Today I finished my charms for the soldered Christmas charm swap that Denise organized . . . and I finished them early! They are two-sided trinkets, so there is a star on the beveled side of the charm and a snip of arborvitae from my neighbor's trees (shhh) and the word "joy" on the other. Each also has a little snowflake dangling from the jump ring, although only one has it attached in these photos.Participants in this swap each made 16 charms -- 15 to trade and one to be added to a bracelet or necklace that will be sold on eBay with the proceeds going to A Place to Bark.
I used copper and black patina on the finished charms, because I happen to like a distressed look, and also because my soldering is not so great and the patina goes well with that. I had fun though, and I think I'll continue playing with the soldering iron and torch.
If you hear that my house burned down, you'll know what happened.