Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Top Tip Tuesday - Anything But a Card

My mojo finally came crawling back, with a little help from a friend!  

On Sunday, my lovely Hubby, Nic, took me to a huge car-boot sale which is at a place called Chelford, just outside of Macclesfield/Knutsford. It's on every Sunday during the summer and is a real mix of tat, new and old and you do, very occasionally, find a lickle treasure there.

We walked around for over three hours - I was absolutely done up in the evening!

But I did find a few lickle treasures and a part of my haul, I have used on my project for this week - an elasticated bracelet in a antique-y bronze.

I found a length of bronzy-coloured chain which the chap let me have for 30p and  I found some lovely Swarovsky crystals very reasonable indeed.

I took the chain and threaded a length of Beadalon elasticated thread through all the links and tied it off (a dab of superglue holds the knot), then joined the chain.

This gave me a chain bracelet!
Then I took some Anna Griffin metal shapes I've had for years and coloured them with my trusty Copics. 
On the watch-piece I added watch cogs and micro-beads and one red gem before flooding the recess with Glossy Accents.

These were then attached by bronze-coloured jump-rings to the bracelet - voila! - one vintage charm bracelet! I may even add some beads later on......

Why don't you pop over to Top Tip Tuesday and have a look at the team's fab inspiration - have a go and enter and you could win a prize from one of our two fab sponsors:- 
Pink Cat Studios  and Your Next Stamp
I'll be checking up on you, you know...! LOL!

See you over there!

wed:- only just noticed my photo of the finished bracelet was missing. Have put it up now.
sun:- edited slightly. I'd missed off the Glossy Accents' in the method for the watch-fob.


  1. That is fabulous Ei.The charms coloured up beautifully.xx

  2. That is gorgeous Ei. I would never have guessed those charms were coloured with Copics, they look that they have been enamelled that colour.

    Lovely project :)

    Love Mandy xxx

  3. WOWSERS this is gorgeous.

    I have quite a few boring gold coloured charms. I might have to grab my promarkers and see if I can turn them into works of art like you have with this.

    Lin xx

  4. That bracelet is soooo gorgeous, I saw something similar in a shop the other day that was selling for £20!!!!!!
    The pocket watch looks real, how did you do that??????????

    Emily xxx

  5. Gorgeous Ei! Last time I went that car booty there was less than 20 stalls there! I go one just off M56 (cheshire lounge) sometimes butt never find swarovski lol x


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