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Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz

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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

Materials:

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.
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Are You or Anyone You Know a Girly Girl?

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[Candace’s blog] My grand nieces are some of the girliest girls I know!  They are as adorable and graceful as their mom, who, by the way, is always up for a little of my particular brand of nuttiness – Que the makeup and hair!

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In this week’s Linky Party I am joined by my niece, Adrienne, and two of her girly girls, Ana and Vanessa.  Girly Girl is a really fun theme, because it embraces such a vast array of things!  What’s your girly girliest post/project?  Hop over to the Girly Girl Linky Party this week and link up, my friends, link up!


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Fabric Pumpkin Patch Napkin by Tiffany Windsor

10-03-11 Tiffany Fabric Napkin

10-03-11 Tiffany Fabric Napkin

It’s super easy to make this pumpkin patch no-sew napkin with Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Sheets. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Tiffany’s super cool Fabric Pumpkin Patch Napkin YouTube video tutorial!

Pumpkin Patch Napkin by Tiffany Windsor - 1  Cut napkin fabric to desired size and iron 3/8″ seam along the edges.
 Pumpkin Patch Napkin by Tiffany Windsor - 2 To hem fabric, apply Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue along one edge at a time.
 Pumpkin Patch Napkin by Tiffany Windsor - 3 Use squeegee (I used plastic hanging file folder tab) to smooth out glue. Fold fabric over and press to hold in place. Repeat for each edge gluing all layers of fabric in corners.
 Pumpkin Patch Napkin by Tiffany Windsor - 4 Use circle template to draw circles onto Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Sheet. (Be sure to draw patterns on the shiny side of Sheet.)
 Pumpkin Patch Napkin by Tiffany Windsor - 5  Cut roughly around circle and remove liner paper.
 Pumpkin Patch Napkin by Tiffany Windsor - 6  Press adhesive side down onto wrong side of fabric.
 Pumpkin Patch Napkin by Tiffany Windsor - 7  Cut out along pattern line.
 Pumpkin Patch Napkin by Tiffany Windsor - 8  Cut curved indent on both the top and bottom of circle to create pumpkin shape.
 Pumpkin Patch Napkin by Tiffany Windsor - 9 Lay out pumpkins along one edge of napkin to determine placement. Remove liner paper and press in place on napkin.
 Pumpkin Patch Napkin by Tiffany Windsor - 10 Add stems and leaves and press all pieces in place on napkin running finger along all edges to firmly adhere adhesive to fabric.
 Pumpkin Patch Napkin by Tiffany Windsor - 11  Cut away napkin fabric along bottom edge following pumpkin shapes.
 Pumpkin Patch Napkin by Tiffany Windsor - 12 Fold napkin and add napkin ring (I used a smaller variation of EcoHeidi’s Rolled Beads Necklace).It’s time for a party!

 


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Hammered Copper Dangle Earrings by Candace Jedrowicz

Hammered Copper Dangle Earrings Candace Jedrowicz

Hammered Copper Dangle Earrings Candace Jedrowicz

These swirlicious dangle earrings have graceful movement and bling appeal!  Candace Jedrowicz demonstrates how to make these easy copper wire earrings in under an hour…including the ear wire!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s fun and fabulous Hammered Copper Dangle Earring YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:
Copper wire – 20 gauge
Wire cutters
Round nose pliers
Needle nose pliers
Accent beads with a hole large enough to accommodate two strands of 20 gauge wire
Fingernail file, fingernail buffer or very fine sand paper

Cut 8 pieces of wire in the following lengths:
2 1/2″ – cut 2
2 3/4″ – cut 2
3″ – cut 2
4″ – cut 2. Set the 4″ lengths aside – they’re for the ear wires.This photo shows beginning the wrapping of the longest wire first, however the first earring sets the lengths of all three dangle wires for the second earring.So, begin with the shortest wires.  Make a small swirl on the end of one wire.
Start making the back and forth squiggly bends. Leave 1/2″ at the top to make the loop.Beginning right above the last squiggle, wrap the wire around one prong of the round nose pliers and secure by wrapping the tail of wire just under the loop. Cut off the excess, if you have any.
The squiggles on the longest wire begins below the other two wires, so complete the short and medium wires first.
Measure the long wire squiggles (leaving the 1/2″ to make the loop at the top) to end just below the short and medium squiggles.The straight length of the long wire allows the other two wires to dangle freely.
For the second earring, measure all the wires comparing them to the first earring, matching the direction of the swirls and bends.
When you put the second earring’s dangles together you will flip each wire over to go the opposite direction for balance.
The next step gives the dangles a fun, kind of faceted look! Hammer the wires with a chasing hammer on both sides, re-form them if the squiggles spread out.If you don’t have a chasing hammer or metal block to work on, improvise, or leave the wires as they are.
To make the ear wires – wrap the 4″ wire around the thickest part of the round nose pliers 1-1/3″ from one end. Crimp the tails while the wire is still on the pliers. This makes a large loop.Slide all three dangles on the loop.
Slide one bead over both tail pieces of the wire.
 Wrap the shorter tail just above the bead.
Form the long tail over the handle of the pliers or other round object. Cut off the excess wire.Use the fingernail file to very gently sand the end of the ear wire to take off the sharp edges.

Reverse Fabric Water Bottle Earrings by EcoHeidi Borchers

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9-26-11 Heidi Fabric Earrings v2

EcoHeidi Borchers creates super easy, super light-weight earrings from water bottles and fabric.  With this reverse application technique  you can create earrings in any shape, color or pattern. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s super cool Reverse Fabric Water Bottle Earring YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Water bottles (with smooth sides – I use SmartWater bottles for this project)
Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Dry Cleanable Fabric Adhesive
Scissors
Craft knife
Circle template
Marking pen
Sticker remover (I use Undo)
Fabric
Cereal box (or thin cardboard) for squeegee
Brayer (or other cylinder tool for rolling)
Small hole punch
Eye pins (2)
Jump rings (2)
Miscellaneous beads
Wire snips
Round nose pliers
Wire (approximately 6″ for each earring)
Fish hook wire earrings

EcoHeidi Reverse Fabric Earrings - 1 Cut top from water bottle with craft knife. Remove labels from bottle. Use scissors to cut squares from bottle.
EcoHeidi Reverse Fabric Earrings - 2 Place circle template over square and mark cutting line with marking pen.
EcoHeidi Reverse Fabric Earrings - 3 Use scissors to cut along pattern line.
EcoHeidi Reverse Fabric Earrings - 4 Place cut piece on paper towel and apply label remover to remove any remaining stickiness and marker lines. This pieces should be very clear when you have finished cleaning it.
EcoHeidi Reverse Fabric Earrings - 5 Apply glue to back of circle.
EcoHeidi Reverse Fabric Earrings - 6 Use squeegee to smooth glue over entire surface.
EcoHeidi Reverse Fabric Earrings - 7 Cut fabric slightly larger than circle. Place face down into glue. Use a brayer of other round tool to roll fabric into glue. Be certain that fabric is securely glued all the way to the edges.
EcoHeidi Reverse Fabric Earrings - 8 Use scissors to cut fabric even with edge of water bottle circle.
EcoHeidi Reverse Fabric Earrings - 9 Punch hole at top to attach earring findings.
EcoHeidi Reverse Fabric Earrings - 10 String beads onto eye pin.
EcoHeidi Reverse Fabric Earrings - 11 Use round nose pliers to create loop at end of eye pin. Loop jump ring through punched hole and add beads to jump ring. Close jump ring.
EcoHeidi Reverse Fabric Earrings - 13 Leaving approximately 2 ” at each end, wrap wire around pencil.
EcoHeidi Reverse Fabric Earrings - 14 Slip coiled wire over beads. Wrap wire at top of beads (below loop) several times to secure. Cut excess wire.
EcoHeidi Reverse Fabric Earrings - 15 Use pliers to start to coil wire. Use fingers to continue to coil.
EcoHeidi Reverse Fabric Earrings - 16 Press coiled wire to hang over fabric circle. Add earring hoop to top of beads.

Pumpkin Cupcake Toppers by Linda Peterson

Pumpkin Cupcake Topper by Linda Peterson

Pumpkin Cupcake Topper by Linda Peterson

Linda Peterson shows how to add a creative and fun touch to your cupcakes with these simple pumpkin cupcake toppers.  Paper and Aleene’s Tacky Double-Stick sheets are all you need to complete this project in minutes!  Featured on Livin’ the Creative Life TV.

Watch Linda’s super cool Pumpkin Cupcake Topper YouTube video tutorial!

Aleene’s Tacky Double-Stick Sheets (1)
¾ or 1” circle punch
Small flower punch (optional)
Yellow, green and brown card stock
Toothpick
Orange colored chalk ink
Glitter glue (optional)
Scissors

Apply Tacky Sheet to the back of yellow, green and brown card stock.
Punch out one yellow circle with the sticky back paper and one without.
Cut a wavy line into bottom of each circle and a little notch out of top to form pumpkin shape.Cut one log from approximately 1/4” wide by ¾” long for stem.Cut two teardrop shapes for leaves with scissors.
Remove adhesive from back of pumpkin.  Apply stem and tooth pick to center.
Place remaining pumpkin shape over back. Highlight edges with chalk.Apply leaves to front where desired.Embellish with small punched flowers if desired.Add a drop of glitter glue to the center of each flower.

Press toothpick end into cupcake.


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Pumpkin Napkin Rings by Linda Peterson

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Pumpkin Napkin HOLDER BY lINDA pETERSON

Linda Peterson shows you how a trip to the dollar store and an hour is all it takes to decorate your table top for fall with these sunflower and pumpkin napkin holders.

Watch Linda’s fun and fabulous Pumpkin Napkin Ring YouTube video tutorial!

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Materials:
Sunflower bush
Accent bush with small pumpkins, leaves or other fall décor of choice
Brown floral tape
Rope covered wire (from floral section) or substitute 20 gauge wire
Scissors
Wire cutters
Hot glue gun
Hot glue

  Remove sunflowers from bushes leaving approximately 4” long stem.  Wrap stem with floral tape.
To create ring, cut a 5” length of rope wire. Overlap ends and wrap with floral tape. (If using wire, wrap wire completely with floral tape.)
Place accent pieces together on opposite ends and wrap in the center to secure.  Attach sunflower to accent stems and wrap with floral tape to secure.
Wrap floral stem to ring with floral tape to secure.Insert napkin into ring and arrange flowers as neede.

Personalized Pet Mosaic Plaque by Candace Jedrowicz

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Candace Jedrowicz is playing with polymer clay, a peanut butter jar lid, beads, wire and charms. Grout this design to create a super cute mosaic plaque. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s fun and fabulous Pet Mosaic Plaque YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:
A peanut butter lid, or other kind of jar lid
Polymer clay – granite, turquoise, glitter silver and white or transparent (or any colors of your choice)
About 3″ of 20 gauge wire
Assorted beads and charms
Any kind of small letters to spell your pet’s name, or other message
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Foamtastic Glue
Thin sheets of craft foam or whatever material you like to build up layers, while keeping the plaque lightweight
Drill with 1/16″ bit, or hammer and nail
Grout – any color
To make turquoise, I mixed some speckled granite clay with transparent blue.Choose a color to represent your pet in the middle of the plaque.  I made a paw and bone to represent my dog, but you can use anything at all.

Make small flat stones from one of the polymer clay colors.  These are for the letters of your pet’s name.

Add a ring of another color of stones to go all the way around the outer edge.Your jar lid will determine the sizes of your pieces.  make them as large or small as you want.  Play with it until you achieve the look you want.

I attached metal letters at this point.  If you’ll be gluing on your letters, wait until after grouting, so they won’t be damaged.

Remove the clay pieces and bake according to the directions on the clay package.

Drill or poke holes in the out edge of the jar lid – 2 on top about 2″ apart for the hanging wire – as many holes as you have charms on the opposite side to make dangles.

Cut two circles of foam to fit in the jar lid.  Glue one layer of the foam into the bottom of the jar lid with Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue.  The object is to raise the clay pieces to the top of the jar lid rim.Cut about 8″ of wire for the handle.

String assorted decorative beads onto the middle of the wire and thread both ends into the two top holes.

String one small bead on each end of the wire.  Thread the ends back through the holes you just threaded them into and pull until the beads stop you. Curl the tails.

Cut about 2″ of wire for each dangle hole.  Bend an eye hook in one end and bend squiggles in the wire.  Thread each wire through its hole, leaving the eye hook on the outside.

Use Aleene’s Foamtastic Glue to bond the second layer of foam to the first, gluing the wires in place in the process.
Glue all your clay pieces in place  with Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue and allow to dry.
Fill in the spaces with grout.  Wipe off the excess grout.When the grout has firmed a bit, you can do some smoothing with a damp sponge.

Allow to dry.

Put together the charms and dangles and attach them with the eye hooks.

 

The outside edge of the jar lid can be painted or decorated in any way you like.

How to Make a Tulip Glam It Up Pet Paw Print by Tiffany Windsor [Video]

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Tulip Glam it Up Paw Print by Tiffany Windsorit

In this video Tiffany Windsor shows how to make a super cool, sparkly pet paw print on fabric with a Tulip Glam It Up Rhinestone Iron-on.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

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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

Materials:
White bread- 1 slice
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Zip Loc Bag- 2
Tablespoon
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.