Sunday, March 29, 2009

Scissor Charms

A few months ago I participated in a swap and discovered that just about everyone I craft with has the same scissors! Most of the folks I craft with are either SU! demos or purchase SU! products and so most of us own paper snips and/or craft and rubber scissors, which is fantastic until you put your scissors down on the table and don't know which ones are yours. My friend Tasha told me about a seller on Etsy who sold scissor charms so I thought I'd check it out.
This is the charm I found on Etsy. Unfortunately, I can't find the seller anymore but there are others on Etsy who also sell charms, some of them quite elaborate. (Note: I have since found the seller information. Visit CarrieMe on Etsy to order a personalized scissor charm for only $6.00)The seller I originally purchased through allowed me to select the colors and type of charm I wanted. I loved the fact that she made me a stamped cow charm using polyshrink!

I decided to try my hand at making my own, ordering beads, phone toggles, and charms from Fusion Beads, Joann, and Oriental Trading Company. This is one of my favorites, with a "good luck" kitty on it. I'm not one for luck but you've probably seen these cats on the counters of many Asian food restaurants or stores. There's a restaurant in Fresno, CA called Shanghai that has some of my favorite Chinese food and they have a golden cat sitting on the counter and the paw moves up and down mechanically. I took delight in harassing my mom one night while waiting for an order, repeatedly poking her in the arm and saying, "Mom, wave to the kitty!" It kind of stuck and we make jokes about it now. I even bought one for my mom from Chinatown in London. So if my mom is reading this, "Mom, wave to the kitty!" Ha!

Okay, so I love cows! I could resist making myself another cow charm, especially since I have so many pairs of scissors.

This is for my friend, Melissa. Melissa, if you're reading this, close your eyes and pretend you didn't see it! The original charm cost me $6.00 plus s/h and I'd say that $3.00 to $6.00 is a good estimate on cost for handmaking your own if you use good charms and are having to pay shipping for your supplies. You can obviously make them much simpler, with just one strand of beading. For those of you located in Germany, Listmann's, Hela, Toom Baumarkt, and Bastel Ecke (Landstuhl) are good places to check for beads and charms. Happy crafting!


Angi (Mistress_of_Mayhem) said...

Those are lovely...

loveanjel4! said...

Where's mine?? boohoo!!!

Melissa Routon said...

Andrea...I LOVE my scissors charm "fob". I can't wait to decide which pair of scissors to put it on! Thank you so much for remembering that I wanted one of these! You are a wonderful friend. <3 Melissa

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