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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Four "Charming" Projects from FotoBella (A Tutorial)


FotoBella is now carrying Trinkets and Charms that coordinate with many of our beautiful bundles! Recently, esteemed FotoBella Design Team member Jeri Vann showed us some awesome "Anchor" earrings made with charms from her collection. She inspired me to give it a try!

Today I am working with the "Tea Garden" Collection Pack by Basic Grey.  

This gorgeous paper collection is so pretty and features beautiful flowers in lovely summer colors.  The "Tea and Rose Charms" are so pretty!  The pack contains variations of teapots and flowers, lilies and roses.  Each charm varies in size, and the color is faux-silver and very shiny!

You don't have to be a jewelry maker to create pretty embellishments and other projects with these versatile charms!  Today I am going to show you a few ways you can use these charms and how to make a few projects!





The first thing you will need to do is get a few basic items together...and if you have made simple charms in the past, you may already have them on hand!  Let's go through the list...
1. Charms
3. Head pins (with loops on the end)
4. 12 inches silver chain
5. Various beads (pearls, crystals, silver etc) from your stash
6. Bead caps
7. Jewelry tools such as wire cutters and needle-nose pliers
Non-slip work surface ( such as fabric or bead board)
8. Jewelry glue or hot glue ( I like 527 glue)
9. Hardware such as earring wires, clasps, lobster clasps, etc.


Once you have your supplies gathered you are ready to begin!  Our first project is earrings.  You can see that all you will need for earrings are the two rose charms, two jump rings and two earring wires.  Attach the rose charms to the earring wires with a jump ring.  That's it!  Done! 

You can make them more elaborate if you desire, like the ones shown below!

Our next project is a charm bracelet.  Lay out your charms in the order you wish them to appear on your bracelet.  Measure your wrist.  Cut a chain the appropriate length for your bracelet and attach the clasps on each end.  Attach desired charms to the bracelet with Jump rings.  I start in the middle and work to each end, that way it is easier to see how much room you will need. Easy-peasy!



I found little book markers at a local jewelry supply store.  Using a head pin, make a little dangle charm by placing the desired beads and bead caps on the head pin, then wire wrap it at the top to create a loop.  Using a jump ring, attach a charm to the loop at the end of the head pin.  You now have a pretty book marker.  These are fast, easy and beautiful! Great for gifts or stocking stuffers!

Perhaps my favorite charm project and one I make frequently is the "Chunky Charm".  Chunky charms are used as embellishments on mini albums, dangles for handbags and purses, and even key chain embellishments!  They make fantastic gifts and are as individual as you are.  Let me show you how to make one...



Starting with 12 inches of chain, cut the chain into 3 pieces varying in length..  I usually do one at 5 inches, 4 inches and 3 inches.  Attach your longest chain to the Lobster clasp.  Also attach the medium sized chain to the lobster clasp, then attach the shortest chain to the medium length chain.
Cutting the chain

This is the start of your charm.  
Set this aside. You are now ready to create some charms.

Using the headpin, add beads to create small charms.  You can use the bead caps, fillers and various beads to create unique charms.  Add a FotoBella charm to the end of each of your bead charms by hanging it to the loop with a jump ring.  Use every charm.


Starting with the largest charm, begin adding your charms to the chain. I usually put the largest one on the bottom of the longest chain, but you can use  your own taste to determine the placement.  Continue adding your charms until you have added them all.
Here are some of the dangle charms I made.



Here I am checking for balance and placement

Hold your charm up by the lobster clasp...does it look balanced?  You may have to make adjustments at this point but it's easy to move charms around, just undo the jump ring and re-attach it!  Once you are satisfied with the placement, you may want to tie a ribbon or lace tie at the top of the charm.  I like to hang mine on decorative hangers and display them in my home.  

This one graces my dressing table tray!

Charms are versatile and easy to use. At only around five dollars,  FotoBella makes it easy and affordable to create pretty embellishments or jewelry with these beautiful charm packs available for many of our paper collections, or you may simply purchase them on their own! 


Click on the link HERE to see all our beautiful charm packs!  

Happy Creating!
ReNae


31 comments:

  1. Ive made a lot of jewlery, but got to give the chunky charm a try :-)

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    1. I hope you do! They are so much FUN!

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  4. I love making dangle charms. Never made the jewelry but us on my bucket list! 😊

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    1. Please do give it a try!
      I think you'll find making earrings and bracelets quite easy and lots of fun !

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  5. Beautiful! Loved seeing a tutorial. And love that tussie mussie!

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    1. Patty, that is an altered perfume bottle!

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  6. I would love to win these beautiful charms and create thes beauteful Things you are creating. My only possiblity is to win win win . Thankyou for sharing

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  7. It looks lovely all of it. I love to make my own jewelry have been doing it for years.
    But I do love to work with the small beads like miyuki rocailles.
    I am totally in love with your little teapots, sooo cute. Going on a roadtrip in search of these <3
    Thanks love for the howto info will give it a go. Sending love xxx

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    1. You only have to click at the end of this post to find the teapots! Easy!

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  8. Beautiful new addition to the store. The charms are so beautiful. Good luck to everyone. Very generous of you to gift some away. Loved the tutorial - making a chunky charm is still on my to do list. TFS hugs Patrizia

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  9. Gorgeous charms and colors! Thanks for the tutorial on the chunky charm. Looks so easy that I may have to give it a try. :) ~Kimberly

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    1. I'll warn you, once you make a chunky charm you're hooked on them for life!

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  10. Beautiful charms!!! I must see what others you have. Thank you for this tutorial. Hope you have a blessed day.

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  11. Beautiful charms!!! I must see what others you have. Thank you for this tutorial. Hope you have a blessed day.

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    1. Brandy, we have several pages filled with really cute charms and more to come in the next few weeks!

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  12. This charm would be awesome in a window. So the light can shine on it. The kiddos would love to look at it. I would be inspired of it. But thanks to this lovley tutorial i can now make one. Just need to find everything to make one. This is so lovley =)

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    1. Send me a private message if you need help with finding the beads and findings

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous projects. I have always been intimidated by jewelry making of any kind. I love that you have took the fear out of it. I am so loving the tea theme. It is stunning! As always ReNae, you never dissappoint us. You make the most amazing projects and I love that everything goes together perfectly. Love that we can now get these from Fotobella, I am now addicted to this store thanks to you ReNae. xoxo

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Michelle, I appreciate it very much and I'm humbled by your compliments! Hugs!

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  14. Oh I am in love! These bits and bobs are so dainty, so cute. I love the soft colours. My mind is imagining the possibilities! Hugs, Sandra from NZ

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  15. Thanks for the shout-out ReNae!! I love what you have created!!

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    1. Thank you for always inspiring me Jeri!

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  16. Beautiful charms, love the colors. Thanks for the tout

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    1. Thank you Alissa! The charms really are beautiful! It's hard to believe they're under five dollars!

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  17. Hi ReNae, this is absolutely beautiful. Are all the charms used in this chunky charm project available for purchase? ie. the pink one with the crystals on it and the rose hanging?

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    1. Cathy, As far as I know they are still in stock. Click on the link above and it will take you to the page where you will find ALL our charm sets!

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