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.