New Charm Swaps!

February 2014 Color Palette Charm Swap


The February 2014 Color Swap hosted by Art Charms Yahoo Group is featuring the above color palette for creating charms or dangles.  You must use only the colors on the palette and gold findings.  This swap is limited to  20 participants.  

Sign-ups are through February 1, 2014.  Finished charms are due to the hostess no later than March 1, 2014.  

Let’s Have a Tea Party!

I know some of you are dealing with the bitter cold of winter, so let’s all warm up and visit with a cup of tea. Think of all the fun we can share as we have a tea party with our charm swap.

Anything Tea Party related is welcome. Tea cups, Tea pots, tea bags, sweets with your tea. Any techniques, any materials. Silver findings.  

Sip a cup of your favorite tea as you do this fun swap!

Make 10 and get 10 back. You can sign up for more than one set, but your second set must be different from the first set.

Sign up by February 1. Charms are due by March 1, 2014.


IMPORTANT LINKS for these two swaps . . . 

  • Full informaton:  Art Charms Yahoo Group in the "Files/Open Swaps" menu, or here.
  • For Sign-ups:  Go to the "Database" menu, or here.  



Come join us at Art Charms!

Happy New Year!

We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.  
The book is called opportunity,
and it's first chapter is New Year's Day.

~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce


A "Charming" Christmas Gift for Me!

I love charms!  I have loved them all my life.  When I was a kid, gumball machines often had plastic charms in them to attract more customers.  Not only would you get a piece of gum for a penny (yes, a penny), but if you were lucky, you might get a gumball charm as well.  I loved getting the charms and wished I still had some of them.  

I was admiring this charm bracelet made by Ivy Hagedorn (Tarnished Charm) at a recent antique show.  It has all kinds and colors of the gumball charms on it.  My daughter surprised me with it for a Chrismas gift.  I just love it.  


Some interesting info . . . 
"History:  The plastic charms from Japan were made beginning in the early 1920s. They were made in the city of Kobe and are often referred to as Kobe charms. Not only were they the early favorite to be placed in gumball machines, they were also found on cigar boxes and sewn on clothing for decoration. The Kobe charms made from the 1920s until the beginning of World War II are considered to be very collectible. In the 1950s celluloid was considered to be dangerous because of its flammable nature and its use in the charms was discontinued.

Vanilla Charms.  The earliest charms were a simple white or transparent plastic. These are known as the 'vanilla' charms and came in the shape of cars, animals, flowers and all manner of every day objects. Charms were also fashioned to resemble sports figures of that era."

Christmas Art Charms


Christmas charms created using sheets of Mica.  Images are from Graphic 45 Christmas collections.  


These are my charms for the Christmas Memories Charm Swap hosted by Art Charms Yahoo Group. The images are from a Dover collection I have of Vintage Christmas, and mounted on metal stamping blanks.


New Charm Swap: January 2014 Color Palette Charm Swap



The January 2014 Color Swap hosted by Art Charms Yahoo Group is featuring the above color palette for creating charms or dangles for this swap.  You must use only the colors on the respective palette and silver findings.  Charms are to be less than 1/5", including the jump ring.  This swap is limited to 20 participants.  

Sign-ups are through January 2, 2014.  Finished charms are due to hostess no later than February 1, 2014.

IMPORTANT LINKS for this swap . . . 

  • Full Informaton:  Art Charms Yahoo Group in the "Files/Open Swaps" menu, or here.  
  • For Sign-ups:  Go to the "Database" menu, or here.  


Come join us at Art Charms!
Art Charms Yahoo Group
Art Charms Facebook Group
Art Charms on Pinterest

New Charm Swaps: 2014 Valentines Day


Will You Be My Valentine? Charm Swap (hosted by Art Charms Yahoo Group)
Remember how much fun it was to make and give Valentines when you were a kid? That was one of my favorite times of the year.  How about you? Let’s do it again, and make our valentines into charms! 

  • Keeping with a Valentine theme, you may use any materials to make your charms.  If you are making dangles, your charm must include a heart bead. Manufactured charms are fine as long as they are altered in some way.  
  • This swap will be in groups of 10.  Make 10 charms—get 10 charms back.  You may sign up for as many sets as you like, but each set of charms must be different.  
  • Traditional Valentine colors such as red, pink, white, cream, etc. are preferred--color findings are gold.  
  • Your charms may be up to 2” high, including the jump ring.  You may wish to stay with the standard size of 1 ½” for a charm bracelet—as well as some may prefer making a few charms up to 2”.  The longer charms are great to slip on a chain and wear as a pendant.  Or you may wish to join the “Charming” Love Banner Swap and display your charms on your finished banner. 
  • Sign-ups through December 20, 2013.  Finished charms are due to me no later than January 25, 2014.
IMPORTANT LINKS for this swap . . . 
  • Full Information: Art Charms Yahoo Group in theFILES/OPEN SWAPS” menu, or here
  • For Sign-ups: Go to theDATABASE” menu, or here.

"Charming" Love Banner Swap.  
Let’s make a “Charming” Love Banner with a pennant swap!  You will be able to create a banner from the pennants you receive.  It will be something you can display year after year, and a super way to display your Valentine charms!
  • You will make 6 pennants.  You may sign up for a second set, but your second set of 6 will need to be different.
  • The theme is “Love” or “Valentine’s Day”, so keep that it mind when decorating your pennants.  I suggest using traditional Valentine colors such as white, cream, pink, red, etc. as the main colors.
  • Make your pennants sturdy.  Suggested materials:  Chipboard, fabric, canvas, felt, grunge paper or grunge board.  Choose the materials you like to work with best. 
  • Your pennants are to be no more than 4” tall.  Please be sure to read and print the document I have provided in the folder “Open Files”(link provided below).  I have provided patterns for making your pennants. 
  • Sign-ups through December 20, 2013.  Finished pennants are due to me no later than January 25, 2014.  If you signed up for the “Be My Valentine Charm Swap” you may mail them together.
IMPORTANT LINKS for this swap . . .
  • Full Information: Art Charms Yahoo Group in the “FILES/OPEN SWAPS” menu, or here
  • For Sign-ups: Go to the “DATABASE” menu, or here.



Come join us at Art Charms!
Art Charms Yahoo Group
Art Charms Facebook Group
Art Charms on Pinterest


Winter Night's Sky Charm Swap

These are my charms for the Winter Night's Sky charm swap hosted by Art Charms Yahoo Group . . .



Can't wait to see what everyone else does!  

New Charm Swap: Winter's Night Sky


Winter's Night Sky (hosted by Art Charms Yahoo Group)
Look up into the dark clear night sky and think of all the charms hiding there--stars, the moon, maybe a few clouds, and of course, some angels.  Now lets create some of those charms!

You can make charms or dangles.  Manufactdured charms or beads are okay, but they must be altered in some way and must fit the night sky theme.  Colors must be clear crystal and silver, with silver findings.  Any materials are welcome.  Charms may be up to 1 1/2", including jump ring.

This swap is in groups of 10.  You can sign up for more than one set, but your second set must be different from the first.  

SIGN-UPS until November 15, 2013
FINISHED CHARMS due to hostess December 15, 2013

Complete Info here


Come join us!  


Christmas Charm Swaps

Christmas charm swaps are one of my favorites.  Currently there are two posted that will be a lot of fun! They both close for sign-ups November 1, so if you are interested, see links below.  

"Childhood Memories of Christmas" Charm Swap. Make a charm reminding you of your favorite decoration, Christmas ornament, a special gift you received, or favorite food--anything that is reminescent of a childhood memory.  (These charms should be no longer than 1.5" including jump ring, and require using silver findings)  See full details here, and sign-up for this swap here.

"Christmas Ornament" Charm Swap.  What a fun way to have some very special one-of-a-kind ornaments for your tree--or to give away.  Think snowflakes, snowmen, santas, gingerbread men--or whatever comes to mind.  (They can be up to 3" in length and you can use any medium, and any color findings)  See full details here, and sign-up for this swap here.


This beautiful bracelet was made by Peggy Krzyzewski.  If you love making art charms and connecting with other art charm artists, I invite you to join me on the Art Charms Yahoo Group here and on our Art Charms Group on Facebook here.

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