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7.05.2012

CSS - Release Day 1

(for my MTE post, please scroll down)

I always get so excited to share the latest stamps from Clear and Simple with you!  This month, we are releasing a part of the collection each day, and today is devoted to the By The Glass series.

I made a cute little box of cocktail charms:

The By the Glass set comes with fun drink stamps, and I adore that drink umbrella!  I also stamped some bubbles on the front. The circle on top was die cut from the CSS Owl/Kitty build-a-critter (there are so many useful shapes in that set!) and I glued a sheet of thick acetate in the window. 

There are my little charms....can you tell what they are made of?

Yep....shrink plastic!  I stamped each glass onto the plastic, colored in the drink area with a permanent marker, cut them out, punched the hole, then blasted them with the heat gun.  I used the heat gun because I am impatient, but if you wanted to cook 'em traditional-style in the oven, they would probably lay a little flatter than mine.


It was fun to bust out my jewelry-making tools on this one!

I took a small length of jewelry wire, and fashioned a little circle (more specifically a wrapped loop) on the end with my round-nosed pliers.  Then I strung on the beads, and curved them into the round shape (make sure to curve the wire before you close off the other end- if you string the beads on too tightly when it is straight, there will be no room left for it to bend!).  Next, I trimmed the excess wire to about a centimeter, folded it so the wire was double thick, strung on a crimp bead, and tightened it so I had no sharp raw edge of the wire sticking out. Then I simply used my pliers to form that into a hook.  The circle is easy to attach and detach with the hook.  Lastly, I attached a jump ring onto the charm and put it on the beaded circle.  Ta da! A drink charm!

Here are the other ladies posting today, including my 2 crafty friends who are guesting this month, Virginia and fellow Massachussettsian Suzanne!!
Stephany
Lori
Amber
Virginia
Suzanne
Clear and Simple Stamps


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17 comments:

  1. How fun are those charms? Love it!

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  2. LOVE LOVE the wine charms, Jennifer! I am absolutely CHARMED!!

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  3. the charms are so great! I didn't even know you could shrink the plastic with a heat gun (craft time with my daughter just got a whole lot easier...)

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  4. How great is this little box for your handmade charms. I love them cut out and dressed up with pretty seed beads. Fab idea!

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  5. Jennifer, you are too much! I can't believe your creativity. The charms came out amazing! I love the little box too! I did know that Massachusettsian was a word. ;)

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  6. I just love getting your posts --- such a great little project -- and all packages up so pretty! :)

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  7. Oh no, I'm in trouble... my wine labels would probably love some of these beverages... and hello, what a fabulous idea for your wine tags... I'm toasting a different type of beverage on my blog, come say hi... no hangover included.

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  8. So fun! Love how you packaged the wine charms (great idea, by the way!).

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  9. These are so cute! I love how you added beads to your wine charms.

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  10. Adorable charms and gift box!! Love it!

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  11. Oh my goodness, Jenn, it turned out GREAT!!! I love the charms, how awesome! And that window at the top was genius ;) Can't wait to see the rest of the projects coming up!

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  12. OMG - I love the charms. So tempted to do with my heat gun! And I love that they have a little shape to them ~ that just makes them more fun! Looks like I gotta go to the store for some materials...

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  13. Your charms are stunning !! How do you find all these beautiful ideas ? Love it !

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