The first charm our crafty students work on is fashioned after one I bought a while back from Sally Jean Alexander, and I want to make sure and give her credit for the inspiration. I took her concept of choosing a simple word, affirmation, whatever-you-want-to-call-it, and then surrounded it with a frame of glitter. We use a German glass glitter, which is composed of tiny shards of silver glass (unlike the typical crafting glitter which is usually plastic, and/or foil, die-cut in uniform shapes) that is the same type used in vintage Christmas decorations and will tarnish over time to a wonderful patina. Pairing the glittered charm with rosary-style pearls was how I made this design my own, and I love the X-treme Girliness of the combo:
These are ones I made recently for a sale. I'm still soldering the ones the ladies made last night, and will be sure to post those photos later, and include the cute treatments they put on the reverse sides. They all worked really hard and after their first charms were finished, it was time for an M&M break:
The first step is nipping the shard into the desired shape (here we're shaping a heart):
Then, using a grinding stone, smoothing down the roughest spots:
Finally, the wet electric grinder is used to get all the edges perfectly smooth:
After they are wrapped and soldered, the charms turn out like this (these are ones Chris and I made for samples last night, and I believe Chris wore the pink one to school today!):
Lastly, Chris worked with the ladies on the final "Girly" charm. Using vintage lace (and I do mean vintage: Chris brought in bits of her Auntie Mary's bridal veil from the 1930's! We also had some vintage French lace I picked up at an antique shop), a charm was made by sandwiching snippets between two pieces of glass. The resulting charm is transparent, highlighting the lace beautifully. Pictures of finished charms will be posted later, but here are our fearless students, still hard at work:
Now I am off to finish the rest of the soldering. We'll have another "Girly & Glittery" class next week, and there are still a couple of spots open. If you want to take a FUN class with FABULOUS end products, call me! You'll love it!