Remember Charm holders? I had a lovely silver one with some fun charms on it back in the 80's...Here is a really simple and updated version, all these charms were on my workbench and needed someplace to go...
Start with a 6- inch piece of 10 Gauge Bronze Wire which compiles the top portion. I like heavy wire and how strong it looks. Bend in half and tap with a hammer to get a tight bend at the top. Anneal the wire by heating to glowing and quench. This will soften it so it's easier to shape.
Pull out the wings of the wire and start to shape. It's easier to shape if you draw it out so you can follow the lines and get it even. Use your fingers and a pair of chain nose pliers to shape and form it.
Make sure that the sides are similar in shape...trim the ends.
Tweak it open like a jump ring and flatten the end pieces with a chasing hammer so you can drill them. This is tricky and I find turning my bench block on end helps. Get them as thin as you can so you can drill a hole. Lay the whole piece flat on the broad side of the block and flatten all except the little tabs.
Of course I grabbed my handy hole punch pliers to make the holes....
ooops....I didn't double check to make sure the ends were large enough to use the pliers on. A better choice would have been to tap lightly with a center punch--my oft used $3 tool! Drill with the smallest drill on your bench.
I used our new braided brass chain to hang the charm holder on and left it nice and long. It looks great and I can easily change the charms to match what I'm wearing. Have fun hanging your vintage finds, handmade glass or PMC pieces!
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