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A Quick and Easy Gift: Wine Glass Charms

I know these hit their peak a while ago, but they are still a fun gift and very easy and inexpensive to make. Also known as wine glass identifiers, they go around the stem of the glass and make every glass unique so that each of your guests knows which glass is his or hers.

Basically, you need hoop-style earring findings (the type you can slide beads on and then turn the end up to close) or ring-size memory wire, some beads, and a charm for each identifier. How plain or fancy is up to you – you can use good crystals and spacers and create your own charms with larger beads on headpins, or use base metal charms and a variety of glass beads.

I recently made a set of these for friends. I decided on a beach theme and used six different beach/sea charms and Czech crystals in blues and greens. Charms can be purchased in all kind of theme groups to make your identifiers personal: sports, holidays, animals, beach and the always popular wine-themed charms.

One really el cheapo idea for the charms is to pick up mis-matched dangle earrings at yard sales and thrift stores. One of my customers says, “the uglier the earring, the easier it is to remember your charm!”

If you are using the ready made earring hoops, you can slide on a few beads, then the charm, then a few more beads, then gently turn up the end that is flattened and has a hole in it. That keeps the beads from falling off and allows the identifier to be opened and closed.

If you are using ring-sized memory wire, cut into loops, then use a lighter to heat the end of the wire (be sure to protect your hands by holding the wire with pliers) and while the wire is hot, bend the last ½” of the wire into a loop with your round-nosed pliers. After it cools, hread on your beads and charm, and then heat and turn the other end of the wire.

To add a little panache to your gift, use a larger hoop for storage of the rings. It can be decorated as well, and it can hang on the wine bottle when the identifiers are in use. Package the group in a nice little silk or brocade pouch and you have a lovely hostess gift.

Below is a picture of martini charms I made for my sister.



February 10, 2009 at 12:09 am Leave a comment

Rose Petal Clay for Interesting, Fragrant Beads

Did you know you can actually make beads out of rose petals? Rose petals have been used for centuries to make beautiful, fragrant beads.  Collect the most fragrant petals, follow the recipe below and once they are formed into a paste and made into beads, you will have beads that will release their fragrance when worn or handled. For this reason, rose petal beads have traditionally been used in rosaries.

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Rose Petal Clay


  • 1/3 cup non-self rising wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 cups of rose petals
Method: Mix flour, salt, and water to make a stiff dough. Cut rose petals into tiny pieces and then crush by rolling them between your palms. Knead enough petals to the dough without making it crumbly.
Rose Petal Bead Rosary

Rose Petal Bead Rosary

October 7, 2008 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

Bread Dough Clay – Beads for Kids!

This is a safe, non-toxic way to provide clay for your children to make their own beads. Remember when your children have finished forming the beads: ALL BEADS ARE BEAUTIFUL.

You will need:

1 slice white bread
1 tsp white glue
1 tbsp water
food coloring
clear glaze or nail polish

How to make the clay:
Cut or tear crusts from bread. Discard crusts. Pour glue, then water, onto the center of the slice of bread. Knead until dough doesn’t stick to your fingers. Divide dough into several parts and add a few drops of food coloring to each. Knead until color is well blended. Place each color in a separate plastic bag. Makes enough clay for several small objects and many beads!

Making the Beads:
Work with only a small portion of clay at a time. Shape beads, pierce with a bamboo skewer and allow them to dry overnight. When dry, spray with clear glaze or paint with clear nail polish. Bread dough clay can be stored in the refrigerator for several days.

March 27, 2008 at 8:07 pm Leave a comment


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