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Hot Chocolate Wall Art by Candace Jedrowicz

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10 29 2012 Hot Chocolate Wall Art by Candace Jedrowicz 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!

Material:

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
Scissors
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.


Wicked Wire Wrapping for a Pendant

Candace 31 Days Wicked Wire Wrapping #2

Wicked Wire Wrapping 2 Wicked Wire Wrapping for a Pendant

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!


Polymer Clay Skull Bead by Candace Jedrowicz

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Skull Bead Polymer Clay Skull Bead by Candace Jedrowicz

Polymer clay is such a versatile medium!  I love making small beads in all kinds of shapes, but funny little skulls just tickle me.  That being said, skull beads are easy and anyone can do it!

Watch Candace’s Polymer Clay Skull Bead video tutorial

Materials:

Polymer clay – white
Black slick paint
Craft knife
Needle tool or toothpick
Paper towel

1. Roll the clay into a small ball

2. Pinch the bottom into an upper and lower jaw area

3. Use the blade of the craft knife to cut teeth with vertical lines

4. Use the blade again to cut across the middle of the teeth, opening the mouth

5. Use the end of the needle tool to make eyes

6. Use the craft knife blade turned sideways to make the nose holes

7. Use the needle tool or toothpick to make a hole down the center

8.  Bake according to directions

9. Apply the slick paint directly from the tube into the mouth, eyes and nose

10. Wipe off excess paint with a paper towel


Frankie Door Hanger by Candace Jedorwicz

Candace 31 Days Frankie

Frankie Door Hanger Frankie Door Hanger by Candace Jedorwicz

By now, you know that I save – nay- seek out fun tissue boxes.  The whole sides are usable for just about anything, but the overlapping sides are only partially useable.  Well I liked this little guy enough to carefully take him apart and put him back together.  Apropo, no?

Watch Candace’s Frankie Door Hanger video tutorial

Materials:

Halloween tissue box
Scissors
Hole punch – 1/8″ – I used the small hole punch on my Cropadile
Grommets
Cropadile or grommet setter
Glitter glue – I used black to make the “stitches”
20 Gauge wire
Headpins
Wire cutters
Round nose pliers
Beads

1. Cut out your focal panel and decorate with glitter glue if desired and allow to dry.

2. Punch 2 holes toward the outer edges on the top and punch 5 holes on the bottom edge.

3. Add grommets to the holes.

4. Cut a 16″ piece of wire and fill half way with beads.

5. Slide all the beads to the middle of the wire and put the wire tails through the top 2 holes from back to front.

6. Use the round nose pliers to start a spiral on the wire tails and roll them up to the holes.

7. Make or buy 5 charms.  If you make them, slide 2 or 3 beads on a headpin and make a large loop.

8. Slide the charms though the grommets on the bottom and wrap the wire tails around to secure.

DSC05572 Frankie Door Hanger by Candace Jedorwicz



31 Days of Halloween – Day 18 – Cardboard Halloween Pendant

Candace 31 Days Cardboard Pendant

Cardboard Pendant 31 Days of Halloween   Day 18   Cardboard Halloween 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

Materials:

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 on the Ides of October

Candace 31 Days Steampunk Bat

Steampunk Bat Promo Steampunk Bat Necklace on the Ides of October

Eeek!  It’s day 15 of 31 Days of Halloween!  I am having so much fun!  This is my project for this week’s show.  It’s the Halloween show, of course!  Be sure to check out all the projects for the show – they’re so inspiring!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

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

Materials:

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″
Scissors
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.


 

Steampunk Bat Necklace by Candace Jedrowicz

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10 8 2012 Steampunk Bat Necklace by Candace Jedrowicz 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!

Materials:

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″
Scissors
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.


 

Polymer Clay Candy Corn Beads by Candace Jedrowicz

Candace 31 Days Candy Corn Beads

Candy Corn Beads Polymer Clay 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.

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Candy+Corn+Beads+1 Polymer Clay Candy Corn Beads by Candace Jedrowicz 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.
Candy+Corn+Beads+2 Polymer Clay Candy Corn Beads by Candace Jedrowicz 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.
Candy+Corn+Beads+4 Polymer Clay Candy Corn Beads by Candace Jedrowicz 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.
Candy+Corn+Beads+5 Polymer Clay Candy Corn Beads by Candace Jedrowicz Gently roll the pieces until the all edges touch and it looks like a continuous cone shape.
Candy+Corn+Beads+6 Polymer Clay Candy Corn Beads by Candace Jedrowicz Flatten the cone shape slightly. It’s a good idea to have that candy corn to look at for dimension.
Candy+Corn+Beads+7 Polymer Clay Candy Corn Beads by Candace Jedrowicz 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.

Candy+Corn+Beads+9 Polymer Clay Candy Corn Beads by Candace Jedrowicz 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

It’s a Halloween Muse Carnival!

31 Days of Halloween Cake Mail by Candace Jedrowicz

Halloween Cake Mail Hero Its a Halloween Muse Carnival!

Happy October!  Are you ready for some spooky delicious fun?  Candace Jedrowicz has 31 days of Halloween themed projects for your creative brains!  Mmmmm.  Brains.  First up: Halloween cake mail!

The first video shows how to cut a sponge to make the cake base, paint it and attach the post card ~ Enjoy

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Part 2 shows how to frost your cake mail with caulk and give it Halloween bling ~ Sweet

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Materials:

Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
Large sponge
Painter’s caulk
Card stock
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
Craft knife
Plastic disposable pastry bags  – sandwich bags are not strong enough for this
Embellishments

1. Cut sponge into wedges/cake slice shapes.

2. Cut a slot down the center of one side, horizontally and cut away the sponge in the slot.

3. Paint the sponge and allow to dry.

4. Cut card stock to the size of one side of the cake and glue on.

5. Squeeze caulk into a disposable pastry bag, tie the end off with a baggie tie and snip off the tip.

6. Squeeze the caulk  into the slot on the side and all over the top and back of the cake.

7. Add embellishments to the icing.

8. Allow to dry until the caulk is hard.  That may take a few days.

Come back tomorrow for another Halloween treat!

Funky Felt Crow by Candace Jedrowicz

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9 24 2012 Funky Felt Crows by Candace Jedrowicz Funky Felt Crow 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.