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05 April 2014

DIY - A Handbag or Keychain Trinket

Us ladies sometimes want to just beautify and personalize our handbags. We also sometimes have such big handbags that finding a bunch of keys in the deep dark depths can be rather difficult!
My solution is a Key-chain Trinket.
As follows are the basic DIY instructions for you. If you have suggestions, please feel free to post a comment.
(Hopefully my instructions dont remind you too much of the Chinese instruction manuals ;-) )

Difficulty Level : 1
Time Required : 10 - 15 minutes
Special Techniques:
To open a jump ring: 
Grip your jump ring on either side of the split with your pliers.
Try to get as close to the split as possible, but make sure your pliers are not touching!
Twist so that one hand comes toward you and the other goes away from you.
Open it only as far as you need to - base this on the size of the chain/clasp/object you're connecting it to - if you twist too far it can get a little distorted.
While it's open, connect it to whatever you're using.
To close a jump ring: 
Grip both sides of the opening as before and twist it shut.
Make sure not to pull outwards or the ends will not meet up.

What you will need:
2 long-nose pliers (round or chain nose will do
Jump Rings
5 to 10 centimeters of chain
Lace, Ribbon, or Cord loop about 5cm diameter with a metal jump ring or loop of sorts at bottom
Assortment of Beads & Trinkets

Step 1: 
Attach your chain to the cord loop.

Step 2:
Choose your focal trinket or bead for the bottom of your chain. And attach it.

Step 3:
Decided how you want to position your beads & trinkets. Play around, add in new ones or remove ones that just don't seem to fit.

Step 4:
Once you have decided what belongs where, start attaching the trinkets and beads to your chain.

WARNING! Make sure your jump rings are closed properly. They must not have a gap between the ends, otherwise you may lose your pretty beads & trinkets.
Step 5:
Attach your new accessory to your key chain or handbag and show it off!

Step 6:
Reward yourself for a job well done. Cake and coffee will do the trick nicely.

Now wasn't that just super easy?!?! New project in the pipelines!