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Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.---C. S. Lewis

Monday, May 9, 2011

International Charm Day at Garden of Beaden

Irene of Garden of Beaden hosted an International Charm Day Charm Swap on Saturday, May 7.

Look at all the lovelies I received!

Renee etched and fabricated the perfect little heart.  Both sides of the heart are etched with different patterns!  I can't wait for her to teach this class.  Gorgeous!

Diedre also etched her copper tab charms and embellished each of them with a resistor and shell.  One the back it says "Create".  Sweeeet!

Irene not only made each of us a copper bracelet! but gave us these lovely "Garden of Beaden" charms (we got to choose a flower or butterfly).  Score!

Crystal's charm is a vintage watch face and mine says "Only TIME will Tell" on the back.  She said she had a hard time parting with the watch faces; I can see why I would too.  Awesomeness!

Jessica made her charms from a vintage map of our area.  The map is from her personal map collection and it was made in the year of her birth.  Very special! Also her presentation was stunning; she painted a map on the card that each charm was attached too.

Omzahara made two charms (overacheiver!).  She upcycled beads from an old necklace and used them to embellish an old coin and a wire wrapped heart.  I love these charms.

Dawn, a master seedbeader, made a butterfly with a chaton in the middle.  Dawn did the charms in different colors so we got to choose our favorite.  Wonderful use of components!  Very lovely!

Tara began with a metal stamping painted the patina on it and embellished with a tiny brass bee.  She did three different versions so we got to choose the one we wanted.  Tara also had an awesome presentation; each charm dangled on a piece of vintage seam binding.  Most of us tied a little piece of the binding to the bracelet; me included.  I love her choice of colors and collaging of the components.

Linda, another master seedbeader, made the lovely butterfly with 15/0 Delicas...WOW! And, of course, in my book turquoise is the best. I am in awe of the perfection of this little butterfly.

I made the little leaf charm.  One of my goals for 2011 is to become proficient at soldering and riveting so I incorporated both techniques along with fabricating the charm from copper sheet.  All in all I am pleased with the results.

We had two ladies that could not make the get together on Saturday.  I can't wait to see their charms.  Dara and Brit we missed you.

I hope this becomes a tradition at GOB.

Did you celebrate International Charm Day?  If so, how?


Anonymous said...

I love it! So cool that you made a bracelet with all the sweet charms you got in the swap! Now, if only I could remember to get involved in the next one :)

Donna Gunn said...

I love wearing the bracelet, it is full of creativity and love. I hope you do get a group together for a charm exchange.