Wishing you a "Charming" Easter

Happy Easter!

"Well pleaseth me the sweet time of Easter
That maketh the leaf and the flower come out."
~ Bertran de Born

These were probably my favorite charms to make this year.  I love vintage-style and old vintage paper art.  They were created using some images from the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Collection, metal stamping plates, beads, 20 guage Artistic Wire, and silver findings.  

These egg-shaped charms are a result of a video Tim Holtz posted last week for Alcohol Ink Eggs.  He used white plastic eggs for his beautiful creations, and I used some soft pink and yellow egg-shaped beads I found for mine.  The technique for the egg charm on the far left is from a video Blowing Alcohol Inks to Create Stunning Backgrounds


Again, using Tim's technique, the two charms above are the result of using the alcohol inks on two large while pearl beads.  

Two old images were reduced in size and  placed in  silver bezels for these charms.  For something different, I placed a thin layer of mica on top of each.  My photo doesn't capture it, but the layer of mica is creates a lovely effect.  

More Sewing Charms!

I have some fun charms to share with you today.

This charm took a little time to create, but I really liked the results.
  • The image for this was from an old advertising card or postcard.  I reduced it to 1 1/4" X 7/8" and printed 2 (for the front and back of the charm).  
  • I then cut out three or four 1 1/4" X 7/8" pieces of Strathmore Watercolor paper (140 lb) and glued (I used Glossy Accents) them together.  After dry, glue images on front and back of the water color paper.  The charm is now about 1/8" thick and strong.  
  • Since this was an ink jet image, it needed to be sealed first.  Glossy Accents seals an image from my ink jet printer, but you might want to test yours first.  I don't know if all printer inks react the same or not.  
  • I used Distress Ink around the edges for a vintage look and to color the edges of the water color paper.  .  
  • I then gave it several coats of DuraClear Satin Varnish to seal it and make it wearable
  • With a soft cloth, I rubbed Celtic Bronze Gilder's Paste around the edges of the charm.
  • For the dangle, I used a tiny craft spool (antiqued with Distress Ink) and then wrapped with some white thread, and included a small antique button.  I used antique gold wire and findings. 

This charm was created from an old card of sewing snaps.  It was in pretty bad shape so I pulled the snaps off and cut out a couple of insteresting images with a 1" square punch.  I glued (Glossy Accents) the image  on to a metal stamping blank.  Then I applied a few light coats of DuraClear Satin Varnish to protect the image and make it wearable.  I like DuraClear, but you can use whatever is your favorite glaze or varnish.  I glued the snap back on the image where it had once been and added a blue bead and another of the snaps for fun. Finished size 1 1/4"

I love these little bottles.  I hoard a lot of them--all sizes and shapes.  I had some tiny snaps for baby clothes that I found in a flea market.  The card they were on was in poor shape, so I decided to display them in a little bottle (left).  I sealed the tops on the bottles with a thin line of Glossy Accents around the top edge of each bottle. The buttons are baby buttons.  You could use tiny "craft" buttons for this, but they are not as think as the baby buttons.  Finished size of the charms are 1", not counting the jump ring.

The two charms above turned out so cute!  When I used to do a lot of embroidery work (long, long time ago) I would buy little cards like this for my embroidery floss.  These two, however were from a Quickutz 2" die and were cut out of white shrink plastic.  Shrinking made them about 3/4".  I didn't really have to do anything to the surface since it was already white.  I used regular thread to wrap around each "thread card"-- embroidery floss would be a little too thick unless you separated it.  I did put a little adhesive underneath the thread in a couple of places to hold it in place.  Both were finished off with some vintage buttons, tiny safety pins, and some charms (bottom photo).  I used 22 guage Artistic Wire (non tarnish) for the wire work.  Finished size about 1" counting the jump ring.  


March 2015 Charm Swap

March 2015 - Resin Challenge 

  • For this swap you will create a resin charm.  It must include resin, any technique.  The theme for your charm—your choice. 
  • Keep your charms less than 1.5”, using silver findings. 
  • This is a 5 for 5 swap. You can do more than one set of 5, but the second set MUST be different and wrapped separate from the first set. 
  • Sign-ups thru 4/01/15.  Finished charms are due to Bev no later than 5/1. 

IMPORTANT LINKS for this swap . . . 
For full information: Art Charms Yahoo Group in the "Files/Open Swaps" menu, or here.
For Sign-ups: Go to the "Database" menu, or here.

Come join us!

ART CHARMS GROUP links . . .
Art Charms Yahoo Group
Art Chams Facebook Group
Art Charms on Pinterest

Happy St. Pat's Day!

“May your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck, brightened by a song in your heart, and warmed by the smiles of the people you love.”

This is my all-time favorite image for St. Pat's day.  Playing around with it a little, I had it small enough for a charm.  I love how it turned out, and it will be fun to wear!

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Creating Memories with Art Charms

My beautiful mom died in her 40's, and all we had left was memories. That was 50 years ago. She was a wonderful mom and had many talents--but probably the one thing that gave her the most joy was sewing. She made all our clothes, linens, curtains -- everything!  She was a great seamstress, and taught my Sis and I the love of sewing as well.

Thinking of her sitting at her sewing machine, old sewing notions and fabrics are special to me.  I love to look for old lace, sewing notions, etc in flea markets--especially the ones like mom had. I don't really save them away in a box--I like to alter and create charms with them.


This is the front and back of a dress form where I keep most of my altered sewing notions charms.  Most are from charm swaps I participated in with the Art Charms Yahoo Group.  They are pinned on the form and easy to pull off when I want to wear some of them.  

Here are some of mine . . .







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New Charm Swap!

"Gift from a Fairy" Altered Matchbox/Charm Swap

Image from the Old Design Shop

"Fairies, Come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame."
~ William Butler Yeats

This swap will be to alter, or decorate a small matchbox that includes a charm from the fairy garden. 


  1. MATCHBOX: Keeping with a fairy garden theme, you may alter or decorate a real matchbox, or create your own.  If you are making your own matchbox, there are several free templates available online.  Your matchbox does not have to be exactly the same size as a commerical matchbox, but should be close.  A Google search of "Free Matchbox Template" will give you quite a few choices.  
  2. FAIRY CHARM: This is a gift from the "Fairy Garden," so create a charm with that theme in mind.  Your finished charm will need to fit inside the matchbox.  Color of findings, your choice.
  3. We will swap in groups of 6.  Make 6 -- get 6 back.  You may sign up for as many sets as you like, but each set must be different.  
  4. Sign-ups through March 15th.  Finished charms are due no later than April 20th.  

IMPORTANT LINKS for this swap . . . 

  • Full information: Art Charms Yahoo Group in the "Files/Open Swaps" menu, or here.
  • For Sign-ups: Go to the "Database" menu, or here.

Come join us!  

ART CHARMS GROUP links . . .
Art Charms Yahoo Group
Art Chams Facebook Group
Art Charms on Pinterest

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Playing with Junk Jewelry

This is the third heart I've made using junk jewelry, findings, etc.  I am not very creative doing collage, but enjoy playing around with it--and I seem to get better each time I do one. I even have 2 more hearts on my work table ready to add stuff to.  I never give up!

I've had several requests for a tutorial, so read below for a mini how-to . . .   

Shrink plastic heart (I used a Sizzix Framelits Heart die, but you can use any die, or just draw your own.)
Paint Brush
Red tissue paper
Golden Matte Medium
Baroque Art Gilders Paste, Celtic Bronze
Americana DuraClear Satin Varnish
SureBonder Clear 9001 High-Strength Adhesive (or your favorite)

1. Select a heart shape about 4" (before shrinking).  Finished size of the heart I used for this one is about 2".  You want it large enough to add your jewels, etc.  Don't forget to punch a hole in it for your wirework, or jump ring.

2. Wad the tissue, and tear it in small pieces.

3. Brush on some matte medium to a small area of the heart, and place a piece of the tissue over it.  Then brush a thin coat of matte medium over that.  Repeat the process. 

Continue until you have covered the heart on both sides, including the edges.  Allow your tissue to wrinkle and overlap.  After heart is completely covered, I apply another coat of matte medium over entire piece.  Let dry.

4. I then rubbed some Celtic Bronze over the heart with a soft cloth  to accent. 

5. I then applied a coat of the DuraClear Satin Varnish over entire heart. 

6. Before adding your jewels, do your wire work -- or you can just add a jump ring.  I like doing a wrapped loop.  It is harder to do if you wait until after all your jewels are glued on.  

Your heart is now ready to add old jewelry pieces, buttons, findings--whatever you like.  I had an old piece of vintage lace I used on this one as well.  You can see a little of it when you look closely.  The sparkly heart in the center is an old clip earring that I cut the back off and used.  

If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will be glad to respond. 

2015 Valentine Charm Swaps

This year  to celebrate Valentine's Day, I hosted a couple of swaps for the Art Charms Yahoo Group.  It is always fun to host for this group,  Here are some of their wondeful Valentines . . .


The Art Charms Group hosts at least two swaps a month.  If you would like to become a part of this fun group, it is easy to join in.  Just click here. We are also on Facebook here.  

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