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Kanzashi look so cute dangling from your handbag or tote!
This flower-charm is designed to be easy to move from bag to bag as the mood strikes you. It also makes use of a fantastic design technique you'll be learning here: layering two Kanzashi together to make one elaborate flower.

Before You Begin
- Depending on the size and shape of your handbag, you may opt to shorten or lengthen the chain a little.

Skill Level
Intermediate

Best Petal Styles
Round, Pleated, Pointed

Best Number of Petals
8–10

Best Square Size
You can use any size you like, depending on the design of your flower. I've used 31/4" and 11/2" squares here.

Posted by Diane Gilleland Published © 2019 Diane Gilleland / Potter Craft · Reproduced with permission.
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  • How to make a charm / keyring. Handbag Candy - Step 1
    Step 1

    Making a Layered Flower

    Fold and assemble two flower. One should be at least 1" smaller in diameter than the other. Don't put any centers on them just yet.

  • How to make a charm / keyring. Handbag Candy - Step 2
    Step 2

    Take the larger flower and gently adjust its shape so that its top surface is fl at. If your larger flower is made with Round petals, then you won't need to do this step; but Pointed or Pleated petals are taller at the center than at the ends, so they tend to be domed in the middle and require a little adjustment. Once you've completed this step, the back of your larger flower will be slightly dome-shaped.

  • How to make a charm / keyring. Handbag Candy - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now that you have a fl at front surface on the larger flower, you can glue the smaller flower on top of it. Apply fabric glue to the center of the larger flower and gently press the smaller flower on top. Allow the glue to dry. Then use embellishment glue to add a center to your flower.

  • How to make a charm / keyring. Handbag Candy - Step 4
    Step 4

    Making a Bauble

    Using needle-nose pliers, carefully open a jump ring. String one of the eye pins onto it and close the jump ring. Do the same with the other eye pin and jump ring.

  • How to make a charm / keyring. Handbag Candy - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut a 2"-diameter circle from wool felt. Apply a thick ring of embellishment glue to the felt, keeping the glue about 1/4" from the edges. Position the two eye pins on the felt, as shown. The eyes should stick out just beyond the edge of the felt, and the bottoms of the pins should meet but not cross. You may need to trim your eye pins a little before you glue them to get them into this configuration.

  • How to make a charm / keyring. Handbag Candy - Step 6
    Step 6

    Press the felt to the back of the flower. Make sure that the eye pins and jump rings are positioned so that they are on either side of the topmost petal of your flower. Allow the glue to dry completely before proceeding.

  • How to make a charm / keyring. Handbag Candy - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut a 3" length of chain. Using needle-nose pliers, open a new jump ring. Thread the ring through the end link of the chain and then through the lobster clasp. Close the jump ring.

  • How to make a charm / keyring. Handbag Candy - Step 8
    Step 8

    Reopen the left-hand jump ring that's attached to the back of the flower, thread it through the other end link of the chain, and reclose it.

  • How to make a charm / keyring. Handbag Candy - Step 9
    Step 9

    To attach this bauble to a handbag, simply wrap the chain around one handle or strap and fasten the lobster clasp to the jump ring.

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Sweet C.
Sweet C. · Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, CL · 5 projects
great idea!!!
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Holly!
Holly! · Broken Hill, New South Wales, AU · 2 projects
Nice work Happy
It would be great if you could add a step on how to make the basic flowers too.
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KMOM14
KMOM14 · Fort Wayne, Indiana, US · 373 projects
Looks great!
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Fadhila
Fadhila · Depok City, West Java, ID · 4 projects
how can i make a layering flower? i love it...i want to make it too...
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
beautiful and pretty i like it a lot, i will try this too;-D
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Just as I am
Just as I am · 1 project
that looks really nice, will have to give that a try.
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