Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges, Swaps and exchanges

Beads of Courage and the Art Charm Exchange

A couple of years ago, I joined in the Art Charm Exchange, a swap and auction organized by Jen Cameron to raise money for Beads of Courage. This year Jen decided to run it again (the last time she will do so), and I jumped right in to take part again.

Beads of Courage is a program based in the US, which enables seriously ill children to collect beads representing milestones and procedures. The organization behind it runs a number of different programs, including commissioning special beads to be made by artists each year.

Jen’s Beads of Courage Art Charm Swap is a benefit for Beads of Courage, involving a big group of jewellery designers and bead makers from the US and around the world. Each participant provides 11 art charms made with handmade components such as lampwork beads or ceramic, polymer or metal clay, or mixed media. One charm is kept aside to auction off on eBay, and the remaining 10 are distributed amongst 10 of the other artists.

The charm auctions were meant to start today, but Jen has run into a snag there and has delayed the auction while she works out the best way forward.

Each year, Jen chooses a theme for the charms, and this year it was Fairytales. I thought about various different things I could do but in the end, I kept coming back to the idea of a book. After a bit of a search on Etsy and Pinterest for inspiration, I purchased some little brass book locket charms that were exactly the right size, with a bezel on both sides when the locket was open. I also found some digital book covers I could use to embellish the lockets. So I got to work. First the covers were glued onto the lockets using mod podge, and covered with several more coats. I love how the brush I use to apply the mod podge gives the covers a texture. I had two different versions of the cover, one says Enchanted and the other says English Fairy Tales.

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Inside the locket I glued a slip of paper with the words Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After into the bezels and then used a small amount of ice resin to partially fill the bezels. I was careful as I didn’t want to overfill the bezels and I was a bit worried that the resin would flow into the innards of the locket and then out the corners, but it all worked just fine!

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Finally I added a tiny key and a petite glass flower to the charms, and made sure they each had jump rings. Here’s a picture of the whole collection.

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I sent them off and waited impatiently to receive my collection of charms back. I’ll post about what I received in a separate post, perhaps when the auctions go live. In the mean time, hop around to see what others made inspired by the fairytale theme.

Alenka Obid
Andrea Glick
Angelique Gentry
Brooke Bock
Caroline Dewison
Cassi Paslick
Catherine van Alphen
Charlene Jacka
Helena Hatten
Jen Cameron
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Kathy Lindemer
Leona Smith
Lesley Watt
Lori Anderson
Marianne Baxter
Melissa Trudinger <– me!
Michelle McCarthy
Patty Miller
Shai Williams
Sheila Prosterman
Susan Kennedy
Terri Del Signore
Vanessa Gilkes

 

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Blog Hops and Challenges, Books

And now for something completely different: Book Spine Poetry Blog Hop

I was reading Michelle Mach’s blog Beads and Books a couple of weeks ago, and she had posted an intriguing idea for a blog hop: Book Spine Poetry.

Book Spine Poetry was pioneered by American conceptual artist Nina Katchadourian in the early 1990s. The basic principle is to create a cluster of books, whose titles make a poem when read in sequence:

The Sorted Books project began in 1993 years ago and is ongoing. The project has taken place in many different places over the years, ranging form private homes to specialized public book collections. The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library’s focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that library’s holdings. At present, the Sorted Books project comprises more than 130 book clusters.

from Nina Katchadourian.com

Anyway, the idea quite took my fancy as I have a lot of books. So I spent a bit of time browsing through my library and came up with a couple of sequences that I rather liked.

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When true night falls
The King of Sleep
Memory and Dream
Requiem for the Sun
 
 
IMG_8171The hunger games
Written on the body
Eat me
An echo in the bone

 

Finally, I couldn’t resist using some of my favourite jewellery books to create a book spine poem. What do you think?

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Rustic wrappings
The missing link
Enchanted adornments
Bohemian-inspired jewelry

 

Thanks for a fun intro to Book Spine Poetry, Michelle! There are a couple of others playing along, including my sister Heidi, who knew Nina Katchadourian in the early 1990s. Why don’t you pop over and see what they came up with??

Michelle Mach           http://www.michellemach.com/blog/
Mary McGraw           http://mkaymac.blogspot.com/
Melissa Trudinger    https://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/ <– You Are Here
Heidi Trudinger        http://yogaguerilla.wordpress.com/
Beads, Books

New books and a thank you to CBC

I’m quite active in several bead/jewellery design groups on Facebook. A couple of months ago, one of those groups, Creative Bead Chat, had a big giveaway competition to celebrate reaching 2000 members. Of course, I put my name down for pretty much every prize offered! And to my surprise I won a book donated by Tammy Jones, the editor of Jewelry Making Daily, the online presence of publishing company Interweave’s Jewelry division. Not only that, but Tammy actually sent me two books!

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Here are the books I received. I have to say, they are both fabulous, with some wonderful ideas for projects! I took a quick photo of a couple of the projects I’d like to do when I have some time (and the right tools too, metal stamps are definitely on my Christmas wishlist this year).

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From Stamped Metal Jewelry
By Lisa NIven Kelly
From Contemporary Copper Jewelry By Sharilyn Miller
From Contemporary Copper Jewelry
By Sharilyn Miller

To save on postage, the books were sent to my parent’s holiday place in Colorado, and as they have only just returned from their annual US trip, I have only just received them. Thanks Dad for carting them from Denver to Buffalo and then all the way back to Melbourne, it’s much appreciated! Needless to say I have not had much time to look through them, let alone attempt one of the projects! But I thought I would take the time to say a big thank you to Tammy Jones, as well as to the Creative Bead Chat/Artisan Whimsy community, ably run by Melinda Orr, Marla James, Natalie McKenna, Cynthia Machata and Linda Younkman!

Now, if I only had time to sit down and play!

To see what some of the other prize winners received, visit their blogs:

Sandra – http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com

Carolyn – http://artisanwhimsy.com/profiles/blog/list?user=07ase2t9q0suy

Kay      – http://kayzkreationz.blogspot.com

Jana     – http://lasjoyasdejana.blogspot.com

Alenka  – http://pepita-handmade.blogspot.com

Rose    – http://handedcraftedjewelrybyrose.blogspot.com

Melissa – https://beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Malie   – http://kumifisher.blogspot.com

Kashmira – http://sadafulee.blogspot.com

Connie – http://artisanwhimsy.com/profiles/blogs/creative-bead-chat-2000-thank-you-blog-hop