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« on: June 12, 2010 09:50:25 AM »


I've wanted to make a loaded charm bracelet for a while but I'm unsure as to what charms to use. The Tibetan Silver ones are cheap (like 20p a charm) and there's quite a few I like but I'm unsure whether they are ok to use and if they will be good enough quality. The sterling silver ones are lovely and I've found a website with literally thousands but even the cheapest ones are about 5 and that will all add up. I'm a student so unfotunatley I don't have enough money for craft. Any suggestions about what to use? Also can you suggest some good UK beading sites especially with a good selection of charms (I like weird ones).

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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2010 10:04:51 AM »

I don't know much about local businesses selling charms in the UK, but there seem to be a number of them in this search you could check out:

You can also make your own charms in lots of ways. If using polymer clay, you can make the look, feel, colors, size, etc., of them to be just about anyway you want. 
You can also freeshape them, or make them from molds (or from molds you make yourself from other charms or things you can find or borrow, etc, with clay or other materials). 
And you can even make them have various metallic colors (from shiny to more subtle) or can make them look like wood or coral or pearl or leather or jade, rock, etc., using the right techniques.

If you're interested in doing that, here are some of the pages at my polymer clay "encyclopedia" site that will have lessons, info, examples, ideas, related to that topic:



http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Faux--many.htm (> Metals or others)                             

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pendants_cording.htm (mostly >Top Loops for making eyepin or other loops for dangling charms)



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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2010 11:42:56 PM »

Does it have to be silver?  Anyone (grandma, aunt?) have old broken jewellery you can take apart?  Take a look at some of the put together bracelets on eB's US site under vintage jewellery/costume and you'll see what I mean.  Lots of single earrings, bits of broken bracelets - the kind with individual links and stones - make decent looking charms. Any of those 50s crystal necklaces around to salvage? Old faux pearls?  Boken vintage Indian silver?   Some of these could fill in your bracelet until you get exactly what you want. I love all the suggestions you already got as they're something you can make that's one of a kind and all yours.
Scott Chaffin
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2010 03:16:42 PM »

Since you are looking for charms I suggest twopurplepandas.com  they have a couple thousand.  And some pretty cute ones to boot!
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2010 11:19:32 PM »

Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I've wanted to try polymer clay for a while so this might have just given me an excuse. Thanks for the great websites Diane B! x46 that is a great plan. I'm constantly seeing jewellery at charity shops and places like that I can use which are so cheap. I'll think I'll try that, and no I was just wondering if anyone said using silver so better as I was unsure about what to use. Wow, Scott Chaffin, Purplepandas rock. Damn I really want to move to USA just for the much better craft stores out there. Come on England don't you understand that British people craft too! Ok I'm definitely going to have to look at international postage as I love those charms!!! Grin

Thanks again everyone!!!! Grin Grin Grin

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