In addition to making jewelry for me to wear, I am now constantly making jewelry (AKA charms) for my planner to wear. And each month’s holidays are my inspiration. March means everything green and St. Patrick’s day.
When I think of St. Patrick’s Day, I think of luck, and what’s more lucky than a penny?
Pennies are easy to make a hole in with a tool called a drill punch. Simply place the penny inside of the drill punch where you want your hole to be. I was careful to center the hole on the top edge of the penny. Then, tighten the handle down until the dot of penny pops out the bottom and unscrew the handle to release the penny.
After I drilled the hole in the lucky penny, I spelled out the word “lucky” with alphabet beads and slipped them on a circular earring wire along with a variety of green seed beads. I used a ring larger than the penny so that it would surround it nicely.
I linked the lucky penny, the beaded earring wire, and a bunch of other beads onto one side of a green binder clip.
Along the other side of the binder clip, I threaded two lengths of pretty green organza ribbon and secured them in place with a plastic four leaf clover charm.
So, when you have all your fun bits of beads, ribbon, charms, broken jewelry, and office supplies out, make yourself a new piece of jewelry and something to embellish your planner for the month.
If you go to planner events and participate in swaps—this type of design might make a fun piece to trade with your fellow planners.
Stefanie Girard is a crafter with a re-purpose. She has been cutting stuff up since she was old enough to hold a pair of scissors in her tiny hands. She earned her degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and move to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry first as a Set Decorator and Prop Master then onto TV Producer specializing in How-To TV shows for HGTV and the DIY Networks. After writing 5 craft books for the Quarto Publishing Group she now spreads the crafty word online through book reviews and original projects with a focus on recycled elements at SweaterSurgery.blogspot.com.