November 12, 2012

Art Charm Exchage Reveal

 And finally it's time for the reveal of the ART CHARM BLOG HOP, hosted by Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions. 

  The idea of the blog hop was to make some art charms to swap with other participants, more exactly the ones within your group of 10 people, and to make one extra art bead to be auctioned to benefit Beads of Courage. The theme was laughter.

 Thinking about laughter there are several things that put a smile on my face, like my kids, a good joke, a sunny day, a delicious cake ... and many more. This was the easier part of the project. The most difficult part was transforming any of these concepts in a small art object.

  From the beginning I knew I would use polymer clay, as it's the medium I'm most familiar with. And I knew I would use the colours that make me happy - red, orange, yellow, and some pearl and white for a better contrast, to make them more vibrant.

  Keeping the bunches of clay in my hands and playing with them at a certain moment associated me with a clown. That's it! Clowns make kids and adults laugh! Not wanting to make a reproduction of clown heads, I remembered the technique called "Natasha Beads" and it seemed just perfect.

  A little of abracadabra and here are my art beads - I've called them Clowny beads:   


  Let me introduce the most important fact of this blog hop, now. If you would like to become the owner of an art bead of any of the participants in this blog hop (the whole list at the bottom) and at the same time donate for the BEADS OF COURAGE, a program designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness - the auction starts today (November 12, 2012) around 3pm eastern standard time here:

  The participants from my group
(Their charms are already in my hands and I love all of them. Can't wait to read the stories behind them :-). I'll treasure them for now, but in the future they will probably find a place in a very special piece of jewellery):

Alenka Obid <-- that's me

Carol Watson

Cassi Paslick
Cheri Reed

Deb Kauzlarich

Erin Prais-Hintz

Jennifer Cameron

Kristi Bowman

Melissa Meman

Shannon Hicks

  And all the other participants
(I'm sure I'll visit all their blogs - I'm so curious what have they made):

Alicia Marinache

Babette Cox

Carolyn Chenault

Charlene Jacka

Cheryl McCloud

Denielle Hagerman

Emma Todd

Ginger Bishop

Inge vonRoos

Jean Peter

Jeannie K Dukic

Kia Dallons

Kimberly Roberts

Lea Avroch

Leslie Schenkel

Linda Florian

Lori Greenberg

Lynnea Bennett

Mallory Hoffman

Marcy Lamberson

Marsha Neal Studio

Maureen Connolly

Monique Urquhart

Natalie McKenna

Perri Jackson

Renetha Stanziano

Robin Koza

Shaiha Williams

Shelby Foxwell

Shelley Graham Turner

Shirley Moore

Stephanie Haussler

Susan Kennedy

Toltec Jewels

Vanessa Gilkes

  Happy hoping and auctioning!



Denielle said...

Ooh, trippy! I love these beads :)

Alicia said...

OMG, Alenka - so happy and bright and just perfect! Love them!

Shirley Moore said...

You certainly captured the bright and happy feeling! I love the swirling design and the shape. Beautiful!!

Jean said...

Wonderful beads!! Love the color, and yes they make me smile!

TesoriTrovati said...

I love your bead! It is one of my favorites. The colors are great and each side is a little different with a funny face. And what a treat to have something from your hands from so far away! Enjoy the day. Erin

Shaiha said...

I just love the colors in those beads! They are so bright and happy.

A Half-Baked Notion said...

Alenka I love your idea; what is best is that in the Natasha beads everyone sees something unique, so our imagination is in play!

Jami aka DaMamaShipp said...

Beautiful clowny beads! I love even more what you and these other artisans have done to further a wonderful cause - BRAVO!

mrs beadsley said...

oh how fun are these! love the colors!

Shelby Foxwell said...

Gorgeous! Bright and cheery colors!

rosebud101 said...

Alenka, I love your beads!! They remind me of fire!!!

Kia Dallons said...

Wow! Really neat patterning on those beads! Well done!

Cheryl McCloud said...

Love your charms. The colors are wonderful!!

A Polymer Penchant said...

beautifully done Natasha beads!I knew you would use a bright cheery orange!

Lea Avroch said...

these are amazing! so bright & cheery!

Ginger Bishop said...

Well, I love your clowny beads! Very clever.

Perri said...

Alenka, your beads have tantalized me since day one of the Swap - Thank you for making them!