About a year ago, I created my very first soldered glass charm. You might be familiar with the story??? Long story short……I was not going to spend $36.00 on a 1″x1″ glass charm so I taught myself how to make one. Then I not only made one, I made an entire mini dress form full and thought I’d try to sell them in a Christmas Bizarre….LOL!!! Well, you can see how that turned out by my picture below.
I love creating these charms. Each one takes on its own personality. There are several things that can be done with them.
- Group them together for a chunky charm necklace or bracelet.
- Wear it single on a ball chain or ribbon.
- Bookmarks, car rear view mirror charms, key chain charms, purse charms, ornaments…… the options are endless.
I’m not sure about you, but I LOVE watching the shows on TV that show you how something is made. Not long ago, I watched how they made Steinway Grand Pianos. That was quite the process. Having a grand piano, I have a greater appreciation now for it. I want to share with you the process I go through making the glass charms.
- Step one: I, of course, think EVERYTHING should be PERSONALIZED just because there is nothing more personal than your name or your initials. Why not have it on everything??? I also love things that represent who we are as individuals. Yes…I am a wife, a mom, a daughter, but a lot of us are those things. What describes you and sets you off from the next mom, wife, daughter. What talent, gift, or blue print on your soul has God blessed you with? For me, it’s my passion to CREATE. My glass charm/shadow box bracelet is going to represent “ME” with my initials and my blue print. I print them on scrapbook paper and cut them to my glass size.
Step 2: Sandwich the paper between two pieces of glass. Tape them together using copper tape. If the tape is too thick on the faces of the glass, you may trim it with a craft knife. My steps are very brief. For more detailed information, you may want to take a class or buy a book. May I recommend Simple Soldered Jewelry and Accessories.
Step three: Clamp your charm with some sort of clamp for it will get too hot to hold once you begin the soldering process. Then paint a layer of flux onto the copper tape. This is a must for the solder to adhere to the copper by melting and flowing along the edges.
Step Four: Adding your jumpring to the charm. This is the most difficult step in the entire process. There are many bloopers involved in this step for me.
Step Five: After the jumpring has been attached, the charm is ready to be cleaned. I wipe down the sides with a wet cloth. This is a must because the flux will get on the glass easily.
Step Six: The charm is ready to be added to a necklace, bracelet or whatever you have envisioned for charm. This charm is going on a medium chain link bracelet for me. I will add other charms to it that represent who I am. Notice there is a crown and a bee for “The Queen Bee”. Hallie told me just yesterday that she was the princess and that I was jealous of her……my seven year old daughter. I just let her think it because as she may be the princess, I AM THE QUEEN BEE!!!!
I would also like to add this little side note…….
Each charm is hand crafted so imperfections are present. I have to remind myself of this. As much as I would love for it to be imperfection free, it is hard to control hot flowing solder. I think this just adds charm to the charm…..don’t you???