I really think that one of my favorite things to do as a designer is to be able to contribute to charities. I enjoy making up a design and donating it to a cause for a silent auction. I enjoy making earrings and sending them off to be given to women undergoing chemo. But I do have to say that I love participating in the Art Charm Swap and have been doing so for a few years.
Now just how does this work you ask? Well a group of designers get together headed by our fearless leader, Jen Cameron, who breaks us up into groups of ten. We then make up eleven charms to swap with each other.
Now I am sure that you are wondering just what an art charm is. Well it is a mini piece of art that has either been made or altered by hand. And no purchasing a pre-made charm and just adding a ring to it. Art charms are wonderful for making necklaces, earrings and that always popular charm bracelet.
And if you were wondering why we made eleven and just where the charity part comes in. Well we make that one extra which will be auctioned off and the proceeds are then donated to Beads of Courage. If you haven't heard about this wonderful organization it's worth clicking on the link to see all the wonderful things that they do but in a nutshell, they give away beads to children with life threatening illnesses to celebrate milestones. Great idea isn't it? And you can bid on any of the ones that I fall in love with and feel good about helping out the kids. I will be sure to post when the auction is starting.
Now we always have a theme and this time around it was fairy tales. And you should see all the wonderful charms that I received. Well actually you can. Those above are some of the charms that I received. Everything from a witch's hat to the white rabbit. Now for a closer look at the charms and to learn the stories behind them, be sure to check out all the participant's blogs. And those aren't all of them.
Now a bit about the charms that I made to donate. It all begins with an apple, or at least several fairy tales have apples in them from the poisoned apple in Snow White to Avalon which was the Isle of Apples to a Turkish fairy tales called The Laughing Apple and the Weeping Apple, and many more. I wanted to create a charm that would span several tales hence the apple. I used handmade lampwork beads, sterling filled wire, vintage Swarovski crystals and lead free pewter apples.
I want to thank Jen also for sending me these pics. I forgot to take a picture of the charm before I sent it out.
Now here is that list I promised so you can check out the other charms so you can decide just which ones you are going to claim for your own. And remember, all of the proceeds from the auction goes to Beads of Courage.