April 14, 2011

30 minute Thursdays!

Hi everybody...welcome to my new weekly feature...*30 minute Thursdays*! If you're anything like me,...you like to create something most days but sometimes you'll be short on time, on energy or inspiration...this is where my new feature comes in...each week, on a Thursday, i'll share a quick, and inspirational project that can be completed in less than 30 minutes...using only things that you are likely to have in your craft stash already! i'll vary the techniques and materials from week to week...so expect to see stamping, sewing, altering and inking...and even some surprises! Sound good? i do hope you'll join me on my 30 minute journeys each week...and if you leave me a link to your project...you could a win a wee prize too! :) This week i've started with a pretty beaded bag charm: To create this you'll need a bag clip or key ring, 8 or more jump rings, 5 or more headpins and an assortment of small charms and beads that you love. Tool~wise you'll need a small pair of jewellers' pliers to open and close the jump rings...and this is the most complicated part of the whole project! Start by making a chain from the jump rings, using the pliers and your fingers or tweezers to open and close the jump rings and attach the chain to the bag charm...then take your beads and one by one place them on a headpin and create a top loop with the pliers, winding the excess wire around the top to finish off...and attach to the jump rings in a pleasing arrangement...et voila! as you'll see i've made two samples {both in the 30 minutes!} using an assortment of beads and charms that i had to show you what different looks you can achieve with the same basic design...one pink and girly...and one with wooden beads and pearls which is more sophisticated :) i hope you'll agree this is a quick, simple gift idea that would be ideal for all sorts of people and occassions... do let me know if you have a go at this...and leave me a link to be in with a chance of winning a little beading gift... of course...if you have any questions...do leave those in the comments section too and i'll do my vest to help!

6 comments:

C. Camp said...

Gorgeous little key charms, really pretty.

misteejay said...

Such pretty projects Alix - love that shade of green on the first one.

Toni :o)

fatmonica said...

They're all great!I'll be getting my beading friend to make one of these for me!

alexa said...

Sounds great, and look forward to seeing what you do. I may need, however, to buy some tools!

Bubbles said...

Oh, Alix... these are gorgeous! Especially love the green one - such beautiful colours :) Course... I'm wondering how best to fit one of these onto a scrapbook layout :D

Claireliz said...

They are very cute Alix, love them
C
xx