Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Photo Charm Styles Make Great Memory Gifts for Moms, Weddings, Graduates

Just in time for Mother's Day, graduations and June brides - our new photo/altered art charm blanks are here. These designs are slightly larger than some of our other charm blanks. We've found some lovely oval pendant/charm forms that match our 18mm acrylic cabochons very closely! They're solid-backed with a framed edge - able to hold resin and epoxy mediums if desired. Plus, we now offer a double sided blank -perfect for reversible or two-sided charms and pendants - one of our most frequent customer requests.

These also make great keychains! We now stock heavy duty keychains and ball chains which match the metal finishes on our Memory Frames

A crafty reminder - our Memory Frames come in many sizes, perfect for keychains with couple beaded flourishes strung on headpins and looped to top ring. You can finish off any of these little treasures with some of our key chains, Jewelry Maker's Ocean Mix, some jump rings, ball chains or cords, some headpins, bali bead spacers, and some millefiori glass beads from our smorgy selections.
Plan ahead as these are really FUN to put together in time for Mother's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, Father's Day ... happy creating!
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

How to Make a Custom Photo or Altered Art Charm Bracelet with our New Charm Blanks & Clear Acrylic Resin Bubble Dome Covers

New! 10 silver-plated ACRYLIC based bracelet, pendant beads or forms for altered art, photo jewelry, resin jewelry. Fits our 803G acrylic cabochons. Double-holed for stringing side by side (see sample below). Can be used as elongated pendant form as well. Inner photo/art dimension: 18x25mm. I used a tourist guide from Florida to find colorful scrap art for this bracelet. To finish: 1. Seal your art. If you're using our matching clear acrylic cabs 803G, apply thin coat of Diamond Glaze or Elmer's All-Purpose Glue to back of clear cabochons. Place on art. Allow to dry. Trim around edge with xacto blade. If you're using resin, trim your art, place in frame, pour and finish. 2. Glue your art-backed cabs into frames with our Weldbond, E-6000, or other permanent craft adhesive. Allow 24 hours to fully dry.
3. String with clear stretch craft cord of your choice (we recommend Stretch Magic cord or similar good quality clear stretch cord) and spacers as you see fit. Finish with a double square knot. Finished measurements: A 10pc frame set strung side by side will make a bracelet that fits a medium wrist of about 7 1/4".
The sample shown uses 9 beads, no spacers, and fits my wrist which is about 7". You can purchase these blanks as well as matching epoxy domes here. Please send us .jpgs of your finished samples - we'd love to see what YOU come up with! Happy creating!
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