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Healing and Empowerment for Women


You know that I am a big supporter of Beads of Courage, an organization that provides beads to sick kids to mark every needle stick, every X-ray and every milestone in their courageous fights against illness. I use most of my scrap polymer clay to make Beads of Courage.

I learned of a wonderful opportunity to participate in an Art Charm Exchange to benefit Beads of Courage.  Bead artists would make eleven charms and send them in. Each artist would receive back nine charms from other participants and her own. The eleventh charm is to be auctioned to benefit Beads of Courage. The theme is “Love”.

I couldn’t resist.

I made eleven of the pink charms above. I used a blush pink clay, shaped it in a silicone seashell mold, pressed my thumbprint into the center and brushed both sides with a mica powder called Interference Violet. I wanted my charms to be simple and elegant. I baked them in my oven, added a pearl and a tiny pink glass heart bead to each.

I mailed them off.

And waited.

And waited.

They didn’t get there.

Five days before the deadline I made new charms, this time in a soft blue clay. I brushed the charms with the same Interference Violet mica powder, baked them and added a different shape of pearl and tiny blue glass heart beads.

I mailed them off.

They arrived at their destination, timely. Then the pink ones showed up, too.

This meant that I would receive twice as many charms. Yes!

These are the charms that I received:



The 38 artists who participated have all blogged about the fundraiser. Please visit their blogs and see what they made. After your blog hop, please visit the Ebay auction and bid on the charms you cannot live without.

Jen Cameron:

Toltec Jewels:

Vanessa Gilkes:

Caroline Dewison

Lesley Watt:

Susan Kennedy:

Nancy Dale :

Alicia Marinache

Cassi Paslick

Alenka Obid:

Renetha Stanziano

Shelley Graham Turner

Monique Urquhart:

Shai Williams:

Lennis Carter:

Cheri Reed:

Moriah Betterly:

Perri Jackson:

Mallory Hoffman

Ginger Bishop

Jean Peter

Linda Florian:

Patricia Pulliam

Karin Grosset Grange:

Julie Bowen:

Susan Delaney

Emma Todd:

Carolyn Chenault :

Terri Del Signore

Cory Tompkins

Cheryl (Lee) Koopman:

Lori Bowring Michaud:

Andrea Glick:

Jacqueline Carlson:

Michelle McCarthy:

Charlene Bausinger Jacka

Kristi Bowman:

 The charms are being auctioned on Ebay. All of the money raised will go to Beads of Courage. Go here to bid on the charms:
I HAD to make something with the wonderful charm I got from Susan Kennedy at:
It is simple and elegant, a translucent white lamp worked heart bead and a metal heart with wonderful, quiet texture. I found a tiny rhinestone ring with a bail in my “recycle bin”. I felt that the texture of the rhinestone embedded ring echoed the texture of the lower, silver heart. I added the charm to the ring and hung it on a silver chain.
I have already wrapped it for one of my daughter’s Christmas presents.
If you love this charm as much as I do, visit the auction site and make a bid!

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