Beads of Courage Charm Swap and Reveal

I recently participated in a charm swap along with many other artists where I made 11 charms based on the theme of “laughter”. I sent them in to the coordinator, the wonderful Jennifer Cameron and she sorted them all out so I got back charms from other artists.

Here is the charm that I made:

It was a lot of fun to see what others made and you can see them too. You can visit the other blogs below. You can also browse the ebay auctions of all of these charms. All proceeds go directly to Beads of Courage through ebay’s charitable giving auction services. Why not pick one up for a holiday gift? All of the charms will be listed there in the next few days.

Thanks to Jennifer Cameron for all of her hard work!

Alenka Obid

Alicia Marinache

 Babette Cox

Carol Watson

Carolyn Chenault

Cassi Paslick

Charlene Jacka

Cheri Reed

Cheryl McCloud 

Deb Kauzlarich

Denielle Hagerman

Emma Todd

Erin Prais-Hintz

Ginger Bishop

Inge vonRoos 

Jean Peter 

Jeannie K Dukic

Jennifer Cameron

Kia Dallons 

Kimberly Roberts 

Kristi Bowman

Lea Avroch

Leslie Schenkel 

Linda Florian

Lori Greenberg

Lynnea Bennett

Mallory Hoffman

Marcy Lamberson 

Marsha Neal Studio 

Maureen Connolly

Melissa Meman 

Monique Urquhart 

Natalie McKenna 

Perri Jackson  

Renetha Stanziano 

Robin Koza

Shaiha Williams

Shannon Hicks

Shelby Foxwell

Shelley Graham Turner 

Shirley Moore

Stephanie Haussler 

Susan Kennedy

Toltec Jewels

Vanessa Gilkes 

My latest creation to debut at Beads in Style in Tucson

This is probably the first time I’ve designed a piece around one of my own focals. Usually, in my attempt to provide jewelry pieces to customers at my annual studio tour I create either a pendant on a cord or an all glass necklace of beads that don’t zero in on a focal.  It has been almost 10 years, I think, since I started making glass beads and this is one of the few times that I have been head over heels with the entire process of creating right through being enamored with the end result. It is a good feeling.


This piece was shipped yesterday to Beads of Courage, Tucson to be worn and modeled by the lovely Jean Baruch. (hopefully it will be her style…she left that up to me). If not, I’m sure it will go to other good use at their event this weekend.  Beads in Style, Oct 1, 6-8 p.m.Glass bead links formed on copper with hand fabricated copper clasp and glass pod focal bead.

I’m diggin’ it.