I happily participated in an Art Charm Swap hosted by Jen Cameron. I had seen posts about it from last year and was excited to get to play this time!
Besides getting to receive cool, inspirational charms from fabulous jewelry artists, the swap benefits an organization called Beads of Courage, a wonderful charity that provides supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them. Please go and read about this generous organization and see how much they do for sick kids. Each participant was required to create an extra charm to be auctioned off for this great charity.
Jen chose the theme "Laugh" for this year's swap. At first I had a hard time coming up with something, but as I was playing with ideas, I decided to create something that always makes me smile...flowers! What else makes me happy? Torch-fired enameling! So, here are my enameled, layered flower charms!
I received my set of enameling pens right after getting these ready to put together and decided to go a step further and put some happy polka dots around the edges. Some colors worked out better than others...but these definitely make me smile when I see them. I hope the recipients feel the same way!
Here is a close up!
Jen will be listing the auctions up on eBay around 3pm EST today. Please go and check them out and bid! Here is a link to the Auction Site: http://myworld.ebay.com/glassaddictions.
A wonderful group of artists participated this year...so many that Jen had to divide us up into groups! I received some gorgeous charms...I will feature them in a post later this week. In the meantime, you can go see what every one created by hopping to the other blogs on the list! Here they are....