I have a collection of old, inexpensive watches that never get used. Some were my dad’s, but most are relics of my days before cell phones and iPads. Rather than toss these watches, I decided to take some of them apart to create something new. I used empty vial charms to create steampunk-inspired “time in a bottle” earrings.
(This post first appeared at Dollar Store Crafts, where you can find my new tutorial every Tuesday!)
- Vial Charms (from Consumer Crafts)
- Dimensional Magic
Step one: Take the watch apart to remove the hands, gears, and other small pieces.
Step two: Open the vial. Apply Dimensional Magic to a watch piece, and use tweezers to place the part in the vial glass. The lighter pieces adhered quickly, while the larger ones needed some time to set. Repeat with the other parts.
Step three: Reassemble the vial. Twist the end of the wire that comes with the vial to make a loop. You can hang a charm from it, or use it to add a jump ring or attach it to a chain. I added earring pieces to make a pair of earrings.
For a unique monochromatic look, you could paint the pieces before placing them in the vial. You could also add a charm to the end and turn the vials into pendants. There are lots of different ways to wear these fun, steampunk style vials!