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Tutorial: Acrylic Key Tags

I had such fun playing with some little clear acrylic shapes from Red Lead PaperWorks.  They come in the cutest packaging with a vintage photo reproduction as part of the packaging. To get your own, you can check them out here ("Clear Bits.")  They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes: round, square, rectangular, etc.  Also, you can get them with holes pre-drilled which makes things so much simpler! 

For altering, you can stamp on them with Staz-On ink, which is what I did on some examples below, use paint, or even alcohol inks. (The stamps shown in the samples below are also from Red Lead PaperWorks.) They’d make great little embellishments for scrapbooks or cards, but I started thinking keychains or key tags.  I thought these would be handy to include with Christmas presents this year.  So some are even monogrammed with rub-ons! Below are the steps to alter them:

(Also, check out Red Lead PaperWorks’ blog here.)


rubber stamps

Staz-On ink pad or permanent markers


paint brush

chain or keyring (I got my chains from Michael’s in the jewelry department)

patterned paper (double-sided saves some time as both the front & back are covered at once)


Red Lead PaperWorks "Clear Bits"


1. Stamp design with Staz-On inkpad or permanent markers.  Or, apply rub-ons.  


2. Paint backside of acrylic bit or back it with patterned paper and glue it on with a clear glue. On the pink fairy key tag, I glued a woodgrain strip to the back before painting it so you can see it through the fairy.

3. Let dry.

4. Feed chain through and secure at closure.

That’s really all there is to it!  I may go back and add some charms though…. since I can’t leave well enough alone, LOL! 🙂

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  1. Emma Hicks
    September 15th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Nice stie.

  2. txscrapaddict
    September 15th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Awesome tutorial!!

  3. Nancy Smith
    September 15th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Thanks so much..these are so cute!!

  4. Lisa Stephenson
    September 15th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    These are so cool. I am so excited to try to make them. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!

  5. Patty Johnson
    September 15th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    How do I put pictures in these keychains?? I would love to make these!!

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  1. […] Red Lead Paperworks has some really cool charms and supplies that are great for not only memory-keeping and collage, but also for making jewelry.  Look at these gorgeous patina brass charms.  They also have precut clear acrylic shapes called, "Clear Bits," which are a perfect basis for starting a piece of jewelry.  They come in lots of different sizes and shapes. A little while ago we did a post about how we turned some into key tags.  See photo below and see the instructions here. […]

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