I participated in a lovely charm swap for Beads of Courage Which is a organization that collects beads and uses them to help uplift children in hospitals , they also sell beads on there website and the money goes to helping the organization.
Well we all did Art charms to swap and the them was laughter . we had to make 11 Charms and send them to the host of the swap , and we got 11 charms back including one of our own , I had SOOO much fun ( it also inspired me to get the book Making Mixed~medis Art Charms & Jewelry by peggy Krzyzewski & Christine Hansen , that book has sooo many AWESOME idears for charms I really recommend any jewelry maker, or artist to grab the book to check it out !)
Any way , I thought and thought about it , I wanted to make A charm that was not to complicated , Knowing i had to make 11 of them , something that would be sturdy , and that would in some way communicate laughter and something about children , wile the charm was not being given to children , I thought that because it was a organization for children that it might be a nice idea to include them ..
Well this is what i came up with , ...
Drum roll Please !!!!!!!
CUPCAKES!!!!!!All kinda of cupcakes , different colors of frosting , and I like to believe it's a carmley cake .
Pink and Purple swirl ones!
I thought about what to make for quite awhile , and it hit me when a friend invites us to her daughters birthday party and my 6 year old asked "WILL THEY HAVE CUPCAKE!" wile giving me a huge smile , and that hit me hard , Kids love cupcakes , I LOVE cupcake , what person doesn't love cupcake, there are shows about cupcakes! cupcake fabric , cupcake bakeries or cupcakearies and cupcake wars , the world must love cupcakes , and wile i don't know anyone who can't smile or even give a little giggle when they have a cupcake in there hands . I made them out of polymer clay , getting the bottoms right was kinda hard i wanted them to look like real cupcakes , not little round bottoms that just had lines on them , cupcakes have a little bit of a slant to them so getting that was kinda tricky but that's what i love about polymer clay , you can mess up , and smoosh it and start over again , so after some playing and some smooshing i got it the right shape , then i took some of the color i was using for the "frosting" and make a little cone and places it upside down on the top or else i would have had to make the coils of "frosting" very thick and it wouldn't have looked so pretty , At first i was going to just make them all one color however I thought if you go to a bakery , they don't just have one type or color , so i just went crazy with my colors but i also tryed to keep them in the shades you'd see in a real cupcake , and then i brushed the "cake" part with bronze colored pearl FX powder ( I LOVE that stuff) and it gave it such a pretty sheen , wile the sheen is not what you'd see on a cupcake , well they were not real cupcakes , what woman doesn't love her jewelry to have a little SPARKLE to it !!! so i also put pearl fx powder on the "frosting" yellow on the yellow and a violet pearlzed powder on the pink and purple ones . All in all i believe there just GORGEOUS!!!! I really enjoyed making them and i hope the people who received them loved them as much as i loved making them !!!
Please check out the whole list of participants blogs to see what they made and there ideas and thought processes of there charms , Wile i haven't posted there work on here , I received 11 adorable charms including one of my own (which my 6yo promptly made me put on a chain and she had claimed it as her own ) my camera is dead and i have had some medical issues so i haven't been able to do anything for the past few weeks so i haven't gotten batteries but you can see the other charms in there blogs
Also some are being auctioned off please go check that out , all the money will be going to Beads of Courage , it's a wonderful organization and cause , so please go and bid !!! check out The Auction here!
Here is everyone elses blogs please Hop around.
Thank you and Enjoy!
Auction Site: http://myworld.ebay.com/
Alenka Obid http://
Alicia Marinache http://www.allprettythings.ca/
Babette Cox http://babettecox.com/blog.htm
Carol Watson http://
Carolyn Chenault http://
Cassi Paslick http://
Charlene Jacka http://clay-space.com/2012/11/
Cheri Reed http://
Cheryl McCloud http://
Deb Kauzlarich http://
Denielle Hagerman http://
Emma Todd http://
Erin Prais-Hintz http://
Ginger Bishop http://
Inge vonRoos http://ingetraud.wordpress.com
Jean Peter http://
Jeannie K Dukic http://site.jkdjewelry.com/
Jennifer Cameron http://wp.me/p1xIa0-wn
Kia Dallons http://
Kimberly Roberts http://
Kristi Bowman http://
Lea Avroch http://
Leslie Schenkel http://
Linda Florian http://
Lori Greenberg http://lorigreenberg.com/blog
Lynnea Bennett http://
Mallory Hoffman http://
Marcy Lamberson http://
Marsha Neal Studio http://
Maureen Connolly http://
Melissa Meman http://
Monique Urquhart http://
Natalie McKenna http://www.grubbi.co.uk/
Perri Jackson http://shaktipajdesigns.com/
Renetha Stanziano http://
Robin Koza http://www.robinkoza.com
Shaiha Williams http://
Shannon Hicks http://
Shelby Foxwell http://
Shelley Graham Turner http://
Shirley Moore http://
Stephanie Haussler http://
Susan Kennedy http://suebeads.blogspot.com/
Toltec Jewels http://
Vanessa Gilkes http://culturezine.com/blog/