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Beads of Courage Art Charm Swap 2013

The day of the reveal is here and I’m really excited to be sharing the lovely charms I received with you, as well as what I created for this fantastic cause.

Beads of courage is a charity providing beads to children with illnesses. The children are given the beads to mark a point in their treatment. Some children have a few, sadly, others have long strings containing hundreds of beads.




To read more about the charity, find out why they use beads, or to make a donation, >>click here<<

I’m sure you will agree, it’s a fantastic charity, and I was really excited to hear about the charm swap. I signed up straight away!

This year the theme is Love. I wondered for quite a while how to create a ceramic charm that would portray this. I’m not much of a romantic, but love is precious and should be held on to. So with that in mind, here are my charms.


Blueberribeads 01


They are made from porcelain clay, fired unglazed to keep the purity of the white colour, and refired with pure gold lustre to accent the heart and make it precious.

Blueberribeads 02

And here they are together. I’m really pleased with how they turned out…. just as I’d imagined!

10 of these went out to other participants in the swap and the 11th will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Beads of Courage charity.

And here are the beautiful charms I got in return…

I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone, they’re stunning every one! And a massive thanks to Jennifer (Glass Addictions) for organising such a brilliant swap!

If you’d like the opportunity to get your hands on the charms including my design, while donating to a fantastic cause, you can take part in the auction which starts today >>here<< You can buy each of the charms individually and the listings will be staggered through the weekend so keep checking back for new ones!

**Don’t worry of you miss out on the auction listings, I’ll be making more charms to try and raise a little bit extra and will be putting up a limited number of made to order listings in my Etsy shop over the weekend!**

We’re hoping to raise $1000 dollars for the Beads of Courage project, so dig deep!

Please also join in the blog hop and visit the other lovely makers involved…


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:





19 thoughts on “Beads of Courage Art Charm Swap 2013

  1. I luuuuuuuuurve your charms!!! The hands and hearts… so gorgeous, and reminding me too, of a group I belonged to when I was a child – the motto had heart, hands, head, and help as the theme. 🙂 🙂

  2. When I received you charm I thought the sculpting was magnificent, which such clean lines and great color. Learning that it’s porcelain with refired luster paint makes me understand the time and love you put into it that much more. Thank you so much, Caroline!

  3. I adore your charm, it’s so beautiful. I think there is a special innocence to it with the unglazed clay, great thinking, as it certainly calls a child’s had to mind.

  4. I love the clean lines and simplicity. It’s absolutely stunning. And perfect. I’m so glad you decided to participate and help raise funds for Beads of Courage!

  5. I love your charm, I’m so lucky to own one. The idea and the feelings behind make them even more beautiful!

  6. The minute I saw them, your charms really struck a chord for me – because that is one of the major facets of love for me – offering one’s heart fearlessly in an open hand. Thank you for putting it into tangible form – I love them!

  7. I want one! I love how it reminds me of milagros. The bidding war is getting crazy so you must be so happy with your design and how it moves people.

  8. Such a sweet innocent design, gives a special meaning to the “Love” theme. I would love to have one of your charms but I will have to bid to get one!

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