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Altered-Art Christmas wine charms

Materials

6 30mm earring hoops
6 18/13mm brass settings
6 18/13mm acrylic cabochon
6 6mm jump ring
18 head pins
12 crimp bead
Image sheet
Diamond glaze
54 4mm Swarovski Crystal bicones (9 PER RING, 6 DIFFERENT COLOURS)
120 seed beads (20 PER RING, 6 DIFFERENT COLOURS)

Tools
Round-nose plier
Flat-nose plier
Wire cutter

Materials are available at wwww.beadsonline.com.au

Technique

STEP 1
Cut out your selected image to fit your acrylic cabochon. Apply a good layer of Diamond Glaze to the back of the acrylic cabochon, check that there are no bubbles and drop your image facedown on the cabochon. Clean up any excess glaze with a wet cloth. Allow the glaze to dry.
STEP 2
Glue the cabochon to the brass setting using either Diamond Glaze or glue
STEP 3
Open earring hoop and flatten with flat nose pliers little lip at end (this makes it easier to slide on crimps and Swarovski beads)
STEP 4
Slide onto the hoop one crimp bead, followed by 5 seed beads, one Swarovski crystal, five seed beads, two Swarovski crystals, five seed beads, one Swarovski crystal, five seed beads, one Swarovski crystal and one crimp bead.
STEP 5
Position the beads evenly on the hoop, and then crimp both beads to hold the beads in place. Make sure you bend the little lip back into position so your wine charm will hold together.
STEP 6
Now take one jump ring, open and hook in-between the two Swarovski crystals, whilst jump ring is open hook on your cabochon charm in the matching colour.
STEP 7
Thread 3 of the remaining Swarovski crystals in the matching colour onto a 33mm headpin, 1 crystal per headpin, remove excess headpin, bend at a 90 degree angle, then using round nose pliers bring the wire back in the opposite direction forming a simple loop, before closing this loop, hook onto the jump ring at the top of the cabochon charm, close loop.
STEP 8
Now take your round nose pliers and turn the lip at the top of the ring under and flatten down using flat nose pliers.
STEP 9
Repeat STEP 1 to STEP 8 to complete the remaining five wine charms.