At that point, I try to think about the moments in the text that stuck with me. The characters I connected to. The places I wanted to go with them. The objects, symbols or themes that the author was trying to convey. I start to list my ideas, letting myself go wild before I begin to edit down my choices. By the time I've completed my list, I usually find I have more than one reference to some things, while I might not have a charm in mind to represent a theme or emotion. I frequently chat with friends about stories that I love, and pick their brains for ideas. I check out author's websites and wikipedia. Mostly I try to immerse myself in that world. I start to cross things off the list that do not help to tell the story so that my list of charms is a distillation of the very best parts of the book.
|The final charm selections for Across the Universe|
I do have a few spots that I frequent on the web. Beadsandcharms.com has a good selection and fair prices, but rather slow shipping speeds. Chubbychicocharms.com offers pewter charms made in the USA, and has a rather eclectic mix. They also have an Etsy store where they offer some of the same charms, in bundles. I also search numerous sellers on Ebay and Etsy. Far too many to list here, but a wealth of choices to explore for yourself.