Handmade Valentine Gifts: Making a Valentine Bag-Charm for a Sweet Lady

Updated on February 12, 2017
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A dangely, pretty Valentine bag Charm
A dangely, pretty Valentine bag Charm | Source

Gather Your Supplies Together

See the supply list below
See the supply list below | Source

The SupplyList

This bag charm makes nine pieces that are attached together into one pretty little number. So you will need:

9 long head pins 2 or more inches long

an assortment of beads in a pleasing assortment of colors

13 jump rings

1 split ring

a lobster clasp

two pairs of needle nose pliers

a pair of wire cutters/flush cutters

a pair of round nose pliers or a bamboo skewer

You can make each dangle with different beads or create a pattern that you repeat with each one. You can also make a very pretty bag charm with just one kind of bead like in the video below.

An Awesome Video That Takes You Simply Through The Process

Take One Head Pin And The Beads You Are Going To Use

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Choose a single type of bead like pearls or any reasonable size bead at least 1/3 to 1/2 inch in diameter that you think would look nice together.

Put The Beads On The Head Pin

I think these colors will blend nicely together
I think these colors will blend nicely together | Source

HoldingThe Head Pin Bend The Wire

We are in the process of making a loop in the wire.
We are in the process of making a loop in the wire. | Source

With one of your fingers, hold the beads in place by pushing up on the bottom of the head pin and holding the beads firmly in place. Leaving about a quarter inch of space between the top bead and where you are going to put your pliers, grip the wire with the pliers firmly. With your fingers or another pair of pliers, bend the wire at a right angle.

With Your Round Nose Pliers Grip The Wire Like So

The next step in the looping process
The next step in the looping process | Source

With Your Fingers Or Another Pair Of Pliers Bend Wire Around One Nose Of the Pliers

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Holding On To The Dangle With One Hand, Remove The Pliers And Flip Them Over

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When you remove the pliers and flip them over, reinsert them into the wire loop. Bend the wire further around the plier nose using another pair of pliers. The short wire is pretty stiff.

Work Your Way Around The Wire Bending It Flush With The Loop

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With the number of beads I have put on the headpin, there is not much room to get too decorative with the wire (like in the video) so it is important to have a strong enough loop, yet have no sharp edges to scratch skin or damage clothing.

Here is what the dangle looks like

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You Will Need Nine Dangles

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Let's Start Assembling The Bag Charm

This is a small jump ring.
This is a small jump ring. | Source
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All About Jump Rings

Jump rings are wire formed into a loop. Find where the two ends of the wire come together. With your pliers on one side of the join, push the other side of the wire away from you gently with your fingers or another pair of pliers. The idea is to create a small opening in the wire without distorting the shape. Do not pull the ring apart sideways. It weakens the metal and distorts the shape.

Slide A Dangle Onto The Open Jump Ring

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Now Add A Dangle To The Left Side Of The Ring

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And One To The Right Side

Now Close The Jump Ring

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To close a jump ring, grip the wire on either side of the opening and pull the left side of the wire gently towards you until each side of the wire is flush with the other side. It doesn't take much effort so be gentle.

Open Another Jump Ring And Slip It Through The Jump Ring You Just Closed

Slip One Dangle On The Left Side Of The Ring

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And One On The Right Side

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Now Close The Ring

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Open Another Ring And Insert It Into The Ring You Just Closed

Now Insert A Closed Jump Ring Into The Open Ring

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Now Close The Ring

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Still Holding The Ring You Just Closed, Pick Up The Ring That Is Hanging And Open It

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Hang A Dangle On The Left Side Of The Open Ring

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And One On The Right Side

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Close The Ring Then Open A New Ring

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There are only two dangles left to attach. This bag charm is looking pretty awesome, I must say!

Insert The Ring Through The Ring You Just Closed

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Hang A Dangle On The Left Side Of The Ring

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Hang The Last Dangle On The Right Side Of The Ring

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Insert The Split Ring Into The Open Ring, Then Close The Ring

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Open The Last Jump Ring And Slip It Through The Split Ring, Then Add The Lobster Clasp To The Open Ring

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Close The Jump Ring And You Now Have A Finished Bag Charm

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This Is Such A Pretty One-Of-A-Kind Gift For The Lady In Your Life!

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You Can Change It Up!

By adding different beads and more jump rings you can make bag charms look different every time you make them.

Even for Valentines Day, you don't have to use heart shaped beads.

You can even use little charms on the ends of each dangle by using eye pins instead.

You can make bag charms for guys with beads in their favorite color, or if they aren't a bead kinda guy you can add charms of their favorite things to jump rings and loop them all together.

This is your creation so use your imagination and have fun.

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