Art Charm Swap

What fun! On Tuesday  I got a box in the mail with 10 wonderful, amazing, creative, unique, charms. They are so cool!

Jennifer Cameron started a challenge to make art charms. Each participant made 11 charms. 10 were to trade with other artists and the extra charm was sent to Jennifer to be auctioned off to benefit Beads of Courage. I made 11 of these charms:

I made them using sterling silver wire and dangles and my lampwork beads. The beads were made using dark purple and a combination of yellow beige and orange red enamels with Hades stringers.

Beads of Courage is an organization that is, according to their website, “designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path. Upon enrollment each child is given the Beads of Courage bead color guide with a detachable membership card. Their Beads of Courage journey begins when each child is first given a length of string and beads that spell out their first name. Then, colorful beads, each representing a different treatment milestone are given to the child by their professional health care provider to add to their Beads of Courage collection throughout their treatment as determined by the Beads of Courage Bead Guide” I have made beads for this organization many times and encourage you to bid on the auction for the charms. They will be auctioned at this site: Check Ginger Kelley Bishop’s blog for a very cute picture and information about a child involved in this program.

The following people took part in the swap:

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 von Roos

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



About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, Gay Massender, Kris Schaible, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. In September, 2016 I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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23 Responses to Art Charm Swap

  1. I love your charm Inge and this swap will benefit many. Thanks,

  2. Love your charm, thanks for being in my group!! 🙂

  3. Inge: Love the bright colors! Beautiful bead charm.

  4. What a lovely bunch of charms! Each is more unique than the last. And your bead is so pretty Miss Inge! Thanks for playing in the swap! Enjoy the day. Erin

  5. Alicia says:

    Inge, your charms are so bright and happy: wonderful job!

  6. Mallory says:

    Love your charms!!! You made a great one, too!!!

  7. Love your charm. great charm!

  8. Wonderful charms and gorgeous lampwork beads!

  9. Kia Dallons says:

    I received one of these, and I love your lampwork bead. Great use of color and design!

  10. Great charm — good work!

  11. Cheryl says:

    Wonderful charm. This was such a fun swap!

  12. Emma Todd says:

    Gorgeous lampwork as always!

  13. ingetraud says:

    Thank you very much. I enjoyed making them and participating. I hope the auction goes well.

  14. Ginger B. says:

    Thanks for the link to my blog! I love your little charm. I’ve put it on a dainty fine silver chain and plan to wear it as a pendant tomorrow.

  15. Lea Avroch says:

    Love your charm Inge! What fun!

  16. I so love all of the handmade beads in this swap – yours make me smile!

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