Sunday, January 18, 2009

Nothing says Love like a letter

I am playing around with ideas for making charms, since I have to create 19 completed charms for a Valentine swap later in the week.
One idea was to make little tiny envelopes (love letters) out of soda cans.

I ended up not using this idea, but I think it's fun to play around with trying new things.
I'm presenting this in its raw form--meaning it's scratched and imperfect because I was just trying out the form.
Ignore the lines that aren't perfectly straight, as I have yet to iron out the details.
I may indeed, however, go further with this in the future.

I started with an aluminum can of Japanese strawberry soda.
I made a paper template first, then etched it onto the can, and cut out the template with cheap craft scissors.
I scored the fold lines, folded, then flattened with a bone tool.
If you try this, watch how hard you score and fold, or the metal pieces may break at the line rather than fold.
On the edges that showed, I folded under as I would have done with fabric, so there were no raw edges.

For this first attempt, I simply scratched "Love" onto the front side, as this is only a prototype, but for actual charms I would use metal letter stamps to indent the word into the aluminum.
If it's going to be used as a charm, make sure to punch a hole for an eilet and a jump ring at the upper left corner, or solder on a loop of some kind.

The finished envelope is one-and-a-half inches by one inch.

It could be sealed with glue or soldered.
It would be cute to add a drop of red wax and to press it like sealing wax.

An alternative would be to make the envelopes out of pink linen stiffened with fusible interfacing and embroidered.



Blogger Heather - said...

I think they're really cute! You could also use polymer clay for sealing wax - more durable, maybe?

p.s. It's been all Woof Nanny all day for me. I looked at all your flickr vintage apron photos!


8:58 PM  
Blogger Corinne said...

I love it...what a wonderful, creative idea!

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice idea Barbara. Looks sweet in the pink strawberries.

3:37 AM  
Blogger The Tattered Rose said...

I love the little envelope. I am sure I will love the charms you are making for my swap, but I think I will be hosting a "Romancing the Charm Swap - The Sequel" next year, so maybe you could make those then? The charms that are pouring in are all so original and unique. I just love them! p.s. I am copying this post so I can "borrow" you idea - I hope you don't mind - I think it has a lot of possible uses. Have a great weekend. Trish G.

1:22 PM  
Blogger robin dudley-howes said...

This is great!

11:45 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home