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Glittery Pumpkin Buttons by Candace Jedrowicz

Candace 31 Days Pumpkin Buttons


Making your own buttons is a hoot!  These simple pumpkin buttons began as a piece of polymer clay that I shaped, baked and made a mold of. But, you don’t even have to make an original piece to begin with, you can make a mold of ANYTHING!  Just think of the possibilities!

Materials:

Polymer clay – Orange and scrap clay
Mold making medium
Crochet needle
Wire
Round nose pliers
Chan nose pliers
Wire Cutters
Needle tool or toothpick
Glue
Glitter

Make a small, flat backed pumpkin shape.Use a crochet needle to mark the sections of the pumpkin.

You can use scrap clay for this, because this will be the piece you make a mold of.

Bake according to directions.  Allow to cool.

You will need a mold making medium.  THis is a Sculpey product that I like.You’ll also need powder and a brush to spread it.
Brush and dab the powder on the original piece.
Push the powdered piece into a ball of mold medium.Turn it over and push a little bit to even the surface.
Very gently pull the mold medium away from the baked piece ever so slightly and push a tiny bit on the back side of the mold medium to release the piece.Bake the mold as directed and allow to cool.
To make the button and shank you’ll need orange clay, the baked mold, a water spritzer, 20 gauge wire, round nose pliers and chain nose pliers.
Cut a 1″ piece of wire and bend it around the round nose pliers.
Bend both ends out to the side with the chain nose pliers.
Put a bend in both ends keeping the ends level.
Push a small amount of clay into the mold.  You may need to adjust the amount of clay.  You don’t want it to extend beyond the edge and have it be sloppy.
Place the wire on the clay.Press down slightly.
Put a dot of clay over the wire ends.
Smooth the dots the best you can.Turn the mold over and gently push the back to release the clay.
Bake as directed and allow to cool.
Paint the pumpkins with glue and pour glitter on.  I held the button with pliers while I glittered.  It worked well.Pull through the wet glue in the creases for more depth.

Allow to dry.


Wicked Wire Wrapping for a Pendant

Candace 31 Days Wicked Wire Wrapping #2

Wicked Wire Wrapping by Candace Jedrowicz

Making jewelry findings can be lots of fun and way easier than you think!  In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a bail for a pendant.  It can be used on anything that has a front to back hole that you want to string on a chain.

See how the pendant was made

Watch Candace’s Wire Wrapping video tutorial

Materials:

20 Gauge wire – 6″
Accent bead
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Wire Cutters

1. Measuring 1 1/2″ from one end of the wire, bend the wire around something large enough for your pendant piece.  I used a jump ring sizer, but you could use anything.  Crimp the wrapped wire just below where they meet.

2. You just made the loop to go through the hole on your pendant piece.  Slide the pendant piece on the loop.

3. Grasp the loop on the outside of the pendant piece using the round nose pliers.   Bend the short wire tail to the side and wrap it around the long wire tail.

4. Slide on and accent bead.  In the video, I didn’t wrap the short tail before adding the bead.  I chose a bead with a hole large enough to fit over both wire tails and wrapped the short tail above the bead.  Either way is fine.

5. Starting just above the bead, wrap the long tail around a pencil (or anything you have handy) twice.  At the end of the second wrap, cross the wire over to the other side of the first wrap and wrap the tail around between the double loop and the bead.

It won’t look manufactured, but I happen to like the wabi-sabi style.  Imperfect is charming to me!


Funky Felt Crow by Candace Jedrowicz

Funky Felt Crow by Candace Jedrowicz 300x150

9-24-2012 Funky Felt Crows by Candace Jedrowicz

Candace  Jedrowicz found a super cute felt chick tutorial on MyrtleandEunice.com and went mad for it!  The tiny chicks with wire feet were dancing in Riverdance style, doing the Can Can and, yes, even doing Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance.  The Funky Felt Crows were aching to born so they could join in the fun!  Candace obliged and here they are!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s fun and fabulous Felt Crow YouTube video tutorial

Materials:

Pattern from Myrtle and Eunice – The link is directly below the Can Can chicks
Felt – black and gold
Black thread
Sewing scissors
Polyester fiber stuffing
Beads – 2 black for the eyes
Narrow needle
Seed beads – optional
Wire for the feet – the size depends on the size bird you make.

1. Print out the pattern – enlarge if desired.

2. Cut the felt pattern pieces.

3. Begin sewing the two body pieces together just below where the face will be( as indicated on the pattern) and blanket stitch toward the tail (I demonstrate the blanket stitch in the video).

4. Just below the tail (where indicated on the pattern), add the gusset between the body pieces sewing down one side and and then the other and leave the tail open.

5. Stuff the body until the seams flatten out and the bird is plump.

6. Sew the tail closed.

7. Tack the wings and beak on with a few stitches.

8. Add the eye beads and stitch in place.

9. To add feet, cut as long a wire as you can and thread the wire though one seam and out the other side seam.

10. Bend the wire down and make oblong loops for the talons – one toward the back and 2 or 3 toward the front.

11. Trim off the excess wire.

12. Add bead embroidery if desired – using a beading needle, pick up 6 beads at a time. Anchor them by pulling needle and thread through the fabric and come up behind the last three beads. Thread the needle through those 3 beads and pick up 6 more.  It’s like a back stitch with beads.

Polka Dot Button Bracelet by Candace Jedrowicz

Polka Dot Button Bracelet Hero

What could be more fun than wearing a fluffy, button-dotted bracelet? Making one for yourself! Candace Jedrowicz crafts up a fun and easy bracelet to make and share. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s super cute Polka Dot Button Bracelet YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue
Aleene’s Tacky Dot Singles
Cardboard roll – I used a masking tape roll
Scissors
Buttons
Fabric strips – I used sherpa fleece because it’s stretchy

Cut your cardboard roll so that it can expand to go over your wrist. It may seem way to big for your wrist, but wrapping it with fabric will make it tighter.
Run a bead of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue to tack down the end of your first fabric strip.
Begin wrapping the fabric around the tube tightly, add more glue as you go.
Continue to wrap until you like the way it looks.  Be sure to try it on your wrist occasionally.  I went three times around. Secure the end with more glue. Place a Tacky Dot Single where ever you want to put a button.
Place the large buttons first.
Fill in with the smaller buttons.

 


Cup and Saucer Flower by Candace Jedrowicz

Cup and Saucer Flowers

Candace Jedrowicz is planting coffee cup flowers in her sister-in-law’s yard!  These flowers will never fade and you never have to cut them back!  That’s perfect for a pair of non-gardening coffee lovers!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s awesome Cup and Saucer Flower YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Platinum Bond 7800 Glue
Ceramic cup and saucer
Electrical wire – 3′ per flower
Large and small glass blobs
3/4″ PVC pipe – 3′ per flower
3/4″ coupler – 1 per flower
Spray paint to cover the pipe and coupler

Prepare your pipe and coupler by painting it, and your cup and saucer by drilling one hole in the cup and two holes in the saucer.
The hole in the cup is for drainage.One hole in the saucer is for drainage and the other is for your wire.Make sure your wire hole will be outside of the cup.
Begin wrapping the wire around a something round – I used a glue bottle.Wrap around 3/4 of the bottle.
Make a sharp bend in the wire and repeat 5 or 6 times.These will be petals.
Check to make sure the wire will fit properly, allowing room for the cup and keeping the petals within the outer edge of the saucer.
Pull the shape together and bend the wire tails down so you can put them through the hole in the saucer.
Bend the wire tails out of the way and glue the cup in place.
Glue your large glass blobs inside of the wire petals.Allow the glue to dry.
Glue the small glass blobs around the rim of the cup.Turn the cup and saucer over to keep the blobs in place while they dry.
Glue the larger end of the coupler to the bottom of the saucer in the center and allow to dry.Glue the pipe/stem into the coupler.

 


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

Materials:

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
Beads
Needle
Embellishments

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!


Plastic Spoon Easter Eggs Card by EcoHeidi Borchers

IAH Plastic Spoon Easter Egg by EcoHeidi Borchers - Hero

EcoHeidi Borchers makes Easter magic with colorful plastic spoons, shredded paper, Tulip Fabric Spray Paint and Tulip Dimensional Paints in this super cool craft how-to!  Watch EcoHeidi’s video demonstration of this project here, then start your own Easter fun with these easy-to-follow instructions. As featured on Inspired At Home internet TV hosted by Tiffany Windsor. Also featured in Cool2Craft FaveCrafts newsletter.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Plastic Spoon Easter Eggs Card YouTube video tutoria!

Materials: 

Blank card 5″ x 7″
Shredded paper (I used paper from my paper shredder)
Tulip Fabric Spray Paint – green
Plastic spoons – assorted colors
Tulip Dimensional Paints – assorted colors
Glue (I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue)
Alphabet stencil (1″ tall letters)
Pencil
Waxed paper
Small candle and matches

 
Place the shredded paper onto waxed paper and spritz with the spray paint.
Turn over and spritz again. Spread out and let dry.
Glue the dried painted shredded paper along the bottom edge of the card. Let glue dry.
In a well-ventilated area, carefully hold the plastic spoon over the candle flame (but not in the flame). The flame should be under the area where the handle meets the bowl of the spoon.
Within a few seconds the heat of the candle will soften the plastic.  Pull the handle apart from the bowl of the spoon.
If you need to trim the edges of the bowl or the stem, return to the heat of the flame for a few seconds to soften plastic. Then cut or trim while the plastic is still soft.  Be careful! If you leave the plastic in the heat too long the plastic will be hot.
Here are the spoons all cut and trimmed.
Shake the dimensional paint down to the tip before using and always test before applying to project. Carefully squeeze the paint into different patterns and shapes onto the outside of the spoon bowl. Let paint dry completely.
Lightly trace the letters with pencil onto the card, using the alphabet stencil.
Cover the pencil tracing with the dimensional paint.
IAH Plastic Spoon Easter Egg by EcoHeidi Borchers - Hero Glue the dried Easter eggs onto the card into the shredded paper.
Here’s a cute example of another plastic spoon Easter egg project where the spoon handles are painted brown and assembled into a basket.
Painting tips:Here’s an alternate painting technique for applying the shapes for the eggs.

On waxed paper, squeeze paint into different shapes or dots. After the paint dries, you can peel the painted shapes off the waxed paper, then glue shapes onto the plastic spoon bowl.

You can also put a rhinestone in the middle of each dot.Flower shapes – Center dot with 5 to 6 dots around center dot.Hearts – Squeeze dot and pull into a line, then pull up. Repeat with other side of heart.

Inspired at Home TV with Tiffany Windsor February 14, 2011

Textured Heart Art Canvas by Tiffany Windsor

Textured Heart Art Canvas by Tiffany Windsor

We’re sharing the LOVE on Inspired at Home TV. Today’s episode features things we love, being in love and sharing our love of creativity.  Featured projects include:

Textured Heart Art Mini Canvas by Tiffany Windsor
Simple Heart Mosaic by EcoHeidi Borchers
Easy Bubble Wrap Stamping by Linda Peterson
Creative Inspiration by Candace Jedrowicz
Recycled Greeting Card Heart Baskets by EcoHeidi Borchers
Rose Petal Salve by Candace Liccione

The entire episode has been embedded below or if you would prefer to watch individual project demos – go to the Cool2Craft YouTube Channel.

After you watch, be sure to leave your comments. We’d love to hear from you!


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