Hot Chocolate Wall Art by Candace Jedrowicz

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Hot Chocolate Wall Art by Candace Jedrowicz

Hot chocolate on a chilly gray day is one of those things that brings warmth to the soul.  Candace Jedrowicz shares a bit of a warm reminder that you can make for your wall!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s Hot Chocolate Wall Art YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Foam core board
Craft knife
Sand paper or nail file
Decorative paper
Brown acrylic paint
White craft foam for marshmallows
Clear gloss sealer
Glitter glue
Hanging wire
Needle tool

Hot Chocolate Wall Art Template – click for pdf

1. Print the template and cut out the whole cup.  Trace on foam core board.

2. Use a fresh craft blade to cut out the whole cup.

3. Cut the cup rim and handle off the template, trace and cut as before.

4. Sand the edges of the foam core board until smooth.

5. Make 2 holes with needle tool on the whole cup piece – 2″ from the top.

6. On the front of the whole cup piece, wear a grove between the 2 holes for the wire to lay flat between the front and back cup pieces.

7. Feed the wire ends through the holes from front to back.  Twist the ends together on the back side.

8. Spread Tacky Glue on the back of the partial cup piece, lay on the whole cup piece and put a bit of weight on the top while drying.

9. Paint the whole piece brown and allow to dry.

10. Cut decorative paper and glue in place.  Cut a 1/4″ rim of paper to glue across the very top to represent the back rim of the cup, leaving an oval of brown paint exposed for the hot chocolate.

11. Cut bits of white craft foam for marshmallows and glue in place.

12. Dot glitter glue where you’d like it to be.

13. Add a clear gloss sealer to the “liquid” in the cup -the exposed brown paint.

Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz

Candace 31 Days Monster Football copy

Candace Jedrowicz creates a spectacularly silly skeleton with polymer clay and wire!  The secret?  Each bone is a bead!  You can make one too with her easy-to-follow instructions.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s Whimsical Skeleton video tutorial


Polymer clay – white and any color you want to make accessories
26 gauge wire – I used white coated wire
Permanent markers – fine and regular points
Accessory supplies – feathers, gems, etc.

Here are two completed skeletons with polymer clay pieces next to the bone beads they will make.
Long bone beads and vertebra beads are cut from a small roll. Holes are made with a needle tool, which is large enough to accommodate two 26 gauge wires at a time.
To make holes in the long bones, hold the clay without applying any pressure at all.Twist the needle tool back and forth as you gently push it through.
The skull is made from two clay balls.  One is twice the size of the other.Place the smaller ball close to one edge of the larger – that’s the jaws. Insert a 12″ wire folded in half in behind the jaws.Press tooth patterns on the jaw section and cut the mouth open.
Press eyes into the skull.  If you plan to use gems in the eyes, make sure the hole is large enough.
The rib cage is a flattened, elongated piece.Squeeze the center for the front of the ribs.Mark any number of ribs you want.
Bend the ends of the rib cage back and join to a bone shaped bead.Shape it into an oval to open up the top to be wider than the bottom.
The pelvis is kind of a bicycle seat shape. Make holes in the sides and bend them up slightly.
The pelvis has two leg wire holes that start near the center and angle out to the sides of what would be the hips. Bake according to polymer clay package directions.
Use your permanent markers to draw lines and mark the ends of the bones.String 2 or 3 vertebra beads on the doubled wire.Add the rib cage and 3 or 4 more beads. Add beads until it looks right to you.
Separate the doubled wire and put one wire through each leg hole. Add another 12″ length of wire through the leg holes so that each leg has a double wire.
String a upper leg bone bead, a vertebra bead, a lower leg bead and a foot or shoe bead. Coil the tail of the wire being careful not to tighten the leg wire too much.  You should be able to position the leg easily.Flatten the coil to the bottom of the foot or shoe.Or you can wrap the tail of the wire around the ankle bone.
Cut a 14″ length of wire and fold in half. Wrap around the neck just above the rib cage.String on both arm bones and hands.  Secure by wrapping the wire around the wrist.
Articulated Skeletons by Candace Jedrowicz - Hero Glue accessories in place.

Day 19 of 31 Days of Halloween – Kitschy Pumpkin

Candace 31 Days Kitschy Pumpkin

Kitshy Pumpkin by Candace Jedrowicz

It’s time to pitch some kitsch!  I LOVE kitsch!  I make kitschy art every chance I get!  Grab your buttons, charms, broken jewelry, beads, flowers..Well, just grab everything and lets get to gluing!


Wood pumpkin cut out (Thank you Hubby)
Acrylic paint – I used brown
Paper towels
Hot glue gun and plenty of glue sticks
Embellishments: buttons, beads, gems, shrink plastic pieces, odds and ends leftover from crafting, small chip board pieces, tiny toys, and anything else you can think of!

I used handmade clay buttons and skulls and polymer clay beads, small things that I’ve deemed to personal too throw away or use on art for sale.

This is my first kitschy piece.  I am in love with this style!  On of the coolest things on her is the big eye that moves when you turn it.I love it!
Paint your pumpkin with brown acrylic and wipe off with paper towels before it dries.Gather the things you might want to use.  Make sure there are tons of choices.I limited my choices to Halloween colors, but mostly orange.
Before beginning to glue, try things in different positions to get an idea of what will look just right for you.
I started by gluing my biggest piece – the flower.  Make sure your most important pieces will fit.The base layer will likely not be seen in the final version, so hold back the best stuff.
The second layer will be the larger pieces.Stop and look around the room now, did you miss anything cool that would work well on this piece?
The final layer will be smaller pieces and fill-ins.Don’t stop until it’s just right!My favorite things:  The Buddha eraser, the zombie coffee coffee cup, the shrink plastic chocolate postcard from the Field museum’s Chocolate exhibit – it was serendipitous that we were in Chicago when the exhibit was there, the key charm I received in a Halloween charm swap, and all the tiny clay skullies that I made years ago.

31 Days of Halloween – Day 18 – Cardboard Halloween Pendant

Candace 31 Days Cardboard Pendant

I’ve done cardboard pendants before, but this one is just so much cooler!  I took it up a notch and added more layering.  Plus the flip side of this was made from a Halloween Doughnut box!  Sweet!

Watch Candace’s Cardboard Pendant video tutorial


Cardboard – a couple of petty pieces and several filler pieces
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Circle punch –  1 3/4″ – you could use any size or shape, but it’s good to start simply
Small hole punch – 1/8″  – The Cropadile is the easiest to use through several layers
Dimensional sealer – glossy

1. Punch out cardboard circles – 2 beauties for the back and front, 3 or 4 filler pieces.

2. Glue the filler pieces together, then carefully add the front and back pieces.  Try to keep glue off the front and back.  Allow to dry – you may want to clamp it while it dries to keep it flat.

3. Punch small holes in the top and bottom of the stack.

4. Add dimensional sealer to one side at a time, allowing each side to dry completely.

If you check the Halloween Doughnut Earrings post, you’ll see how to make a dangle for this pendant and I’ll show an easy wire bail for the top  of your pendant in a couple of days.

Steampunk Bat Necklace by Candace Jedrowicz

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10-8-2012 Steampunk Bat Necklace by Candace Jedrowicz

Looking for that perfect accessory for your Halloween costume?  This easy foam bat necklace is just the thing!  The kids can make their own, and the bat can be customized to suit your costume needs!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s fun and fabulous Steampunk Bat Necklace YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
Craft foam – I used black, but any color would work
Pen or pencil to trace pattern
Metallic paste – copper
Washers – No larger than 1/3″ wide
Nuts – no larger than 1/4″
Bead for one eye – should fit into the center of the washer
Tiny bead cap for the other eye – it needs to fit next to the washer on the bat’s face
Craft knife
Hole punch – 1/8″
String or ribbon
Wire – I used 20 gauge, but most any size will work

Bat Necklace Template – click for pdf

1. Cut out the bat necklace template, trace on the foam and cut out.

2. Cut the gray areas out of the paper bat, keeping the head and body as one piece.  Trace all the pieces on the foam and cut out.

3. Cut out the head on the paper bat, trace on the foam and cut out.

4. Rub copper paste on the foam pieces.  Do a tiny bit at a time.  You can add more if you desire.

5. Cut a tiny “x” on one side of the individual bat head.  Cut just large enough for the eye bead.

6. Place a tiny drop of glue on the cut “x” and push the bead in.

7. Glue all the foam pieces in place.

**You may want to cut the ears off the whole bat piece and the body with head piece, if they don’t line up with the individual head piece**

8. Punch holes just to the outsides of outer foam triangles.

9. Glue the metal pieces according to the photo above, making sure to glue the outer metal pieces over the holes.  Allow to dry

10. Thread string through the holes.  Tie knots and wrap the wire around the string tails and trim off excess.


Earl the Squirrel Zombie

Candace 31 Days Polymer Clay Zombie

Oh no! The zombies got to Earl the Squirrel while he was in his day job clothes! Earl would be mortified if he realized…you know, he always thought he’d be a cool looking zombie with his mullet and ACDC t-shirt. But, no. No cool zombie image for the Squirrel.

My buddy Cindy turned me on to a book by Maureen Carlson called Fairies, Gnomes and Trolls. The instructions and tutorials are awesome! So, I was doing a polymer clay class for my friends, Laura and her way cool son, Tommy. I think we were making canes. Anyway, at the end of the class, Tommy made a tiny Freddy Krueger from the leftover clay. We decided they should come back and do a zombie making class! We used the same methods that Maureen Carlson shows in her book and it was way too much fun! We were joined by fellow zombie enthusiast and dear friend, Beth. I had made a birthday zombie for her which I’ll feature in another blog. Standing in the back ground here is the Elvis impersonator zombie.


Polymer Clay – black, white, green and as many other colors as you like for clothes and such
Two 18″ pieces of floral wire for each zombie
A small amount of aluminum foil
A knitting needle or other tool for smoothing the clay
A craft knife
A red gel pen for blood
A means for baking the zombie – a toaster oven reserved for crafts or a conventional oven that you only use for crafts occasionally.
Begin by folding one 18″ piece of floral wire in half and in half again. Twist an opening in the middle of the wire for the head, a little further down twist an opening for the body and fold a small amount of wire on the ends for feet. If you can make it stand on its own, you’re off to a good start. If you can’t, don’t worry the clay feet will still work.

Crumple bits of foil and wrap around the head, body and legs.

Fold the other piece of floral wire the same way you did the first piece and wrap it around the neck a couple of times.

Condition your polymer clay by squishing, folding and rolling it with your hands until it’s very pliable. If you haven’t worked with polymer clay before follow these rules for the best results:Hold the piece you’re working on as though it was a baby bird – any pressure you put on it will change the shape,
Smooth the clay with a very soft touch as though you were petting a fuzzy Caterpillar
Mix bits of black and green clay into a ping pong ball sized piece of white clay until you have the skin color you want. You can always reserve your zombie skin color for later, but it’s not easy to match the color if you run out.
Take a marble size piece of skin color rolled into a ball and flatten it to about an 1/8 ” thick. Wrap it around the head of your zombie starting under the chin and around to the back. Don’t worry about how the back looks, unless your zombie doesn’t have hair.
Follow the same steps to cover the neck and chest area of the body, assuming of course that you’re going to have an open collared shirt.
Smooth the neck where you join the two pieces by very gently rolling a knitting needle over the joint until it’s no longer visible.
Earl’s wearing his day job suit, so I started covering the frame with a basic shirt shape and pant legs.

Again, it starts with marble size pieces. Roll each one into a ball then flatten into the shapes you need. Smooth the joints.

Use the same method as before to make the sleeves.

Take a large marble size of the color that will cover the back, flatten and gently press into place. Take a bit of the shirt and pants colors to make a collar and waste band. Flatten two marble size pieces of pants color into elongated tear drop shapes. Attach them to the front of the jacket, narrow end up and smooth the joints.

Now add bits of the shirt color in the the ends of the sleeves. Stick two balls of your shoe color onto the bottom of the pant legs.

The hands and face are the most delicate so I save them for last. Here’s where I add some gore. I pushed some flesh color on the belly and add a bit of shirt color to look like a torn shirt.

Use your craft knife to open the mouth

Roll a small bit of white clay that’s wider in the middle than the ends. Press into place with the back side of the craft tool and define the teeth as well.

Use the knitting needle to open eye holes. Press in then wiggle a bit to widen. Roll tiny bits of white for the eyes. Place them gently into the eye sockets. The idea is to add eyelids without squashing the eye.

This is how Maureen Carlson lays out the facial features. I just love it! It makes it so easy to understand the face. Make these pieces smaller than you think you’ll need them. You can always add more clay, but it’s hard to take it away without distorting your work. The only thing missing are the upper and lower eyelids.

The eyelids are very small and should not cover too much of the eye. Again, very gently put them into place and smooth with the knitting needle. If they begin to cover too much of the eyes, very carefully remove clay with the craft tool. Add the forehead piece and smooth.

Now put the nose, lips and cheek pieces on and smooth. Take your time with this, it really gives the zombie character.

Now is the time to consider the facial expression. Is he snarling, or do you want his jaw slack? Are there cuts on his face? Maybe he’s missing an eye, or even missing one side of his face? Zombie it up!

Now make holes in the ends of the arms to attach hands.

The hands start as mitten shapes, then use your craft knife to separate the fingers. The Elvis impersonator zombie is missing some fingers. That’s okay, too. Body parts fall off. It’s a fact of zombiehood.

Add hair and then ears. I made the hair colored clay by adding a small amount of white to brown clay. Then I conditioned it, rolling, folding and twisting, until there were tiny stripes of white. It didn’t start out to be a mullet, Earl just wouldn’t have it any other way. Plus, I have hair issues. Who knows, the next one could have a comb-over.

Bake according to the directions of the clay you’re using. If you bake him in a toaster oven, lay him down for baking so his head doesn’t burn. Ideally, he should bake standing up, but, if you do that, put a Pyrex cup (or other heat safe props) in front and back of him. After the zombie cools, you can use a red gel pen to add blood.


It’s not uncommon for slight changes to occur in baking that make it hard for your zombie to stand on his own. Do not despair. Glue him into a deep frame with a ghoulish background, like so…

This is just half of a folded paper box. I printed a background, tore the edges to fit and marked up the paper with an ink pad.

Have fun!

Return of the Birthday Zombie

Candace 31 Days Birthday Zombie

This is a polymer clay zombie that I made for my dear friend, Beth.  She and her family love zombie movies, so I came up with an idea to make the gift as cheesy as a great zombie flick. [Originally published in October of 2009 –]  I made the zombie using polymer clay.  I made him one half of an Origami box to stand in, but you could use any box. I used some Photoshop techniques on a photo I’d taken of a graveyard for the background. I tore the edges and browned them up with a sienna stamp pad and glued the pieces to the back and sides of the box.

Next I composed the following letter to go with it. If you’re a zombie aficionado you’ll see where this is going. If you’re not, I’ll say this: George Romero made the first zombie classic Night of the Living Dead – It takes place in a small town in western Pennsylvania – If you’re bitten by a zombie, you become one (some consider this the Zombie Virus) – Where ever zombies go there is mayhem – The most famous line from the movie is “They’re coming to get you, Barbara”.

Here’s the letter:

Dearest Beth,

I was looking on line and found this killer cake decorator, Barbara, who makes these fabulous cakes. She works at a place called Romero’s, in a small town in western Pennsylvania. I called her up and told her about you and the kind of things you like. I was so excited! She said she’d make something spectacular for you. So, yesterday I got this strange email from the owner of the bakery:

Dear Candace,

You should know there’s been a terrible virus going around our town. None of my staff showed up at all today. Barbara started your cake, but couldn’t make it in either. There are several fires in town and things are a mess. I called my delivery guys, who said they could go pick her up. I called her and said “They’re coming to get you, Barbara”, and she screamed and hung up. She never showed and I can’t get hold of the delivery guys, either. I’ve finished the cake myself and will deliver it personally. I hope it will meet your approval.



So, in the process of moving to Utah and, yes, that’s my excuse – I missed Beth’s birthday. As I was putting together ideas for Alexa Westerfield’s Terrorific Tuesdays, I printed photos of the birthday zombie and made them into earrings. See the SugarSkull Bracelet & Bats in the Belfry Necklace, and Candy Corn Riot Earrings blog entries, if you want to use this idea. They have all the directions you might need for shrink plastic and earring making. With one exception – to make your earrings from a photo, you’ll need the inkjet printable shrink plastic.

I figured I’d send along a note set up like a movie poster and title it:


Now, I was looking around the house for a box to send the earrings in and then it hit me – I had some old DVD cases that I’d been saving for some scathingly brilliant idea, and finally I had one!

Here’s what I ended up with…

The front cover says:

Return of the Birthday Zombie
Send in the Clones
The movie that no one wanted to see made
Has been Made!
See the zombie clones arrive late for Beth’s Birthday!
Well, they had a really long way to walk and zombies are slow anyway!
You laugh! you’ll Cry! You’ll hurl!

The back cover says:

This film has not yet been rated
Void where prohibited by law
Do not put on these earrings while driving
No zombies were harmed in the making of these earrings

Do not wear these earrings while squeezing your head through your stair rails as they are large and might sustain damage Here’s what you’ll need to make your Zombie (or any kind of) Movie Gift Box.

A DVD case

Photos that you can size appropriately
A heavy duty hole punch
Double sided craft tape
A scrap of card stock, any color


If you don’t have a printer at home, make copies at the library or neighborhood copy store. Make extras for good measure. Speaking of measuring, you’ll need the measurements of the DVD case. This can be done easily by taking the paper out of the DVD cover and measuring it. Easy peasy!
I did mine with Photoshop, but I could just as easily done it as a collage. Just make sure that the collage will easily fold to slip into the DVD case, if you choose this option.
For the DVD, place a disc on your extra copy and trace around it. Cut the copy giving a bit of extra margin to trim. Now smear a thin coat of Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue on the disc and put your cut image on it. Trim the edges with a craft knife and cut out the center hole.
Punch two holes to put the earrings through (if you’re doing that) and tape the backs, so the earrings won’t slide out. Ohh, I just had an idea! Since the center of my DVD that got cut out was a cake, I decided to add it back.

I got another copy of the photo and cut loosely around the cake. Next I used a double sided craft tape to stick the cake to a piece of card stock. Then I cut the cake out and used a sticky craft dot to attach the cake to the image just below the hole. Since the earrings are taped on the back of the disc, I want Beth to be able to take the disc out of the case. She’ll press on the cake to release the disc!

Now, go! Go make your DVD case gift box! You’re welcome to use the zombie letter and figure ideas, if you like!

I will post a zombie tutorial tomorrow!


Halloween Chocolate Box on Day 12 of 31 Days of Halloween

Candace 31 Days Chocolate Box

Halloween Chocolate Box Card

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

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.

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.


Use your crochet needle create the sections on the pumpkin.

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

This is a close up of the angry eye stamp.
Here is a wide eye that can be turned to make the pumpkin look in any direction.
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.

Polymer Clay Candy Corn Beads by Candace Jedrowicz

Candace 31 Days Candy Corn Beads

Candy Corn Beads by Candace Jedrowicz

I love October.  The colors and smells of autumn bring my senses to life.  I love to bury my nose in the first bag of candy corn I buy in October.   I open it with relish and pour it into a clear glass candy jar.  That’s when it’s fall to me!

Several years ago I went to Italy with three friends to take polymer clay jewelry classes with Louise Fisher Cozzi and Donna Kato.  We had so much fun!

Louise taught us how to achieve an amazing technique to give polymer clay layers of color.  She uses translucent polymer clay and colors it with oil paint.  After it’s cured, she adds more oil paint on top of that.  After that’s dry, she uses color pencils to give the piece another layer of fabulous color.


Here I’ve started conditioning translucent polymer clay. After the clay is fairly soft you can add a tiny bit of oil paint. An inexpensive oil paint is fine.
Continue to condition until the clay is a uniform color. It helps to have a piece of the candy corn to look at while you’re tinting the clay. Be sure to add only a dab of paint each time, and do the yellow before the orange. It’s okay to get yellow paint on your orange clay, but not okay to get orange paint on your yellow clay.Continue to condition until the clay is a uniform color. It helps to have a piece of the candy corn to look at while you’re tinting the clay. Be sure to add only a dab of paint each time, and do the yellow before the orange. It’s okay to get yellow paint on your orange clay, but not okay to get orange paint on your yellow clay.
The orange roll will be the largest, the yellow is half as large as the orange and the white roll is half as large as the yellow. Lay the rolls side by side and slice evenly. Begin by rolling the white piece into a cone, the orange piece an egg shape and the yellow piece into a slightly flattened oval.
Gently roll the pieces until the all edges touch and it looks like a continuous cone shape.
Flatten the cone shape slightly. It’s a good idea to have that candy corn to look at for dimension.
For the bracelet beads, bend a wire or paper clip to mark where the holes will be. I made mine to mark both holes just inside the orange part. For earring beads, you might want to make a vertical hole through the candy corn. Remember to hold the clay very gently as you pierce it, so you don’t squish it.

Bake the clay as directed on the package.

When making a bracelet, I line my beads up against a ruler to make it seven inches long. The length you use depends on who the bracelet is for. I wanted this bracelet to look full, so I used three strings in each bead hole and strung smallish beads. Larger beads would make it look chunky, if that’s your preference

Vintage Inspired Glass Photo Pendant by Candace Jedrowicz

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10-1-2012 Vintage Inspired Photo Pendant by Candace Jedrowicz

Candace Jedrowicz is using some of her favorite photos of her family to make vintage inspired pendants including a hand wrapped wire bail!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s fun and easy Glass Photo Pendant YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Decoupage – glossy
Aleene’s Super Gel Instant Adhesive
Glass blob
Wire – no smaller than 20 gauge
Printed and downsized photo – print on regular printer paper
paint brush
Round nose pliers

1. Place the glass blob over the photo and trace around it.
2. Cut the photo out.
3. Brush Aleene’s Decoupage Glossy on the back of the glass blob.
4. Position the photo and press into the glue.
5. Immediately brush Decoupage on the back of the photo.  Allow to dry.
6. Cut 6″ of wire, wrap the center around a pencil, small glue stick, or what ever you have around that would make a large enough loop to put a chain through.  Wrap twice.
7. Wrap one tail of the wire into a spiral, this will glue onto the back of the glass.
8. Bend the other tail in a meander (see video tutorial) ending in a small spiral.  This will glue to the front of the glass, so be sure that your wire won’t cover up anything important.
9. Use a small amount of Super Gel on the wire on any parts of the wire that will lay against the glass.  Hold in place for a minute, or until the bail stays in place.