How Charming!

Hello and thank you for coming to visit us here on the Visible Image blog today!

Jane Tyrrell is here sharing a fabulous project…

Good Afternoon!

I’m here with my latest Design Team inspiration for Visible Image.

Although most of my time is spent making paper crafts, another of my hobbies is silversmithing and jewellery making. I attend a weekly class and I have just finished a new pendant (which I will share with you on my blog soon). I was recently commissioned to make some more of my bag charms. Here are a couple of examples of what I have made..and yes over the years I have made just about every theme you can imagine… cat lovers, artists, chocolate lovers, musicians.. the list is pretty endless!

My most recent were for; a knitter

some very girlie ones

and one American lady wanted something very “English” so I made an Alice in Wonderland bag charm…with tea themed charms.

I use artisan one of a kind handmade glass lampwork beads in my bag charms, made by my talented friends and attach metal charms.

For my inspiration today I wondered how I could incorporate Visible Image stamps into a special bag charm. Whilst spring cleaning my garden studio ready for my summer crafting I found a packet of Shrink Plastic.. with one last snippet left inside… which got me thinking…. ?

Grab a cuppa and I will share my step by step….

I used my Face It Stamps 

and the Bold and Beautiful sentiment from the Own It set.

These stamps are now all back in stock, having sold out several times recently.

Visible Image will also be at Ally Pally at the weekend…and I will be there on Sunday.

I found that black Ranger Archival ink worked best on my shrink plastic but I did also use a red for the lips.

I die cut out all my “charms” but you can cut the plastic with scissors. I used blue pencil to colour the eyes and added some purple to the lid for eyeshdow.

Try to keep a firm steady pressure when stamping. It’s very easy to slip on the plastic. I used an acryllic block rather than my MISTI as I felt I had better control over the slippery plastic surface.

Once die cut I made a hole in the top of each piece.

To give an idea of scale pre heating I have used a £1 coin. I haven’t seen the new £1 coins yet..have you?
To shrink the plastic I used a heat gun but you can bake it too.

There is no way I could take photos whilst heating the plastic, it does have a mind of its own. One tip I can give is, “Be Brave and don’t Panic!” The plastic will crinkle up and appear to stick..just flip it over and gently tease it with a pokey tool. When it finishes shrinking immediately place an acrylic block on top to flatten it out while it cools down.

Here’s the after photo….look at those diddy charms… you can see that the eyes are about the size of the £1 coin now.

I thought they looked too plain left white so I had a play with some methods of colouring.

I found that the best method for me was to use Sharpie pens, a lot of other mediums just wipe off.



I even coloured the edges and the backs

So then it was time to wire wrap some gorgeous artisan lampwork glass beads from my stash.

add some jump rings to my shrink plastic charms

and put together my Bold and Beautiful Visible Image bag charm….

and a couple of close ups to show the details


I hope that you might be inspired to use your stamps to make some charms to use…not just for jewellery but to use in your card making too. It really is great fun playing with shrink plastic …enjoy ? and don’t panic when heating it! If you have any questions do email me…my email address is on the right hand side bar of my blog. I’m always happy to help.

Thanks for visiting today and for the kind comments you take the time to leave.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

This is such a fabulous project Jane thank you! Love your ‘bold and beautiful’ flower charm ♡

Up next we have a fantastic card by Teresa!

Mark & Helen xx

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