Altered charms for charm bracelet swap #2

I am doing my third charm swap; I just love these things! I wanted to do something different this time but was having a hard time thinking of what. The other day I watched An Altered Journey – which is a craft DVD put out by Tim Holtz of Ranger Industries. He has some really neat projects in there – I actually learned quite a bit. One of the projects was what he called Fragments – so I did a variation of that for the charms. This is black polymer clay rolled out and stamped. Cut it into a shape following the stamping and then put it on top of another piece of clay which I either tore the edges of or rolled. Brushed everything with Pearl Ex powders and baked. Came out okay except the silly jump rings didn’t fit and I had to make my own. But I’m pretty happy with them. It’s actually easier to see the stamped image in the photo than in person – how’s that for backwards!!!!

Polymer charms for a swap

Oh – one more thing. Tim had some great stamps he was using in the video. When it was done he listed the supplies used for each project in the ‘extra features’. Don’t you know I just had to go to one of the stamp supply sites and get crazy!! ARRGH … right after I told my husband we have to budget our money to get through the winter, LOL. Shhhh … don’t tell…

10 Responses to Altered charms for charm bracelet swap #2

  1. Jacque says:

    Oh Wow Judi, I love these !!! they are beautiful..I won’t tell roflol!!! can’t wait til I get mine..

  2. Auntie Linda says:

    I’m glad you are having fun. I’m stressing over this swap. I’ve made lots of charms…none I am crazy about. But I am crazy about yours

  3. Kai says:

    They look GREAT! I can see I’m going to have to get into the next charm swap! This looks FUN! (And the MINUTE your new stamps arrive, toss them onto your workspace. That way, IF Loren notices, you can always use that age-old line, “THESE old things? Why, I’ve had them lying around for I don’t know HOW long!”)

  4. nita says:

    Love your charms Judi! I wish was able to participate. Hope ya are having a great week!

  5. shashi says:

    The charms are just wonderful!! Wow and double wow. I should know that by now that when you are quite you are going to give us some lovely eye candy.

  6. kerry says:

    Oh boy, how awesome!! I haven’t even gotten started yet on mine and like you were I’m a little confused about what I want to do. I better think of something quick though!!

  7. JudiA says:

    YUMMMMMMMM! Jude, those are GORGEOUS!!! I have to try some of those. Not for the swap of course, but for, oh I don’t know — something else. I’ll THINK of something! I hope my charms are up to snuff. I loved them when I made them but now I am thinking they are a little too plain… I can’t wait to see what everyone else has done!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Blog, http.//Artwithalittlea/blogspot.com
    I am a scavanger and had some pearl pigments that I picked up at some thrift store or on the street, or etc., My point is that I never did know how to use them. I had tried adding them to paint but didn’t know the ratio. Can they be used for embossing powder?

  9. Judi says:

    Artwithalittea : your website address didn’t work so I’ll answer your question here. The pigments can be brushed onto unbaked polymer clay. They will become permanent when baked. You can also add them to paints – just keep testing to find the proportion you like. You can’t emboss with them though -totally different animal.

  10. Anonymous says:

    lovely charms.
    I would have loved to have had one.
    I have never attempted Polymer Clay.

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