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Chocolate Box Mosaic by Candace Jedrowicz

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Chocolate Box Mosaic by Candace Jedrowicz Chocolate Box Mosaic by Candace Jedrowicz

Another chocolate box art piece?  Do we have to?  Yes!  Because this time Candace Jedrowicz uses actual glass and stone tiles and you will want to try it!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s Fun and fabulous Mosaic Chocolate Box YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Heart shaped box
Tile sheet with lots of small tiles
Craft knife
Double wheeled tile nippers
Tile adhesive
V notched tile adhesive spreader
Grout
Paper towels
Sponge
Hot glue gun
Embellishments

1. Seal the box with Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue to protect it from moisture.  Allow to dry.

2. Trace the top of your box on the back of the tile sheet and cut out with the craft knife. Include all partial tiles outside the outline.  Cut 1 tile width rows to go around the sides of both top lid and bottom box on the outside.

3. Using the tile nippers, clip off the partial tiles outside of the line.

4. Spread an even coat of tile adhesive on top of the box lid using the v notched spreader – you want deep grooves in the glue to help the tiles stick securely.

5. Press your heart shaped sheet of tiles into the glue.  Give it a wiggle to assure that there is full contact.  For the strips of tile that go on the outsides of top and bottom, spread the glue directly on the back of the tiles.  Allow to dry overnight.

6. Mix grout to lotion consistency and spread over all tiles, pushing the grout down into the grooves.

7. When you’ve filled all the grooves, carefully wipe off excess grout with a paper towel.  Allow to dry slightly, then use a damp sponge to get the grout off the tile surfaces.  Allow to dry overnight.

8. Add, trims, gems and other embellishments with hot glue.

Click here for a tutorial on making the polymer clay chocolates


 

 

Halloween Chocolate Box on Day 12 of 31 Days of Halloween

Candace 31 Days Chocolate Box

Halloween Chocolate Box Card Halloween Chocolate Box on Day 12 of 31 Days of Halloween

It’s no secret that I love chocolate.  I love looking at it as much as eating it!  So I have a series of polymer clay chocolate boxes in many themes.  This one might be my favorite!  It’s Halloween themed, of course!

Here a few tutorials on polymer clay chocolate boxes:

The Tempered Empress Chocolate Box

The Mike and Candy Show Chocolate Box

The Joy Chocolate Box

The Wedding Chocolate Box

Materials for the chocolates:

Polymer clay – dark brown, white and a touch of orange
Aluminum foil
Crochet needle for smoothing the clay
Clay stamps for the pumpkin faces

Halloween Chocolate Box 1 300x130 Halloween Chocolate Box on Day 12 of 31 Days of Halloween Each chocolate begins as a compacted foil lump – ball, square, rectangle – slightly smaller than your finished size will be.

Condition a ball of clay that is about half the size as the foil.

Halloween Chocolate Box 2 300x274 Halloween Chocolate Box on Day 12 of 31 Days of Halloween Flatten and form the clay around the foil.

Smooth the clay by rolling it gently on a smooth surface.

Take a small piece of clay flatten the bottom and pull out several points for the stem.

Add it to the top of the pumpkin.

 

Halloween Chocolate Box 3 300x183 Halloween Chocolate Box on Day 12 of 31 Days of Halloween Use your crochet needle create the sections on the pumpkin.

Lay the needle on the clay and roll it from top to bottom.

Halloween Chocolate Box 4 300x199 Halloween Chocolate Box on Day 12 of 31 Days of Halloween This is a close up of the angry eye stamp.
Halloween Chocolate Box 5 300x193 Halloween Chocolate Box on Day 12 of 31 Days of Halloween Here is a wide eye that can be turned to make the pumpkin look in any direction.
Halloween Chocolate Box 6 300x179 Halloween Chocolate Box on Day 12 of 31 Days of Halloween The triangle eyes are super easy to make.

The mouth stamp is a wiggly smile.

Bake the clay as directed.

The stamps must be baked before using.

I normally use paper to decorate the box, but I wanted to try one that is all chocolate.


My Inner Musician

The Mike and Candy Show Detail 1

The Mike and Candy Show Detail 11 e1337773449887 My Inner Musician

[Candace’s blog]  I love chocolate!  Chocolate represents the good life to me.  It’s rich and sweet and it fills my senses with it’s magical chocolatey goodness.  So it’s not a surprise that I tend to use chocolate in art as a metaphor for life.

The Mike and Candy Show 300px My Inner Musician I have a series of Inner Being boxes where the outside of the box represents outer appearance or perspective.  The skeletons inside represent inner truth (not death).  The skeletons are joyful little guys holding things and doing things that have to do with my personal truth.

The polymer clay chocolates are usually decorated with gems and/or, as in this case, things I’ve made, bits of broken jewelry and meaningful pieces of ephemera from my life.  It has lots of symbolism about our musical family.

I made this box for my brother, Mike.  We share a love for music and like to play in his little studio.  We choose songs to learn and perform.  Mike is playing his guitar and I’m singing at the top of my lungs.

It’s called the Mike & Candy Show because that’s what we call our recordings for YouTube.


 My Inner MusicianLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


A Special Chocolate Box For My Brother

The Mike and Candy Show

The Mike and Candy Show e1322507729204 A Special Chocolate Box For My Brother

[Candace’s blog]  My latest chocolate box art piece represents my brother’s and my inner musical natures.  It’s full of family symbolism and love!

The Mike and Candy Show Detail 1 300x170 A Special Chocolate Box For My Brother We come from a musical family.  Mom was professionally trained and our brother, Steve worked as a musician. My brother Mike has always played guitar and we have always sung.  But we hadn’t sung together in 3 + decades until a few years back when we moved close to Mike and his lovely family, as well as my parents.  Suddenly there was music again!

I used polymer clay skeletons to represent us because that’s an important part of the chocolate box pieces for me – the inside of the box is the hidden treasure laid bare.  It’s the inside story.

The bejeweled chocolates are polymer clay and there are some small details that represent our family.  My mom’s pewter bird pins are all about our shared love of nature – Mike is especially fond of birds just like Mom.  I set in some small clay beads I made, pearl beads from our grandma’s broken jewelry collection and one of a pair of earrings that Dad brought back from Okinawa for Mom.  The three smiling faced chocolates represent Mom, Dad and Steve.

The Mike and Candy Show is the name I list our music under on YouTube.  Click here to hear one of my favorites!

The Mischief Chocolate Box

Mischief Chocolate Box Signed

Mischief Chocolate Box Signed e1315189848691 The Mischief Chocolate Box

[Candace’s Blog]  I’ve been making chocolate box art again!  The Mischief Chocolate Box is my latest.  No, those are not actual chocolates!

Mischief Chocolate Box Side View 300x292 The Mischief Chocolate Box My chocolate box art pieces started life as an actual chocolate box.  Yes, I eat chocolate for the sake of art!

Right now I’m having fun with stamped polymer clay tiles.  This box includes sequined trim, eyelash trim. craft foil covered polymer clay hearts, wire wrapped charms and lots of gems.  Oh, and there’s a small foam skull that I added lipstick and hair ornaments to.

The idea of eternal chocolates tickles me in a way I can’t explain.  The sound that escapes my lips is almost too high pitched to hear.  I…am…giddy.

Each box takes on a life of its own, revealing its treasure in patterns, colors and sparkles as it comes together.

I am having way too much fun!!!


Cool2Craft34 The Mischief Chocolate BoxLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


Chocolate Box Mixed Media Art

Tiled Box Signed

Tiled Box Signed e1314276953112 Chocolate Box Mixed Media Art

[Candace’s blog]  I’ve been playing with polymer clay tiles on chocolate boxes.  I love this new look!  It’s feels like eating a leather bound chocolate romance novel with my eyes.

Okay, that’s a stretch, but I actually assess art like that.  Is it a treat for the eyes?  And if so, what kind of treat?  Or, if not, what is undigestable about it?  Yes I do have food issues, but I think it makes life fun.  Have you ever consumed a sunset with your eyes?  Or more to the point, with you whole being?

I used brown clay for both the chocolates and tiles.  I treated the tiles with rubber stamps and metallic paste.  The focal point is a tiny heart cut from clay with red crafting foil burnished onto it.

I’ve been putting words and gems on the chocolates, but I wanted to carry over the sophisticated feeling of the stamped clay on these.  I know I’ve barely scratched the surface of possibilities for design, surface treatment and theme.  I have many rectangle chocolate boxes as well.  I also have larger heart shaped boxes.  So many choices!

Have you made any chocolate art?  I would love to share it here!  Email me at candace@cool2craft.com with high resolution photos and stories.


Cool2Craft9 Chocolate Box Mixed Media ArtLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.