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.
 
 


12 comments:

Shirley Moore said...

Your charm turned out wonderful! I love the blue and white, and the wire wrapping is beautiful.

A Half-Baked Notion said...

Maureen, what a great idea: when we were children play and laughter both came so easily, especially to those blest with health and happy families!

Jean said...

Very sweet and love your thinking..play into laughter!!

TesoriTrovati said...

What a cool idea! Reminds me of my favorite book of all times Tea Time for Frances. Thank you for reminding me of this cherished memory! Enjoy the day. Erin

Cassi Renee said...

Those charms wonderfully evoke the special tea party, with dolls and stuffed animals as honored guests. What a great idea!

Kia Dallons said...

These came out great! I love the idea of using a penny for your base. : ) Beautiful wire wrapping, too.

rosebud101 said...

Great charms!!! I know they will be well loved!!!

Cheryl McCloud said...

Lovely charms!! this was such a fun swap

Alicia said...

Gorgeous work and a beautiful charm to share!

Leslie Schenkel - Twisted Chicken Beads said...

Love the thought that went into your charm. lovely pearls!

Lea Avroch said...

What a fun idea! Didn't realize they were pennies till at first. Nice wire wrapping too!

Perri www.ShaktipajDesigns.etsy.com said...

Hey Lady! I love these charms - so classy and sweet. They are the kind of thing you fiddle with endlessly, thinking of all sorts of flights of fancy - a whimsical meditation bead!