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Thursday, February 6, 2020

A Leap Month of Little Joys and Satisfactions: Homemade Valentine Charms


I was playing around with some gold-colored wire the other day and twisted these heart charms. I made a few and wondered what I should do with them. Then I thought to use them in packages of Valentine candy for my family members. 


I made jump rings out of scraps of the wire and attached these to the ribbon bows on the little bags. I think they're cute, and they were very easy to make.

12 comments:

Live and Learn said...

Your hearts look really good. I know it's not always easy to bend things into just the shape you want. I have had mixed results with making similar charms in the past.

Anonymous said...

The hearts are really cute, they (or any shape) would nice as a broach. I wear a lot of cardigans, using a bar pin or broach to hold them together.

Shelby

Anonymous said...

Very pretty! Great job!

Angie

Anonymous said...

I love your wired charms. These would go so well in handmade journals, attached to page tabs. I have got to try it someday. What gauge would you recommend?

Have s good day!!
YHF

Kris said...

Lili, when I look at your creations, I always think you could sell what you make. Your artistic eye comes out in so many ways!

Lili said...

Hi Live and Learn,
I agree. It's hard to get a smooth shape, sometimes. I like to "fiddle" so I keep playing with a piece in odd moments until I like it. But also, I'm not looking for perfection with these. I let myself off the hook when one (or two or three) doesn't turn out right. For curves, though, I bend the wires around a curved object, like a pen. Doing that really helps.

Lili said...

Hi Shelby,
Oh, a broach would be a wonderful idea. I wear broaches, too. I think they add such a nice touch to an outfit. I'm currently working on a sunflower design with wire wrapping that I plan to make into a broach. It's a gift for someone who I think wears broaches, so I'm hoping this one turns out as nice as possible.
Thank you for the suggestion for these hearts!

Lili said...

Thank you, Angie!

Lili said...

Hi YHF,
I have thought about using some charms on a junk journal, in some way. I'm not sure how I'd incorporate them. Still working on that thought.
I use 20 gauge for small charms. It's the thickest gauge that I can turn tightly. All of the earrings that I made in the fall were also 20 gauge round wire.
Thanks, I hope you have a great day, too!

Lili said...

Thank you, Kris.
I think about that possibility from time to time. Thanks for the encouragement.

Anonymous said...

I write and craft daily in a homemade junk journal. I choose to write in very small sized journals, so the upkeep is easy and fun. Whatever I want to keep goes in there. A wrapper like the HF mints, a pineapple fruit hangtag because we eat that fruit so often I wanted to record nutrition data, a receipt of where and how much for a soup my husband raved about. I never kept dairies ever, so I'm surprised I'm having so much fun with these journals.

YHF

Lili said...

This sounds like fun, YHF!

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