Thursday, June 16, 2011

Altered Charm Swap - Due 8-6-11 - Sign Ups NOW OPEN!!!

Ink Stains
Altered Charm Swap
Due 8-6-11
(This is an in my hands due date)

Altered Charm Pin 003

The Altered Charm Swap Poll has closed and it looks like there is plenty of interest in another swap ~ YEAH!!!  It looks like it's split between now and in a month or so.  To enable everyone to play I set the deadline for August 6th, 2011.  That gives you a little over 7 weeks to make/send your charms.  You of course don't have to wait that long, if you finish them early please feel free to send them along.  I have a special home just waiting for them to arrive.

Altered Charm Swap Details...

Each person will make 5 charms (either the same or different) and get 5 different charms back. You would not get your own back so be sure to make an extra to keep for yourself.   In addition to the charms you will also receive a 5 loop silver charm pin (pictured below) for you to hang your new charms from.  Of course you don't have to use the pin but it's just a nice extra something from me to you for joining in on the fun. 

NOTE: I have the silver version ~ 3" long with 5 loops.

The charms can be created from anything you can dream up... there are tons of ideas on the web (search images under things like altered charms, altered charm bracelets, altered charm necklaces, Tim Holtz style necklace, charm swap; etc.)

There are also lots of ideas here on Ink Stains which can be found under: Acrylic Charms; Charms; Jewelry.   You can also check out the results from the first - Ink Stains Altered Charm Swap Results.  I will also be sharing more charm ideas from now to the due date to inspire and encourage you so be sure to stay tuned! 

If you have a copy of my book ~ Teach Yourself Visually Collage & Altered Arts there is an entire chapter dedicated to creating your own charms.

*You could create your charm from acrylic pieces, glass, metal, clay, found objects, etc. You could embellish bought metal charms (please don't send a plain metal charm) with beads, chain, gears, watch bits or other items. There are many pendant blanks, bezels, etc. that can be altered (insert photo/words, etc & fill with Glossy Accents or the like); you could fill little bottles with sand/beads and other goodies ~ sealed & findings added. And so much more...let your imagination run wild!

*Each charm should have a jump ring or lobster clasp so all you have to do is attach it to the charm pin when you get them back.

*You can make up to 4 different sets** of charms (1 set = 5 of the same charm).  I will give you a pin for each set you send. :)  

**Please note that each set should be a different design.  It makes it difficult to swap out if there are 15 of the exact same design.


*I would like it if each person would identify their charms either by placing it in a baggie with their name and e-mail addy or mounting it on a small card or tag with the same info. It's always nice to be able to thank people personally when you receive a piece of their art work. 


DUE DATE - 8-6-11(This is when the charms must be in my hands.)

NOTE: I am in the United States but welcome anyone to play along.  Please keep in mind that it make take up to 2 weeks mailing time to arrive here in the states depending on what country you live in so please plan appropriately when you send your charms.

*Please package your charms securely so they arrive in good condition.

*Include a self addressed envelope for the return trip.

*Send $3.00 (US) or $6.00 (International) for each set you send for the return postage (or $5.00 for Priority Mail here in the US) - I will return any unused postage to you. PLEASE do NOT include pre-metered postage labels. My local post office will not accept these. They will refuse them! If you would like to pay-pal me the money that would work as well.  Whatever works easiest for you works for me.

Sign Ups:

If you would like to sign up for this swap, please post a comment with your name (screen name or real name) and a working e-mail addy*.  I don't need to know how many sets you will be making ~ whatever you send will be fine with me. 

When you sign up, please include your e-mail addy (spaces added) so I can contact you.  I will be sending the swap details, my mailing address and swap updates/reminders to this e-mail address. Please be sure it is a working address that you check often so you can stay up to date on all the swap info.  Let me know if you don't receive an e-mail from me within 24 hours of signing up and I will re-send.   Thanks!

Blue = Recd
  1. Roni
  2. Dixie (Mom)
  3. Brenda S.
  4. Lori W.
  5. Scrapyard Butterfly
  6. Sandy
  7. Hecate
  8. Carolyn
  9. Jo J
  10. Neil
  11. Sherry E - Recd
  12. Andrea
  13. Theresa P - sent
  14. Connie B
  15. Helen C
  16. Von
  17. Darqueangel9
  18. Diane
  19. Ink Pattie
  20. Sherry (Creatology)
  21. Jennie (Whimsical Wren)
  22. Gail - sent
  23. Jan
  24. Khess136
  25. Laura -sent
  26. Celina
  27. Cheryl L
  28. Shirley H - sent
  29. Cassie - sent
  30. Carol W
  31. JoZarty
  32. Sue A
  33. Pam J
  34. Debbie
  35. Margaret R.
  36. Julie O'B
  37. Becky W
  38. Candy C
  39. Vic
  40. Caroline D.
  41. Olga B


  1. me me me me me sooooo excited.
    Brenda Stringer

  2. I am IN!!! yay - the last batch of charms were amazing!!

    Can't wait

    Jen @

  3. I want in!!!
    Lori Williams

  4. Oooh, I'm new here, may I join too?

  5. The first swap was so much fun, I'm in!!
    tlinders @

  6. Oh sounds like fun, I'm in!

    Hecate Leigh

  7. Woops! Forgot to leave my email address:

  8. I'd love to participate again!

  9. I would love to play again - the last swap was too fun and netted some amazing charms!
    lostgame at pacbell dot net

  10. Would love to be in the charm swap.
    Jo Johnson

  11. Hi there, please pop me in for this one too! I had a fab time last one!
    Neil Walker

  12. I'm in the UK, but would love to join in with your swap.

    sherry.edwards @

  13. I'm getting in early, sign me up

  14. I would like to be included please. Judith Smith

  15. Please include me too!
    Theresa Petermann

  16. Please sign me up.
    Can't wait to start.
    Looks like a lot of fun.
    Helen Cleary

  17. Sign me up, please. The last one was sooo much fun! Anne, yourmainestamper

  18. Yes please :)

  19. me me me toooo
    Elaine Paullus

  20. I'm in. My very first swap. This should be fun.

  21. Did I miss this one. I have been MIA from my computer lately. Trying to get all the yard work done and work and you know how it is.
    I was in the first one so if I missed this one I'll catch the next. Love the charm swaps. Their my favorite swap.

  22. please sign me up! thefultonsearthlinknet

  23. that's the_fultons and

  24. Hi Roni: Please count me in on the charm swap. I have never done one and am always sad that I missed out on such wonderful fun. Your sample pin with the charms is fabulous! Thank you...Saucy Chick Sherry

  25. I'd love to join in the fun!

    kjkoukla(at) hotmail (dot) com

  26. Me please.


    email is question4wren @

    I will need to Paypal you postage as I am in the UK


  27. i'm in roni again roni..thanks..loves ya

  28. I guess I'm not eligible to participate?

  29. I am so excited! I did the first swap and received some wonderful charms. The pin is such a nice touch as well...Thanks so much!

  30. Roni, this looks amazing! Please count me in...I can hardly wait!! Thanks so much!

  31. Roni, this sounds like a lot of fun! Sign me up, please!

    Laura Wray (Dragonfly Paper Arts)

    dragonflypaperarts at gmail dot com

  32. Me Too!!! This looks like so much fun and I have your book, so I have great ideas for making the charm!! I want in on this one!!


  33. I really enjoyed looking at the last charm swap. I'm jumping in on this one!

  34. Please include me as well.


  35. This sounds like so much fun!
    casserole14 @ gmail dot com

  36. If there is any room left, I would love to join in.

    clworkman4 at gmail dot com

  37. Hello! I'm in! I would love to do this as well! This will be my first time. :)

    <3 Candy

  38. I'd love to join please, please and pretty please, as I've always wanted to do a charm swap. It's exciting and looks and sounds great.

  39. Doh! I didn't leave my email....sorry!

  40. I would love to participate. I just got addicted to making these!

    sueayawho at

  41. I would really like to join this swap please!


  42. Would love to be in the charm swap.
    Pam Johnson

  43. I want to play.

    Can I please have two spots?

    I am new to your swaps, but have
    swpaed a lot with 2Peas.

  44. oooooh, me please, if it isn't too late :D


  45. Please add my name to the list. This sounds like fun. I'm sending you an e-mail.

  46. I would like to participate! I'll send my email separately. (I think you still have it but I want to be sure.)

  47. Add me to the list, please.

    iamvictorias at gmail dot com

  48. Please add me to the list too! Sounds so fun! I'll send you an email with my email addy. Thanks.

  49. Me too please. Olga Brock.


Thanks for your thoughts and comments!