Monday, 24 November 2014

Charm Swap 2014

Hey Everyone!

I just love participating in Jennifer Cameron's annual Charm Swap. Last year was my first and I was so happy to be here again. I love so many things about participating! The best part is raising money for a great cause - Beads of courage! Other great things like, getting a package filled with wonderful handmade charms by amazing artist!! Another perk is the wonderful group of warm friendly artist that communicate throughout the weeks prior to the swap - such a great group!  Even if I was a little to absorbed in my own life lately comment much!

  My Charms are inspired by the scripture Isaiah 30:41

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
 they will run and not grow weary,
 they will walk and not be faint.

This was the first thing that came to my mind when I found out the theme was, "soar". That being said, I got started making  ceramic eagles feathers!

Photo compliments of the lovely Jen Cameron! Shout out to Jen for all her hard work! You are the Best Jen! Thank you for everything!

The charms were made from stoneware. I started out with an ordinary white eraser. I carved a feather into the eraser to give a light texture to add to my clay.

They were fired in my kiln, then hand painted, glazed and fired again.   I attached a little "dangly" made of little glass beads that I wish I could remember what they are called and where I got them! They seemed to go nicely with the eagle feather.

Look forward to seeing everyone else's charms! I got so many other goodies from these great artist: Monique Urquhart, Jenny Davies-Razor, Mallory Hoffman, Cheri Mitchell-Reed, Cianci Blue, Mariah Bitterly, Alenka Obit, Nancy Dale, Genevieve, Kristi Bowman, Lesley Watt, Rita (Toltec Jewels), Perry Jackson, Strega Jewelry, Cory Tomkins, Michelle McCarthy, and  Sheila Prose Posterman.

Please join me in hoping around all the other charm swap participants!

2014 Art Charm Exchange Participants

Jenny Davies-Reazor:
Lennis Carrier:
Shai Williams:


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Beads Of Courage Auction

Where will you be Tuesday Nov 25? I will be shopping for handmade charms in support of Beads Of Courage! Great cause to support and the charms this year are over the top!! Hope you will join me on Monday!!! Use the link below. Happy bidding!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Sept. ABS Painting Challenge

So I'm going to let you in on a little secret.  I have often wanted to participate in Art Bead Scene monthly challenge and what really gave me the push I needed this month was the prizes!  I'm a little embarrassed about that but... DID YOU SEE THE PRIZES!?

My design includes ceramic art beads I made to look similar to those in the painting, "The White Rose and The Red Rose" by Margaret Macdonald.  I used leather with a little texture and dye to give the look of the textured canvas. I also thread some green leather through the beads to hold them to the leather.  I finished with some silk and silk cording with a couple class beads and a copper clasp.

My photo is dark but I'm trying to get better at that! I enjoyed being part of the challenge.  Now if I could just figure out how to get my pics onto Flickr and use the link tool, I will be set to try this again another month!
Thanks Heather for adding me!!