Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tips & Tricks Thursday!

Hi everyone!

I'm so excited to share the first Skipping Stones Design Tips and Tricks Thursday post with you! Each Thursday our DT Members will be sharing a fun tip, trick, technique, or tutorial post featuring SSD stamps!

Today I'm going to show you how to take the martini glass from Chic Martini to make your own Wine Glass Charms, or in this case Martini Glass Charms!

Start off by rounding up your supplies. You'll need:

  • Shrinky Dink Paper
  • Stazon Ink Pad
  • Bic or Sharpie Markers
  • Hole Punch
  • Wire shapes
  • Beads

I cut out circles from the Shrinky Dink paper to allow for the martini glass to fit in the center of the circle, and then stamped with black Stazon ink.

After all circles had been stamped I used the Bic markers (permanent) to color in the little olives. You could always color in the whole glass, too!

Next, punch out holes where the charm wire will go through. You want to make sure to punch this before you bake the Shrinky Dink paper as it will be a thick and hard plastic after baking.

Now to bake your shapes you'll want to either cover a cookie sheet with a brown paper bag (as recommended by the packaging), or do what I did and use an old pie sheet or other old baking sheet!

To bake the Shrinky Dink paper, pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees and bake for 1-3 minutes. The paper will shrink (hence its name) and the edges will slightly curl. One you remove them from the oven take folded sheets of paper or another flat and semi-hard surface to press the shapes flat.

Once your shapes have cooled off, now you can build your wine/martini glass charms! I ended up using some small beads, the wire circles and pliers to close the other wire end.

Here you can see the charm being built and ready to close the loop.

By fitting the wire through the opening, and then slightly bending it down you create a nice clasp that won't slip out, but is easily taken off your glasses.

I just love how this turned out! It's the perfect way to determine your drink from another person's and can even make a cute fashion accessory to match your outfit!

I love how these four look together and I can't wait to make some more in other colors!

Skipping Stones Design also has a stamp set called Margarita Birthday which has a margarita glass and a wine glass! Chic Martini has a martini glass in addition to a daquiri glass, so the sky is the limit when creating these fun charms for your next party or get together!


Kristina said...

Very cute! Great idea Kandi :)

Wendy said...

Adorable idea!!!! Clever, clever!!

Faye Marie said...

Such a great idea!!

Anonymous said...

How clever idea! :)