Wednesday, October 8, 2008

now charming

In more retreat prep, I've been making charms for swapping. Yet another first for me. As with many of my art projects, I wanted to repurpose something and use materials I had on hand, purchasing as little new as possible. In the end, the only item I ended up buying was a pack of 7mm jump rings.

I experimented with several charm-sized items to use for the body of the charm, but ended up settling on metal bottle caps. To start, I pounded each cap flat with a hammer.

I then cut imperfect on purpose circles (a little smaller than the cap size) out of handmade paper scraps from my stash. I glued these to the underside of the cap using matte medium. I also coated the top of the paper with matte medium.

Using my laser printer, I printed out a sheet of love, hope and gives' on transparency film.

After cutting out a single word from the transparency, I glued that to the cap using matte medium. After the cap dried, I painted just a bit using acrylic paints. Then using my Crop-A-Dile (awesome tool) I punched two holes in the cap. One hole in the center of the heart and one at the top for the eventual jump ring.

Using a flattish bead and a mini brad I inserted both through the heart's center hole. To give the look of soldering (no torch involved) I painted Jim Holtz silver alcohol ink on the edge of the charm and around the jump ring circle.

I repeated the step of attaching handmade paper to the back of the charm to cover the legs of the brad. I then painted a bit to enhance (but not cover) the paper. Next I matte mediumed a piece of transparency film with my name to the back. I coated both the front and the back with a satin sealer and inserted the jump ring.

My next challenge-to-self is coming up with something to do with plastic diet coke caps which multiply like bunnies around here. If you have any ideas please share. : )


Terre Busse said...

I love these charms! So sweet and simple. I am going to try and make some myself. Thanks for detailing how to make them here on your blog. I saw your spot in Cloth Paper Scissors. Congratulations! I love your other work too.

Lani Robertson said...

i love your little charms and your blog is wonderful too. i found you in cloth paper scissors!

lani :)

Patti Erickson said...

So very cute! I love the concept of re-purposing and using what you have. Found your blog via the Michael's Handmade Holiday site!
Thanks for the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

Such a fun and unique twist on bottle cap charms!

As for the plastic diet coke caps, I have used mine for charms that I glue laminated vintage photos into. But, recently I saw a great tutorial for the cutest little felted pincushions that I can't wait to try.