Art Charm Exchange/Auction Benefit for Beads of Courage

This is the first time I’ve participated in this annual event. Thank you very much to Jennifer Cameron of Glass Addictions for hosting this event, and all her hard work with charm distribution and coordinating the Ebay auction that starts today. If you are new to this Blog Hop, the point is to create art charms, have a fun exchange, and auction some off to help raise funds for Beads of Courage.


This year’s theme is: Love. We were asked to create art charms that mean “love” to us; I also wanted to have something in keeping with what the charms are being used to raise funds for. My inspiration was the idea that love is in the air, and all around you. Whatever your age, hospitals can sometimes be scary places–you may not fully understand what is being done, you may have to spend time alone or with strangers with strange equipment, you may be afraid for yourself or a loved one. I wanted to make a charm that would be cheerful for a child, to remind them that they are loved all the time, even if they may not be where or with whom they want to be while they (or their relative) may be experiencing an illness. This was the teaser picture I posted on my Windbent page a few weeks back.


I also promised my readers this year to share with them the up and downs–successes and failures of my craft making year–so here is the behind the scenes view of my art charms. This was the original concept drawing:


First, I started with lead and nickel free double sided bezels and some brass charms. I hand painted the background, with Vintaj patina, painted in three layers to add some variation to the “sky.”

2BackgroundI then cut the loops off the brass charms and painted them.

3Painting BalloonsI decoupaged handmade paper to the sky for the clouds. This added depth, but was more transparent than I wanted, so I painted them with Lumiere paint.

4CloudsI added the balloons and the rhinestones and then prepared the Ice Resin.

6ResinI did not want them to dome because that would make it hard to level the other side of the charm. I found that if I put too much resin in the bezel, the glass of the rhinestone disappeared and it looked like a sticker–less resin allowed the hearts to stay three dimensional, so I adjusted the rest of the charms. It was challenging to stay within the working time for the resin while making 22 of these. The original idea for the back of the charm was to use stamps, but I couldn’t find anything small enough. I hand wrote them with acid free, archival black ink. The ink did not want to stay on the paint and really wanted to mix with the resin, which I was not prepared for. Here’s what I ended up with.


Below are the charms I received in the swap. Each of these has their own story to tell so please follow the blog hop links down below.

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If you like any, or all, of these charms, please go to the Ebay auction to bid on the charms. You get handmade art charms and we all raise money for a worthy cause. Win! Win! Please visit the other participants of the 2013 Art Charm Exchange and Beads of Courage Auction.

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:

About windbent

I try to reclaim, reuse and re-love items from our past and make them modern again. I see my jewelry as a fusion of old and new, cross cultural, and spanning time periods. Because I use vintage items within my jewelry, there may be age related signs of love that make them special. Each piece will be unique or made in small batches that are similar, but still different. If I find an item I love and it doesn't want to become jewelry, I give it a new home in another art format.
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18 Responses to Art Charm Exchange/Auction Benefit for Beads of Courage

  1. mtrudinger says:

    Oh, love your charms Lennis! They are really sweet!

  2. Nancy Dale says:

    These are so lovely! I had no idea the amount of time and layers that they must have took – thank you for sharing your process! I really love the premise and the balloons – so sweet!!!

  3. I’ve been one of the lucky ones to get your balloon charm, Lennis – I love it and I love the story behind it! Beautiful, charming little beauties 🙂

  4. The trials of resin!! I had some of my own but you learn something new about what it does and doesn’t do each time you use it right? I love your charms, they are like little painted masterpieces!!

  5. ladyflowersbysusan says:

    Your charm is absolutely wonderful. I cherish it.

    Susan Delphine Delaney

  6. Julie Bowen says:

    The time and amount of love you invested into these charms is evident. Fortunately I got one of my own to ogle, and can see the details of the painted lines and the sparkle of the Lumiere paint, the sparkle of the little heart gems, and the color of the balloon. Just wonderful, Lennis! Thank you so much!

  7. These are just wonderful charms! I really love that you showed your process, because I was very curious. Thanks so much for participating and for helping to raise money for Beads of Courage!

  8. These are just adorable! I do love resin but it always seems there are challenges whenever you try something new. I did not have the courage to go with resin for this auction. You did a wonderful job!

    • windbent says:

      Courage is one word for it…lol. I can think of others, but it was too late to change my mind. So, there may be a streak or bubble…they are not perfect, but that’s life and its not perfect either.

  9. So much time and effort with a beautiful result! I received one of your charms!! I was surprised and happy to see a balloon charm because I’m originally from Albuquerque, the balloon Capitol, …….just perfect. Love the story behind it. It will always remind me of my home and this event! Twofold… Thank you

  10. Coincidentally, I was watching a video of last month’s Balloon Festival the other day, just prior to receiving my charms, and how cool was it to find this wonderful rendition among my prizes! Surely one of the most original designs AND a clever play on words, Lennis 🙂

  11. Terri Del Signore says:

    I was a lucky receiver of one of your wonderful charms!! Just LOVE it and your idea! thanks for sharing the process – I was really curious about that!

  12. How unbearably sweet these are!! And thank you so much for sharing your process with us!

  13. Lesley Watt says:

    So happy to receive to of your charms Lennis – so much fun.

  14. Karin G says:

    These are really fun charms! Thank you for sharing your creating process!

  15. Sweet little charms, Lennis. I love that you showed the process pictures. It does get frustrating when trying to put components/products together and it doesn’t work out quite how you envision it so one must go to Plan B (thank heaven for Plan B!)! I’ve had a similar issue with ink and resin. I’ve found that, sometimes – not always, spraying the piece lightly with a sealer (I use Envirotex) and letting it dry, then pouring resin helps.

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