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Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz

Articulated Skeletons Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz

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.

Articulated Skeleton 1 300x187 Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz Here are two completed skeletons with polymer clay pieces next to the bone beads they will make.
Articulated Skeleton 2 300x173 Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz 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.
Articulated Skeleton 3 300x186 Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz 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.
Articulated Skeleton 4 300x173 Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz 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.
Articulated Skeleton 5 300x172 Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz Press eyes into the skull.  If you plan to use gems in the eyes, make sure the hole is large enough.
Articulated Skeleton 6 300x181 Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz The rib cage is a flattened, elongated piece.Squeeze the center for the front of the ribs.Mark any number of ribs you want.
Articulated Skeleton 7 300x190 Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz 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.
Articulated Skeleton 8 300x245 Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz The pelvis is kind of a bicycle seat shape. Make holes in the sides and bend them up slightly.
Articulated Skeleton 9 300x193 Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz 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.
Articulated Skeleton 10 300x267 Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz 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.
Articulated Skeleton 11 300x270 Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz 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.
Articulated Skeleton 12 300x273 Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz 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.
Articulated Skeleton 14 300x300 Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz 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 300x254 Whimsical Articulated Skeleton by Candace Jedrowicz Glue accessories in place.

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