13 December 2011
Hello there! Today I'd like to share with you a 'charming' little idea that came to me on Friday night as I sat at a friend's kitchen table for our crafty ladies monthly meet drinking wine and not making holiday decorations. I say 'not' because while the others did do so I tinkered with making an uber-simple necklace and the first draft of what became the following idea.
Wine glass charms are really incredibly quick and easy to put together with almost limitless variation, that it seems silly not to make them yourself with a few basic materials. They are also highly addictive and you are sure to end up with more than you need, making them perfect for a last minute stocking stuffer, hostess gift or indeed useful New Year's party accessory... As you may have guessed, I am already thinking of all the people I could make these for!
To make your own set of wine charms, you will need: 0.6mm jewellery wire, a small pair of needle-nose pliers, angled wire cutters, and a ruler (not shown). For decoration you are only really limited by your imagination and supplies you have in your stash. After looking at my collection, I decided to go with a selection of beads, charms and old jewellery for my first round of charms. Other findings could include dolls' house miniatures, small christmas decorations, watch parts, nuts, bolts, washers and other small hardware, plastic toys and game parts, bottle caps, computer components, hand-cut felt shapes etc... As you want each charm to be unique in any one batch it doesn't matter if you have only one of a piece - this project is perfect for using up those odds and ends you can't bring yourself to otherwise throw out 'just in case'
1. Begin by cutting a 3.5 inch length of wire for each charm you are making. Then, working with the natural curve of the coiled wire, wrap the cut piece around the narrow neck of a bottle or similarly narrow tube to compress it into a nice uniform hoop... 2. Using your needle-nose pliers, gently, and with tiny increments, curl back one end of your wire hoop to form a little loop. This will become one half of the interlocking closure that will hold your charm onto the wine glass...
3. Narrow down your choice of adornment, beads and charms, playing with the arrangement and chosen order on your worktop... 4. Use either pliers or tweezers to hold each bead as you feed them onto the wire hoop. As you can see I changed the original choice and order of beads at this point *grin* 5. When satisfied with your chosen sequence, curl back the other end of the wire hoop as before (2). Use the pliers to fine-tune the alignment of the two end loops so that they are angled ever so slightly in opposite directions. This will enable the closure to function much more easily. You want the loops to interlock like two crooked fingers.
Up close, the finished 'froggy' wine glass charm... I loved these so much I couldn't help but make a few more for the rest of my 'posh' wine glasses...
I hoped you enjoyed this little diy and will have a go at making a few to adorn your wine glasses (and keep confusion at bay) this festive holiday season! *Chink chink*
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