. Use the hole punch to make a hole in the trimmed neck of the spoon, as well as holes on the sides for arms and on the trimmed end of the spoon for legs.

5. Cut four 8″ pieces of wire.  Fold one in half leaving a small loop at the end.  Slide a couple of beads over both wire ends.  They should rest above the loop.  Bend one wire end down and wrap around the other wire just above the beads.  Wrap a small loop on the loose end and slide through an arm hole.  Close the loop.  Repeat for the 3 other limbs.

6. Punch a hole in the top center of the wings.  Use a 6″ wire to go through both holes on the large button, front to back.  Bend the wire ends flat toward the bottom of the button.  Feed the wire ends through the wings and the neck of the spoon, back to front.  Spread the wire ends and wrap them around to the back side.  Twist them together to secure.

7. Glue the face button on.  At this point you can add details like beads around the neck and glittery polka dots on the body.

8.  You can string up the fairy as is, or mount it on something.  I decorated a wooden spoon with wire wrapping and beads and glued my fairy onto the bowl of the spoon and added a wire for hanging.

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The Pink Crown at Long Last by Candace Jedrowicz

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[Candace's blog]  It’s finally finished!  The Pink Crown Makes its debut!  I’ve been working and pondering on the appropriate finishing touches for this whimsical homage to divine femininity and today it fell into place.  Three lovely and magical pink rose buttons now adorn the base of the crown.  They are Flower Garden buttons from Blumenthal Lansing and they are perfectly charming!

The crown started as an electrical wire frame – a head band and lots of curly cues sewn together with 24 gauge wire.  I added beads from my grandmother’s broken jewelry collection, hand made cookie and doughnut beads as well as small ceramic beads with tiny teacups stamped on them.  The large skull bead is ceramic, one of many I made as favors for my 50th birthday.  I was so thrilled, my daughter threw me Dia de los Muertos themed party.  We had so much fun celebrating our human-ness.

The head band is wrapped in an eye lash yarn scarf I knitted.  The beads that cascade down the side are simple Valentine necklaces – I’m a sucker for hearts!   The pink tulle was wrapped around some lovely flowers a good friend gave to me.  Every detail is both important and irreverent, special and silly.  I have nearly 60 hours invested in her and she is well worth the effort.

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Aleene’s Button Snowflake Ornaments by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi transforms cereal boxes and white buttons into elegant snowflake ornaments. Make a collection for your holiday tree or hang in your window! Featured on Cool2Craft TV and Michaels.com.

Watch Heidi’s super cool Button Snowflake Ornament YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Cereal box
Scissors
Craft sticks
Pencil (for tracing pattern)
Acrylic paint (white) and paint brush
Paper plate
Glitter – iridescent
Wax paper
White buttons – (plain and decorative – our buttons are from Blumenthal Lansing)
Rhinestones
Toothpick (for applying glue to back of rhinestones)
Craft wire
Round nose pliers
Rhinestones by the yard

1. Cut cereal box so that it lays flat.

2. Lay three craft sticks on plain side of cereal box overlapping to create snowflake pattern. Use pencil to trace around craft sticks.

3. Use scissors to cut out design.

4. Paint front of snowflake with acrylic paint. Let dry. Paint back of snowflake. Let dry.

5. Brush glue to front of snowflake. Hold over paper plate and sprinkle with glue. Shake off excess and let glue dry.

6. Stack buttons into desired patterns.

7. Glue fancy button in center of snowflake. Glue stacked buttons onto snowflake. Glue rhinestones on top of buttons. Let dry.

8. Cut approximately 6″ length of wire. Use pliers to swirl ends. Fold in half and glue to back side of snowflake. Repeat to complete design.

9. Cut length of rhinestones by the yard and glue to back of snowflake. Let glue dry.


 

 

Bright Button Rings by Savannah Starr

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Savannah Starr transforms buttons into bright and fun rings for a super cool fashion statement. Layer them in bright colors, add puffy paint and glitter and dazzle your friends! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Savannah’s super fun Bright Button Ring YouTube video tutorial!

Materials
Buttons (Blumenthal Lansing)
Adjustable ring findings
Glitter
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Paper plate
Paint brush
Jewelry glue
Foam board and craft knife
Wax paper
Puffy paint

Savannah Button Rings 1 Bright Button Rings by Savannah Starr Place largest button onto paper plate. Brush inside recess with Tacky Glue.
Savannah Button Rings 2 Bright Button Rings by Savannah Starr Sprinkle glitter over glued area. Shake excess glitter onto plate and return to glitter container.
Savannah Button Rings 3 Bright Button Rings by Savannah Starr Layer 3- 4 buttons to create a bright layered effect. Glue together with jewelry glue.
Savannah Button Rings 4 Bright Button Rings by Savannah Starr Test puffy paint on wax paper to be sure that all air bubbles are removed.
Savannah Button Rings 5 Bright Button Rings by Savannah Starr Squeeze dot of paint on top of button.
Savannah Button Rings 6 Bright Button Rings by Savannah Starr Sprinkle paint with glitter.
Savannah Button Rings 7 Bright Button Rings by Savannah Starr Cut slit into foam core. Press ring finding into slit. Apply jewelry glue to top of ring finding.
Savannah Button Rings 8 Bright Button Rings by Savannah Starr Carefully place layered button on top of ring finding. Let set undisturbed overnight or until glue is dry. Shake off excess glitter.

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Bright Button Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers

Water Bottle Button Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers shares a bright and bold floral button bracelet featuring a water bottle for the base. A fun way to upcycle in style! Featured on EcoHeidi TV.

Watch the entire Green Bling episode of EcoHeidi TV

Materials

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue in the Gold Bottle
Clear water bottle with smooth edge
Craft knife
Blue low mask tape
Scissors
Embroidery floss – assorted colors (approximately 5″ length for each button stack on bracelet)
Buttons – assorted shapes, colors, sizes – I use Blumenthal Lansing buttons!

Button Bracelet 1 Bright Button Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers You can create many bracelets from one water bottle. I like to use blue tape to mark off for easy cutting. Remove all labels from water bottle. Apply tape to water bottle leaving approximately 1/4″ between rows. Use craft knife to cut bottle between tape.
 Button Bracelet 2 Bright Button Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers Use scissors to cut right along tape line. Remove tape from bottle.
 Button Bracelet 3 Bright Button Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers Determine placement for first button and punch hole in water bottle.
 Button Bracelet 4 Bright Button Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers I like to rub a small amount of Aleene’s Tacky Glue on the end of my piece of embroidery floss. This helps to stiffen the end of the floss so that you can easily thread through the button holes.
 Button Bracelet 5 Bright Button Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers Cut floss pieces to approximately 5″. Select one tiny button and several layers of other stackable buttons. Thread one end of floss through one hole in tiny button. Bring floss back up through second hole. Thread both ends of floss through punched hole. Pull taut to inside of bracelet.
 Button Bracelet 6 Bright Button Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers On top side of bracelet, thread ends of floss through the floral button and round button (continue to stack more buttons if desired). Tie floss into double knot and trim ends to approximately 1/4″.
 Button Bracelet 7 Bright Button Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers Determine placement of next button and punch hole in water bottle bracelet. Note: I like to tuck my buttons underneath each other to create a very full bracelet design.  Repeat process for applying glue to end of floss. Thread floss through tiny button to anchor button to the inside, thread both ends of floss through the punched hole and thread through button. Cut off ends of floss to approximately 1/4″.
 Button Bracelet 9 Bright Button Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers Continue to add buttons until entire bracelet is covered.
 Button Bracelet 10 Bright Button Water Bottle Bracelet by EcoHeidi Borchers In this photo, you can see the variety of tiny and small buttons that I used on the inside of my bracelet and you can see that I sometimes stack 3 or 4 buttons on my bracelet.

Button Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Bright buttons take on a fun and funky look when they are layered into button flowers. Make them by the dozen and gather them in a pot. Created by EcoHeidi Borchers for Cool2Craft.com.

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Buttons – 5 Assorted sizes & colors (mine are from Blumenthal Lansing Buttons)

Wooden skewer sticks (stems)

Embroidery floss – approximately 10” for each flower

Glue (I’ve used Aleene’s Tacky Glue)

Fabric (tear into strips approximately 5/8” wide x 18” long) for covering wood skewer

Ribbon (for stem) ½” x 10”

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IAH 330 ButtonFlrHowto 005 e1298435618223 Button Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Gather your wooden skewers and fabric strips.
IAH 330 ButtonFlrHowto 006 e1298435647506 Button Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers To wrap the fabric onto the wooden skewer, place small amount of glue onto the end of the skewer.
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IAH 330 ButtonFlrHowto 018 e1298435921419 Button Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Carefully turn button flower over, and pull the embroidery floss tight and tie into knot. Cut off excess floss leaving approximately 1/4 – 3/8″ tails on floss.
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Tiffany Windsor’s Water Bottle Bracelets 2010 Top Pick on FaveCrafts.com

As announced on August 26, 2010, Tiffany’s water bottle bracelets project has been named as the #1 favorite craft project as voted by the FaveCrafts 750,000+ subscribers. How COOL!!!

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Inspired by her sister, EcoHeidi Borchers, these bracelets were created by using a water bottle as the base for the cuff bracelet, wrapped with recycled t-shirts dyed with Tulip One-Step Fabric Dye , flowers cut with the Sizzix Big Shot and glued together with Aleene’s Tacky Glue and finished off with a Blumenthal Lansing button center. It’s the coolest! Here’s the link to the YouTube video clip of Tiffany’s demo on Cool2Craft LIVE! Congratulations Tiffany! And Heidi, keep those inspired recycling projects coming!

Cool2Craft LIVE – It’s the Coolest!

Cool2Craft LIVE TV - May 24, 2010

5 up screen shots Cool2Craft LIVE  – It’s the Coolest!Today’s Cool2Craft LIVE interactive TV was filled with lots of great demos.

Just in case you missed today’s show, here is the link to watch the entire episode in our playback room or if you prefer. . . here’s the links to the demo segments that we’ve posted on the Cool2Craft YouTube channel including how to. . . make easy air-dry clay pins by Ann Butler, button flowers by Heidi Borchers, Style Stone jewelry by Tiffany Windsor, and learning about color values with Brenda Pinnick.

The coolest thing about watching Cool2Craft LIVE is that you can ask the guests questions right after their demos – LIVE in the chatroom! It’s cool!

Monday May 24,2010 guest web/blog links:

Ann Butler – www.creativitystirsthesoul.com

Heidi Borchers – www.ecoheidi.com

Brenda Pinnick – www.brendapinnick.com

Tiffany Windsor – www.cool2craft.com

Eileen Hull – www.eileenhull.blogspot.com