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Wings to Fly Butterfly Pendant by Linda Peterson

Wings to Fly Butterfly Pendant by Linda Peterson

Wings to Fly Butterfly Pendant by Linda Peterson
Linda Peterson loves decorating her artwork with butterflies.  For Linda they have a hidden inner meaning of “taking flight”… “exploration” …”letting go” ….  “taking on wings” and just flying by the seat of your pants. Grab your wire and your pliers, because Linda Peterson is creating a beautiful bent wire “wings to fly” butterfly pendant.  Featured on Cool2Craft

Watch Linda’s super cool Butterfly Pendant YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

20 gauge annealed steel wire (from hardware store) or colored wire of choice
26 gauge copper wire – tarnished
1 jump ring
Swarovski bi-cone crystals in size of choice (we used 2mm and 4mm)
Ball chain and closure
Wire cutters
Pliers

 Wings to Fly Butterfly Pendant by Linda Peterson 1 Working off the spool, create a coil with pliers.
Wings to Fly Butterfly Pendant by Linda Peterson 2 Make a bend approximately ½” from coil.  Begin bending wire by massaging it with thumb.
Wings to Fly Butterfly Pendant by Linda Peterson 3 Complete the bend by bringing the end of the wire towards the point of the coil.
Wings to Fly Butterfly Pendant by Linda Peterson 4 Snip off wire spool approximately 2” from the point of the coil. Create a coil at the end of the wire, bringing it up towards the previous coil.
Wings to Fly Butterfly Pendant by Linda Peterson 5 Wrap a piece of 26 gauge wire around the area where the two wires meet. Pull to secure. Snip off excess wire.
The 26 gauge wire can also be looped decoratively inside the wings.  You may even choose to add some crystal beads for embellishment. For the body, add crystals to a length of 26 gauge wire. Loop both ends to secure. Secure to body with 26 gauge wire.Add a jump ring at the top and attach to ball chain.Ready to WEAR!

 


Glittery Fabric Butterfly Pin by Candace Jedrowicz

Glittery Fabric Butterfly Pin by Candace Jedrowicz

Glittery Fabric Butterfly Pin by Candace Jedrowicz
What could be better than lovely butterflies?  Glittery fabric butterflies that you can wear, of course!  Candace Jedrowicz is cooking up some fun with Aleene’s Fabric Stiffener, wire, beads and glitter!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s fun and easy  Glittery Fabric Butterfly Pin YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Fabric Stiffener and Draping Liquid
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Fabric
Scissors
Fine glitter
Plastic bag
Gloves
Waxed paper
Needle tool
24 Gauge wire
Assorted beads for the body

Cut a piece of fabric 6″ x 4″ and place in a plastic bag. Put on gloves and pour in about 1 tablespoon of Aleene’s Fabric Stiffener.Close the bag and rub the liquid into the fabric.
Take the fabric out of the bag and squeegee the fabric with your fingers to get the excess liquid out.
Fold the fabric in half and place on waxed paper to smooth out wrinkles.
Make a V shaped armature – I put a fold in a piece of cardboard and taped the sides to small cans. Lay the waxed paper with wet fabric in the fold the long way.When it’s dry, the fold will be set in.
Cut the dry stiffened fabric in half to make two butterflies. I like whimsical shapes, so I cut my butterfly asymmetrical, but you can do it any way you like.
“Draw” lines on the butterfly for the glitter accents with Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue. I created a tape nozzle for my glue bottle – that’s a really cool EcoHeidi trick!
Sprinkle the glitter on and tap off the excess.
Cut a 12″ piece of wire and fold in half. Leave a small loop at the fold to stop the beads.String several beads to form the body.Curl up the wire ends to make antennae.
Make three holes down the fold of the butterfly. Cut three 5″ pieces of wire and fold in half forming a wide loop.Push the ends of the loops through the three holes, but don’t pull all the way through.
Slide the butterfly’s body through the loops and pull the wires tight from underneath to attach the body.
Wrap the wires underneath trough and around a pin back .If you try this craft, or any others from this show, I’d love to share it on our Creative Community Blog!  Just email me with high resolution photos and a story!candace@cool2craft.com


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Faux Enamel Jewelry by Linda Peterson

Faux Enamel Jewelry by Linda Peterson

Faux Enamel Jewelry by Linda Peterson

Get more designs and value from your vintage metal findings by colorizing them with nail polish. Linda Peterson of Sweet Antiq’s shows you how to create a faux enamel effect on metal jewelry findings. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Linda’s Super cool Faux Enamel Jewelry YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Nail polish in various colors
Nail polish in light pearl color or may use a clear glitter varnish
Sweet Antiq’s metal jewelry findings
Aleene’s  Clear Varnish Spray
Toothpick
Wax Paper
Glitter of choice (optional)

Make sure that the surface of your finding is clear of any oily residue.  Wipe with alcohol if needed.Mix 2 to 3 parts pearl polish to 1 part color on wax paper with a tooth pick.
Use toothpick to paint on polish to colorize metal.  Allow to dry.
If necessary you may want to put on another coat of paint – this is totally optional.Go over surface with clear glitter varnish.  Lightly sprinkle with glitter if desired. Let drySpray entire finding with Aleene’s Clear Varnish sealer and let dry.

Salted Glue Painting by Candace Jedrowicz

Salted Glue Painting by Candace Jedrowicz

Salted Glue Painting by Candace Jedrowicz

Candace Jedrowicz has been doing some crafty mad-scientisty stuff in the studio of perpetual mojo!  This time she has found a tutorial from Tammy at housingaforest.com that shows how to add watercolors to salted glue!  What?  Check out this fun and easy craft and expand your colorverse!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s fun and easy Salted Glue Painting YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene;s Quick Dry Tacky Glue
Dimensional frame with mat- any size
Table salt
Watercolors – Tammy recommends liquid watercolors
Paint brush
Masking tape
Black acrylic paint
Cosmetic sponge
Scissors

Choose a dimensional frame for this project, that includes a mat, or use an old mat.Remove the mat from the frame.
I like whimsical shapes, but you can do the masking any way you please.Cut your shapes from masking tape and place on the mat.  It helps if the shpaes are large enough to secure the mat to your surface.Paint over the whole make with the cosmetic sponge, making sure to dab the sponge before each paint application.  A wet mat will warp.Remove the tape gently while it’s still wet.
Fill in the white spots with glue – a few at a time.
Cover the glue wet glue completely.Shake off excess salt.
Dip the paint brush in color and very lightly touch the salt..The color will grab and spread.Allow to dry.Tap off any loose glue.Spray a couple coats of matte sealer.

I you try this project, I hope you’ll share it.  Email me with high resolution photos and your story so I can post it on our Creative Community Blog.

candace@cool2craft.com



Gypsy Bracelets by Candace Jedrowicz

Gypsy Bracelets by Candace jedrowicz

Gypsy Bracelets by Candace jedrowicz

Romany Gypsy style is rich in color, pattern and design and has always fascinated Candace Jedrowicz.  Candace has been collecting delicious looking fat quarters for years, saving them for that really special project that would allow them to shine.  This is one of those projects!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s fun and fabulous Gypsy Bracelet YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
Paper coffee cups
Craft knife
Several fabulous fabrics
Scissors
20 gauge wire
Round nosed pliers
Wire cutters

Use a craft knife to remove the rims from 5 or 6 coffee cups. Cut 1″ wide strips of fabric for each – at least 18″ long.  It’s okay to piece the strips.
With a little glue on one end of a fabric strip, begin wrapping the fabric at a slight angle so there’s a little bit of overlap with each wrap. An 18″ strip should go around once.
Cut several 6″ lengths of wire. I used 7 pieces for each bracelet. Roll a small spiral on both ends of a wire. Hold one spiral on the bracelet and wrap the wire around.
You want to end up with the spiral on the other end in line with the first. As you get close to the end you can adjust the size of the spiral to make it work.
It should look similar to this. You can make the rows as close or far apart as you like.
This bracelet was wrapped 3 times with fabric. There are lots of ways you can vary the bracelets with the fabric and the wire wrapping.  Below are some examples. I’d love to see your interpretation! Email me at candace@cool2craft.com and I’ll share your project in our creative community blog!

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Traveling Fool Postcard by Heather Valentine

Traveling Fool Postcard by Heather Valentine

 

Traveling Fool Postcard by Heather Valentine

Heather Valentine from www.TheSewingLoft.com shows how to cut a map of the United States and stitch it to fabric to create a post card. A fun idea to memorialize your travels around the world! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heather’s super cool Traveling Fool Postcard YouTube video tutorial!

Head on over to TheSewingLoft.com to see Heather’s tutorial!


Animal Print Safari Earrings by Linda Peterson

6-25-12 Linda Safari Earrings

6-25-12 Linda Safari Earrings

Animal prints are always on trend and fashion forward.  Take a virtual safari with Linda Peterson as she shows you how to make these lightweight fun earrings with Cloud Clay® air dry clay and markers.  Featured Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Linda’s super cool Animal Print Earring YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Cloud Clay® Terra Cotta or white
Alcohol markers – terra Cotta, dark brown
Aleene’s Collage Pauge – glossy
Head pins
Two 2mm round spacer beads – antique finish
2 bead caps – antique finish
2 rondel or snowflake spacer beads
Small length of chain – antique finish
2 earring wires – antique finish
Paint brush
Round nose pliers

Roll a small amount of clay in your palm to create a ball.
  Shape into a cube if desired.
   Draw small random shape circles onto bead to replicate a giraffe print.
  Poke a hole in bead with toothpick. Set aside to air dry.
  Thread a 2mm spacer, bead cap, safari bead, snowflake spacer and 2mm spacer onto a head pin.  Finish with loop using round nose pliers.Apply a coat of Aleene’s Collage Pauge Glossy and let dry.  Repeat if more shine desired.Attach to chain.Attach chain to earring wire.

Reverse Applique Stars by Heather Valentine

Reverse Applique by Heather Valentine

Reverse Applique by Heather Valentine

Heather Valentine from TheSewingLoft.com shows how to stitch fabulous reverse applique stars on three layers of fabric.  Watch the video here, then follow the link to Heather’s blog to finish the project.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch heather’s super cute Reverse Applique Stars YouTube video tutorial!

The projects finishes up on TheSewingLoft.com!


Fossilized Shark Tooth Pendant by Candace Jedrowicz

Fossilazed Shark Tooth Pendant by Candace Jedrowicz

Fossilazed Shark Tooth Pendant by Candace Jedrowicz

With a little polymer clay you can make anything into a pendant!  Candace Jedrowicz likes to put that theory to the test…a lot!  Candace bought a bag of fossilized shark teeth a hundred years ago and has finally settled on her latest make-anything-into-a-pendant adventure.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s fun and fabulous Shark Tooth Pendant YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Polymer clay – any color
Shark tooth – or anything at all
Wood skewer
Crochet needle for smoothing and mark making
Acrylic paint for antiquing

Select an interesting shape to use for the base of your pendant. I liked this tooth because it had 2 tiny teeth off to one side. Very cool.
Flatten a small piece of clay just big enough to fold over the top of your base.
Make sure that the clay covers/reveals exactly what you want. The less time you take working on this part, the better. As you work the clay gets softer and thinner and it will not hold.
Roll out a 3″ piece of clay. Fold it in half and smooth the fold to the back of your pendant.
Lay a skewer across the top of the pendant and fold the ends of the roll toward the front.
Here I’m wrapping the ends around the skewer for effect. You could choose to make curlicues on the pendant with the ends.
Choose a focal bead. Press it in slightly. Make another smaller roll to trap the bead and curl the ends into a design.
Finish adding details like swirls and dots.Texturize the clay with the end of the crochet needle. The more texture the better for the antiquing.Bake the clay according to package directions.Cover small areas with paint and rub off the excess.  Repeat until you like the look.

 


Dad’s BBQ Rib Rub by Candace Jedrowicz

Dad's BBQ Rib Rub by Candace Jedrowicz

Dad's BBQ Rib Rub by Candace Jedrowicz

Joe Jedrowicz is Candace’s hubby and her favorite cook!  The two of them concocted a yummy Father’s Day gift that the whole family can help make and everyone will enjoy tasting!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s fun and delicious Dad’s BBQ Rib Rub YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Collage Pauge – matte
Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
8 oz jar
Decorative paper
Brown permanent marker
Raffia
Small spoon or scoop
Paper alphabet letters
Button(s) for top
Recipe:
2 Tbsp sugar
6 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp granulated garlic
1 Tsp ground red pepper
2 Tsp chili powder
1/2 Tsp smoked paprika
1/2 Tsp black pepper
1/2 Tsp salt
1/4 Tsp ground ginger

Choose a jar that is smooth and rounded.
Cut or tear paper for a label. Play with your letters until you like how they look. Glue them in place.
Brush Collage Pauge over a large enough space on the jar to place your label. Coat the back of your label with Collage Pauge. Place the label on the jar.
Coat the front of the label. Allow to dry.
If you want to change the appearance of the lid you can color it with a marker, or whatever you like.
Cover the top of the lid with your decorative paper. Glue on the button(s). Tie on your spoon with raffia.