Tarnished Ornament, Charm or…

Nov 3, 2009

REALLY cool keychain… yes, this is what I will be using as a keychain for a bit. This piece makes me so happy! It reminds me of my two sweet daughters Terri and Ansley, I love the sound of jingle bells (the little bells jingle), I love the look of tarnished silver, antique jewelry and chandelier pieces (this includes all three) and stamped on the Trinket Pin is one of my favorite words “Vintage” we all know I LOVE anything VINTAGE! So what do you think of my new keychain? I LOVE IT and think it will make running errands a lot more enjoyable.

And now to the tutorial.. you know I LOVE figuring out ways to make things look old and yesterday I figured out how to make silver look tarnished… talk about excited! I wanted the memory frame I was working with to have that worn tarnished silver look so I started digging around my supplies and decided to see how Latte Alcohol Ink would look on the frame. Well to my delight I got the very look I was wanting. That perfect tarnished silver look. You are going to want to try this one out. I’m sure of it. It is too easy not to try.

Altered Keychain


  • Apply Latte Alcohol Ink onto a felt pad that is attached to a blending tool. Apply ink over the entire frame and jump rings. Note: I placed my frame and jump rings on top of a non-stick craft sheet.
  • Using Jet Black ink stamp your image onto a heavy weight cardstock. Ink over the image using Pine Needle and Fired Brick Distress Inks. Lightly spray Maya Mist Bronze on top. Let dry.
  • Cover a 1″ x 1″ Memory Glass piece with Glossy Accents and attach to the top of your stamped image. Let dry
  • Cut around the image and attach a piece of vintage sheet music to the back of your stamped image to cover up the white cardstock. Ink the vintage sheet music using ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Creamy Brown. Sandwich the images between another piece of 1″ x 1″ piece of Memory Glass. Place inside Memory Frame.

Altered Keychain Close Up

  • Attach a Swivel Clasp to the top of the Memory Frame. Attach a Trinket Pin to the opposite end of the Swivel Clasp near the Memory Frame as shown in the photo. Note: I removed and reattached the jump ring and Swivel Clasp a few links down from the original position so I could add some beads.
  • Attach Jingle Bells to the bottom of the Memory Frame and onto the Trinket Pin.
  • Attach a strand from a broken necklace and a chandelier piece onto the end of the necklace piece.
  • Attach your key and go!

Supplies Used: Inkssentials Silver Memory Frames 1″ x 1″, Inkssentials Clear Memory Glass 1″ x 1″, Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink Latte, Domino Angels Wood Mounted Rubber Stamp, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Pine NeedlesFired Brick, Archival Ink Jet Black, Bronze Metallic Mist,  Small Green Jingle Bell, Tiny Brass Jingle Bells, Jump Rings, Glossy Accents, Vintage Sheet Music, Chandelier Piece, Parts from a broken necklace, Tim Holtz idea-ology Trinket Pins, Tim Holtz idea-ology Swivel Clasps, Non-Stick Craft Sheet,

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  • Lori

    Great idea! Congrats on the book, also! You have such a wonderful, unique style! I love it!