Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014 Art Charm Exchange Auction

Today is auction day and reveal day for the charms!  The whole event is organized by Jennifer at Glass Addictions.  I can't even begin to imagine how much work it is to coordinate this.  Each person that joined the exchange sent in 11 charms.  They got 10 back - one of theirs and 9 others.  The 11th charm from each person is either up now on eBay or will be later today, and all of the proceeds go to Beads of Courage. Jennifer unpacks all of the charms, then sorts and packs them up again to ship them out.  After that, she takes pictures of each charm, edits them and creates the eBay listings.  She is amazing. 

This year, our theme is Soar.  This is my first year and I had a lot of trouble coming up with something that matched the theme.  I tend to over think things a bit.  Here is what I came up with.

I kept thinking about leaves.  Trees are majestic and beautiful.  They sleep every winter and are renewed in the spring.  In the fall they celebrate with a gorgeous display of color and the leaves Soar gently through the air.  Always renewing and ever beautiful.  My favorite color for an autumn leaf is scarlet, I just love to see the trees full of them.

I drew the leaf onto shrink plastic, then colored it in with alcohol inks and punched holes for the jump rings.  Then they were baked.  I colored them again if they needed a touch up.   Then I coated them on one side with resin and let it cure overnight.  The other side was coated with resin and I let it cure again.  I filed any spots that needed any touch up and another coat of resin.  Some of them have bubbles from the resin, I left them because it really reminded me of the spots that the leaves get on them.  I am pretty happy with the way they turned out.  I was really happy to have them done!

 Here they are on my beading board before I sent them to Jennifer.

I received some lovely art charms.  I haven't done anything with them yet, but I have ideas floating around in my head.  I will do a post or two later this week to show you what I received.  In the meantime, here is the list for the blog hop.  I've put a ** by the charms I received, but please go and take a look at everyone's reveal post.  Please also check out the auction, it's for a very good cause.

Please share the link to the auction if you can.  The more publicity, the better the total donation will be for Beads of Courage. 

2014 Art Charm Exchange Participants:

**Alicia Marinache: http://www.allprettythings.ca
Jenny Davies-Reazor: http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Lennis Carrier: http://www.windbent.net
**Moriah Betterly: http://mlbetterly.blogspot.com


  1. Oh these are fab, I love seeing all the beautiful red leaves on the trees at this time of year and yours are great, love the shot of them all together!

  2. You did a great job capturing the scarlet color of autumn leaves! I love them too and miss the beauty of the changing season living in Florida!

  3. I absolutely love leaves - and yours are truly gorgeous! What a wonderful 'take' on soar!!

  4. we have a maple tree in the back yard, remember how it sends it whirligigs in the springtime and how they sprout up everywhere

  5. Your leaves are so detailed and beautiful!

  6. Oops, I accidentally published in the middle of my sentence... still getting used to using a laptop LOL

    Your leaves are gorgeous, Kim, and I love your poetic description of the leaf's travels through the air :)

  7. Lovely charms... you really captured the colours!

  8. I was lucky enough to get one of your charms and it is really beautiful. I love it even more now that I know the story behind it.

  9. I adore the maple leaves you created. The way the light filters through the vibrant red is so pretty! Thanks for participating!

  10. Oh - shrink plastic! I have some of that squirreled away - I think I have to pull it out after seeing your charms!

  11. Amazing leaves, Kim. You captured the colour and the fragility of them so well. And they do soar through the air , especially with all the winds we had this fall!

  12. I received one of your charms and it is beautiful. I am Canadian so it has even more meaning for me! So glad I got one!