One of the most simplest but labour intensive items I sell are wineglass charms. I love to make them and they are quite popular, but I don’t think people realise the amount of work that goes into them. Below is a gallery showing all the stages of making.
Staring off with some blank aluminium discs
Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t anneal aluminium, you just need some soap!
All marked up and ready for heating
Once heated the soap turns black, then it’s time to quench them
Rub on the disc with some kitchen towel and the soap disappears
All cleaned up and ready for stage two
Marking up with a market to place the text
Top tip! Use masking tape to hold the item to your anvil and create a line for you to work against
Stamping the first line
second line of text ..
final line of text
All text is finished, now onto the next stage
A small motif added to the bottom of the charm
Centre punch where you would like the hole to go and drill
File away any rough edges – check around the drill hole too
Clean off the marker pen with a little bit of wire wool
Into the tumble polisher to clean them and make them shiny
Tumble away for a couple of hours
After they are out of the tumble polisher, it’s time to add a jump ring and then thread them along with some beads onto the charm wire!
So there you go, not a simple job but effective I think 🙂