Monday, November 12, 2012

Charmed, I'm Sure!

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Welcome to my staging area for the 2012 Art Charm Swap. What is an art charm, you ask? A charm that has been either created or altered by the designer; by their nature most are one-of-a-kind, miniature works of art. 

I have made my charms with my favourite creative medium: polymer clay. 

On the left is a multicolour cane of swirled Kato (I used the standard colours, something I seldom do, but I wanted the impact of the intense primaries in this case). At right are the baked slices. Each is unique!

On the back of each baked disc I then added a cute pink heart with some text:

Each charm was baked, sanded and buffed at every stage. Next came the fronts, in two further steps, the base (arms) of the sun was formed and added to the disc, and detailed. Lastly the face was carefully made using only basic etching and pearling tools. Custom-tinted glaze was applied as a final finish. I think I'll call him "Sunny".

Each of these cousins is a unique item. The jump-rings are niobium in a rainbow of colours!

I hope my loving, laughing suns will bring some cheer wherever they have travelled! Now please do check these other artists and find some unique charmers that speak to you. Then, starting at 3:00 pm EST, click here for Jennifer's charm auction for "Beads of Courage", a fantastic program helping seriously ill children to bravely face difficult challenges!

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
Kristy Bowman
Lea Avroch
Leslie Schenkel
Linda Florian
Lori Greenberg
Lynnea Bennett
Mallory Hoffman
Marcy Lamberson
Marsha Neal Studio
Maureen Connolly
Melissa Meman
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


  1. Lovin' Sunny!!! These are so cheerful and CUTE!!!

  2. So cute, and the nose on that sun... That made me laugh!! Love them.

  3. Super cute! I love the laughing face! Enjoy the day. Erin

  4. I just love those! Using the multi-colored disks as a background to the sun works so well, and honestly I just love how you did the nose of the sun :-)

  5. These are fabulous! So much joy! <3

  6. Gosh Monique those are adorable!! Love the little smiling sun. That will make the day of everyone who receives one!

  7. I love your funny sun faces. What fun!

  8. oh I love these little guys - the nose makes me giggle!

  9. I was lucky enough to get one of your charms and I do have to say that the pictures just don't do them justice! They are so bright and happy!

  10. Monique! You did a great job with your charms!!! Wish we had been in the same group!!! Love them!!!

  11. Happy sunny faces, great charms!

  12. These are utterly delightful.

  13. OMG, Monique - these are so perfect and beautiful! I love the happy sunny faces (as a Canadian I also respect and understand the need and love for warm, sunny moments!) - I just can't stop smiling! Which proves they do their job perfectly :)

  14. So adorable!! Puts a smile on my face!

  15. These are so cute! Love their happy nature and bright colors, perfect to brighten any ones day.

  16. I loved this charm! A bit of sun, a bit of clown, a lot of smiles....the nose is what got me.....Thank you!!!


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