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Enter to Win a Jewelry Charm Kit From Nostalgems

What would you do with these charms? Post your response in the comments below and enter to win a similar Nostalgems jewelry-making kit from CraftSanity episode 91 sponsor, Rina Ward. She will send kits to authors of the five most creative posts. The deadline to enter is Jan. 4, 2009. Good luck everyone!

I made the bird charms above and found them to be super easy to put together. I used “Amazing Goop” to glue two of the bird images in place and skipped the glue on the third piece when I realized that the prongs are strong enough to hold the plastic dome and bird image in place. I always like to avoid toxic fumes when I can. :  ) These little guys would look great on a charm necklace or bracelet, or maybe they’ll end up as new additons to Abby & Amelia’s mini Christmas tree. We’ll see what they think when I show them tomorrow.


Comment from Dawn Elizabeth
Time: December 30, 2008, 10:24 pm

They are so cute, I would want to make buttons out of them! I wonder if they would stand up to handwashings?!

Comment from Shelley Noble
Time: December 30, 2008, 10:40 pm

I would put these lovely charms on a bracelet I’m making that carries a bird theme. It’s got tiny ceramic bird beads, wound wire clumps that suggest nests, hand blown glass speckled eggs, etc.

Birds represent happiness to me and nests symbolize home. Wearing a special bird nest charm bracelet will be like a secret joy in my heart.

Lovely job, Jennifer.

By the way, have you considered adding a micro donation feature here on the sanity in addition to your Amazon affiliate feature? I’d like an easier way to contribute regularly to support your efforts.

Comment from Melanie O.
Time: December 31, 2008, 12:14 am

I would wear them as a necklace and make all my friends jealous!

Comment from Catherine
Time: December 31, 2008, 5:55 am

I make my jewelry, but for some reason my first thought was to string them on a piece of ribbon and use it as a book closure. Birds are too sweet and something about this time of year and resolutions puts journals on my mind.

Maybe one on the book band and the other two as charms on bookmarks.

Comment from Bonney
Time: December 31, 2008, 6:44 am

I would use these charms to make 4 identical necklaces for all the girls in our extended family. It would be a wonderful way to say we’re all birds of a feather and love being on the same family tree. What a cute idea these charms are!!

Comment from Julie L.
Time: December 31, 2008, 8:11 am

These would look great on a lamp shade to bring a little bit of the wonder of nature indoors.

Comment from Becca
Time: December 31, 2008, 9:01 am

What beauties! I would want to try to make zipper pulls with them.

Comment from Turtle
Time: December 31, 2008, 9:18 am

i recently saw a photo of mini grapevine wreaths hanging from ribbon centerd in windows. As we do not use blinds on our windows this would work well. i immediately thought of these adorable quaint birds to hang in the center of each wreath!

Comment from Carm
Time: December 31, 2008, 10:26 am

oh, a mini Christmas tree! What a great idea. I have an abundance of bird ornaments and must really be on a bird kick lately. These are darling. I was thinking one really must be a pendant. That’s as far as my creativity extends today!

Comment from EL
Time: December 31, 2008, 12:47 pm

I would try to make shawl pins with them, if I could figure out how to insert the top of the stick into the holder prong. I think it might work!

Comment from alisa
Time: December 31, 2008, 8:52 pm

Let’s see, I would incorporate them into a wall hanging that I’m making. Or, I would make them pins and use them with a scarf I’m crocheting. They’re really cute!

Comment from Bev
Time: January 1, 2009, 4:42 am

Oh, lots of good ideas here! I would use one as a decoration on a clutch bag or small purse, but I love the idea from the reader who would make them into shawl pins. It’s a good one!

Comment from carrie
Time: January 1, 2009, 1:58 pm

I would use these to make matching necklaces for my sisters and I, using photos from our childhood.

Comment from Kathleen Fisher
Time: January 1, 2009, 9:46 pm

Is it sacreligious to say I’d use them as charms on the collar of my Christmas present — the sweetest miniature dachshund puppy? Not that I’d get to see much of her wearing them … my husband (who gave her to me) has taken over the lounge room with his best friend to play video games. I’m hiding in the study while they shoot at each other and fight over whose knee the puppy sits on!

Comment from Alessandra
Time: January 1, 2009, 9:55 pm

brighten up my cloudy days!

Comment from juliecache
Time: January 1, 2009, 10:39 pm

These charms would go on my charm bracelet in remembrance of my maternal grandmother, who taught me all of my bird identification skills at the age of three. I received the books she taught me with a couple years ago and I treasure them. These charms would make it easier to see the birds than a book or backyard sighting (especially in winter here in Iowa).

Comment from Deb
Time: January 2, 2009, 2:25 am

I would use these charms to decorate quilted/sewn Christmas ornaments I make each year to decorate Christmas presents.

Comment from Natana
Time: January 2, 2009, 9:12 pm

I’m making mini croched houses and these would be lovely hanging in the garden on the tiny tree.

Comment from Trish
Time: January 3, 2009, 2:47 pm

Ooooh! I love these!! I think they would make perfect rings!!! I’d use one to make a pendant and the rest for rings!!

Comment from Kari
Time: January 4, 2009, 11:05 am

I don’t think I could resist putting photos of my fat baby boy in them. I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect locket or similar photo holder! These are very cute.

Comment from Mary on Lake Pulaski
Time: January 4, 2009, 11:53 am

I would use the charms on handmade bags/purses as either the closure or to decorate them.

Comment from Christa
Time: January 4, 2009, 3:13 pm

I love these! I would put pictures of my birds in them and make a necklace or bracelet.
Great project!

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