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The Supply List
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.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies Together
Step 2: Take One Head Pin and the Beads You Are Going to Use
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.
Step 3: Put the Beads on the Head Pin
Step 4: Holding the Head Pin, Bend the Wire
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
With Your Fingers or Another Pair of Pliers, Bend Wire Around One Nose of the Pliers
Step 5: 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.
Step 6: Work Your Way Around the Wire, Bending It Flush With the Loop
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.
Let's Start Assembling the Bag Charm
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.
Step 7: Slide a Dangle Onto the Open Jump Ring
Now Add a Dangle to the Left Side of the Ring
And One to the Right Side
Now Close the Jump Ring
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.
Step 8: Open Another Jump Ring and Slip It Through the Jump Ring You Just Closed
Step 9: Slip One Dangle on the Left Side of the Ring
And One on the Right Side
Now Close the Ring
Step 10: Open Another Ring and Insert It Into the Ring You Just Closed
Step 11: Insert a Closed Jump Ring Into the Open Ring
Now Close The Ring
Step 12: Still Holding the Ring You Just Closed, Pick Up the Ring That Is Hanging and Open It
Step 13: Hang a Dangle on the Left Side of the Open Ring
And One On The Right Side
Step 14: Close the Ring Then Open a New Ring
There are only two dangles left to attach. This bag charm is looking pretty awesome, I must say!
Step 15: Insert the Ring Through the Ring You Just Closed
Step 16: Hang a Dangle on the Left Side of the Ring
Hang The Last Dangle On The Right Side Of The Ring
Step 17: Insert the Split Ring Into the Open Ring, Then Close the Ring
Step 18: Open the Last Jump Ring and Slip It Through the Split Ring, Then Add the Lobster Clasp to the Open Ring
Step 19: Close the Jump Ring, and You Now Have a Finished Bag Charm!
This Is Such a Pretty, One-of-a-Kind Gift for the Lady in Your Life!
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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