August 14, 2009


Recently I had the chance to participate in a really well organized and creative charm swap thanks to Michelle from Faerie*Dust*Dreams. The "Things with Wings" charm swap brought together over 20 uniquely creative people with one goal - make a charm that showed your creative interpretation of the theme - Things with Wings. My interpretation of this concept came in the form of a tiny yellow birdie.

Ready for take off... I mean glazing. Each little birdie only measures about 3/4 of an inch and is, of course, made of polymer clay.

When I received my package from Michelle containing all of the other charms made for this swap, I was simply blown away!

*Photos taken by Michelle - Full list of Swappers available Here*

Can you believe how varied and creative each of these charms are?! I was grinning from ear-to-ear as I opened each little packet.

This swap also inspired me. When I created my birdies, I knew I needed something to dangle from the bottom to finish the "look" but I couldn't find the right accent. When I saw Michelle's addition to the charm swap, I had found my birdie's companion! I had seen these little wire wrapped nests floating around, but I hadn't felt the need to try them for myself. Boy, I wish I had taken on this project sooner! Not only are these nests adorable, but they're remarkably easy to create once you've found a groove.

I remembered seeing a tutorial on One Pretty Thing, so I went searching. I found the tutorial of my dreams. Easy to follow with great results. Just Something I Made is the place to go! Once I got the hang of it, I couldn't stop! I literally made about 10 nests before I wore myself out. Anyways... Here's the finished product.

So my simple birdie found a nest to watch over as the little pearly eggs incubate. Hanging from a silky ribbon necklace, I have to say I am totally in LOVE with my design. Super special thanks to inspiration from Michelle and a great tutorial from Just Something I Made!

Also - don't miss out on Michelle's next Charm Swap. The theme is "Witches Cupboard" and I just signed up myself!
Sign up now! More than half the spots are already taken! Sign ups are open until the end of this month!


  1. love that nest! I've never tried making them that way...I'll try it out! so many different ways to make them and they are all good!

  2. Such cute charms you made! Bet everyone loved getting them. Looks like there was a great diversity. Sounds like a lot of fun!

  3. Oh my jess!!! I love the bird charm! so sweet :)