In August, I heard about an art charm swap hosted by Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions and I decided to sign up. The requirements: 11 art charm had to be handmade, including one charm that would be auctioned to benefit Beads of Courage (every bead tells a story of strength, honor and hope). I was lucky to be in 2 groups for the swap, so I made 11 beads of each style in the picture. The theme for 2012 is “laughter” and I thought about a quote…”Laughter sparkles like a splash of water in sunlight”. This is the story of my beads…inspired by joyous adventures along the sunny seaside, each bead represents memories of hapy times shared with family and friends, handmade glass beads reminiscent of treasures from the sea. It may be a little difficult to tell by the photo, but each glass bead has raised lettering on the surface, which spells “laugh”. The flat charm includes a real pearl and authentic Swarovski crystal. The round bead also has an abalone embellishment with a glass crystal. The center core can be removed and the center hole is large enough to fit on a European-style charm bracelet (like Pandora). CLICK HERE to read more about Beads of Courage and how they help children coping with life threatening illnesses.
CLICK HERE to go to the auction page to bid on the art charms. AUCTION IS COMPLETE. There are 45 art charms and they will be selling quickly, so you may want to select the “Buy It Now” option if you really want to win a specific auction. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Beads of Courage. All the art charms are handmade and donated by artists around the world to benefit Beads of Courage.
Take a look at all of the talented artists and see what they created for the art charm swap…it’s a fun blog hop that I think you will enjoy.