I am joining in a challenge on Zuzu's Forum to make some charms. They need to be arty craft - not just a string of beads. I need to make 11 in total for swapping.
Here are a few on the go.
I have been experimenting making charms out of metal bottle lids.
It ruins your nails!
I get a lid and bash it about with a hammer
Into a squarish shape - not a perfect square.
I am going for a vintage look with my ones I think
I have then added black and white photos.
Bashed the sides in, then varnished it. It takes all night to dry the varnish. I have prepared about 15 of these.
The next stage is to add beads, and a ring. The top beads are glass - which catch the light. The bottom bead on this one is a lovely pearlised piece of stone or shell. The angel is actually in colour - with red/brown hair - but the scan doesn't show it up - and the bottom bead matches it wonderfully with a pearlised back and gingery brown front.
This Victorian lady is mounted on an angle so that it hangs like a triangle. The pearlised pink paint really shows up the colour photo.
A very simple black and white one - which I think is rather effective.
I spent ages rubbing the metal down with sand paper to make it shiny and to give it texture.
I still have the beads etc to add to at least eight more yet!