These little soldiers are my charms for the charm swap I'm participating in. They are about 1.25" tall. Inside each capsule is a dangle that has a copper rectangle with the participants initials hammered into it, dangling from a jump ring. The jump ring is attached through the top copper wire spiral, ending with a twisted loop for hanging on the charm bracelet. A colorful bead is dangling on a copper jump ring through the bottom of the little copper metal rectangle. The whole dangle is about .75" long and does not hit the bottom of the cartridge so it swings freely inside. The charm is closed on the bottom with another copper wire spiral. Here is a closer look:
What are the little capsule tubes, you ask? Well, my husband is currently using a nicotine replacement therapy - the Nicotrol Inhaler:
Of course, I've been having him save the used cartridges for me since he started - not having a clue what I was going to do with them. When the charm swap came along, I thought, what do I have 25 of that I can make into charms? I took one of the used capsules and pushed out the little white cylindar leaving a plastic, open-ended tube. The plastic cylindars are not totally clear, but not quite as cloudy as they look in the scan. The printing on the side is from the company -- dose, lot, and batch numbers etc. I used nail polish remover to take off the word "nicotine." (That word just seemed nasty to me! LOL) The rest looked kind of funky, I thought. What do you think? Hope the girls in the swap like them.