Purse Charms

by Christine Yuss.
(Ventura, CA)

What could I do to set myself apart from other jewelry makers who are all competing for the same spots in holiday craft fairs this season?

Purse Charms by Christine Yuss

Purse Charms

I trolled Pinterest to find items I could make with gemstones/wire etc that weren’t necessarily wearable jewelry but that I could add to my list of items for sale.

Something extra to set myself apart from the others.

Then one day I saw some posts for purse charms on Pinterest…BINGO!

And so the adventure began. I created ones like the picture I attached with gemstones/crystals/silver beads on 20 gauge wire with oversized lobster clasps roughly 3 inches long.

They are sturdy but pretty. Perfect for banging around on the outside of a purse or backpack.

Showed them at work and have already sold several. 🙂 I think I’m onto something here!

Christine Yuss
Jewelry Designs by Christine

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  • Leslie says:

    Brilliant find, Christine. I love them and can see why others would too. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Pretty! You could market them as keychain fob add-ons too.

  • Christine Yuss says:

    I agree Terrie and I’m already adding that to the description when I sell them. So far they are a big hit. And here I was just trying to figure out how to use up stones and beads in a unique way. People love that there are real gemstones on the chain. I love doing something different from the usual earrings/bracelet etc.

  • Fabulous idea, Christine! People love to buy gift items like these for everyone on their list (and for themselves!). And how fun to have a collection of them in different colors, to change them out to match your current outfit!

  • Maxine Booth says:

    Stocking stuffers!

  • Leah Barczak says:

    What a wondeful idea – I love them!

  • Julie says:

    This is a GREAT idea and perfect for my particular ” market”. Thanks, Christine, for sharing a good idea for Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers! A wonderful way to use odd bits and bobs from our stashes too.

  • Celeste Corral says:

    I love them! they would make great birthday gifts for all my friends!!

  • Joy Morales says:

    Genius! There is so much love and passion in your jewelry, it shines with beauty 🙂

  • What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I have so many piles of small left over beads and these would be a perfect way to use them up.

  • Elaine King says:

    I love these pretty little charms, it is a wonderful way to use up odd beads and components. I also have been doing this for a couple of years. I market them as purse charms and key chains as well as zipper pulls for jackets, totes and backpacks (most anything with a zipper on it). I make some masculine styles for the guys too. The charms also go on cell phones that have cord loops and on most media flash/thumb drives. Lightweight charms can be added to hair clips too. The possibilities are endless.

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