How to use Charms

Posted by Emily on 6/16/2020
How to use Charms
Simple charms have been around since the earliest humans, and these basic design elements remain one of the building blocks of jewelry making. Cast pewter charms come in a mind-boggling array of shapes and designs that will suit a variety of styles. The pewter charms on our retail site,, are all made in the USA!

Scrapbooking and Cardmaking

Charms can be used as a unique embellishment on scrapbook pages and handmade cards. They can also decorate the outside of photo albums and journals. I love the use of key charms for a housewarming card or "we've moved" announcement! 

Wine Charms

We have a huge array of wine-themed charms since so many crafters have been making wine ring charms! Just add a few charms (colorful beads optional) to a pre-shaped wire ring. These make a great hostess gift, or you can design a set to match your party theme, holiday, or general house decor!

Charm Bracelets & More

Of course, we can't forget the original showcase of personal interest: the charm bracelet! You can snag a few charms to add to a loved one's bracelet, or create a whole new themed bracelet with a bit of our chain.
The basic idea of a cluster of charms on chain can be turned into earrings and necklaces as well. We love these examples from designer John Wind!

Simple Jewelry Accents

Many designers use a single charm to mark the end of a necklace, or add a bit of decoration to a clasp on a bracelet. This is a sleek way to add a pop of fun to an otherwise simple piece. Of course, you can always change out the charm later!

Mixed Media Art

Mixed media and assemblage art offer a lot of opportunities for incorporating metal charms. They can be glued, pinned, tied, sewn, and woven into any other medium. Charms can be added to complex layered designs, or added to a simple woven or macrame hanging.
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