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How to make an owl cell phone charm

2011 March 15
by Emily Hill

Remember those super cute cupcake cell phone charms I made for the Cupcake Conference? Well, I was at it again but this time I went with a wise, old owl that fit my “knowledge” theme for a church lesson. (I’m not ashamed to admit I bribe the young women so they’ll like my lessons. Or at least remember I actually taught them something.)

These owl cell phone charms seemed a bit easier to make than the cupcake cell phone charms. It was probably because I wasn’t trying to make the perfect headpin loop. Dang, that thing is tricky! This technique was a bit more forgiving. I think I’ll stick with it because I can use all the forgiveness I can get when it comes to crafting of any kind.


owl cell phone charm

How to Make an Owl Cell Phone Charm

1. Order super cute owl lampwork glass beads from Oriental Trading Company. While waiting for those to arrive, browse eBay for cell phone strap lariats with a lobster clasp (less work for you) like these. Or go for all black, which is what I did for the owl charms. You can find those on eBay as well!

2. Hit your local craft store for the rest of the supplies (aka “findings”). You’ll need:

  • Silver metal eye pins: These are similar to a headpin but have a small loop at the end. Like the cupcake charms, I went with a longer length because I wanted/needed to leave room for error.
  • Small colored beads: I used green, the color assigned to the “knowledge” value, but you can choose whatever color you’d like (or whatever color is on sale!).
  • Silver metal jump rings: I’m not sure the size I used (I believe it was 6mm), but I would have a variety of sizes on hand.
  • Small jewelry making kit: I’d say this is a necessity if you plan to make more than a couple charms. The multiple pliers and the jump ring opener in a kit like this one (top of page) were super helpful.

owl cell phone charm


Here we go!


3. Slip your colored bead onto the metal eye pin.

owl cell phone charm


4. Take your needle nose pliers (not the round nose pliers) and leaving a little space above the bead, bend the metal eye pin 90 degrees.

owl cell phone charm

owl cell phone charm
Note the small crumb in the top right corner of the bottom picture. I always have to snack when making charms (or pretty much doing anything).


5. Now, instead of that tricky head pin loop, we’re going to simply place the round nose pliers right up against that right angle, clasping the wire between the noses. Grab the long end of the eye pin, wrap it around the top nose of the pliers until you can’t go any further. Then switch your pliers so the bottom nose is now inside the loop you just created and finish wrapping it until the end of the eye pin is perpendicular to the owl. (Did I lose you yet?)

owl cell phone charm
In this photo I’ve already completed the first part (wrapping the long end around the top nose). Then I removed the pliers and slipped the bottom nose into the loop and finished wrapping the eye pin so it’s perpendicular to the charm. I promise it’s easier than it sounds!


6. Using the needle nose pliers, hold your new loop and use your fingers to wrap the remaining wire around that space you left above the bead. Leave just a titch of room so you can cut the wire.

owl cell phone charm

owl cell phone charm


7. Use your flush wire cutter to trim the excess eye pin. Take your needle nose pliers and press the cut end flush with the wrapped wire. You don’t want anything sticking out that might snag or catch on something.

owl cell phone charm


8. Use that handy jump ring opener to open your jump ring.

owl cell phone charm
You would actually hold the jump ring opener in one hand and open the jump ring using the other hand, but I only have two hands and one of them had to snap the photo.


9. Insert the opened jump ring into the hole in the owl bead and then slip on your newly created beaded and wrapped eye pin.

owl cell phone charm


10. Use your needle nose pliers to tightly close the jump ring. Pick your favorite cell phone strap lariat and use the lobster clasp to attach it to the top of your charm.

owl cell phone charm

Now for the giveaway part!


I am giving away three owl cell phone charms to ITRML readers PLUS three super “tweet” cell phone charms! (Each winner will receive one of each charm.)

To enter:

Leave a comment telling me how many licks you think it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop. (If you don’t get the connection between owls and Tootsie Pops, I’m not sure we can be friends.)

For extra entries you can do any/all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each one you do (each one earns you an extra entry). I like options so I’ve given you A LOT of them.

~ “Like” ITRML on Facebook.

~ Follow ITRML on Google Friend Connect (sidebar) and/or subscribe to ITRML.

~ Tweet about this giveaway and leave the URL of your tweet.

~ Update your Facebook status with a link to this giveaway.

This giveaway will end at midnight on Tuesday, March 29th. Good luck!

P.S. Because these are custom made and my life is NUTS, please allow a little bit of time for your charms to arrive. Thank you!

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47 Responses Post a comment
  1. March 15, 2011

    These are so cute! Who can resist an owl? I’m pretty sure I lost count (as a kid) somewhere around the 25th lick and then I just went right for the center.
    Mrs. Organic´s deep thought ~ One of my favorite Ellie stories so farMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    I think that’s how you’re supposed to do it! ;)

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  2. March 15, 2011

    These are so, so cute, Em! You are so talented. Grrr.
    Kristina P.´s deep thought ~ Celebrities Value Your FamilyMy Profile

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    Emily Reply:

    Thanks! But if you want your very own you’ll need to tell me how many licks you think it takes. And I’m talking about Tootsie Pops.

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  3. March 15, 2011

    um, 45? but 30 if the kid is slobbering enough on the tootsie pop that colored drool pools on their chin?’

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  4. Angie Erickson permalink
    March 16, 2011

    Hey, what a cute contest! Love your work! I think it takes 99 BIG licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop!! Boy, does that bring back memories!
    Angie
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  5. Angie E permalink
    March 16, 2011

    I liked ITRML on Facebook.
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    ******If this is not the correct way to let you look at my facebook page to prove an entry, would you please let me know? Thank you!

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  6. Angie E permalink
    March 16, 2011

    I subscribed to ITRML in google reader.
    Thanks, Angie
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  7. March 16, 2011

    3. Lick, lick, lick, CHOMP!

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  8. March 16, 2011

    I like ITRML on Facebook.

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  9. March 16, 2011

    I Follow ITRML on Google Friend Connect.

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  10. March 16, 2011

    10 licks and then a big crunch. ;-)

    These charms are adorable. If they won’t fit on my iPhone I’ll hang ‘em from my rear-view mirror like my genetic proclivities require. ;-)

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  11. March 16, 2011

    by the way… I LIKE your page.
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  12. March 16, 2011

    Here’s my Hooty – tweet. ;-)
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  13. March 16, 2011

    …and last – my FB status is updated.

    Dude… I think I really want those CHARMS! ;-)
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  14. March 16, 2011

    … almost forgot… I follow this site…stalk your tweets. ;-)
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  15. Meredith permalink
    March 18, 2011

    cspokey’s comment just took me back! ;) I honestly think it would take thousands of licks! Your charms are adorable, thanks so much for the chance to win some!

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  16. Meredith permalink
    March 18, 2011

    Following on GFC (MeredithDz)

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  17. kittycardero permalink
    March 28, 2011

    I’m pretty sure it’s been scientifically proven that it takes 3 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop.

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  18. kittycardero permalink
    March 28, 2011

    “Like” ITRML on Facebook.

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  19. kittycardero permalink
    March 28, 2011

    Email subscriber.

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  20. Christal Couturier permalink
    March 28, 2011

    one….two….three….crunch
    three

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  21. Melissa B. permalink
    March 29, 2011

    I agree with Mr. Owl, three.

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  22. Melanie permalink
    March 29, 2011

    18!

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  23. tina reynolds permalink
    March 29, 2011

    I am guessing 87 licks : ) I cant remember thanks for the chance eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  24. tina reynolds permalink
    March 29, 2011

    i follow on gfc

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  25. tina reynolds permalink
    March 29, 2011

    i subscribe thanks

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  26. tina reynolds permalink
    March 29, 2011

    i like on facebook (mrstinareynolds

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  27. susan smoaks permalink
    March 29, 2011

    it takes 100 licks

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  28. Erin Cook permalink
    March 29, 2011

    They are cute! I think it will take five licks to get to the center of a tootsie pop
    cookster77@aol.com

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  29. Erin Cook permalink
    March 29, 2011

    I like you on facebook Erin Cook
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  30. Erin Cook permalink
    March 29, 2011

    subscribe to feed via google reader
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  31. Erin Cook permalink
    March 29, 2011

    google friend connect follower Erin Cook
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  32. meme permalink
    March 29, 2011

    I was never patient enough to wait untill I got to the center most likelt 20 to 25 licks then chomp

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  33. Gianna permalink
    March 29, 2011

    Maybe 400!

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  34. Gianna permalink
    March 29, 2011

    I’m a GFC follower, hoot hoot!

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  35. Gianna permalink
    March 29, 2011

    I’m an email subscriber.

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  36. Veronica Garrett permalink
    March 29, 2011

    I think it takes 50 licks.

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  37. jenny permalink
    January 30, 2012

    WoW nice owls.

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