Wine glass charms, or simple rings slipped around the base of stemware that differentiate guests’ glasses from one another are a fun and fascinating phenomenon in today’s culture. Oftentimes revealing a lot about the host’s personality, these charms can be very traditional or whimsical; either way, they are easy to make with supplies found in the jewellery aisle of any craft store.
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Hoop Earring Findings
Hoop earring findings are a good base for making wine charms. 3/4 to one-inch diameter hoops work well; select the size that fits the scale of your beads and glass. When purchased they have one end straightened out to accept whatever embellishments you want to slip onto the ring. Bend the very end up when you finish adding beads, and clasp into the hole located on the other end. Hoop earring findings are found in base through precious metals. Wine glass charms are made of the inexpensive base metals and are found in both silver and gold colours.
Beads are available in every colour of the rainbow in both plastic, metal, ceramic and glass. Size is a matter of taste but be sure that the hole drilled through the centre is large enough to pass the hoop earring finding wire through easily, or attach with jump rings.
Charms are available in many different types of metal, and if you're trying to stay within a budget they can even be found in plastic. Some charms have a built in hanging hook while others need to be attached to the earring finding with jump rings.
Jump rings are small, 1/8 to 1/4-inch diameter metal rings that are used to attach charms and beads to the hoop earring finding when they otherwise cannot be connected. They also allow the bead or charm to dangle from the hoop. Jump rings have an opening that is pulled apart with the aid of needle nose or jewellery pliers and then closed securely after slipping the charm or bead onto the ring.
Common household needle nose pliers, or inexpensive jewellery pliers available on the craft aisle, are used for opening and closing jump rings as well as bending the end of the hoop earring finding to complete the wine glass charm.
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