Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Altered Charm Swap - NOW OPEN!! Due 8-10

Ink Stains Altered Charm Swap
(In My Hands)
Due Date 8-10-12

2 Themes this year....
General & Halloween!!!

Details...Each person will make 5 charms (either the same or very similar) and get 5 different charms back. You would not get your own back so be sure to make an extra to keep for yourself.  You will also receive a silver chotski pin to to hang your charms from.
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 the blog under: Acrylic Charms; Charms; Jewelry.

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, 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 3 sets of charms (1 set = 5 of the same charm). I will give you a pin for each set you send. :)


This time there will be two groups - General and Halloween.  You can join one or both groups.  Please let me know which group(s) you want to join when you sign up.


*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.


NOTE: I am in the United States but welcome anyone to play along.

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

*Include a self addressed envelope for the return trip or if you want your charms returned priority mail please include a card with your full mailing address.

*Send $4.00 or $5.15 for Priority Mail in the United States.   All others please send $7.00 for International First Class for the return postage.   I will return any excess postage not used.

PLEASE do NOT include pre-metered postage. 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.  My e-mail addy will be in the final details.
Due Date:

Your charms are due August 10, 2012.   This is when your package must be in my hands. I want to swap them out that weekend and have them back in the mail the following Monday so you can start enjoying them! :)  

You are more than welcome to send your charms early.  I have a special place set aside to keep them all safe!

Sign Ups:

Please include your e-mail addy (spaces added) so I can send you my mailing address.

NOTE: I will be sending details along with my mailing address when I have your e-mail addy. Please let me know if you don't receive them and I will re-send. Thanks!
  1. Roni
  2. Dixie (a.k.a. Mom)
  3. Teresa
  4. Carol W.
  5. Nan G
  6. Esther
  7. Jennifer D
  8. Kelli G
  9. Jamie
  10. Peace
  11. Lisa H
  12. Sara B
  13. Julie C
  14. Nickalli.
  15. Theresa P.
  16. Robin S.
  17. Olga B.
  18. Brenda
  19. Sue T
  20. Terry D
  21. Andrea G
  22. Holly R
  23. Shirley H
  24. JoJo
  25. Peggy R
  26. April
  27. Sandie
  28. Candace J
  29. Elaine P
  30. Caroline


  1. Roni
  2. Mom
  3. Carol W
  4. Nan G.
  5. Jennifer D
  6. Peg
  7. Kelli G
  8. Peace
  9. Lisa H
  10. Ingrid V
  11. Sara B
  12. Julie C
  13. Nickalli
  14. .Theresa P
  15. Robin S
  16. Olga B
  17. Brenda
  18. Sue T
  19. Holly R
  20. Shirley H
  21. JoJo
  22. Peggy R
  23. April
  24. Kris J
  25. Candace J
  26. Caroline
  27. Deb R


  1. I would love to join in. Both General and Halloween!

    hugs Carol
    workmanscraps at gmail dot com

  2. Have never made a I'm jumping in with both feet! Just received your book! Here I go....both General and Halloween charms!

  3. Oops

  4. I would love to join in the general swap please (all the way from New Zealand).

  5. This will be a new adventure for me! Sign me up for both, please.
    Thanks for hosting this swap!!

  6. I'd like to do the Halloween swap.


  7. Sign me up for Halloween!


  8. I want to sign up for both general and Halloween, sounds like so much fun :)


  9. Count me in for both please Roni! Woohoo!


  10. I'd like to join both! This will be so much fun!


  11. I would like to sign up for both swaps! This is gonna rock!!! hmmm...there's an idea....

    Nickalli @

  12. Please sign me up for both swaps. Can't wait.

  13. sorry, forgot my email address


  14. sign me us for both swaps....I love jewelry!!


  15. me, me ,me ,me!!!OH! so glad my computer finally is fixed. Please both sections! I cant wait!

  16. I would love to join in. Please sign me up for General.


  17. Please sign me up for the general charm swap. I can't wait to get started.
    I loved last year's swap


  18. Please sign me up. I watched the last charm swap exchange and loved what I saw. Have been waiting for you to offer this exchange again. I would like to submit two sets under the "General" category if that is still an option. Will email my personal contact info to you today.

  19. Hi, Roni. I would love to join both the General and the Halloween charm swaps. Both sound like they will be so much fun!

    Shirley Hall

  20. Roni - This is my third try to send a message and sign up for both the general and Halloween charm swap. Hope this works.
    Jo Jo

  21. I would love to sign up under general please ! Thank you so much!

  22. My e-mail is

  23. Is sign up still open? If so will you add me to both General & Halloween.

  24. Hi all
    I'm almost done with my charms, just waiting on some embellisments I ordered.
    I'm going to start on my Halloween charms this weekend. Yay!

  25. I would like to join both the general and Halloween swap! I was so thrilled with my last charm swap you hosted!

  26. Sorry, forgot my email! moosekrazy at yahoo dot com

  27. Hi
    I would like to sign up for the Halloween swap.
    I'm brand new to this swapping idea so my ? Is if I send 5 Halloween charms do they have to be identical or just have Halloween elements??
    Thanks. Kris
    My email address/

  28. are you still taking sign ups for the charm swap?? I would love to do the general charm swap
    jusdeb2 at hotsprgs dot net

  29. Ooh fun! Sign me up for both swaps please!

  30. I'd love to join in both!!
    It's been way too long since I swapped through you, and this looks like an awesome swap!

    Count me in: Elysia @

    email: 4bebee at


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