Know How to be So Charming!

Personalized Stemware Charms with StazOn Ink

By Rebecca Goodwin

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We are extending #weddingweek by one day to share with you this awesome project idea by guest blogger Rebecca Goodwin! These adorable charms could be wedding favors, wedding gifts…or just awesome homemade gifts for any occasion!

 

Summer’s almost here and it’s possible you’ve got a wedding or party to attend. I’ve got a super fun and easy project for you using shrink film and StazOn ink that would make a great handmade gift for a happy couple or hostess. 13 years ago my husband and I were married at the end of August. We had an outdoor wedding and made wine glass charms as part of the favors for our guests. If I knew then what I know now, I would have made these instead for just a little extra personal touch for our loved ones. Here I’ll explain the process of how I made these charms and offer little tips along the way.  This is just ONE idea for glass charms. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination to personalize your set to make them unique to your style.

 Time: 1-2 hours + dry time

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Materials needed to complete this project.

Supplies by Imagine

StazOn Midi Stamp Pad
StazOn All-Purpose Stamp Cleaner
GlazOn (optional)
Tack ’N Peel Reusable Cling Sheet

Other Supplies

Grafix Shrink Film
Painter’s Tape
Rubber Stamp
Sharpie Extra Fine Point Permanent Marker
Scissors
Fiskars 2” Round Punch
Fiskars 1/4” Hole Punch
Parchment Paper
Acrylic Paint (for accents, optional)
Modge Podge Dimensional Magic or dimensional sealer of choice
Jewelry Pliers
.5mm Jump Rings
3mm Wire Earring Hoop
Assorted Beads

Have you gathered your supplies?  Let’s get started!
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Since I use hand carved stamps, most of my collection of rubber stamps are unmounted, non-cling stamps. I’ve recently learned that Tack ’N Peel is an AWESOME cling sheet for mounting my rubber stamps to an acrylic block. I’ve mounted my stamp, and also taped my shrink film to my work surface using blue painter’s tape. Since the shrink film is non-porous and is very smooth, it is easy to smear or smudge wet ink when applying it. I’ve found that taping the film down to the table helps to keep things still and helps to reduce movement. Apply StazOn ink to your stamp, press your stamp straight down, then straight back up again. Try to avoid any rocking or leaning on your stamp. This may cause distortion to your image. StazOn ink dries pretty quickly. I usually leave my film to sit for about 30 minutes just to be sure I am able to handle it without smudging it. This is a good time for me to clean my stamps with StazOn All-Purpose Cleaner and grab a snack before moving onto the next step.

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When your images are all stamped and dry, it’s time to cut them apart. Try to leave a little bit of space around the image if you’re using a punch. Trim a little bit off if you’ve got a little too much space to center your image within the area of the punch. If you don’t have a punch, you may always use scissors to cut your pieces. Then, using a standard hole punch, add a hole to the top of your charm.  It is important to do this BEFORE baking. This is the point where I used a Sharpie permanent marker to add names and personalized text.

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Now it’s time to bake the film! Follow the package directions for the film you’re using. I lined a baking sheet with parchment paper and baked the pieces in my oven at 350° until they were finished shrinking. I usually turn on my oven light and watch them because it’s kind of fun and makes me feel like a kid “watching the magic happen!” They’ll curl and warp, but when they become flat again and stop moving is about when they’re done in the oven. Take them out and let them cool before moving them back to your desk/workspace.

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It’s up to you if you want to leave the images as they are, or if you want to embellish them. I was curious to see what would happen if I painted the hearts with acrylic paint. I’m glad I did and I thought they turned out really cute! Because the design was so small, I discovered that squeezing a tiny bit of acrylic paint onto paper off to the side, and applying it to the charm with a toothpick worked best for me. To do this, dip the toothpick into the paint, “dot” a bit of color at the top of one lobe of the heart, then gently drag and lift the toothpick in a downward motion to the tail. Reload your toothpick and repeat that movement on the other side of your heart. (It may be a good idea to practice making tiny hearts on a separate sheet of paper to get a feel of the application before trying it on a charm.) TIP: If you choose to embellish with ink or paint on top of your stamped charm, I would recommend adding a layer of GlazOn onto the surface of your charm to seal the first layer of StazOn before adding more ink or paint to it.

When you’re happy with the designs you’ve created on the charms, gloss them with a dimensional sealer. They should then be set aside in a safe place overnight to set.

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Now it’s time to assemble the charms. Using two pairs of jewelry pliers, I opened a jump ring to attach to the hole of the charm. (Be sure to push the ends of the jump ring away from each other, one away from you and one toward you. Do not pull them apart side to side. This will bend the wire.)

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It is easier to attach the jump rings to all of the charms first. When the charms have their rings, then string the beads and charms onto the earring hoop.

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That’s it!  I hope you have lots of fun creating unique stemware charms.  Happy crafting!

-Rebecca

We loved this project so much we begged Rebecca to let us share it with you! And do you know what is the absolute coolest thing—that stamp she used for this project—she made it! She’s a crafty mom from Oregon and she carves her own rubber stamps and they are available on Etsy under the name hoffeeandanuffin! No seriously—go over and check them out. All project text, photos and ideas (and stamp!) by Rebecca Goodwin.

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