How to make Push Pin charms.

Today is Monday and it is another “Subscriber Question” day for my YouTube video subscribers.  Last week I made a step by step video on altering a Goodwill store picture frame into a cork bulletin board.  The Push Pins for the board were made using Tim Holtz Facet Charms.  I had a couple of requests to show how I made the charms.

For those of you that would like to see the finished board, I will show you the piece as I was cutting away the backing paper.

Altered Goodwill picture frame

Altered Goodwill picture frame.

The charms for this project were made using the Tim Holtz Facet Charms.

Altered Tim Holtz Fragment Charms

Altered Tim Holtz Facet Charms

The Facet Charms are clear, the backs of the charms are flat.  I dug through my scrap paper stash to find images that I liked and thought would look good as focal pieces for the charms.

Using Glossy Accents, I applied some to the back of the Facet and adhered it to the paper.  Squishing it around a little to level out the glue and make sure it came out to the edges of the charm.  Setting it aside for an hour or two to dry, then cut around the charm to remove the excess paper.  These pieces can be made into necklace pendants or large charm pendants when finished.

I had used the last of the Facet Charms I had stashed away.  For today’s tutorial I dug into my stash of Tim Holtz Fragment Charms to answer the question posed.

The E-6000 glue I used to attach the jump rings to the Push Pins has been set aside to dry.  I have them backed with wax paper so the glue doesn’t get permanently seated to the scrap of cork I used for the pressure and drying process.

Tim Holtz Fragment Charms.  Drying the E-6000 glue

Tim Holtz Fragment Charms. Drying the E-6000 glue

The Fragment Charms are created the same as with the Facet Charms.  Apply Glossy Accents to the back of the charm, place on the patterned paper in the desired place, squish it around until the glue is distributed evenly and squeezes out to the edges.  Set aside to dry and cut the excess paper away.

The Fragment Charms come in a package of 48 pieces in different sizes and shapes.  These are just the right size for those of you that make jewelry.  Necklace pendants with matching earrings can be made through this same process.  I would advise covering the back of the paper adhered to the charm with an even coating of Glossy Accents.  This will protect the paper from body oils and sweat that would degrade the paper.

If you would like to see the entire process, I have included a video of the tutorial below.

Leslie

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Well….my beaded charm obsession has finally ended.

My left index finger is so tender from using it to open and close jump rings.

Come on folks, just a little bit of sympathy {I ask in a pleading tone}.  I finished the final one this morning.  I’ve made 11 of these in the past couple days.  I can show you an actual finished one.  My daughter-in-law, Brenda, never reads my blog so I am safe.  My kids don’t read my blog much either for that matter.

Alpha beads spelling out Brenda

Alpha beads spelling out Brenda

What the purse charm looks like finished

What the purse charm looks like finished

Turquoise or aqua splendor

Turquoise or aqua splendor

Since I’m gearing up for Christmas…..I’m going to do a Plastic Canvas project.  This time I’m only making one….not 11.

I made this once many years ago.  About 1993.  It disappeared a few years later.  This is what I’m going to be making.  The Santa Express by American School of Needlework.

Santa's Express by American School of Needlework

Santa’s Express by American School of Needlework

I will be posting photos of the process as I go along.  I’m going to start with the train engine.  If there is anyone that would like to learn how to do “needlepoint” on plastic canvas then let me know.  I will be more than happy to show the work.

I will not be posting photos of the actual pattern diagrams because I’m sure the booklet is Copyrighted and I have not asked permission from the author to do so.  Check out the link above the photo to get your copy from Amazon if you wish to do this.  You can check other online sources for the pattern booklet as well.  That is how I found my copy of it.  I’ll be starting this project tomorrow and will probably begin posting photos and such on Friday.

Leslie

I have been obsessed!

Can you tell?

I've been making beaded charms

I’ve been making beaded charms

Over the past five days I have been diligently working in my craft room making these charms.  It has been ca-ray-zee!

The small amount I had started making, last week, was not going to be near enough for the 10 purse charms I will be making as Christmas gifts for the girls and women in my family.  So I made a trip to Wal-Mart and scored on packs of beads.  I then had to go back to Hobby Lobby – TWICE – for more head pins and jump rings.

While Joe was home…he has gone back to the truck driving job for a while….when I mentioned I needed to go to the store he would ask “Hobby Lobby?!”  Yes folks, I have been a bit obsessed of late.

I have some Alpha Beads in my stash.  These have been hanging around for several years.  I figured it was time to put them to use.  I’m putting names on each of the purse charms.  Before you think I’m such a wonderful and thoughtful person….it is mostly so that I REMEMBER which one goes to whom :/.  Also, so that I can quickly see who I have missed.

Alpha Beads - Keri

Alpha Beads – Keri

Alpha beads - Pati

Alpha beads – Pati

I have found that if I keep the letters on the same side of the chain they lay better.

Lays better if mounted on the same side

Lays better if mounted on the same side

Tomorrow I will be getting the purse charms made.  I think I will be posting the results daily instead of being gone for another week.

Are you thinking about Christmas presents yet?  Seems crazy to be thinking about that when Halloween isn’t even here :/

Leslie

Results of my first foray into making purse charms.

My first purse charm

My first purse charm

It is unbalanced.  Well, that is how things go when you attempt something for the first time.  All the flaws and problems make themselves known.  That is all part of the learning process.  {I’ll keep telling myself this}

The products I have used to make this purse charm follows in this post.  All of the things you will see in this post were purchased from Michaels.  Some recently and some a long time ago.

I found some large Lobster Clasps from Michaels.  This purchase was made just a few days ago.  This comes in a set of four.

Lobster clasps

Lobster clasps

Silver Plated Chain.  This item was purchased from Michaels several years ago….probably more than three years.  It is one of the crazy “toss in the basket” choices that I had no clue what I was going to ever do with once I got it home.  It was chucked in a drawer and buried under lots of other stuff.

Silver plated chain

Silver plated chain

The only explanation I have for this next purchase from Michaels is the cost was $.90.  LESS THAN A DOLLAR.  Oh, and it was shiny :/  I seem to be an ostrich.  If it is shiny I have to grab it :/  This purchase was well over a year ago.  Michaels had built a new store in my area and they were doing everything they could to eliminate moving older stock to their new store.  Everything was on crazy discounts.

It was shiny and  CHEAP

It was shiny and CHEAP

One of the charms I messed with.  Alcohol ink works really great on this cheap metal.  Once I had the color scheme made (only because my alcohol ink choices are limited) I used Glossy Accents over the dried ink in an attempt to save my work.  Don’t know how long this is going to last.

Alcohol ink painted charm

Alcohol ink painted charm

I attached the Lobster Clasp to the end of a length of the silver chain with a jump ring.

Attach Lobster Claps to chain

Attach Lobster Clasp to chain

With my wire cutters I cut the chain to a 4″ length.  Why 4 inches?  Only because many of the videos I watched on making purse charms called for that length.  So….other people are the experts and who am I to question them?

4 inch length of chain

4 inch length of chain

I attached the flower charm to the bottom link of the chain.  So far so good.

Attach charm to bottom of chain

Attach charm to bottom of chain

Now come the hard part.  Attaching the individual bead charms to the links of the chain.  My left index finger is quite sore from working with the jump rings.  A CAUTIONARY NOTE:  Find the CENTER of your chain to add a large charm that is not beads.  I just stuck the silver charm on the chain and that is part of the reason the whole thing looks unbalanced.

You will need to put the bead charms on each side of the chain.  This is quite tricky since I had to pick the whole thing up to add the charm then fiddle with it in closing the jump ring.  Getting all the beaded charms to lay out flat was like chasing a bunch of kindergarten children on a play ground.

Place charms on both sides of the chain

Place charms on both sides of the chain

All I have to say for myself is that it does attach to a purse.  Not the most spectacular and awe inspiring piece I have ever seen.

Attach to purse

Attach to purse

I think I needed more of the larger glass beads and less of the small bead strings to make this thing pop.  I do know that the next one I will find the center to place the non beaded charm to hang better.

If you have never made “jewelry” before I can tell you one of your fingers will be sore and tender from working the jump rings.  Your eyes will give you fits in focusing.  Trying to see that teeny tiny space to close on the jump rings will make you think you are damaging your eyes forever.  After you have hung the sixth charm on that crazy chain you will wonder at your sanity for even starting this project in the first place.  Keep plugging along until you have finished one project.

I hope that I have inspired you to give this a shot.

Leslie

Power outage at Hobby Lobby.

It has been quite a while since I set foot in a craft store.  Mostly because I am determined to use the stuff I already have and not purchase more.

Joe and I went to Hobby Lobby, near our home, last night.  I was getting low on jewelry head pins and jump rings.  I found the needed items and we went to the check out area.  While we were waiting in line for our turn the lights went out.

Lights out at Hobby Lobby

Lights out at Hobby Lobby

No one knew when the power was going to come back on so we left and headed for Michaels.  A new store was built closer to where we live.  It is a bit disappointing.  There is only about half the products in the new store as what was in their older store.  I was not able to purchase the head pins.  All that was available were eye pins.  I bought some anyway.

I have been making some coordinating charms to go with the fancy glass bead charms.

Blue glass with bead strings

Blue glass with bead strings

This set turned out really beautiful, if I do say so myself.  I really like the orange and blue.

Orange and blue

Orange and blue

These swirls on the blue glass beads are beautiful.

Blue swirls

Blue swirls

I have some bead sets that I had purchased a long time ago and have kicked myself black and blue for buying them.  Now I am really glad that I did.

Multi colored glass beads

Multi colored glass beads

Bead assortment

Bead assortment

I have an assortment of charms in an old pickle jar.  It is getting more full by the day.  I think I will have a Purse Charm that I can show you in a couple days.

Charms I've made so far

Charms I’ve made so far

I hope that I may have inspired you to take a stab at some beading.

Leslie

Inspiration found during absolute boredom.

I have days that I can’t do anything.  ANYTHING!  Let me explain it this way…..

For those of us that are over the age of….say 45.  We feel like we are still in our 20’s.  We don’t feel the changes of “Middle Age”.  We have a few grey hairs and a few more wrinkles.  Our spirits though, inside of us, think we are still 20.  I can tell you that I have felt this way for a long long time and I have just reached the age of 60.

Okay.  So we feel young and still full of piss and vinegar.  We can still do everything we used to do.  That is until we get with one or more of the actual “20 somethings” and walk with them.  They are faster than us and we have to double step it to keep up with them.  Okay, okay.  So I have to double step it to keep up with my kids.

This illness confounds me.  I wake up in the morning and feel fantastic.  I feel like I did before I got sick.  I feel like I can get back to work.  One load of laundry in the washing machine, a few minutes sweeping the kitchen floor, and several more minutes emptying the dishwasher and I’m done for.  The remainder of the day is spent in a stupor, like I am in desperate need of a nap.  Push it a little further and I get a headache that won’t go away.

Let me tell you this.  I get extremely BORED!

I can get a couple hours of my paperwork done a day before the tiredness sets in.

So…I have taken to watching YouTube videos.  Makeup videos.  Some are very good.  Some are totally wild and out there.  Hair style videos.  Have you watched any of the hair style videos?  Although they are pretty good the presenters are very young.  The ages of my granddaughters.  Now that is a good thing, girls helping other girls I think is quite awesome.  My problem is the hair styles are for the young and not for me.  I’m too old to hold my arms in the air for long periods of time with my curling iron.  Besides, I think that thing hates me :/

I went through a period of time that I had totally lost interest in all things crafty.  That is part of the reason why it took me nearly a month to make the book I made for my grandson Simon.

During one of my video watching spells I came across BSUEBOUTIQUES on YouTube.  This woman has a great sense of humor.  She has someone running the camera during her video tutorials and she mentions his name from time to time as she instructs him where to focus the camera.  Her vast knowledge of antique jewelry is way over my head but she would be a good source for anyone that wants to learn about vintage jewelry.  I watched her video on making a necklace she calls “THE KITCHEN SINK”.

 

And I found KELLIE MURTON featuring her “PURSE CHARM FOR MY FRIEND CARRIE”.

 

I don’t know if you remember this or not.  I have a drawer in my craft room that is full of beads and stuff.

Bead drawer

Bead drawer

I have some glass beads I purchased from Tuesday Mornings….circa 2010.

Glass beads

Glass beads

I can do things for long periods of time that only require minimal exertion.  Don’t look too closely at my looping skills on these charms I’ve made.  The first ones I made are a bit “gappy” in their spacing.  Learning a new skill has its own process.  Oh, and don’t remind me of my messy table.  I will be cleaning that off in the coming days.

Okay, here you go.  This is what I have made so far.

Pink glass

Pink glass

Pink crystals

Pink crystals

Pink texture

Pink texture

Large white

Large white

Large blue floral

Large blue floral

Blue dice, glass

Blue dice, glass

Blue glass

Blue glass

Blue textured, glass

Blue textured, glass

Red glass

Red glass

Brown glass

Brown glass

Amber cylinder, glass

Amber cylinder, glass

I have NO IDEA what the sizes of the beads are.  All I can tell you is that I’ve used 2 inch head pins to connect all the beads on a charm.  None of the beads I own have any kind of label on them that states the size or even what it is called.  Some of the beads have come from necklaces I purchased at a truck stop because I liked the colors.

I won’t be making any necklaces.  I am going to try to make some of the purse dangle things for my daughters and granddaughters for their Christmas gifts.

If you are interested in making jewelry there are tons, and I mean TONS, of videos on YouTube featuring all forms of jewelry making.

Look.  If I can put some beads together on a pin and make a loop then YOU CAN also.  Hope this has inspired you to start thinking about your Christmas gifts to friends and family.

Leslie