Russ Recycles Clip Tutorial

Written by
Amy Mickelson
Published on
January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PST January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PSTst, January 1, 2021 1:01:59 AM PST

Created by: Amy Mickelson

Designer Tips

    Postage stamp charm
  • The canceled postage stamp was scanned and reduced to fit the square picture-frame charm.
  • Seal front and back of the image with a waterproof barrier before applying the Magic-Glos™ resin. Use clear packing tape, transparent shelf liner, laminating film or a coating of liquid polymer clay. Do not use a water-soluble sealer like decoupage fluid or Mod Podge®.
  • Burnish around the the edges to make sure the image is sealed completely.
  • Use a small amount of Bead Fix™ to glue the image into picture-frame charm and let it dry.
  • Place the charm on a small piece of heavy cardboard. This cardboard acts as a tray making it easy to place the item under the UV light.
  • Pour the UV resin onto the sealed image, starting in the center and working to the outside. The resin will flow to edges of the charm.
  • Cure under a UV light for 10-20 minutes.
  • The UV resin will cure under direct sunlight, but you can't always count on a sunny day.
  • Recycle symbol etched charm
  • Using hole punch pliers, punch a hole near the edge of the round metal disk and clean the surface with Penny Brite®.
  • Place the inked rubber stamp on flat surface, ink side up. Press the round metal disk onto the inked image and remove.
  • If you do not like the design placement or it smudges, use rubbing alcohol or StazOn® Cleaner to remove the image. It may take a few stamping attempts to achieve success.
  • Etch the stamped piece following the directions in the etching kit. Additional information can be found on the Rings & Things metal etching blog post.
  • Patina and sand the high points with the Vintaj® Metal Reliefing Block.
  • Assemble the clip
  • Make wrapped loop dangles with various trade beads.
  • For extra security, connect the components with split rings or double jump rings.
Free Technique Sheets & How-Tos

Suggested Supplies

  • 1 each #60-242 Adhesive, Bead Fix™
  • 1 gross [use 4] #26-453-6 Bead, 3mm Fluted Hogan
  • 1 strand [use 1] #22-555-01 Bead, Uganda Paper (Special Find)
  • 1 dozen [use 1] #49-441-0 Charm, Square, 30mm
  • 1 each #86-169-02 Cleaner, StazOn®, 2oz
  • 1 dozen [use 1] #44-498-0 Disk, Round, 19mm
  • 1 vial [use 4] #20-228-222 Glass, TOHO Seed Bead, size 11/0, 2.1mm
  • 1 oz [use 4] #37-422-6 Head Pin, 2", Standard
  • 1 oz [use 2] #37-145-6 Jump Ring, Round, 6mm
  • 1 oz [use 9] #37-167-6 Jump Ring, Round, 8mm
  • 1 each #45-210-001 Kit, Etching Supplies
  • 1 each #82-501-01 Magic-Glos™ UV Resin, 1oz
  • 1 gross [use 3] #41-210-12-6 Split Ring, 12mm
  • 1 gross [use 1] #41-210-20-6 Split Ring, 20mm
  • 1 dozen [use 1] #30-030-6 Swivel Clip, Large, 39x18mm
  • 1 strand [use 1] #22-311-CU Trade Bead, Copper Heishi
  • 1 strand [use 1] #22-429-15 Trade Bead, Ghana Chevron, Oval (size, shape & colors vary)
  • 1 strand [use 2] #22-535-LG Trade Bead, Plastic Heishi, Vulcanite, 11+mm
  • 1 strand [use 1] #22-406-BLU-PINK Trade Bead, Snake Bead, Large
  • 1 strand [use 2] #22-708-04 Trade Bead, Vaseline, Cube


  • #69-233 Tool, EuroPunch Pliers, Round, 1.8mm
  • #69-271-06 Tool, Glitter, Bent Chain-Nose Pliers
  • #69-271-99 Tool, Glitter, Four-Piece Set
  • #69-327 Vintaj® Metal Reliefing Block
Additional Supplies
  • Miscellaneous trade beads (or other beads) from your stash.
  • Apron or smock
  • Baking soda
  • Canceled postage stamp or other image
  • Citric acid (from grocery store)
  • Clear packing tape or lamination sheets
  • Duct tape
  • Plastic containers
  • Rubber gloves
  • Rubber stamp of your choice (this design uses a recycle symbol stamp from Hampton Art Stamps)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Scrubby sponge
  • Styrofoam™ float (available from craft supplier or upcycled packing material)
  • UV Nail Lamp (available from Amazon, Target, etc.)