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A Charming Project

CharmBracelet ICE Resin MargieH SEP13 FCDMC GDT1

Greetings! Margie here to share my first guest design team project with you! I had a hatpin needing color and function so why not create a charm for a bracelet?

I used a number of Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® products to “Mix & Match” different colors and mediums. To color my silver hatpin, I scraped a little of Metallic Grape Gelatos® with the Palette Knife from the Gelatos Tool Set into a disposable bowl. Then added about a tablespoon of Gesso and blended to a beautiful color. Brush the tinted Gesso onto the hatpin - I used two layers with dry time in between.

Step 1 2 3 Collage
I flipped a disposable bowl over to create a drying place for my hatpin and I can use it for future projects too! When completely dried, I brushed on Glaze to seal. A little color will come off but I added more tinted Gesso after the first coat of Glaze dried, and then added second coat of Glaze.

Step 4 5 Collage

While the hatpin was drying, I took my Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils in Middle Purple Pink (#125), Magenta (#133), Purple (#136), Grass Green (#166), Green (#168) and Gold (#250) to highlight the image in the ephemera paper before brushing a coat of Glaze to seal the colors. Then I cut and emboss it with the hatpin corresponding die template.


The die cut was “lifted” with two foam squares so you can see in the image. Make sure the pin is pointed up before inserting the die cut inside the hatpin bezel cup.


Thread the beads and finish with a crimper bead to hold everything in place. Then use the excess to create a loop and trim to finish.


I used a jeweler’s resin like ICE Resin&Reg; to fill in the hatpin bezel cup. The Glaze that was added on the paper will help it from becoming transparent as jeweler’s resin will do if used with paper.

You will see the step out pictures have a different image than the finished project...NOTE TO SELF: apply Glaze to BOTH SIDES of paper! OY! LOL!! So I cut another image, colored and applied both sides with Glaze. After it dried, I put on top and added a light coat of resin.

Here is another look at the finished project…

CharmBracelet ICE Resin MargieH SEP13 FCDMC GDT1


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®: Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils (Middle Purple Pink (#125), Magenta (#133), Purple (#136), Grass Green (#166), Green (#168) and Gold (#250)); Metallic Grape Gelatos®; Gesso; Glaze; and Gelatos Tool Set

Spellbinders Creative Arts®: MB3-001 Circle Hatpin, MD1-012 Circles Three and Ephemera Paper Three
Blue Moon: Beads
Crimper Tool: Darice
Scrapbook Adhesives By 3L®: 3D Foam Squares
ICE Resin
Other: Link Bracelet, Paper Bowls

I hope you enjoyed this project and it inspires you to give it a try! Thanks for stopping by!



MargieMargie Higuchi  Residing in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago with my husband and our two teenage boys, I enjoys different types and styles of paper crafting from creating scrapbook pages to making cards to dabbling in mix media! I have been fortunate to have been a product designer, a design team member on several craft manufacturer and scrapbook retailer teams, published artwork and articles in several online and print magazines in the U.S. and overseas. I am thrilled to be a part of the Design Memory Crafts Guest Design Team! Their products and colors are amazing – it is SO EASY to showcase them!


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Heidi Blankenship

Margie, I love your altered hatpin!! Love the purple! Beautiful job and fantastic tutorial!! ♥

Maria McGuire

Just beautiful Margie!!!! Thank you for all the step-outs!!!!


Gorgeous charm, Margie!!! Love all the details.

Leonie Neal-Dawson

This is adorable Margie. Such intricate work on the image!

Jean Marmo

So sweet!

Mona Pendleton

Beautiful projects Margie! Love your pretty charms! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jennifer Matott

Adorable! Great project!

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