Thursday, January 3, 2013

An Charming Unruly Paris Visit

Oh Paris the city of Lights, Love, Fashion and Art,  I do adore thee. Everything about Paris interests me and though I can't live there I can always dream about it . It is such an inspiration place for me so, when Unruly Paper Arts decided to do a Paris Issue theme,  Oh La La.... I was thrilled. Instead of doing a paper project today  I decided to up cycle an old bracelet I had using existing crafting supplies I had on hand  to make it special. You can follow me thru the the steps below:

 This is the bracelet before,  it is cute but I did feel it was missing something. The first thing I did was,  to stamp on the metal discs  a filigree pattern with  black Archival ink. I didn't care that the stamped print  image was off center , it made for a more vintage distressed impression.

These are the  tiny charm bits I added they are the perfect Paris monuments from Retro Cafe Art. You can see the Eiffel Tower, Arc d'Triomphe, a Fleur de Lis and of course, a heart for "amour". The little  vintage paper images are also from Retro Cafe Art, that  I cut out to back some of the existing charms

These are the little wooden charms painted and then over stamped. I also ink kiss the edges for additional depth. I attached silver jump rings too before adding to the bracelet. The next step was to glue the people vintage images on the back of some of the existing charms.

                                            Viola, the finished bracelet. I think it is tres manifique.

Here are some  more detailed photos.  Hope you enjoyed my little up cycled bracelet today .
Here's  to dreaming about my favorite city....Paris.

Yours truly,


  1. Gerri this bracelet is gorgeous! I love the additions you made to it. Thank you for sharing your techniques.

  2. Love it! I like how you decorated the charms - very vintage Paris.

  3. love~love~love
    covet~covet~covet~ LOL !!!!

  4. I just adore this. I would love to go to Paris someday.


  5. Gorgeous bracelet Gerri, love what you did to it! ~Diane

  6. Just love it, Gerri. What fun to wear. xoDonna

  7. Wow, I love it! Isn't it fun to make, I can't wait to see what you do next! Happy New Year!

  8. Totally love your charming charm bracelet! Specutacular!


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