Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Homemade Charms

Charms front
My first attempt at collage charms, and learning to solder. These I made recently in a stamping class. These are microscope slides that have been cut in half, small paper collages are put inside two pieces of glass, then copper tape is used to secure the glass together. The copper is then covered with solder. The writing is from a dictionary purchased at a 99 cent store (a nice source for collage materials). The ocean images are actual photographs I took at Sunset Cliffs. I experimented with different sizes of copper tape on which to solder, so this was all just a learning process. I was really surprised that I preferred the wavy tape--one I didn't think I would like. I thought I was going to prefer the wide tape, and I didn't like it at all. Hence why one needs to try all methods.

Here's the back side.
Charms back
I obviously need to practice my soldering, but not bad for a first go round. The rainbow here is a real photograph I took while driving (!) down highway 52 (a freeway) one afternoon. I am planning others to make soon, and will use them to embellish a small quilt I'm entering in a contest. More later....

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Blogger Claudia said...

Hi Barb,

I really like those charms!
Microsopic slides cut in half; what size are they (I know the size of microscopic slides in Germany but am not sure whether it is standardized)?
Cool technique!

LG, Claudia

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

those are darling!!

11:01 PM  
Blogger kt said...

Wonderful work.

Isn't it a kick when you find out that the item or technique you weren't sold on turns out to be the best of all?

Could make cool pendants or charms or a mobile with those beauties...

11:41 PM  
Blogger The Calico Cat said...

Very cool! If you hadn't let the cat out of the bag, I would have thought that you purchased those! (Or had been doing them for a long time.)

My only suggestion (to try) is to use walnut ink (or something similar) on the dictionary words...

4:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are very cool indeed. I think you did a great job - first time or not!

8:23 AM  
Blogger Nikki said...

Wow, these are amazing for a first time go at it. Great job!

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are beautiful! I so want to learn how to do this!

Absinthe Knits

3:17 PM  
Blogger Tricia said...

Those are great! I've been wanting to try to make those for sometime now. You've encouraged me to give it a try!

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Your charms/pendants are wonderful, not novice-looking at all.

I love the smell of solder/flux. My dad used to work on circuit boards at home when I was a child. Strange what makes you nostalgic!

Lisa K.

7:25 PM  
Blogger laeroport said...

Ooooohhhhhh! I WAAAAAANNNNNTTTT the Sea Witch one! Beautiful work. My last attempt at sodering was in 9th grade art class when we made a stained glass sun catcher. It wasn't pretty. Your pendants are!


8:16 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

gee barb,
I can't believe I missed these, they look great!

10:46 PM  
Blogger FinnyKnits said...

See, I love them. They're charming and unique -- and would look so cool with a few strung on a necklace. Nicely done!

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, these are really neat! I would love to learn to do this

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Give. Me. These. Charms.

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they look so great, I wish I could make something like that! :-)

6:33 AM  
Blogger my house is cuter than yours said...

love these! sooo awesome!

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome! wish I had a soldering tool, but then again I've got too many hobbies going at the moment! I liked CalicoCat's comment about inking the cut out words to make them look more antiqued. Loved the pig one!!!

8:50 AM  

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