View Full Version : CHARMS: Charming Handmade Charms - Due 9th August 08

05-25-2008, 05:12 AM
Due date: 9th August 08
Sign-up/withdraw by date: 1st July 08
Participants: 30
Charms: 6 for 6, 9 for 9 or 12 for 12

Charming Handmade Charms Swap

Any medium or theme welcome, just make them durable and not too large (remember these are charms). Handmade using beads, small dominoes, wooden scrabble tiles, shrink plastic, friendly plastic, metal, polymer clay to name but a few. There are so many possibilities. Please attach a jump ring or some other fitting so that your charm may be attached to something else. Your imagination is your only limit. Search the gallery for inspiration. your charms may all be the same or all different. I say variety is the spice of life LOL

1. Please send in your best work. If you would not like to receive your charms in your returns then please do not send them in. I swap quality for quality. Any charms received that are not of a good standard will be returned.
2. Please make your charms durable. Nothing falling off, well sealed, the fitting attached securely etc. Any arriving in this state will be returned.
3. As this is a mixed medium and theme swap, you should expect to receive a mix in your returns.
4. All participants are asked to pay for their return postage.
5. Any charms arriving after the due date will be returned unswapped.
6. Please check into the thread at least every 2 weeks so that I know you are still active.
7. Please post photos of your charms on the thread.

All participants are requested to pay for their own return postage. You do not need a Paypal account to pay by Paypal.
I will supply a padded envelope for your returns but please include a clearly written or printed address label no smaller than 2.5 x 1.5 inches.
UK Participants – Please include a loose large letter stamp.
European Participants – Please send 2.03 euros by Paypal (includes paypal fee).
International Participants – Please send either US$4.21 by Paypal (includes paypal fee) or US$3.71 (this should be sent as 3 x US$1 plus 71 cents in loose US postage. Other nations other than US should pay by Paypal.
Contact me with your email address so that I may send you a request for money.

Please put each charm in a separate trading card sleeve with your details on a card inside each sleeve and tape down. Place all the packages and your return address label, any loose stamps inside a padded envelope for protection. The postal system can be cruel to charms.
Please mark your padded envelope with you return address and user name. Please write your details and my address clearly. Please fill out and attach a customs label. Marking as a gift and a value of under £7 (US$14), we get charged tax on amounts over this from outside the European Union.
Your returns will be well packages.

The first two people I receive 12 charms from will receive a surprise.

Useful Links:
Embossed Shrink Plastic Charms (http://www.jacquardproducts.com/support/projects/proj0025/)
Ramblings And Shrink Charm Tutorial (http://vintagebluestudio.blogspot.com/2007/09/ramblings-and-shrink-charm-tutorial.html)
Handmade Charms (http://www.hobbyloco.com/charms.html)
Octopus Charm Tutorial (http://oborochann.deviantart.com/art/Octopus-Charm-Tutorial-45828570)
Fortune Cookie Charm Tutorial (http://tedsie.deviantart.com/art/Fortune-Cookie-Charm-Tutorial-55697645)
Panda Charm (http://oborochann.deviantart.com/art/Panda-Charm-Tutorial-48473335)
Chibi Jack Charm (http://caithness-shop.deviantart.com/art/How-to-make-a-chibi-jack-charm-86278869)
Cupcake Charm (http://mariedark.deviantart.com/art/Cupcake-charm-tutorial-84271917)
Shrimp Sushi Charm (http://cutegio.deviantart.com/art/Shrimp-Sushi-Charm-Tutorial-73685340)
Jelly Donut (Jam Donut) (http://chat-noir.deviantart.com/art/Jelly-Donut-Tutorial-71530074)
Butterfly Charm (http://easytutorials.deviantart.com/art/Making-a-Butterfly-Charm-70227899)
Felt DeadNote and Apple Charm (http://cutegio.deviantart.com/art/Felt-DeadNote-and-Apple-charm-67113882)
Mokona (http://pinkarol.deviantart.com/art/How-to-do-a-Mokona-Tutorial-60517855)
Sushi Cane (http://chat-noir.deviantart.com/art/Sushi-Cane-Tutorial-58865159)
Beaded 3D Apple Charm (http://www.beadjewelrymaking.com/Kid_Art_Project/Kid_art_bead_project/october2007kid_bead_project.html)
Domokun Charm (http://blackmago.deviantart.com/art/Domokun-Charm-Tutorial-40760535)
Angel Charms (http://home.flash.net/~mjtafoya/projects/angel/angel.htm)
Plush Toast (http://aiwa-9.deviantart.com/art/plush-toast-keychain-tutorial-64057573)
Etsy Metal (http://etsymetal.blogspot.com/2007/11/charm-swap.html)
Faux Metals (http://www.sharilynmiller.com/cgi-bin/itsmy/go.exe?page=23&domain=1&webdir=sharilynmiller)
Shrink Plastic Charms (http://www.artchixstudio.com/create/classroom/class_shrinkplasticcharms.htm)
Scrabble Tile Charms (http://www.artchixstudio.com/create/classroom/class_scrabblecharms.htm)
Scrabble Charm (http://queenoffools1974.blogspot.com/2007/04/scrabble-charm.html)
Fairy Tale Charms (http://watchmecreate.wordpress.com/2008/03/04/fairy-tale-charms/)
Domino Charm (http://recycledrealities.blogspot.com/2007/04/domino-charm.html)
Domino Charm Bracelet (http://perpetualplum.wordpress.com/2007/11/26/recycled-button-altered-art-domino-charm-bracelets/)
Classy Domino Charm (http://www.craftedby.us/node/45)
Polymer Clay Basics (http://www.stampington.com/html/beginningbasics_polymer.html)
Frutsels (http://www.fimo-frutsels.hobbysite.info/)
How to Make a Dinko Skull (http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/castle/dinkoskull.html)
flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainbowmermaid/704260159/)
flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/8461218@N03/511403322/)
flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/yifatiii/2357829988/)
flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28941270@N00/1781412751/)
flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bytracy/2261201687/)
flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mendytexas/2235748766/)
Fabric Charms (http://ruthrae.blogspot.com/2007/02/fabric-charm-swap.html)
Fabric Charms (http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2007/04/fabric_charms.html)

adifferentstory (12)
1. AnitaM(UK)
2.PurpleRealm (Australia)
4. adriayana (USA)
5. mynameisjenn (USA)
6. loralou (UK)
7. lori.rn
8. cdraz/ceedee (USA)
9. Donna (UK)
11. joni owens (USA)
12. katilady (USA)
13. SEMOKraftee (USA)
14. KarenM (USA)
15. TheRoseCottage (US)
16. avidstampcarver (Greece)
17. LavenderLizard
18. PaperFairys (UK)
21. XxpinupmommyxX (USA)
22. Deedles
23. BusyB

05-25-2008, 05:21 AM
can I play? pretty pretty please - I promise not to mention coke cans ;)

05-25-2008, 05:45 AM
As you didn't mention the coke cans you can play LOL

05-25-2008, 05:52 AM
As you didn't mention the coke cans you can play LOL

Ahhh thanks. coke cans what coke cans :wideeyed:

05-25-2008, 05:58 AM
I'm glad you don't know LOL

05-25-2008, 06:36 AM
oooo - lovin' charms, can I play too, please?

05-25-2008, 08:04 AM
Of course PR. Will they be purple? LOL

05-25-2008, 08:27 AM
LOL - Id say probably not, coz Im in the middle of creating Purple Charms for Dana's Charm Swap. :D ~ So I may just do a different colour! YIKES!!!!!

05-25-2008, 08:28 AM
Oh they'll be lilac then LOL

05-25-2008, 08:45 AM
heee heee - how did ya know?!?!?! ROFL

05-25-2008, 09:18 AM
Please, may I play? :)

05-25-2008, 09:29 AM
I want in! :)

05-25-2008, 09:44 AM
I'd love to try my hand at charms, please sign me up!

05-25-2008, 02:13 PM
You deserve this just for all the links.


05-25-2008, 02:46 PM
OMG that little octopus charm is sooooo cute! I just gotta make one! Think I would like to give this charm malarky a go too. Look at me, I am getting right into this altered art that always passed me by before lol

05-25-2008, 03:26 PM
Welcome to the swap teri, Dana, mynameisjenn and loralou.

05-26-2008, 08:14 PM
i was looking at this, and clicking your links, and i am SO tempted to make some plush toast. LOL! those links are fabulous!

[i'm not joining . . . we'll see if i can stick to my guns, though. i probably already have 6 handmade charms in my studio right now, ready to go!]

05-27-2008, 10:58 AM
joining........joining, me, me.

05-27-2008, 11:05 AM
okay, I'm sitting here looking at some of these yummy links...........the octopus is so cute. I am going to save the rest for 2 am when I am at work and need something to do!

05-27-2008, 01:37 PM
I know the octopus got me as well!

05-27-2008, 02:16 PM
Welcome to the swap lori.

05-28-2008, 01:30 PM
Sounds like fun....sign me up please :jiggy:

05-28-2008, 01:45 PM
Glad you can join us.

Joni Owens
05-28-2008, 10:37 PM
have you got room for me?

05-28-2008, 11:34 PM
I have never made charms but a super sweet person here sent me some shrink plastic and I would like to try this out if I may! Also it ends the day after my B-Day!

05-29-2008, 05:34 AM
Welcome to the swap j4mi3, joni and kati

05-30-2008, 10:30 AM
I made my first 5 charms today, so much fun! They are in my gallery, but not a good scan as it needs to be a photo really.

05-30-2008, 11:39 AM
Te are brilliant. How did you make those?

05-30-2008, 04:37 PM
Here are my first 3. Vintage wooden scrabble tile, collage on encaustic wax background, beads and swarovski crystal.

05-30-2008, 04:41 PM
those look cool

05-31-2008, 04:19 AM
where did you get vintage scrabble tiles from?

05-31-2008, 04:33 AM
My friend Mar sent them to me. It's near impossible to get wooden scrabble tiles here in the UK. Occasionally a set will pop up on ebay but they are also very expensive here. I think ebayers have learn't how collectable they are.

05-31-2008, 04:37 AM
You couil make an imitation scrabble tile by putting 3 layers of chipboard together, i'd recommend diamond glaze for gluing. The size is 18mm width x 20mm length with slightly rounded corners. You can sand the edges to make sure they are flus and also sand to get the rounded corners. The thickness you want is approx 5mm. You colould then paint and decorate them. They would need sealing after the painting with diamond glaze, to make sure they are strong enough.

05-31-2008, 01:55 PM
Welcome to the swap

06-01-2008, 05:14 AM
Thanks, they are very beautiful. I must see if i can get hold of some!

06-01-2008, 09:12 AM
Please sign me up! I just bought the book "1000 Jewelry",(which has three pc.'s of work by our own Dana!) and the book is SO inspiring!!

06-01-2008, 09:17 AM
Welcome to the swap Karen. I must have a look for that book.

06-02-2008, 03:57 PM
I've made some charms with shrink plastic - they are in my gallery - might send these unless I come up with something else - will see how I get on.


06-02-2008, 04:09 PM
They are cute little charms. How did you do those Anita?

I've had to buy another solder iron as I managed to bed the tip on ine, plus I ran out of solder LOL Can't finish off the ones i've done so far. I also won on ebay a bid for some mini vintage bone dominoes so may try something out with those when the arrive.

06-02-2008, 04:18 PM
Here you go -

Clear shrink plastic
Images from magazines/clipart/hand drawn anything goes so long as it fits in your shrunken plastic.

1. Cut x2 clear shrink plastic 4cmx4cm - these shrunk down to 1.5cmx1.5cm.

2. Punch hole - remember to punch the hole so that when it has shrunk down your wire can easily go through it (I would do a practice piece first).

3. Shrink down the plastic - place a wooden block on top to flatten the plastic.

4. Apply some diamond glaze/ dimensional magic to the shrink plastic.

5. Place glue side down onto image of your choice - my images were from magazines/clipart so I stuck the plastic down first and then trimmed of the edges (hope that bit makes sense). Do this to both your plastic pieces.

6. Once your images are glued and trimmed apply some more glue and stick the 2 pieces together making sure that the holes are lined up.

7. Let these dry.

8. I finished the edges with marker pens - you can use anything which isn't going to rub off.

9. Finally add your jump ring and hey presto charms made.

06-02-2008, 04:28 PM
Oh! that's neat having the image on both sides. Now that is getting me thinking to change my scrabble time ones LOL I don't have clear shrink plastic but I must have bought a job lot of the frosted one LOL Wonder if it will work with that. May try it. Not for this swp but sometime later.

06-02-2008, 04:32 PM
Won't work with the frosted ones - you won't be able to see the image through the shrink plastic. Would you like me to send you some clear?

06-02-2008, 04:49 PM
Can we do a swap? I can send you some frosted.

06-02-2008, 04:54 PM
I'll send you some tomorrow. Thanks for the offer of swapping but I have just too much stuff and I have a whole pack of frosted not even opened yet - you know how it is - you put it to one side then can't find it when you want to use it so what do you do - go and buy some more.

06-02-2008, 05:12 PM
I know that feeling all too well Anita LOL Thank you so much.

06-03-2008, 01:08 AM
I would love to join :-)

06-03-2008, 04:59 AM
Welcome to the swap TRC

06-03-2008, 10:27 AM

This sounds good! May I please take part in this swap?



06-03-2008, 11:08 AM
Welcome to the swap.

06-03-2008, 11:29 AM
I'm in!!! Sign me up, please!

06-03-2008, 01:31 PM
OooOOOooo i needed 1 more swap to keep me going.

this would be great, can i join please ? :)

06-03-2008, 04:04 PM
Glad to have you with us LL and PF

06-03-2008, 11:38 PM
Can I play? I have been trying to resist, the octopus got me as well.

06-04-2008, 01:30 PM
Welcome to the swap jetlag.

06-06-2008, 12:13 AM
I also would like to play! I love charms! And I am kinda charming, if I do say so myself...;)

06-06-2008, 12:19 AM
[QUOTE=AnitaM;122193]I've made some charms with shrink plastic - they are in my gallery - might send these unless I come up with something else - will see how I get on.

Those are gorgeous, Anita!

06-06-2008, 03:32 AM
Welcome to the swap Trish. Just went to look at your charms and the link to your flicker gallery just links to the main site and not your gallery.

06-06-2008, 03:55 AM
sign me up!!

06-06-2008, 05:15 AM
Welcome to the swap XxpinupmommyxX

06-06-2008, 08:14 AM
Welcome to the swap Trish. Just went to look at your charms and the link to your flicker gallery just links to the main site and not your gallery.
Ooops I will change that! Thanks!

Edited to say - give it a go NOW!

06-06-2008, 08:56 AM
It's working fine now Trish. You have some great work on there.

06-11-2008, 06:21 AM
all my charms are ready to be sent i went with a kawaii theme

06-11-2008, 07:16 AM
They sound nice. Can you upload them to the thread so we can take a peek?

06-12-2008, 09:46 AM
7301 Ok I've been playing again. These are done with shrink plastic with acrylic paint applied to the botton 2 and Stuart Gill paints to the top 3. I applied the paints before shrinking. The backs are coated with fimo shellac as its water proof.

7302 This is a set I have made for me.

06-12-2008, 09:58 AM
very nice anita! and i love the set you made for yourself!

06-12-2008, 10:53 AM
They're lovely Anita. Glad you made a set for yourself as it's always for someone else LOL

06-16-2008, 03:13 PM
Mine are done, will put them in the post shortly. First is small puzzle piece painted and clear embossed, the second fimo charm coloured with rub ons and paint and the last one is shrink plastic inked with alcohol inks, shrunk, decorated and then embossed with clear embossing.

06-16-2008, 03:18 PM
They're lovely and a wide variety

06-16-2008, 05:24 PM
What great charms!

06-16-2008, 08:40 PM
Oh! What lovely charms!!!! wonderful work, everyone! :)

06-17-2008, 01:20 AM
I need to start seriously thinking about mine. I've had a little play but not really happy with what i've done so far.

06-23-2008, 01:11 AM
I'd love to join!

06-23-2008, 01:19 AM
Welcome to the swap Deedles.

06-23-2008, 09:38 PM
I'd like to play and pay with PayPal please. I'll be making 12 charms.

06-24-2008, 02:58 AM
Welcome to the swap BusyB

06-24-2008, 07:54 AM
Just checking in - I am still participating - just letting the ideas stew for a bit.

06-24-2008, 09:58 AM
Checking in also...............I have been trying soldering...and it is the most frustrating thing I have done in quite some time......and why is it spelled that way? I just might go to the hardware store and ask for it like it is spelled..*@#$#$...oops, feel a RANT coming on......:arghh:

06-24-2008, 03:51 PM
Just checking in - I am still participating - just letting the ideas stew for a bit.

Does that mean you haven't got a clue what to do? Just like me LOL

Checking in also...............I have been trying soldering...and it is the most frustrating thing I have done in quite some time......and why is it spelled that way? I just might go to the hardware store and ask for it like it is spelled..*@#$#$...oops, feel a RANT coming on......:arghh:

Well i've tried soldering jump rings. Solder burns and it hurtt and it sticks to you keyboard keys but did I manage to solder a jump ring LOL I've ordered some split jump rings instead. got to be easier LOL

06-24-2008, 03:54 PM
Why don't you make your jump rings from heavier wire that way there is no need to solder them and they should fit together nicely.

06-24-2008, 03:59 PM
Me....Make jump rings. Hahahaha. I might have some heavy wire. I could give it a go. I like the dainty thin ones though but the solder hates me LOL

06-24-2008, 04:20 PM
I have used 1mm thickness wire. Its not too thick but it strong enough that it doesn't pull apart. I found that using flush cutters worked the best and when cutting I always have the flat side of the cutter against the previous cut that way the angles of the 2 cuts are always the opposite (does that make sense?)

06-24-2008, 04:27 PM
I have some of that wire. What mm diam do you make them? I only have a pair of side cutters will they work? I do know what you mean.

06-24-2008, 04:48 PM
Yes side cutters will work too. I have a wire winder but a knitting needle will work just as well. The size depends on what I am using them for. I recently made a necklace where I made the actual bead component (attached 3-4 beads to make one bead if that makes sense I have a picture of the necklace on webshots link in my signature) and for that I made the rings approx 4mm. The largest I have made are 7mm which are what I used to attach the beads when I made the keyrings (these are in my gallery here).

06-24-2008, 05:05 PM
You've made some beautiful jewellery Anita. I have a tutorial for it somewhere on my website LOL You make a tight coil and cut them off from that. I'll give it a go soon. I've had another bleed in m eye and my eyes are very blurry right now so best not try yet LOL

06-25-2008, 03:48 AM
Ohh do take care with your eye. Yes if you wind the wire round into a coil and then cut them with the cutters. Remember to always have your cutters facing the same way every time - I have mine so that the flat side is flush to the last cut.

here is a link i found on the web incase you can't find yours - also her instructions are more clearer than mine and I forgot about making both sides the same as she has explained - better than me but it was late when I posted.


06-25-2008, 05:31 AM
Thanks Anita. You explantion was pretty good. I think that is the same tutorial as I have,I seem to recognise the pictures.

06-26-2008, 06:03 AM
I received Paperfairy's beautiful charms this morning. You will be receiving a surprise with your returns as you were one of the first two people to send in 12 charms.

06-26-2008, 09:49 AM
Almost done! I've mostly made my polymer clay beads into charms for this swap. Hope you guys like them...some glow in the dark!

06-26-2008, 11:13 AM
The last pendant has been done with alcohol ink and then rubber stamped with stazon after sealing it first. I shrunk the plastic first and then applied the ink. How did you do yours?

06-26-2008, 11:22 AM
They sound interesting.

Lovely charms Anita.

I've heard that any colour applied to shrink plastic first (recommended for colouring in) is intensified when the plastic shrinks.

06-26-2008, 12:25 PM
Great charms, Anita! I've never tried adding the ink after shrinking. Might have to give that a go!

06-26-2008, 04:36 PM
If you colour them in before shrinking colour them in lightly and the colour will intensify (like the poppy pendant in my gallery). The one in the thread here was coloured in after shrinking.

06-26-2008, 08:17 PM
Please someone, anyone....how to make shrink plastic not curl? I am a newbie with this medium!

06-27-2008, 02:58 AM
It will always curl kati but will flatten out when it's fully shrunk. I use a kebab stick to hold it in place while shrinking and when it shrinks no more and almost completely flat but still warm I use the flat side of a rubber stamp to flatten it completely.

06-27-2008, 04:35 AM
Yep as ADS said above use a wooden sweker. If you find it curls and gets stuck you can prise if open (I use fingers but doing the ouch ouch at the same time) and rehit using the skewer to hold the curled bits apart or leave it till it cools and then unstick it by pulling.

The other thing I do especially if the pieces are big is to keep turning/flipping the piece over so that you shrink from both sides (you will see raised bits where its not quite shrunk.

This is going off subject but still on shrink plastic - if you have rough/sharp edges use an emery board to file them smooth and to make your edges rounded.

06-27-2008, 05:05 AM
The rounding of the edges is a great idea Anita.

I've just bought some more beads off ebay and some mobile phone straps and more thonging for my dominoes and some books for collaging and..... OK i'd better stop buying now and start to sell things to pay for it LOL

06-27-2008, 01:01 PM
Thank you both!

06-27-2008, 02:22 PM
My charms are on their way :)

06-27-2008, 04:20 PM
Look forward to seeing them Dana.

06-27-2008, 04:24 PM
I'm ready to pack mine up so will be sending them Monday or Tuesday. I'm going to send my charms and dominoes in one envie if thats ok? Obviously will send 2 address labels one for each swap and if you don't mind could I pay the postage via paypal? If you could email me your paypal info?

07-01-2008, 01:22 PM
Mine are in the mail with my dominoes!

07-01-2008, 03:05 PM
Look forward to seeing them LL

07-02-2008, 01:30 PM
I hate it when things just don't go right. I hope you have success with the next lot

07-02-2008, 01:31 PM
I received donna beautiful charms today.

07-03-2008, 01:04 AM
Checking in. I have more than half my charms finished. Sending in 12. I chose to do shrink plastic with bead accents.

07-03-2008, 03:42 AM
Look forward to seeing them deedles. I've finished mine and am now having second thoughts LOL I think it's because i've enjoyed making them so much that I want to make more LOL

07-03-2008, 09:01 AM
Ok I finally mailed mine today.

07-03-2008, 10:27 AM
Oh goodie more eye candy to view first hand.

07-03-2008, 11:58 AM
Checking in,........................mine are ready to mail, just have to get a padded envelope etc.

07-03-2008, 12:49 PM
Look forward to seeing them. Can you post pics when they are done. I can't wait to see them and i'm sure the others would like to aswell.

07-03-2008, 09:37 PM
OK, I have received loads of shrink plastic in the last 2 days, now let's see if I can make something worthwhile! I'd like to color w/alcohol inks....any suggestions?

07-04-2008, 03:08 AM
Donna is the one to ask about aloholink and shrink plastic. She has sent some lovely ones in for the swap.

I am going to try it out over the next couple of days. I want to make a charm bracelet so may use the finished results on that (if it works out) LOL

07-04-2008, 03:29 AM
Shrink your plastic first and then use the alcolhol inks otherwise they will come out really dark and you could loose the lovely pattern that is created- try both ways before shrinking and after shrinking and see which you like the best.

07-04-2008, 04:35 AM
Thanks for the tip Anita.

07-04-2008, 12:27 PM
Thanks Anita!

07-07-2008, 12:32 AM
Argh! Tried shrink plastic 4 different times, managing to get a piece in my eye once (don't even ask, lol) so I am officially giving up!

Not on the swap though! Just the shrink plastic. I have moved on to scrabble tiles and have 13 drying as I type (12 to swap and 1 for our ever so lovely host). Once dry I will attach hanging thingies and send them off to jolly England!

Anita, you are the queen of shrink plastic and I just don't know how you do it, sigh. Maybe I need a private tutoring session, lol!

07-07-2008, 03:38 AM
We should stick together kati and ban shrink plastic. I waste so much just trying to get a good stamped image on it LOL I just love your technical terms Ithe hanging thingy) LOL

07-07-2008, 04:29 AM
here is a link to a step by step with pictures - hope it helps - keep practising.


07-07-2008, 05:05 AM
Thanks Anita. That's very handy.

07-07-2008, 10:24 AM
Oooooh. I will have to give that a look when I get home from work. I have 4 sheets of white and 7 of clear so I don't want to give up entirely, but I didn't think I would get a technique perfected in time for this swap. Especially since I have to allow for extra shipping time.

07-07-2008, 10:28 AM
Hey Lynne--a quick question:
I saw this just now "Please fill out and attach a customs label. Marking as a gift and a value of under £7 (US$14), we get charged tax on amounts over this from outside the European Union." I often mark customs label as 'other' then note it's art and give it a big fat 0 on what it's worth. Is this OK too? Or does something evil and sinister happen when I do that? I want to make sure these arrive safely!

07-07-2008, 11:37 AM
If you have trouble getting good stamped images on plastic, don't give up! You can always heat it and then stamp it immediately after it comes out of the oven to get an impressed image instead. You can then use rub-ons to highlight the raised area and seal with acrylic sealer. Just another possible technique to try! I always ruin 2 attempts before I get one I like anyway...

07-07-2008, 01:06 PM
Hey Lynne--a quick question:
I saw this just now "Please fill out and attach a customs label. Marking as a gift and a value of under £7 (US$14), we get charged tax on amounts over this from outside the European Union." I often mark customs label as 'other' then note it's art and give it a big fat 0 on what it's worth. Is this OK too? Or does something evil and sinister happen when I do that? I want to make sure these arrive safely!

I think the post goblins chew it up and spit it out LOL

If something is marked with a 0 value if it gets opened and you get someone who sticks to the rules and regulations they will put an estimate on how much it is worth. If it is over the allowed limits I will be asked to pay the excess by card before they will send it out. We get charged for the privaledge of them posting it to us too. It can come by courier and they charge around $16 for that. It's best to put a value of around $5 or $10. Saying all this none of my things have been stopped by customs and I have ordered a few items from the US but alwas under our limit. We can however order whatever we like without being charged on top from anywhere in Europe. For things from the US and the ROW the duty and VAT combined works out about 40% of the value before postage.

07-07-2008, 01:18 PM
Thanks for the info! I will start putting $5 or so on my packages!

07-07-2008, 07:12 PM
OK! I am officially friends with Scrabble Tiles! They were so much fun to work with. My only problem was finding pictures small enough! If anyone has a source of tiny pics, PLEASE pass it on, I am begging you! The little buggers (I know that's a bad word in the UK, hee hee!) are smaller than inchies, yeesh! Nonetheless, I managed to get 13 beauties made, 12 to trade and one for Lynne for being a kick ass host! Here they are:


07-08-2008, 12:58 AM
They are fantastic Kati. Can't wait to see them in real life and thank ou for making an extra for me.

07-08-2008, 03:54 AM
Those are great Kati. But don't forget shrink plastic will be your friend too - honest ;). Here is another link which cdraz/ceedee sent me http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=245857.0

07-08-2008, 09:52 AM
here are some of my charms, unfortunately I can't get a good picture.

07-08-2008, 10:13 AM
Those are gorgeous! I especially like the green ones! How did you get the microbeads on the other one? It looks way cool!

07-08-2008, 10:55 AM
Those look gorgeous CD.

I've mastered shrink plastic LOL I used my mini oven instead and it works that way. I've made a bracelet with recrangular tiles and linked together with jump rings. I used alcohol inks on that. I'm just finishing off a pendant which is graduating squares and glued on in layers at different angles. I used brilliance ink pads to do that.

O'v got the shrinkles shrink plastic and just realised it doesn't shrink evenly. I was making square tiles and they ended up rectangular. Has anyone else had that happen? or am I doing something wrong?

07-08-2008, 12:21 PM
Thanks Anita, loved the website you suggested!
ceedee, love your charms...LOVELY!

07-08-2008, 12:44 PM
What great charms, guys!

07-08-2008, 10:14 PM
Kati and CD, those are fabulous charms! It gets me all excited and fired up to do mine. Maybe this week...LOL

07-09-2008, 12:19 PM
Teri, so glad to know I am not the only slow poke!!

07-09-2008, 12:28 PM
I've made my charms, I'm going to try to get them mailed by the end of this week :)

07-09-2008, 01:12 PM
Well I made mine and now half of them are on the missing list. Not sure what i've done with them they are probably in that reallys safe place that all m missing things are LOL I've got to do 6 more now so i'm slacking too LOL

07-09-2008, 03:27 PM
Hey Lynne,
I just went to the post office and mailed off my charms right after I messaged you. lol! I'm done with my summer classes officially today, which leaves me lots of time to do nothing.

07-09-2008, 08:12 PM
Mine went postal yesterday!

07-10-2008, 01:02 AM
I look forward to receiving both of yours. I'll let you know as soon as they land in Abbots Langley.

07-14-2008, 12:14 PM
hope mine get there soon!!

07-14-2008, 03:19 PM
What date did you send them CD?

07-14-2008, 03:39 PM
On July 8th....should be there soon...... I put gift and $5.....on the custom form

07-14-2008, 03:41 PM
Yep hopefully in the next few days. I'll let you know as soon as it arrives.

07-15-2008, 02:49 AM
i cant wait too see everyones hard work!

07-15-2008, 03:00 AM
I know everyone is going to love their returns as there are so many beautiful charms. I've just loved looking at them all.

07-15-2008, 06:48 AM
Ive completed my charms and they are going out in Saturdays mail. :)
Ill post a scan of them soon!

07-15-2008, 06:49 AM
Look forward to seeing them

07-15-2008, 07:21 AM
Here they are! :)
Lots of little critters, frog, butterfly, fairy etc etc
I had fun making these!

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/file.php?n=24631&w=1 (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=24631)

07-15-2008, 07:49 AM
They are just so cute.

07-15-2008, 08:51 AM
Glad my charms made it to you, The post office said I didn't need the custom request which I found kind of strange.

07-15-2008, 09:53 AM
Those are so pretty PR! I especially love the kitty one!

07-15-2008, 09:58 AM
That seems really strange Jenn. I've never had that happen before. Although I always have the forms filled out and stuck on before I go to the post office.

07-15-2008, 12:39 PM
I mailed my charms this morning. The man at the post office said I didn't need to fill out a customs form either.

07-15-2008, 01:19 PM
Mmmm maybe it's just UK to US that needs to.

I'll let you know when they get here.

07-19-2008, 06:23 PM
Lynne, I am finally finished and they will be mailed on MOn. Morning!! Here is an example of mine...they are all very much alike. Sorry the picture is blurry :/

07-20-2008, 02:14 AM
They look fantastic Karen. I'll let yoiu know as soon as they arrive.

07-21-2008, 02:20 PM
I have sent my charms and my dominoes to you, please let me know if I don't send enough postage and I will send you more.

07-21-2008, 02:45 PM
Karen, such a cool charm! :)

07-21-2008, 03:23 PM
I will let you know as soon as they arrive loralou. A large letter stamp for each one should cover it.

07-23-2008, 04:04 PM
Hi Lynne, I am sending you a "baker's dozen" of charms today. One for the hostess. :) I took photos after I had packaged them so they aren't very good. I need to make myself a gallery before I can share. Thanks for hosting!

07-23-2008, 05:21 PM
I'll let you know as soon as they arrive BusyB

07-24-2008, 08:10 PM
My charms are off tomorrow and can be viewed in the gallery. :spinny:


07-24-2008, 08:27 PM
My charms are off tomorrow and can be viewed in the gallery. :spinny:


What beauties! the skull has my name on it, lol!

07-24-2008, 08:43 PM
Avidstampcarver, all your charms are fantastic! :)

07-25-2008, 02:58 AM
My charms are off tomorrow and can be viewed in the gallery. :spinny:


Those are gorgeous.

07-25-2008, 03:01 AM
Yes they are gorgeous and I get to see them all close up LOL

07-28-2008, 05:53 PM
My package is being mailed tomorrow morning.

07-28-2008, 09:26 PM
My charams will be off on Wed. morning. They are drying now. I used postage stamps mounted on heavy cardstock then glazed them with clear dimensional glaze. I tried my utee, but I had no luck with that. Wonder if I will ever get the hang of it?:wacko:

07-28-2008, 10:30 PM
Wow, there are some wonderful charms here!

07-29-2008, 03:28 AM
I look forward to seeing your creations.

07-30-2008, 01:48 PM
REQUEST TO SWAP GROUP: Could the person who gets my unicorn charm (one of the little red rectangular ones) please P.M. me when they have received it?

The reason being, this is my personal favourite, and I would like to know who gets it--I hope they love it as much as I do! :wub:

This charm has a nice effect, when you tilt it you see either the writing on it, or the unicorn, it changes back and forth. It's like those postcards that you can tilt to make the picture on them 'move'. I discovered this technique accidentally.

07-31-2008, 03:43 AM
Haha, sometimes I amaze myself too LOL

What lovely charms. Look forward to seeing them in RL

08-03-2008, 11:31 AM
Two things:

a) yes, I will post a technique description for the tilt/holographic effect (don't know what to call it...) ... later in the day though. Sorry I've been absent so much. Tasks, tasks. :dull:

b) another thing about one of my charms: the dangle charm with the two glittery green beads at the top has a silver-coloured miniature frame hanging from its bottom.

The top of this frame can be opened (gently, please!) and the two-sided picture between the two small rectangular acrylic panes can be removed and changed.

In a word...it's customizable! Whoever gets it: have fun! :rolleyes:

Later, dudettes...

08-03-2008, 03:09 PM
Here goes:

Tiles that change their look when tilted - mini tutorial

1. Take your nicely cut-out tile of Stampbord (http://stampbord.com). --> To cut this material into smaller tiles, use a handsaw instead of an electrical one--saw carefully! The white surface doesn't get marred too much that way.

Hint: matbord/thick cardbord can be substituted for Stampbord--the important thing is to use a sturdy surface.

2. Use the direct-to-surface technique to tint the tile in the colour of choice, with a dye ink pad, e.g. Nick Bantock. Hit it with the heat gun for a few seconds. Let cool.

3. Stamp a background image using dye ink in a dark shade, like black, grey or prussian blue. (You can also use pigment ink in a dark metallic shade at this step... this will give a slightly different look).

4. Stamp another image in pigment ink on top of that, using a bright metallic colour like white pearl, bright gold, silver tones etc.

Hit your tile with the heat gun again. Let cool.

5. Cover entire tile surface in Perfect Medium (or any other embossing ink).

6. Cover in UTEE (or other coarse embossing powder). Melt UTEE with heat gun. Let tile cool.

7. Repeat steps 5 through 6 until you get a smooth glossy surface, as on a real porcelain tile. You can use a gold pigment ink pad under the second-to-last layer of UTEE to create a kind of aged look.

8. And presto! You're finished.

Additionally, you can decorate or paint the edges of these lovely faux tiles, and to prevent cracking of the surface--which will occur after two years or so!--just seal them with Diamond glaze or any other sealant of your choice.


I think this effect would also work on paper, to a degree, but the thick UTEE layers are what makes the images "jump" at you when you tilt the tile.

And: be careful not to let your stamps slip on the Stampbord, it's very slick.


08-03-2008, 06:44 PM
Whoa! That's so cool. Did you make that technique up?

08-03-2008, 07:46 PM
Making faux tiles out of cardboard and UTEE was a hint that came with the Perfect Medium pad, I think... then I used Stampbord instead because I wanted my tiles to be sturdier, so they'd work as charms.

The "tilt technique" itself I discovered accidentally. :cute:

08-03-2008, 08:29 PM
You are too cool for school W!

I'm way excited about these cause my birthday is Fri and this swap ends Sat and shortly thereafter (if the mail behaves) I get a lovely birthday present!!!

08-04-2008, 02:52 AM
What a fantastic technique. Thanks for explaining it. Oh that tiny framed picture charm is just so lovely.

08-04-2008, 11:44 AM
Awesome! I have got to try that!!!

08-05-2008, 06:09 AM
I received SEMOkraftee and TheRoseCottages wonderful swaps this morning. Sorry gaye I didn't read the card and forgot to thank you for the extra charm.

08-05-2008, 11:10 AM
whoa cool technique, thanks for sharing!! :)

08-07-2008, 09:56 AM
Hey y'all I am in a pickle - I kinda zoned on this swap and can send tomorrow but they will not make it in time - I so apologize! Not sure what is wrong with me except I signed up for TOO MANY SWAPS - newbie mistake, I know. Just let me know if you still want me to send them or not.

Thanks so much and again - I'm so SORRY i screwed up!

08-07-2008, 12:08 PM
Hmmm.... Im a bit worried about my charms. They should be there by now... or very very close to it. I soooo hope they make it in time. :(

08-07-2008, 03:49 PM
Cheeka I wouldn't send them in now as they will not make it in time, even if I don't sort the returns out until Monday. I will most likely have another charm swap so if you haven't traded them you can use them for that.

PR - Hopefully they will be in tomorrows or Saturdays mail.

08-08-2008, 12:59 AM
Im crossing ALL of my fingers and toes and thinking that they HAVE to arrive today or Saturday..... :eek:

08-08-2008, 04:03 AM
I've got everything crossed for you too Tracie.

08-14-2008, 03:15 AM
I picked up the padded envelopes and bubble wrap yesterday so hopefully i'll have the returns sorted by the end of the weekend and ready to post Monday/Tuesday.

08-14-2008, 01:51 PM
oooooohhh, EXCITING!!!!

08-15-2008, 03:41 PM
really excited about receiving these awesome charms!

08-15-2008, 04:08 PM
me toooo

08-15-2008, 04:26 PM
'm making you wait this time LOL Normally they would be sorted and posted in around 4 days of the swap finishing. It was my fault as i'd forgotten to get padded envelopes beforehand. Now i'v got to wait until my hubby can help me to pack them and also double check them for mistakes. I really don't want a repeat of the domino art swap. That's one id love to forget about LOL

08-19-2008, 10:02 AM
All the returns have been swapped now and put in their padded envelopes. A couple of people will get charms from the same person but the charms are all differents. Sorry about this but it's the way the swap worked out.

I'm hoping they will got postal later oday or tomorrow at the latest. I'll let you know.

08-19-2008, 10:19 AM
Hey no problem with having more than one charm from the same person even if they were the same.

08-19-2008, 10:31 AM
No worries! I am just excited to get them!

08-19-2008, 10:47 AM
I think you'll all be pleased with the returns as you've all made such lovely charms.

08-19-2008, 11:07 AM
Yay! I'm excited to see them! :)

08-20-2008, 06:13 AM
All the returns were mailed this morning.

08-20-2008, 06:57 AM
woohoo can't wait to see what I get back :cool:

08-20-2008, 07:05 AM
Hopefully you will get them tomorrow Anita. Well, if Royal Mail is nice to you LOL

08-21-2008, 01:31 AM
Looking forward to them!

08-21-2008, 08:32 AM
Woohooo! Thanks Ads! :)
Cant wait to see what arrives!

08-21-2008, 09:00 AM
Well the postie was being nice just - they arrived this afternoon -
I've got some really lovely charms from , avidstampcarver, mynameisjenn, lavenderlizard, purplerealm, loralou, 2 from Lori m, KarenM and one of my own.

ADS thank you for hosting a fab swap - when's the next one?

08-21-2008, 01:04 PM
Lucky you Anita! What's everyone gonna do with their charms?

08-21-2008, 01:14 PM
It'll be worth the wait Katilady. I was going to put them on a bracelet but I think I might make another bag charm as I will probably use it more that way.

08-21-2008, 02:46 PM
FABULOUS TALENTED LADIES ... I recieved my wonderful charms and my extra special goodie today when i got home, lovely surprise.

THANK YOU ALL ... I will leave individual rep points tomorrow once ive had a good sleep.

:) elaine x

08-22-2008, 05:01 AM
Here are my charms all made up

08-22-2008, 07:19 AM
That looks fantastic Anita.

08-22-2008, 08:12 AM
oooooooo, quit teasing me!! CAN'T WAIT!!

08-22-2008, 11:23 AM
Awesome Anita! What a neat idea! :)

08-23-2008, 01:33 PM
Oh! I hope mine arrive soon!

08-23-2008, 01:43 PM
Does anyone know what Laura Monaghan's user name is? Need to leave her a rep and can't find her.

It's Loralou

08-23-2008, 04:32 PM
That's great that they have made it to the states.

08-23-2008, 05:46 PM
Mine arrived! ADS you rock for hosting! Many thanks to: ADS, PurpleRealm, BusyB, Paperfairys, JoniOwens, TheRoseCottage, CDraz, KarenM, Deedles, MynameisJenn, pinupmommy, and Donna. You all are wonderful!

08-23-2008, 09:15 PM
Thanks for the nice feedback!! I can't wait for mine...but I guess I'll have to!!!

08-24-2008, 01:25 PM
I am SO thrilled!!! Can hardly wait for my charms.

08-25-2008, 03:29 PM
THANKS!!! Lovely charms received today!!!
Lynne, thanks for hosting, great swap!!!
Thanks also to:
LavendarLizard, Katilady, Semokraftee, Joni Owens, AnitaM, PurpleRealm, Pinupmommy and Loralou!!! Wonderful work, ladies!

Joni Owens
08-25-2008, 04:03 PM
My charms have arrived! ADS you did a great job hosting, all that sorting can't be an easy task!! I love all of these little creations. I think I'm going to do some sort of necklace with them!! Thank you Donna, Lavender Lizard, Pinupmommy, MynameisJenn, Cdraz, Avidstamper, Deedles, Busybee, Katilady, Therosecottage, and Paper Fairy! Wonderful variety of charms from a very talented group of artists!!!

08-25-2008, 05:03 PM
wow such beautiful charms received!! :)

Thanks to Deedles, The Rose Cottage, avidstampcarver, katilady, lavenderlizard, joni owens, cdraz, donna, busy b, pinupmommy, and paperfairys!

and thanks to Lynne for hosting!
off to leave rep!

08-26-2008, 03:55 PM
I got my great charms! What an amazingly cool bunch of returns. Thanks to our host, and to BusyB, avidstampcarver, Joni Owens, cdraz, Donna, paperfairys, deedles, semocraftee, therosecottage, katilady, pinupmommy, and KarenM. Wow! I'll leave everyone rep points later today or tomorrow. Thanks!!!

08-26-2008, 04:31 PM
I received wonderful charms from BusyB, MyNameisJenn, CDRAZ, AnitaM, Deedles, pinupmommy, paperfairys, SEMOkraftee, LavenderLizard, avidstampcarver, Donna, and katilady.

I have left rep points and iTrader for our wonderful host. GREAT SWAP!

08-27-2008, 12:49 PM
The charms are here!

I received a bevy of lovely charms today. Thank you Pinupmommy, Deedles, BusyB,
LavenderLizard, Joni Owens, katilady, mynameisJenn, Donna, PaperFairys, TheRoseCottage, cdraz, and adriayna! :wub:

The works I received are all very different--very nice work, everyone!!! I have to think of something cute to make, so I can show them off!

Off to leave iTrader for our great hostess and reps for all the players now.

08-27-2008, 02:01 PM
Received my charms today--Thank you all and thank you Lynne for hosting.

08-28-2008, 03:42 AM
I got my charms today!
I got a Wonderful Charmís From Paper Fairyís
A Powerful Charm from Katilady
A Ruling Charm From Adifferent story
A Timeless Charm From Needles
A Blooming Charm From AnitaM
A Royal Purple Glass Charm from Arosecottage
A Face so charming Charm From avid tamper
A Delicious sushi charm from mynameisjenn
A Pretty in pink cell charm from adifferent story
A Wonderfully Swirly charm from lavender lizard
A Truly Angelic Charm from CDRAZ
A Beautiful Girl Charm from busy bee

Thanks you all so much ladies I love all the charms I have gotten see you next time!

08-30-2008, 01:02 AM
Gorgeous charms have arrived in AUS!!!! YAY....

Thankyou sooo much Ads for hosting this fantastic and fun swap and for the gorgeous charm.... (I just looove charms!)! And I also received the most beautiful and fantastic charms from ~ PaperFairys, AnitaM, pinupmommy, KarenM, Loralou, Lavender Lizard, Semokraftee, Lori A and Adriayna!!!!

Love each of them..... and think Ill take a leaf out of Anita's book and make a bag charm with them! :D

08-30-2008, 04:42 PM
I never got a chance to thank the people I got charms from so here goes:
2 tree charms from Dana - gorgeous dahlin!
A butterfly charm from PP! gotta love it!
A birdsnest from KarenM
2 stamp charms from Lori
A cute little charm from Semokraftee

and 2 charms from me! lol good job I like my art hehe

09-01-2008, 08:33 AM
Hello all! I just received my charms Friday and boy were they worth the wait! Must have been stuck in customs, but mail can be slow getting to me sometimes. What a wonderful variety of charms and so well done!! Thank you all and to our fabulous hostess!

09-01-2008, 12:07 PM
All participants have received their returns now so it's time to put this one to bed. Thank you all for participating.