The first set I created were made from vintage ration chips. These are small tokens made of vulcanized rubber. They were perfect for altering.
I started with two chips. They were glued together and a piece of wire was added inbetween to create a hanger for the jump ring. I topped them off with tiny images from Tim Holtz's seasonal paper stash. The edges were covered with metal foil tape and then I sealed the top with a layer of Glossy accents. I added a touch of tinsel at the top for texture. The chips themselves are smaller than a dime, so these are pretty tiny.
I signed up for two sets of ornaments for my swap. This is a sample of my second mini ornament set. These were also quite simple to create. The glass domes make for easy altering. A bit of holiday paper was glued with a touch of Glossy Accents and a dab of stickels. I also cut a bit of aluminum flashing with a round punch to cover the paper on the back. I considered another bit of tinsel, but decided against it. As I look at them online I wish I added it, they are missing a texural element.
I also indulged in a round of monthly color swapping with the Art Charm group. This month, silver findings with white and clear beads were our source of inspiration. I made a bunch of extras, so that I can create a charm bracelet when I receive all of them back. This way there will be at least a few common beads throughout the piece, tying it together. My little dangles are made from a small selection beads, but, they are not all the same.
I also finished up a project I am using to barter. My collegue recently requested a bracelet created with green and white. She is a big fan of the Michigan State Spartans and she wanted an elegant way to show her support on game days. We are swapping jewerly for antiques. How fun is that! She has an old typewriter for me to start. I think this is going to prove to be a very fun arrangement.
Until next time...