My mom loves both wearing and making jewelry. Her favorite necklace is a chain with removable charms and beads. She started making the beaded charms for herself and had a lot of fun doing it. She wanted to make glass charms to go with them and recruited my help. I've been doing a bunch of little doodles to go between the tiny glass panes. Here are a couple:
We got a soldering iron and all the tools to make the glass charms. I did some soldering when I was in high school, so I had some idea of how to do it. We made our first charm tonight (when I say we, I mean my dad and I; Mom was too scared). It didn't turn out half bad, if I do say so myself:
There are a few kinks that we will need to work out for next time. It turns out you learn a lot about how to do something if you read the directions before you start... imagine that? After I got past how scary the hot soldering iron is, it was actually a lot of fun. And it is rather relaxing to melt metal and watch it flow around in a liquid form. I think I'll try to even out the solder on this one a little better tomorrow. I was just so excited that I actually did it that I gave up on trying to smooth out the rough areas.