Soda Can Sparkle Fairies by Candace Jedrowicz

7-4-11 Candace Sparkle Fairy


7-4-11 Candace Sparkle Fairy

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!


Aluminum can
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
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

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.
I used purple felt pen on the silver side of the wings. Watch the video tutorial to see the glitter glue option.
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.
Lightly sand the right side of the wings to show the embossed pattern.
Line the top of the body up with the top of the wings and punch a hole through both pieces. Punch holes for all four limbs in the body, but not through the wings. Emboss and sand the body if desired. I used a needle tool to make a petal texture on this body.  On some of my others, I jeweled the body, glittered the body and used jeweled brads for buttons on the body.
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.
Slide on some seed beads.
Bend the unfinished end down to keep the beads on while you work and to help you slide it on the body.
For the head: Cut about an inch of 20 gauge wire.  Begin bending small loops in the middle, keeping them close together.
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.
Bend out and back in for a bit of cheek on both sides.
Secure the ends by wrapping one end around the other.  Cut off the excess wire. Cut a 3″ piece of 24 gauge wire for the facial features. Make a tiny loop in the middle for the nose.
Wrap a slightly larger loop on both sides for the eyes.
Attach both ends of the wire to the head just above the cheeks.
Cut about 12″ of the 24 gauge wire for the hair.  Don’t be surprised if you need more wire.
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.
Here’s the first loop completed and threaded through the second loop ready to repeat. Experiment with the hair.  Make long strands of beaded wire and bend it for long wavy hair.
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!
Begin attaching the limbs by sliding them through the holes on the front side of the body.
Carefully wrap each wire tail  around to the front of the body without bending or tearing the body.
Line up the remaining hole in the body with the hole in the wings and slide the tail of the head wire through both, front to back. Carefully wrap the tail around the the neck to secure the head.
Add a pin onto the back with jewelry glue and finish with small jewels, if desired. There are only about a gazillion variations of this!  I hope you’ll give one a try and I hope I get to see it! Feel free to email me with photos at

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When Alex Was A Butterfly: A Handmade Book by Candace Jedrowicz

C2C May 23 When Alex Was a Butterfly Fabric Book by Candace Jedrowicz

C2C May 23 When Alex Was a Butterfly Fabric Book by Candace Jedrowicz

This handmade fabric book features four sets of collage pages that tell a story about a a little boy having an adventure as a butterfly.  Candace Jedrowicz loves colorful decorative papers and has used simple layering techniques as a background for Alex’s story.  You can turn photos of your kids and grandkids to make their very own book.

Watch Candace’s adorable Handmade Fabric Book YouTube video tutorial!

About a yard of fabric – all one color or complementary colors
Several cereal boxes
Spray adhesive – I used Aleene’s Spray Adhesive
Fabric glue – Aleene’s, of course
Plenty of decorative papers
Aluminum foil
Printed words
Decoupage medium – I used Aleene’s Collage Pauge
Sponge brush
Lots of newspaper
Embellishments for the cover

I started with a poem and several photos of my grandson in pajamas.  Then I printed three different faces from more recent photos.  I made them slightly larger for a cartoon effect.I cut out each of the bodies, some I cut arms off to reposition them on some of the pages.  Faces were cut out and glued on bodies.

I cut all the sets of butterfly wings from the decorative papers, but didn’t glue them on until I decided how he would be oriented on the page.

I assemble the pages without glue, before I put the book together.

There were sixteen lines in the poem, each set of pages had two lines.

I cut my card board to 6″ x 6 3/4″ and measured out squares of fabric for each side of of the boards.
I cut one large piece of fabric to cover both pieces of card board for the outside covers.I took everything into my garage, laid out lots of newspaper and started spraying one piece of cloth and cardboard at a time.  Then I  stick the board to the fabric and spray again to attach the fabric for the other side of the page.
The outside of the front and back cover was sprayed (on the wrong side) and both boards were placed with about a finger width between them.  After the whole thing was sprayed again I placed the fabric for the inside.I trimmed three edges of the pages and all four edges of the cover.
The fourth edge of the pages were cut to about 1″ from the edge of the card board creating a flap to attach the pages.  I separated the fabric on the flap right up to the card board.This photo shows the first page laying next to the inside of the front cover with one side of the flap turned up.
I applied fabric glue to the inside of the flap.
Then overlapped the inside of the front cover with the glued flap and secured it by burnishing.
This is the other side of the page above.  Here I’m showing the other side of the flap folded back AND pointing out that I cut the flap off of the next page, just short of the card board.Every other page was attached by half of its flap to the pages before it and after it.  I also pressed the joined pages into the spine with extra glue.
As I began gluing the pages, I put sheets of foil between to keep them from sticking together.I used Collage Pauge to put the pages together.
I added glitter pens elements and dots of punched out paper to embellish some of the pagesThe story is below.  You are welcome to use the story and layouts for your personal use.

Dream…Mosaicing on a Rock by EcoHeidi Borchers


EcoHeidi Borchers, the mistress of mosaics, has created a fabulous mosaic on a rock.  Ordinary tiles and alphabet beads are assembled into a colorful heart shape with an inspirational message in this mosaic tutorial. Featured on Inspired at Home TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s super cool Dream Mosaic on a Rock YouTube video tutorial


Rock – about 6” to 8” (washed and dried)
Tiles, stain glass pieces, china pieces, flat marbles, glass canes etc.
Plastic alphabet beads
Glue (I used Weldbond)
Wheeled tile nippers
Sanded grout – white
Gloves – disposable type
Paper towels
Container for water
Masking tape
Cotton swabs
Tile sealer

Trace a heart pattern onto rock with a pencil.
Before gluing, lay out alphabet letter beads to determine placement.
Place the main focus pieces (flat marble, glass canes etc.) onto rock.Using a wheeled tile nipper, cut out pieces for the background (stainedglass, china, tiles etc).
Using a small dot of glue on the back of each piece, glue alphabet beads and main focus pieces into place. Continue to glue each piece for the background by placing a small dot of glue onto the back of each piece.
When pieces are all in place, let glue dry.
To create a line for the grout, place a line of masking tape around the mosaic, about 3/8” to ½” from mosaic edge.
Mix grout according to instructions on grout package. Using gloves and craft stick, apply the grout to the mosaic.
Continue to apply the grout, carefully pushing the grout into the spaces in between the tiles and between the tape and edge of mosaic . (Be very careful with this step. Remember the  tiles have been cut and the edges can be sharp).
This step is only to smooth the grout and uncover the mosaic pieces. Do not try to get the tile pieces clean in this step. Carefully begin to wipe mosaic off with the sponge. Note: when dipping the sponge into water, squeeze out as much water as you can before apply sponge onto mosaic.Clean sponge when needed and repeat.
Carefully smooth out the grout around the outside edge with sponge. At this step you want the tiles to have a grout ‘film’. Let the film dry until it is ‘chalky’ and dry.
Before the grout is completely dry, carefully remove the tape. If any of the grout comes off, carefully replace. Dip finger in water and carefully rub over grout area until smooth.
When mosaic is completely dry, wipe off the chalky film using paper towel and cotton swabs, until clean. If placing the mosaic outside, put a grout sealer onto the mosaic 48 hours after grout is dry.

Handmade Dream Journal by Candace Jedrowicz

Inspired at Home Dream Show Dream Journal by Candace Jedrowicz

Inspired at Home Dream Show Dream Journal by Candace Jedrowicz

Dreams give us clues to what’s going on in our subconsciousness.  We may not know why we feel the the way we feel and journaling our dreams can help us sort it all out.  Candace Jedrowicz designed this delightful journal with you, the dreamer, in mind.  This tutorial will show you how to make your own fabulous dream journal. Featured on Inspired at Home TV.

Watch Candace’s Handmade Dream Journal YouTube video tutorial


Decorative paper
Decoupage medium – I used Aleene’s Collage Pauge
Cereal box or other cardboard for the journal covers
Paper for journaling
String or thread

For this version of the journal, I used a blue paper that I thought would look great with copper accents.The cardboard for the front and back covers was cut to be a little larger than a piece of standard computer paper folded in half, so about 6″ x 9 1/2″.

The flap piece was as tall, but half as wide as the covers.


For the back cover and the flap, the decorative paper needs to cover both pieces with a 3/4″ gap to make the pen holder.  I used masking tape to hold the cardboard in place and give the spine extra strength.I mitered the corners of the decorative paper and used the Collage Pauge on the card board to minimize wrinkling of the paper.  I put it under the masking tape, as well.
I used a piece of the decorative paper to cover the inside and took care to burnish and smooth the paper.Repeat these steps for the front cover.
I cut two small pieces of the paper to make the pen holder.I folded each in half with glue on the inside.


I measured each piece around a pen and pencil and glued the ends together then glued them onto the inside of the spine.
I used centimeters for the placement of the holes, marking them on the back cover only.
Next, I punched the holes in the back cover and used those hole as the template for the holes in the front cover and the writing paper.
Before I put the journal together, I used a paper cutout of a spider web to make a pattern with copper ink.In some cultures, the spider is known as the dream weaver.
I lined the paper and cover holes up and put 3″ lengths of wire through one of the middle holes and one through the end opposite of where I would start stitching the covers together.  That helped me stay aligned while I worked.
I used a copper color embroidery thread to bind the book.Here you can see that I threaded both ends of the floss onto beading needles.

My intention was to lace the book up like a shoe, adding three or four beads between holes.

The only difference between this and lacing shoes is that both ends went through each hole – one front to back and the other back to front.
I laced it up with very little tension, so the pages would turn easily.
I finished this design with a blue cabochon and copper glitter.  Sweet!
This is the version I made for the Inspired At Home Dream show. I left extra thread after I knotted the spine stitching to add a charm.

Be sure to watch the video to see how I got the cool effect on the cover of this example!

Bread Dough Rose and Vintage Look Button Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers

Bread Dough Rose and Vintage Button Necklace by Ecoheidi Borchers

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Breathtaking!  EcoHeidi Borchers made this amazing necklace with fabric trim, vintage buttons and handmade bread dough

roses.  What is bread dough?  It’s one of Momma Aleene’s best known techniques, combining Aleene’s Tacky Glue and white bread to make air dried porcelain-like roses, beads, small sculptures, etc.  As seen on the EcoHeidi TV show.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Bread Dough Rose and Vintage Look Button Necklace YouTube video tutorial

White bread- 1 slice
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Zip Loc Bag- 2
Acrylic paint
Craft stick
Cold cream (like Ponds)

Remove the crusts from the bread and discard.
Tear bread in to small pieces and place into a plastic bag.
Add 1 Tablespoon Glue into the bag with the bread.
Add several drops of acrylic paint into the bag (add more for a deeper color- less for a lighter color).
Close bag and ‘knead’ the bread, glue and paint together.
Remove from the bag with fingers (put on some cold cream first). It will be sticky, but it will come off after kneading for several minutes in your hand.
Continue to knead the dough until it is off of your hands and the color is solid not mottled.
Place the dough into a clean zip type bag. Let it set for several minutes.This is an air dry dough, be sure to keep in the bag while making flowers. Only remove what you are immediately using, then seal the bag.

For each petal, you will need a small ball of dough. For each rose the small balls of  dough need to be the same size. If you think the size of a garden pea, and continue with each ball of dough, it makes it easier.  Flatten the first ball of dough between your fingers until it is almost paper thin (the thinner your petal, the more porcelain or ceramic the finished flower will be.)

Take the first flattened piece of dough and roll from one side to the other to create the bud or center of the flower. As you roll the petal, slight push top edge of the petal back.
Flatten another piece of dough for the second petal. Place this petal around the bud, slightly pushing back the sides at the top of petal. Pinch slightly  to help hold petal in place.
Flatten another piece of dough for the third petal. Place this petal opposite the second petal. Again slightly push dough at top edge of petal, to create the look of a real rose.
Flatten another piece of the dough for the fourth petal. Place on the side in between the second and third petals but not directly behind either petal.
Continue to add petals, until the rose is the size you want. When finished adding the petals, cut the bottom of the flower flat, so it will glue on the necklace.
Bread Dough Rose and Vintage Button Necklace by Ecoheidi Borchers To create the necklace, use a braided trim with tassels. Sew the buttons in place and glue the roses around the buttons and beads. Add a clasp to create the necklace.

Glue Bottle Muse by EcoHeidi Borchers

Glue Bottle Muse by EcoHeidi Borchers

Glue Bottle Muse by EcoHeidi Borchers

This super cute Muse doll is made from a glue bottle, plastic spoons, balloons, fabric, paint, Cool2Cast, yarn, wire and a wild woman to think her up!  EcoHeidi is that wild woman!  Even cooler is the fact that this Muse is a recycle project! Featured on EcoHeidi TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Glue Bottle Muse YouTube video tutorial!

Glue bottle empty 4 oz size (Hint: leave bottle upside down over night….transfer any excess glue into another bottle before beginning this project)
Glue (I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue)
Wire – 18 gauge  2 pieces 10” long and 1 piece 6” long
Drill and 1/16” drill bit
Decoupage glue (I used Aleene’s Collage Pauge)
Brush- ½” flat
Wax paper
Needle nose pliers
Paper- rice paper, or scrapbook type
Plastic spoons- 4
Balloons- small water balloon size
Acrylic paint- flesh, black
Head (from –  available unpainted or painted)
Colored foil (for crown)
Yarn or embroidery floss (for hair)
Miscellaneous items- daisy trim, organdy fabric (for skirt), ribbon (for bow), Wood heart and bee (for hands to hold)
Paper towels

Drill two holes for legs at bottom of the glue container.
Insert the 2 – 10” wires into the leg holes and up through the top of the bottle.  Using the pliers twist the tops of two the wires that come up through the top of bottle.
Drill holes for the arms about ½” from top edge of bottle. Insert 6” wire through one side and out through the other.
Insert wire through glue nozzle. Twist the end of wire into a swirl with pliers to hold it inside the nozzle.
Tear pieces of the paper into small pieces (1” to 2”). Brush the collage glue onto the bottle and onto the back of the paper. Place paper into the wet glue, then brush a coat of the glue over the paper.
Continue until the entire bottle is covered.
To shape the legs, hold spoon over the candle (not in the flame) until it just starts to soften. When soft, immediately shape spoon into leg by bending. The spoon bowl is the foot/shoe. The handle is the leg.  Repeat for other leg. For arms heat each spoon over candle and cut with scissors toremove the bowl from the handle.
Drill the top edge of the spoon handle for legs and arms.
Carefully attach to balloons on the legs for leggings and on the arms for sleeves. Trim the wires for the legs and the arms to about 1”. Create loop in end of each wire and attach the legs to the glue bottle body by inserting the wires into the drilled hole at top of legs. Bend the wire to hold the legs on. Repeat with arms.
For the head, after painting details (or you can purchase details pre-painted) apply a wash of black acrylic paint over head and immediately wipe off excess paint with a paper towel.
To create hair, wrap the yarn around four fingers about 25 times. Tie off with extra piece of the yarn. Cut the loop area. Glue the hair to the top of head. Cut small pieces for bangs and glue into place.
Cut crown from foil and glue onto head
Glue Bottle Muse by EcoHeidi Borchers Glue the finishing touches onto the Glue Muse. Shoes can be painted on with the black acrylic paint, a ribbon bow glued at the neck, the skirt is made from organdy fabric gathered with sewing machine.  Glue daisy trim onto the skirt and the shoes, a wood heart and bee are glued to the arms.

Plastic Bottle Bird House by EcoHeidi Borchers

Plastic Bottle Birdhouse by EcoHeid Borchers

Plastic Bottle Birdhouse by EcoHeid Borchers

EcoHedid Borchers is a master recycle artist!  She makes gorgeous jewelry and art pieces from things that have no business being in a landfill, but this recycle project is RECYCLE FUNCTION CHIC!  It’s a birdhouse made from a plastic bottle and old CDs!

Watch EcoHeidi’s Plastic Bottle Bird House YouTube video tutorial!

Plastic bottle- large 2 liter size – clean off label
Sharpie marking pen
Circle template – for the 1-¾” circle
Drill with ¼” & 1/16” drill bit
Needle nose pliers
Craft knife
Dowel stick – 3” x ¼”
Acrylic paint – brown (background), light brown (background and roof), black (roof and window trim) moss green( roof),
ivory (window)
Cosmetic sponge – (for applying paint)
Brush- fine line (for window detail)
Plastic for stencil (I’ve used the opaque shrink plastic)
Repositionable adhesive for stenciling (to help hold stencil in place)
Heat gun (to soften cd’s for cutting)
Wire – 18 gauge- 6” piece
String – for hanging birdhouse
Glue- (I’ve used the Aleene’s Platinum Bond- all purpose adhesive)
Wax paper
Masking tape
Sealer finish (to finish for putting outside)

Use a label removing product to remove the label.Using  circle template, draw a circle onto the bottle with the Sharpie pen, about 3“ from the bottom of the bottle.
Cut circle out with a craft knife. Mark and drill a hole with the ¼” drill bit ½” down from the circle. Insert the wood dowel into the hole. Place small amount of glue to the inside of the bottle to help hold the dowel in place. Let glue dry.
Place wax paper onto your work surface.  Pour small amounts of paints onto the wax paper. Using a facial sponge, sponge brown paint onto the entire background of the plastic bottle. Let dry and repeat until bottle is completely covered.  When brown paint is dry, randomly apply a light coat of the light brown paint. Let dry.
Drill the top of the cap with the 1/16” drill bit. Bend and insert  both ends of the wire into the hole, leaving a loop of wire for hanging birdhouse. On the inside of the bottle, using needle nose pliers, twist a loop onto each wire end to help hold wire in place. Wire loops will need to be small enough that the lid can screw back onto the bottle. Place lid back onto bottle.
Trace a window pattern onto the plastic. Cut out with a craft knife. Apply stencil adhesive to the back of the stencil, to help hold in place. Apply paint carefully through stencil using cosmetic sponge. Dip sponge into the paint, then dab excess off. Too much paint on stencil will cause the paint to go under the stencil. Let paint dry. Add detail lines on the window using a fine line brush with black paint.
For the roof tiles, you will need to heat the cd’s before cutting apart. Using the heat gun, heat a small section at a time, then cut cd’s with scissors. If the cd’s crack when cutting, they have not been heated enough. If the foil separates from the cd, simply remove.
When all the cd’s have been cut, place them onto a piece of wax paper. Plastic side up. (Do not paint on the foil side.) Sponge on black paint, let dry. Then sponge on the light brown paint, let dry. Finish with the green paint on the edges.  Let dry.
For the first row of roof tiles, glue about 5” down from top of bottle. Glue each tile and tape in place with masking tape, until glue dries. Let first row dry completely before applying next row. Continue with next rows, until up to the top of the bottle neck. Let dry.

Plastic Cup Chicken Noisemaker by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers has done it again!  She’s taken a plastic cup, some fabric, Styrofoam and polyester stuffing and turned them into an adorable chicken noisemaker!  This project was featured on Cool2Craft TV, and now EcoHeidi has made the step by step instructions for her cheerful chicken noisemaker available to you!

Watch Heidi’s Plastic Cup Chicken Noisemaker YouTube video tutorial!

16” square of yellow print fabric
Felt scraps: yellow, red, orange
Cotton crochet thread
Styrofoam ball 2” diameter – cut in half
Polyester stuffing
Plastic cup 10 ounce
Wiggle eyes-2- ½”
Push pin
Bead- small for end of thread

Use the push pin to poke a hole in the center of the bottom of the cup.
Push one end of the thread through the hole. (Hint-Place small amount of glue on the end of the thread, let dry, then insert into hole).Place the small bead onto the thread on the outside bottom of the cup and knot bead onto the thread.
Glue half of the Styrofoam ball onto the bottom flat area of cup covering the knot. Let dry.
Transfer the body pattern to the fabric and cut out.Be sure to leave a seam allowance of  ½”.
Squeeze a line of glue on the right side of one body piece, leaving bottom edges unglued.
With right sides facing and raw edges aligned, lay the other piece of the body fabric down to glue the pieces together.Let the glue dry.
Clip the curves.  This makes the seam nice and smooth when it’s turned right side out.
Turn the body right side out.
Place a small amount of stuffing on top of the Styrofoam ball.
Carefully pull the fabric body over the cup.
Pull the fabric taut.Place glue on the inside bottom edge of the cup.
Fold the fabric up inside the cup into the glue.Use clothespins to help hold until the glue dries.
Cut the remaining patterns from felt, and glue into place using the photo as a guide for placement.Glue on the wiggle eyes.

Let glue dry.

To create the ‘noise’, cut a piece of fabric 3” to 4” square.Dampen the fabric square with water and fold in half around string.

Jerk fabric down string to make noise.

Plastic Water Bottle and Paper Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers

Plastic Water Bottle and Paper Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers - Hero

Plastic Water Bottle and Paper Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers - Hero

No one does recycled water bottle bracelets like EcoHeidi Borchers, but these beauties are over-the-moon fabulous!  EcoHeidi crafted these super chic bracelets from plastic water bottles, scrapbook paper and metallic foil tape and she’s sharing her easy-to-follow instructions with you. We know you’ll want to make dozens of them when you see how much fun they are to make!  As seen on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Water Bottle and Paper Bracelet YouTube video tutorial!

Plastic water bottles with smooth sides with sticker/labels removed (I used Smart Water, also larger sizes of Aquafina have smooth sides)
Sticker removal product (like UnDo or GooGone)
Paper- scrapbooking, collage, or any decorative paper
Copper foiling tape – ¼” wide-self adhesive – silver or any color
Masking tape – whatever width you want bracelet

Remove the labels or the stickiness with a sticker removal product.To measure and cut the plastic water bottles, place the masking tape evenly around the bottle.

Each ring of masking tape is a bracelet.

Cut the bracelets apart using a craft knife.
Trim the edges of the plastic to the edge of the tape with scissors.
For each paper bracelet you will need 2 rings of the plastic water bottle, cut to the same width.Cut one of the rings open.
Cut a strip of paper the same width and slightly longer than the plastic water bottle rings.
Sandwich the paper in between the two plastic water bottle rings. (Lightly glue ends of paper together if helpful.)
Measure and cut two pieces of the foil tape to go around the bracelet plus ¼”.  Remove a small length of paper backing at a time.Line up the foil tape centered on one outer edge of the plastic bracelet.
Press to secure the tape all the way around the plastic bracelet.Carefully push the other edge of the tape over the bracelet edge to the back or inside of the bracelet.
Push with your fingers to  smooth the tape on the inside of the bracelet the best you can.
Then use a pencil to press over the edges of the foil tape.
Repeat with the other side, centering the tape on the edge of the plastic bracelet.  Push the tape to the inside of the bracelet.
Here’s the finished bracelet.  Visually, it’s more important for the outer edge of the tape to be smooth, but the inside should be as smooth as possible for comfort.

Swirly Girl Wire Wrapped Pendant by Candace Jedrowicz

C2C 4-11 Jewelry Pendant by Candace Jedrowicz - Hero

C2C 4-11 Jewelry Pendant by Candace Jedrowicz - Hero

Candace Jedrowicz loves accessories that are colorful, that move and sparkle!  Her Swirly Girl Wire Wrapped Pendant is all that and more!  In this tutorial Candace shows how to turn 12″ of 20 gauge wire and a handful of beads into a fun and flirty jewelry art piece.  As seen on Cool2Craft TV hosted by Tiffany Windsor.

12″ of 20 gauge brass wire
1 long bead, about 2″, or 2 or 3 smaller beads to stack in the center
Assorted small beads
Jewelry tools: round nosed and chain nosed pliers and side cutters – chasing hammer or head pin
A pen cap

I love making my own head pins!  I use a chasing hammer to flatten a tiny tongue on the end of a 2″ piece of 20 gauge wire.  It needs to be wide enough to keep a small bead from sliding off.  This will be used to make a dangle.You can use a ready made head pin, if you prefer.
Slide a couple of small beads on.
Make a loop around one side of the round nosed pliers and wrap the wire tail around beneath the loop.  Cut off the excess wire.
Starting about 1/3 of the length of the wire, wrap around one side of the round nosed pliers and crimp with the chain nosed pliers.
Slide the dangle into the loop.
Twist the long tail of the wire around the short tail just above the loop.Thread your long bead (or stack your series of beads) on the short tail of the wire.
To make a bail (that’s the large loop that the necklace will slide through), wrap the short tail of the wire around the narrow end of pen cap twice.
Cross the wire over the first loop on the back side.
Wrap the tail around the bottom of the bail two or three times, leaving about 1 1/2″ of tail.
Use the round nosed pliers to wrap the remaining tail into a spiral.
Starting with your smallest beads, begin stringing onto the long tail.
Begin twisting the long tail around your central bead(s), as you continue stringing with slightly large beads.
When you’ve twisted and beaded almost all the way to the top, go back to stringing the smallest beads.Wrap the end of the long tail around under the bail several times, leaving about 2″ to wrap into a spiral.
This is such a fun and colorful pendant!  It’s very tactile, like worry beads.  You can use any kind of beads or stones for the look and feel that you want.The example pendant at the top was made with one long bead.  It makes a narrower pendant and a different tactile experience.