Sunday, November 26, 2006

Charmed, I'm sure!

I am involved in several hand made charm swaps with several of my art groups. For my on-line group we have 26 participants. That means that I will make 26 charms , send them off to our Charming hostess and she will send me back 26 charms made by the other 25 artists in the group. I will then create a necklace or bracelet from the charms. We are all having wonderful fun with this swap. The following picture is of the charms that I have created for the Art Techniques swap. i made the large bead from fabric that I painted and stamped and then cut and rolled. the beads are attatched to a 3-way brass fishing swivel. (I just love buying jewelry findings in the fishing/outdoors department!)

The next set of charms I created for a swap with my local art group, Angela's Altered Artists, which is located in Reston at a Rubber Stamp store, hence the name of the group. These charms were made with scrabble tiles that I surrounded with a peyote stitched beaded bezzel. I backed each charm with paper that was sealed with a thick coat of laquer for durability.

There are 18 artists participating in this swap so I will recieve 17 different charms! This group became so excited about this swap that some of us decided to make two charms. So we each made a different smaller set of charms for those who wanted to make two. We just can't have too many charms! For this smaller set I took plastic disks 9intended for zipper pulls and collage some handmade paper covered by an image that was stamped on a transparency and added the word "Friends". For the other side I used half of a pansey sticker and alcohol inks to decorate the disk and added the words "Linked by Art". Both sides were then coated with a heavy coat of diamond glaze for durability.

As soon as I recieve the charms from these swaps I will post pictures!! i can't wait to see what everyone creates! this is too much fun! STAY TUNED!!!


BigSisPat said...

Well Elizabeth, I'm impressed. I love al your art.

Are you involved the charm swaps
hosted by Amber Dawn (International Charm Swap)& Dawn Sellers (Oh So Charming?)


Scrappy Cat said...

Gorgeous charms Elizabeth, but then I wouldn't expect anything else. I hope you don't mind, but I've added a link to your blog on mine. I can take it off if you do mind - just let me know.


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