Monday, November 12, 2012

Beads of courage ~charm swap the Great reveal!!!

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 !!!!!!!


All kinda of cupcakes , different colors of frosting , and I like to believe it's a carmley cake .



Pink ones,

Yellow ones,

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:

Alenka Obid

Alicia Marinache

Babette Cox

Carol Watson

Carolyn Chenault

Cassi Paslick

Charlene Jacka

Cheri Reed

Cheryl McCloud

Deb Kauzlarich

Denielle Hagerman

Emma Todd

Erin Prais-Hintz

Ginger Bishop

Inge vonRoos

Jean Peter

Jeannie K Dukic

Jennifer Cameron

Kia Dallons

Kimberly Roberts

Kristi Bowman

Lea Avroch

Leslie Schenkel

Linda Florian  <~~~~ you are here!

Lori Greenberg

Lynnea Bennett

Mallory Hoffman

Marcy Lamberson

Marsha Neal Studio

Maureen Connolly

Melissa Meman

Monique Urquhart

Natalie McKenna

Perri Jackson

Renetha Stanziano

Robin Koza

Shaiha Williams

Shannon Hicks

Shelby Foxwell

Shelley Graham Turner

Shirley Moore

Stephanie Haussler

Susan Kennedy

Toltec Jewels

Vanessa Gilkes



  1. Linda, these look delicious... you are right of course, a cupcake brings a smile to all, young or old!

  2. I like your cupcakes!! Glad to see cupcakes come to mind with someone else as laughter. I did cup cakes too

    1. Ohh I ADORE your cupcakes , ohhh I wish I could have gotten one of yours , I adore anything cupcake , I have cupcake fabric , that I just bought cuz well it had cupcakes on it :) ... I adore what i recived but I'd have loved to recived yours too !

  3. Cupcakes always make me smile! Very cute, and a great inspiration story! : D

  4. I have one of your cupcakes!!! I love it!! Thank you!!!

    1. ohhh i'm so glad , your the first I've talked to that got one of mine:) yours made me laugh , and my daughter adored them too , so hasent the owener of my local bead shop ... cuz well i had to bring them into her :) ... first thought when seeing them .. I FEEL EARINGS COMMING ON !!! the big thing is miss matched earrings so yous , shall become earrings !!!

  5. Oh I love your cupcakes, what cute charms!

  6. Absolutely delicious, I love your idea!!

  7. These are cool -- yours make the second cupcake that I've seen on the blog hop and I love that they are totally different.

  8. Loved the cupcake I got. Perfect idea.

  9. Love my yummy cupcake, Linda! Adorable!

  10. Love the cupcakes Linda - and thank you for your kind words about Making Mixed Media Art Charms & Jewelry! We really appreciate it!

    Chris & Peg

    1. omg i'm Sooooo honored that you commented , I read your comment did a triple take , grabbed my copy of my art charm book , checked the names , did it again , called my 6yo over , read it to her , showed her the book .. and she said ..""THATS LIKE MY BESTEST BOOOK I LOVE THAT BOOK AND THE PEOPLE WHO WROTE IT TALKED TO YOU !!!!!!!!!" she danced around the living room , it honestly is the one book in my quite large craft/beading/sewing libary that she asks to look at , and shows me projects she wants to try , well have me try to make for her , (she is only 6) shes been dying for me to make her the shooting star charm . I personaly just am dying to do more art charm swaps , i really really loved this one , and i can't wait till i can do another one !! i'd do one every week if i could . So thank you Chris & Peg for your wonderfully kind words and giving me the thrill of my year to realize that people who's book i look at at least once a week for inspration complamented me on my work !!!! so Thank you so very much !!!! and i truly hope that I can be into more swaps in the future soon !!!

  11. Swirly whirly AND caramely!!! Wonderfully sweet and inspirational. :^)

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    1. Thank you , I'm glad you liked them ... it was fun to do .... I want to get a art charm swap done on my own , as soon as i get back from FL ... as soon as i got better my Mother in Fl got very sick she's had to go into the hospital and i've ben down here for a long time , but I want to be here incase something happens. because i can't just fly back down so i'm hopeing she gets better soon so i can come home and be with my daughter and my beads(i've got some beads and clay down here and access to a craft store but still it's not the same! but it's enough to work on the memories and thanks peice but i like my hord!) and my friends and get some things done that i have to get done .... and i've gone into a ramble .... sorry bout that , Just really glad you came over and took a peek ,

  13. Sweet! You are so right! Cupcakes make me think of kids, parties, fun, happy times, Adorable charms.