The theme for this year was Soar. Birds and feathers came to mind immediately. As I worked with the polymer clay, the turquoise and brown made me think of Native Americans. I have always admired the spiritual aspects of their culture, and that seemed fitting for this particular fundraiser.
I embellished the clay feathers with a little paint, to bring out the texture.
I painted a feather on the backs of the charms.
And finally I dressed them up with a couple of small beads that matched in color and feel.
Participating in this charm exchange includes sending eleven hand-made art charms to Jen, who then sorts and sorts and sorts, and finally sends you back a package with ten charms (1 of your own, 9 made by other participating artists). She keeps one of your charms to auction off, which is how the funds are raised to donate to Beads of Courage. It's a lot of work for Jen, but for us --receiving that package from Jen, with 9 art charms made by wonderful jewelry artists, is like an early Christmas present :-)
So here is a collage of the art charms I received --you'll find links below to each participant's blog, so you can get a close-up look at these charms and what went into their creative process.
I'd like to encourage you to check out the auction, and bid away! Remember that all the funds raised will be donated to Beads of Courage! Last year we raised over $1000 :-)
And below are links to the blogs of all the participating artists.
2014 Art Charm Exchange Participants
Jennifer Cameron: http://www.glassaddictions.com/blog
Alenka Obid: http://www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Alicia Marinache: http://www.allprettythings.ca
Andrea Glick: http://zenithjade.blogspot.com
Caroline Dewison: http://blueberribeads.blogspot.co.uk
Cassi Paslick: http://badatbeingmom.blogspot.com/ <--You are here
Cate van Alphen: http://fulgorine.wordpress.com
Cheri Reed: http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Chris Eisenberg: http://www.wanderware.blogspot.com
Cory Tompkins: http://www.tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Auld: http://www.beadsforbusygals.comGenevieve Gabbert: http://www.glassaddictions.com/blog
Jenny Davies-Reazor: http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Jill Bradley: http://www.jillybeads.blogspot.com
Kim Dworak: http://www.cianciblue.blogspot.com
Lee Koopman: http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Lennis Carrier: http://www.windbent.net
Lesley Watt: http://www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Mallory Hoffman: http://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger: http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Michelle McCarthy: http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Monique Urquhart: http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com/
Moriah Betterly: http://mlbetterly.blogspot.com
Nancy Dale: http://nedbeads.blogspot.com
Nancy Smith: http://wirednan.blogspot.ca
Niky Sayers: http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk
Perri Jackson: http://ShaktipajDesigns.com/blog/
Renetha Stanziano: http://www.lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
Shai Williams: http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com
Sheila Prosterman: http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com
Susan Delaney: http://susandolphindelaney.wordpress.com
Susan Kennedy: http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Terri DelSignore: http://artisticaos.blogspot.com
Toltec Jewels: http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com
Vanessa Gilkes: http://culturezine.com/blog/