Custom Collage Charms (Video Download)

A Bead Fest Video Workshop: Managing editor, author and mixed-media artist Melinda Barta shows you how to make your own personal and unique sealed collage charms from simple supplies.
Standard Definition Video

Availability: Download Now


Click on image to zoom

Join mixed media and jewelry artist Melinda Barta as she shows you how to create these custom collage charms. They are much easier to make than you think and require only a few supplies. Lovers of mixed media will delight in telling stories with charms embellished with maps, beads, and scrapbook papers.

Bonus: A PDF with complete instructions for this project will accompany this download.
Note: The video preview is lower quality than the actual purchased product.
Materials and Tools:

STEP 1 & 2
  • Assorted collage items: jump rings, decorative charms, antique watch parts, seed beads, crystal 2-4mm bicones, sequins, and filigree squares, circles, and wings
  • Scraps of decorative paper, including patterned scrapbook paper, paper with words, miniature tarot cards, stickers, and postage stamps (for backgrounds)
  • Brass, silver-plated, copper, and Thai silver 8-23x15-25mm blank diamond, oval, round, and pointed-oval charms
  • Assorted pewter, sterling silver, imitation rhodium, antique copper, and antique brass 24-30mm square, rectangle, round, and teardrop bezel settings
  • Epoxy, Amazing Glaze, and/or Diamond Glaze
  • Acid-free white craft glue
  • Polymer clay (optional)
  • Beading thread in colors to match seed beads (optional)
  • Pencil
  • Size 10 or 12 beading needle (optional)

  • Scrap paper
  • Cotton swab or toothpick
  • Paintbrush (optional)

  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper
  • Spoon or small scoop
  • Small paintbrush
  • Toothpicks
  • Polymer clay (optional)
  • Heat tool (optional)

  • 2 small plastic cups and 2 wood stir sticks for mixing
  • Rubber or vinyl gloves
  • Wax or parchment paper
  • Plastic straw
  • Toothpicks

  • Sterling silver 22x40mm square, 24x42mm round, 21x42mm oval, or 20x40mm teardrop hinged glass lockets
  • Gunmetal and antique brass 35mm and 42mm "pocket watch" lockets
  • Scraps of paper or playing cards
  • Assorted collage items: bird and bee charms, jump rings, antique watch parts, seed beads, dried seeds, sequins, dried leaves, playing cards, and micro (1mm) glass balls
  • Acid-free white craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hammer, small flat-head screwdriver, wire cutters, and terry-cloth towel (optional)

SKU: EP1135

Author/Speaker/Editor: Melinda Barta

Format: Standard Definition Video

Customer Reviews

Disappointing Review by Ann Passmore

I bought this video because I wanted to learn how to use resin properly because it can be tricky to use. I watched some FREE videos on the internet but thought this would be more professional. The video itself wouldn't work with Quicktime 7 but fortunately I have video conversion software which managed to play it. With regard to the resin, her techniques were sloppy. She didn't seal the papers and when mixing the epoxy resin she did not go through the thorough steps I had seen elsewhere. Not worth buying - have a look at the free videos on the internet.

(Posted on 1/17/11)