On the 9th Day of Christmas: Favorite Things Pendant

Here is another gift idea that is meant to use up left over beads.  Find what you have on hand for the accents and charms.

1. Create 3 dangles using glass beads on 1″ headpins. One a large (13mm) jump ring add 3 glass dangles. Use 5mm jump rings to attach 2 Vintaj Arte Metal charms.

2. On a 2″ eyepin string a disk bead, flat spacer and a glass rondell, create a wire loop.  Attach a 10mm jump ring.  Slide on an 18″ chain.

Cluster woodland charms, glass and your favorite art beads.

Matching earrings using Vintaj’s new leaf charms.
A variation with a floral theme.

Vintaj has a new line of brass and Arte Metal charms exclusive to Hobby Lobby.  They are so cool. If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby nearby, you can shop online. Here is a photo of some of the ones I’ll be designing with this winter:

 And here are some that Vintaj sent for a giveaway for one lucky winner!
To enter leave me a comment telling me what is your favorite symbol for charms or pendants?  For me, it’s a tie between birds and leaves.  One random commenter will be picked on December 28th.
Thanks to Vintaj for sending along these new charms and pendants for our giveaway!

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  1. steufel
    December 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I go with leaves too!

  2. Alice
    December 21, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Beautiful creations. I love the earrings.

    Asking for a favorite symbol for charms or pendants is difficult. I love anything to do with nature — dragonflies were a favorite early in the year, and now I'm leaning towards leaves.


  3. Kym Hunter Designs
    December 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Right now it's a tie between hearts and keys. I really like Vintaj's new Arte Metal charms.

  4. KeRobinson
    December 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    OMG! I love all the mixed bead charms all together….they make the best unique designs 🙂
    uhhh..favorite charm/symbol?
    Ones that tell a story, like the owl, and then the supporting beads to make it more interesting.

  5. JeannieK
    December 21, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Heather, I have been using your disk beads to make some necklaces and earrings (and an ornament) for Christmas gifts. I like the way your art beads add just a splash of color and really finish off the piece nicely.

    I would be a tie between hearts and flowers for me.

  6. skygrazer/Christy
    December 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Some great designs. I love your owl necklace.

    I always go for nature designs – birds, animals, leaves…


  7. Alice Howe
    December 21, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I think I love the different shapes of hearts. Go hearts!

    Alice Howe

  8. Rosanne
    December 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I have some of the black charms from Vintaj, love them! I would say leaves are my favorite charms to use.

  9. cindydolezaldesigns
    December 21, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Hearts, wings, and blanks for stamping words on!!!

  10. Marie Cramp
    December 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I am torn between nature type creatures and Fleur de Lis. I love charms in general, I can never get enough of them all!

  11. Erin S
    December 21, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I like locks and keys.also anything with art nouveau designs. I really like the black metal. No hobby lobby near me, though. 🙁
    Erin S

  12. Kathy
    December 21, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I love everything vintaj…..been hooked since I found it on facebook. Love everyone's creations that they make with the vintaj brass!!!

  13. Laura
    December 21, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Hello Heather
    These finding are just awesome!!!

    My favorites are insects such as butterflies and dragonflies as well as leaves
    They remind me of the tropical forests in the Dominican republic where I am from

  14. Kinderhook
    December 21, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Oh, I just came back (empty-handed) from shopping for charms at Michaels. Didn't find what I "needed." My current favorites are both in the animal family (which is odd cuz I'm not really an animal person): dolphins and hummingbirds. I love the symbolism of them both. Thanks! –SallyAnderson

  15. Donna
    December 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I love the new Arte Metal line by Vintaj! Anything with flowers would be my favorite for charms and pendants!

  16. quiltingjewel39
    December 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I really love charms too. I think my favorite are faries and then leaves. Hard to choose.

  17. averilpam
    December 21, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    so hard to choose, I think just now keys.

  18. Kristi Bowman
    December 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Oh boy, first I thought leaves and flowers, then I saw somebody say Fleur de lis, love them. Birds are good, hearts!! Please don't make me choose lol!!

  19. abeadlady
    December 21, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I'd have to say leaves first and then keys.

  20. Menno Jeweler
    December 21, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    These are all lovely! My favorite symbol to use for a pendant is a circle of any kind.

  21. thebearwoman2004@yahoo.com
    December 21, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    How cool it would be to win such a great jewelry piece! Add me to the list of contenders!!!

  22. thebearwoman2004@yahoo.com
    December 21, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    oops, I forgot to say that I love the hearts!!!! Anything with hearts….

  23. beadologist
    December 21, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Beautiful necklace! I'm definately drawn towards birds- especially owls, which is probably why I like your necklace so much. I'm loving the new Vintaj pieces, particularly, you guessed it… the owl!

  24. saintrise
    December 21, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I love the birds in flight, my sister is going through a terrible divorce from a terrible man & these are great inspiration about her situation…freedom, flying, soaring,singing for no reason…

  25. SueBeads
    December 21, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Well, I like hearts (corny!) and leaves! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  26. Heather Powers
    December 21, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    You can shop online for Vintaj at Hobby Lobby if you don't have one nearby: http://shop.hobbylobby.com/search/default.aspx?searchTerm=vintaj

  27. Cynthia
    December 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I'm so jealous, I don't live near a Hobby Lobby. I'll check it out online.
    My favorite to design with is dragonflies.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  28. Elizabeth
    December 21, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Hearts, hearts, hearts. Love them, can't get enough of them.

  29. sundownbeaddesigns
    December 21, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Love your idea of using up left overs…Hummm my favorite charm, that's a tough one but I'd have to say sealife.

  30. Sethanie
    December 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I'm partial to bees

  31. Kiwiken
    December 21, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    I usually use leaves and hearts/locks… I also like birds, but for some odd reason I have never used one. Those charms are beyond beautiful, and I love that necklace!

  32. Off the Beadin' Path
    December 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Heather, you always do such a nice presentation! Versatile designs, clear directions, and great ways to use your beads! Owls seem to be hot right now (maybe they always were) and I also love the purple disc bead! I never stopped to think about a favorite charm because I reach for dragonflies the most. They sell like a "charm"! Turtles are probably my favorite. But leaves are so easy to work with and in Wisconsin, we have the lush greens and then all the brilliant fall colors, and then we miss them in the winter!

  33. swopemelmel
    December 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I like Bees, birds, mermaids, fairies, Fleur de lis and keys. I have also fallen in love with Eiffle tower charms but I don't really know why ?????? LOL

  34. Rosalynn
    December 21, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Love your designs and Vintaj elements. My favorite charm is leaves. I love how they symbolize the changing of the seasons whether spring or autumn and eternal renewal.

  35. Kat BM
    December 21, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I love the dragonflies and butterflies. They convey freedom, creativity to me.. probably the whole flying thingie!

  36. April Blue Colton
    December 21, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    My favorite charm is the key for it is the most beautyfull symbol of all! The key reminds me of the love I hold for my Beloved's heart and all the hope contained within!

  37. Susan L
    December 22, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Birds, leaves, dragonflies are my favorites!

  38. Mimi
    December 22, 2010 at 12:32 am

    I love anything nature. Birds, dragonflies, leaves, flowers. . .and Vintaj has such awesome charms to choose from! 🙂

  39. momster
    December 22, 2010 at 12:46 am

    thanks for the ideas!

    i love round spiral motifs, the nautilus shape and labyrinths best.

  40. CraftCrave
    December 22, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [22 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  41. Beadroe
    December 22, 2010 at 3:29 am

    I would be hard pressed to choose from Hearts and leaves.

  42. Sharon P
    December 22, 2010 at 7:01 am

    I love trees and birds, the Vintaj pieces are beautiful!

  43. Dale
    December 22, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Beautiful pieces here. I love the pendant with the multiple charms. As for my favorite symbol in charms, i like to work with stars.

  44. Metal Beads
    December 22, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Wow! I love all your metal bead collection, they all look so great and awesome. Vintaj's new leaf charms is so gorgeous and I just can't help my self drop by through it's cute design.

  45. Klassy Joolz
    December 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    All the charms are wonderful…I like the birds. I did a pair of earrings with the beautiful Angel Wings for a customer and she keeps telling me how much she loves them.

    Very nice giveaway…thank you for the chance to win.

    Cheers, Pam

  46. cw
    December 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    This is a fabulous giveaway. My favorite has to be the key. There is something mysterious about a key, unlocking the truth sometimes, unlocking the safely guarded secrets, unlocking fellowship. There is a grand fellowship or bond for those of us who are artisians.
    How lucky we all are.
    Happy Holidays everyone.

  47. Kylie Parry Studios
    December 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Love this idea! Birds are my favorite!

  48. Dee
    December 22, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    These metal pieces are just beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win them. It's very hard to choose my favorite symbol in charms but if I had to choose just one I'd say stars… after all we're all made of stardust!

  49. Anonymous
    December 22, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Those are lovely, I like flowers, birds, hearts and of course my #1 are Mariposas = Butterflies


  50. Songbird Cabin
    December 23, 2010 at 12:55 am

    It's so hard to pick, but I'd have to go with leaves. I love them.
    PS. Those earrings are beautiful.

  51. Anonymous
    December 25, 2010 at 4:02 am

    I just found your blog via Deryn–hope i'm not too late to say the charms and designs are great

  52. stacilouise
    December 26, 2010 at 3:16 am

    hearts or round / donut shapes are my favorite. love these vintaj charms!

  53. Mary K. McGraw
    December 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    So hard to choose, but leaves win.

  54. Kade
    December 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I do wish there was a Hobby Lobby here in south Florida. I love these Vintaj elements. The birds especially. I made some cute jewelry for some friends this holiday and included birds. This assortment of awesome Vintaj arte elements would be awesome to add to the next project.

  55. Lori Bergmann
    December 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Hard for me to choose too, but I'm always a sucker for flowers. But I don't think there's even one of these that I would love to get! *Ü*

  56. Paula
    December 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I saw these at Hobby Lobby look even better in person! I love anything foliage especially leaves, The New Sparrow and Daisy are soooo sweet too!

  57. Paula
    December 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Heather I love love YOUR inspiring woodland designs, You make it fun to see what I can do with all the new line of Vintaj metals. That one little short stubby leave is so sweet and the Blues really highlight well with the black! Can't wait to get back to Hobby Lobby!

  58. Naena
    December 28, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I like the nature themed charms. Hard to decide what I like best since I like to mix them up in the same piece. Leaves, flowers, dragonflies, butterflies are my top choices.

  59. Stacy in KS
    December 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Love those earrings! 🙂

  60. trap
    December 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I am traditionally inspires by anything mythical in nature. Fairies, mermaids, etc. Also anything celestial.

  61. Anonymous
    December 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Love the earrings! 🙂

    Stacy in KS

  62. Suzette Bentley
    December 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I absolutely love working with Vintaj products. I prefer to use nature themed charms and pendants in my designs.

  63. Rebecca Everett
    December 28, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    I love working with botanical objects, butterflies, pretty much anything nature inspired. thank so much for the chance to win some goodies. Rebecca Everett

  64. Robin M of Doylestown
    December 29, 2010 at 12:37 am

    I love these new Vintaj findings, and was blown away by the beautiful pieces you made incorporating them. Thanks for sharing them!

  65. For My Sweet Daughter
    December 29, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Hobby Lobby is where I first discovered Vintaj and have been hooked ever since.
    Love the pieces you made!
    Shannon C

  66. myra katz
    November 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    All the charms you posted are yummy! Can't pick…I want them all! Thanks so much for sharing.

  67. Diana G
    November 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Birds, circles, dragonflies, cats, spirals… can't choose! Just love charms and these are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  68. shel
    December 22, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Owls are my totem and I love them but don't use them in my designs 🙂 I just hoard them! ( I got the Vintaj Black one yesterday at my Hobby Lobby!!)

    I also love the leaves and keys but the flowers are starting to grow on me, too!

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