No, I haven’t suddenly become a jewellery maker over night! I just love purse and bag charms. I have collected quite a few over the years that I have been selling on folksy. Some I have given away as gifts, but some I have kept. Recently, I had been thinking that I would love to make them. I felt sure that they couldn’t be difficult, once you know how! I also thought that because I make purses (and used to make bags) that they were not too far removed from what I do! Not sure at this point if I will try and sell them! It depends how I get on.
So far, I have asked for some advice about how to get started and received some from a lovely jewellery maker on folksy. I have purchased some tools, findings and beads – oh, and a few charms! I also watched one of those really help instruction videos that you can find on the web. Learnt some essential tips!
Over the years I have been collecting beads of all types and sizes, not that I had a clue what I was going to do with them! So I have a box full now plus a few in scattered places around my home! I used the small pearls beads for my embroidery and I just love them. Recently, I started using them on my purses with lace and ribbon. I have a tendency to get carried away when I am embellishing and I often need reigning in!
Oh, in case you were wondering these beautiful bag charms I am illustrating my blog post with are NOT MINE! They are a selection of my favourite ones that I found on folksy. Please click on the photos and visit the shops. The sellers have some amazing, gorgeous items for sale.
The other thing I have done is start a new Pinterest board which I hope to fill with bag charms that I find, that I just can’t resist! It will be a lovely collection, I am sure, when I have collected a few more. Here is the link: purse and bag charms
I haven’t started yet, but I certainly have ideas for my first attempts at making bag charms. I think it is a really good idea to expand your craft knowledge – don’t you agree? Perhaps, I should mention that I have no previous knowledge of jewellery making, but I am really looking forward to getting started and if I think my attempts are worthy of showing then I will let you see them!
I am very busy at the moment. Isn’t it crazy that I am contemplating learning a new craft in the midst of so much to do! But, what is that saying? – "give a busy woman another job to do and it will get done quickly" – "give a woman who has loads of time on her hands and it will get done sometime, soon whenever!" The reason I am so busy is because both my sisters have asked me to make stuff for them, plus one of my nieces is going to be a bridesmaid in a few weeks, and she wants me to make her a purse made with the same fabric as her dress (and a matching tie for her little boy!) I have also two commissions to work on and complete.
Of course, all this extra work will be on top of my rolling workload of makes that are being constantly progressed – purses, notebooks and some new items for Christmas that I am working on! Crazy? Yes, it helps when you are a busy creative crafter!
Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed looking at all the bag charms that I found on folksy. Can I encourage you to explore a new craft or technique too? It is very exciting. I can’t wait to get started on making my very own handmade bag and purse charms!
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: Adien Crafts, D & K Designs, Di Keeble Beads and Jewellery, Jaysmonkey, Wild Rose Designs, Michelle's Handcrafted Jewellery, Bobby's Boutique, Black Swan Designs.