Sunday, November 18, 2012

Beads of Courage Auction

I have good news and good news........................which do you want to hear first?  The good news?  OK - here it is - the auction total to date is over $450.00 - which is a YIPEE, YAY, AWESOME moment.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction go to the Beads of Courage Program which is currently implemented in over 140 Childrens Hospitals in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and the United Kingdom.  Don't take my word for it, go read all about it - and then go bid on a bead! 

Which brings me to the second good news - there is still time to get your own one of a kind, handcrafted art charm.  I have showcased some of them on my blog here, but there are lots more to choose from.  And it is for a REALLY good cause - come on guys - do this for the kids!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Beads of Courage Art Charm Auction

These are the wonderful charms I received in the Beads of Courage Art Charm swap - which, incidentally, are available for purchase here.
Handmade Art Charm by Emma Todd

Handmade Art Charm by Stephanie Haussler 

Handmade Art Charm by Lori Greenberg

Handmade Art Charm by Susan Kennedy

Handmade Art Charm by Charlene Jacka
Handmade Art Charm by Marsha Neal

Handmade Art Charm by Natalie McKenna

Handmade Art Charm by Alicia Marinache
Handmade Art Charm by Renetha Stanziano


Handmade Art Charm by mrs beadsley

All of these charms and more are available on ebay here - just in time for making Christmas gifts.  Consider purchasing one (or more) of these charms to benefit a REALLY worthwhile cause.
Read about Beads of Courage - then go and buy a charm!
Thanks :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Charm Reveal!

 Today is the reveal day for the Charm Swap. The theme this year is "laugh". The charms I created represent a little girls tea set - with the white and blue enamel on the penny creating an almost delft pattern when fired - and the single pearl on each penny represents the string of pearls she would wear to her dress up tea party. While the thought doesn't translate directly to laugh, the path from being happily at play to laugh is a natural one.

Using pennies, I sifted a layer of off-white on the penny, torch fired it, then fired a second layer of the white. Using a handmade template, I sifted a light layer of midnite blue on the penny and fired for the last time. 
Once the enameled pennies were cleaned and buffed I wrapped a freshwater pearl with some copper wire and added it to the copper jump ring- a little bit of dress up for the tea party.

I made 11 charms in all - 10 of which will be swapped and the 11th will be auctioned off for Beads of Courage - please check out the auction here and then go check out some charm eye candy! 
And a big thank you to Jennifer for hosting this swap.  It was my first and a great deal of fun.