Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Whip It Up Wednesday: Vintage Style Frame Charms

If you're a liker on H&H's Facebook Page you might have noticed a little teaser I posted a while back ...


Well, now I'm finally going to share with you how I made them! Whoo!

First off, here was my original inspiration:


I've been stashing these cards away for years (as any normal crafter does, right?!) - they came from inside a photo album, and I couldn't possibly throw them away! 

What I used:

* Patterned cardboard  (for background)
* Metal frame charm
* Scrapbook key charm
* Tiny Swarovski crystals
* Moon & Sun Glaze
(You can use Dimensional Magic, Diamond glaze, etc.. Anything similar will do!)


What to do:

Cut a small rectangle of your patterned backing so that it will fit inside your metal frame charm. I cut out a piece with a cute little blossom on it.


If you need to, you can protect your cardboard with Microglaze at this stage so that the print doesn't run when you put the glaze over it. I didn't and it worked fine, but if you drew or printed something out yourself you probably should! 

If your key charm has a loop on the top (like mine did) use some pliers or cutters to bend or cut it off. I actually couldn't cut mine, so I bent it backwards and forwards until I could pull it off ;) If you want, use a file to take the sharp edges off.


Put your backing piece inside the metal frame charm. It's a good idea to actually glue it in :) You can use a bit of glaze between the frame and cardboard to attach it.


Lay out all of your other embellishments inside your frame. You'll notice that I also cut the word "spring" out from my cardboard pieces and included that - looks pretty cute, huh? 


Make sure you place this on a flat surface so the glaze is less likely to run, and ideally on a scrap piece of fabric. This way, if the glaze overflows or seeps you can easily peel it off the fabric when it's dry, instead of it sticking permanently to your work surface!

Pipe your glaze around the inside of your frame edges first, then fill towards the centre. Use a pin to pop any bubbles that might appear, or push the bubbles to the edges so you can remove them.

Let this dry until it's clear. With the glaze I used, it lost "body" when it dried, so I simply kept letting it dry then adding a new layer until I was happy with the final product :)


Now just to turn them into pretty jewellery for the store! :D


20 comments:

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

these are so pretty Rissa! love them :)

Sky @ Capital B said...

This is my first visit to your blog and it is lovely! Just joined up to your link party- I hope to be able to keep in touch better!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Rissa, these little charms are amazing. So clever how you put it all together!

K. the Littlest Crafter said...

Very cool!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Rissa, you've outdone yourself this time! Awesome!!

Jennifer said...

I love these!! I've always wondered how you make something like that!!
Sorry for my comment absence....my husband is on vacation and we've been busy!!

Maggie said...

These are gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial. I now feel the need to get up off the couch and make some of these! Thanks for sharing. I LOVE them!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

I'm going to feature these on Saturday! And yes, I'm still ooohhing and awwwing!

Jill said...

Oh they look beautiful Rissa! Great way to use those old cards - very effective background!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Julie said...

Very nice! I'd love for you to link up at Inspire Me Mondays.
http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2011/04/inspire-me-monday_25.html

suzyb said...

Hi there: I am so very new to Blogging, but not to crafting thing. My love is beads, knitting, just anything with fibers now. I have gotten myself a DVD on exploring Resin jewelry-making. It has been something that I have wanted to try also.
Anyway, thanks for doing such a good job. Have a good Easter Monday :)

The Cranky Queen said...

I love this craft tutorial...too cool. Have never used this technique, but will now...thanx for the tut...visit me sometimes at The Cranky Queen...an eclectic mix of antiquing, junking, crafting, thrifting, decorating, & family...Tiff

malia said...

beautiful idea rissa!!!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

What a very neat idea!! I love those!! I definately want to make some!! I also love making jewelry, these would be pretty cool on a charm bracelet! Would love if you'd stop by my blog sometime :) Happy Thursday!

Gypsy Heart said...

These are beautiful! Hope you're having a wonderful day.

Pat

Screaming Sardine said...

Wow, these are gorgeous! I'm definitely going to put this on my to-do list. Just gotta get some of that cool glaze. Thanks so much for sharing this in an easy to understand way.

You're more than welcome to link up at the Sunburnt Cow link party.

Cheers,
Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for linking this up to our Wicked awesome Wednesday party.

Terry said...

OMG - I can't believe you made these! They are so beautiful! Thanks for linking up last weekend, please stop over this weekend as this one is definitely one of my favs!

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

Hi Rissa~

Your charms are so adorable!! Thanks for linking all your great ideas to my K.I.S.S. blog bash last week, looking forward to seeing what you share this week.

Drop By The Tattered Tag

April said...

I love these! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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