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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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.


  3. Very pretty! Great job!


  4. 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!!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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.



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