Monday, August 30, 2010

Vintage Bling Charms for Silver Bella

When the swaps for Silver Bella were posted in June I was just giddy with excitement. Swaps for me are way more than just the creative out let that they are for some. Especially Silver Bella Swaps. They are a way to connect with new and old friends. Kind of like a reunion. I jumped at the chance to be in Cheryl Stoneham's Vintage Bling Charm Bracelet Swap. These are my charms.

We were instructed to make 20 vintage bling charms to be no bigger than 2 inches. Mine fit right in the 1 inch square on my measuring mat. I really like their size. I got the burled wooden vintage circles from Stampington and pardon me, but the photo just doesn't do the wood justice. It is gorgeous. Don't you just love the star?

They are each a little different. And I like that. Here is what I did. First, I silver soldered around them. You certainly wouldn't have had to do this, because you could have easily added an eye hook for charm bracelet attachment....but silver soldering is what I do....and I really like the way the jump ring is attached.

Then I went to town on all my vintage necklaces.....dissecting them if you will. The neat part about them is that they are all just a little different. Some have round rhinestones.....some have emerald cut rhinestones.....some have princess cut. I especially love the ones with the round and the emerald cut rhinestones. Part of the directions for the swap were to include a charm bracelet of your choice and Cheryl will add each of the charms. I can't wait to receive my one of a kind bracelet at Silver Bella in November.


Mama Magpie said...

Oh, they are gorgeous!! Hope,you are going to have so much fun:)

Are you doing Art & Soul this year? It won't be the same without you. Your booth was AwEsOmE last year.

LuLu Kellogg said...

Hope, these are gorgeous!! Great job!


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Katsui Jewelry said...

You did a wonderful job...I am just dazzled. What a great combination. That was a lot of work to solder each piece but I know that it paid off in a really beautiful, quality charm. I wish I were in that swap!
It is a great way to make friends. I wish we had more opportunity to meet with the people in some of the swaps and tell them "thank you."

I am taking my second soldering class tomorrow first being about four years ago! Hope I do better so I can get ready for Sally Jane. I also plan on taking one next month.

It will be so good to see you and give you a big hug!


Sue said...

The charms are WONDERFUL!! I am So glad I signed up for that swap!

by the way - how was your RV trip?

Anonymous said...

Hope - these are so fun ! I too am participating in the charm swap and can't wait to see them all together. of course the one on top, #27 jumped out at me since that's my birthday - day, so maybe Cheryl will just know that it should go on mine :) and yes, I love the star !
see you in November !

Andrea said...

Those are so cute!