I have been scouting for materials for this swap ever since I read one of the swap previews. I love how the owners of the group let us know what is coming so we can find good deals.
I found these cute little birds on clearance at a big box store. I wanted to jazz them up a bit so I decided to play with my favorite new product from Alpha Stamps, Guilders Paste. This is a wax based medium that can be used on wood, metal, clay, ceramics etc. It is very easy to apply and adds great color and depth. I highly recommend it to my Art Charm pals, as this was a quick way to make my charms stand out and make them unique.
Now, I knew I wanted to also have some egg charms to trade. I searched high and low in my local stores, but could not find a true egg shaped bead. I almost picked up some pearls, but the shape just was not right. Then I had a flash of insight and headed to the floral department. These little plastic eggs were super cute. I used a candle to heat up my head pin and poke holes and make them into a bead. It is so fun to find a way to alter a product and use it outside of the intended purpose.
These were so super simple to put together, I really did not do any construction. I actually forgot I had all these wings, but when I was seeking some other stuff in my crafty mess I came upon them and knew they had to be a part of this swap. Again, I wanted to add some interest, so I dabbed on a bit of pearl color acrylic paint. Sometimes simple can be a good thing.
This looks like a great beginning of a wonderful swap. I think a charm bracelet may be on the horizon.