on to today's project...
Altered Key Charm
I have always loved keys. I don't really know why...maybe it's because they come in so many different styles and shapes or maybe it's the mystery of never knowing for sure what lock those keys opened. Either way they have always been something that has fascinated me. Several years ago I was lucky enough to stumble onto a GREAT deal... a 35lb tin FULL of all sorts of keys! What fun it was to sort through them and share with other crafty friends.
NOTE: the key with a crown on the top is a very old hotel key that was never used! How cool is that :)
Today I wanted to share a cool charm incorporating a few of those keys with my Altered Key Charms. I will also be using the Twisted Wire & Paper Butterfly Wing Charms I shared with you earlier in the week.
As far as the supplies go it's pretty wide open. You can embellish your key charms with just about anything you can think of. Some of my favorite things are watch parts ~ gears, faces, hands, etc.; vintage/junk jewelry parts; faux gemstones; collage images; hardware bits; etc. It's just so much fun to see what all you can lump on there!
You'll also need a good strong glue. I like to use super glue or jewelry glue. Brands are totally up to you...I use what I can find.
Once you've gathered your keys and decorative goodies you're all set. It's time to play!
I begin by laying various bits and pieces on the key to see what I want to use for each charm. After I find a look I like I remove each item in sequence then begin gluing each piece to the key.
Depending on the various parts and pieces you use your charms could take on any number of looks... Steampunk, vintage, victorian, shabby chic, grunge, industrial, etc.
It's all up to you and the goodies you use!
And here are the charms I made today...
The next two Key Charms incorporate the Twisted Wire & Paper wings I made...
I still have one more charm but it wasn't finished when I took the pics so I'll share that with you another time.
So there you go...
another quick and easy
but oh so fun charm to try!
Be feel free to share links to your creations if you try this or any of the other charms I've shared with you!