March 8, 2011

How-To-Tuesdays: Wine Charms

This is one of the first tutorials that I wrote up for Crafty Daisies:

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During one of your recent summer festivities, did you pick up “your” glass and, about to take a sip, discovered that the shade of lipstick on the glass rim didn’t match yours? To avoid such a shocking social faux pas consider spending 10 minutes making some wine charms.
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Materials

  • 4 inch length of copper wire per wine charm
  • Dowel with the same circumference you want the charm to have. I used a broomstick
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Anything you want to use to embellish the charms (beads, buttons, small hardware)
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With the chain-nose pliers, make a P-shaped loop at the end of the wire.
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Wrap the wire around the dowel to shape a hoop.
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String the embellishments on the wire. These are plastic faceted beads.
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Using the pliers, first bend up the P-loop by 90 degrees. If you hold up the hoop, the loop should be parallel to the table top. Then bend the straight end of the wire up to shape a right angle.
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Trim the end of the straight wire so you can comfortably close the hoop by pushing the end through the P-loop. The whole thing will look like an earring hoop.
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Here are some ideas to decorate the charms. Plunder the hardware store, or your jar of lose bolts and nuts for a more edgy look, or find some cool buttons and string them on wire or thread to attach them to the hoop.

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Here I used ink jet shrink film to print and bake different shapes decorated with these digital papers designed by the talented Bobbi-lee. Check out her blog at tomandjasmine.wordpress.com.


Simone
groundsel.etsy.com

5 comments:

Karina said...

Great tutorial! Thanks!

Linda said...

Thanks for a great tutorial, Simone! Looking forward to trying it.

Lu said...

I love the different looks.

waisze said...

Nice tutorial.. these come in handy; but I always forget to take it out when we have guests over. Haha!

Metalicious said...

Great idea, I loved shrinky dinks as a kid!!