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I am an artist, I twist wire,string beads, glue stuff & am generally 'artsy'. I have recently started an artist's blog where I will show works as they progress.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

International Charm Day is Here!

















Charm bracelets.... as a child I envied my Mama Jayne's. I loved the sound, & all the tiny little treasures.I wanted one of my own, but only got the costume jewelry ones, you know the ones, they always had a ballerina in the middle whose head was a pearl.It never ended well w/ those. I always managed to twist the head off making her twirl. In my 20's I shopped a local flea market that had booth w/ coins & silver charms. Cigar boxes full of charms from gutted bracelets of yesterday. I still didn't have my bracelet though, so the charms stayed in the cigar boxes. Finally one Christmas I got my bracelet! Suddenly everyone I knew was going someplace where they would bring me back charms. I even got several doubles from 2 different European travelers. I went crazy @ the flea market. Soon my bracelet was full, overloaded even. I found another chain & restrung my single bracelet into 2. I did it right ,sterling split rings & a sort of organization between them, (romance & travel, in case you were wondering).I think because I wanted a charm bracelet for so long, I make them. Years ago, after a reunion w/ a friend I hadn't seen in too long, bracelets were made to observe the occasion. I made charms for both of us,not always matching but complimentary, & strung them w/ a beaded bracelet. I continue to make bracelets like this, as well as the more traditional charm from chain style

I have made 4 charms for giveaways. A gemstone pentacle, hearts,green dangles & black dangles. Please indicate your choice in the order you desire them. I will pick four winners from the comments~first chosen will get their first choice, second will get their choice(as available) & so on.I will pick the winner Friday morning. If you mention this giveaway on your blog I will enter you a second time. Good Luck & thanks for reading!

11 comments:

  1. ooooo.lovely! i like the one with the red heart. i am having a giveaway too....

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  2. wow !! beautiful !! I love the black dangles

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  3. Beautiful!
    My choices
    1 green dangles
    2 black dangles
    3 gemstone pentacle
    4 heart
    Thanks! for hosting a giveaway.

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  4. I enjoyed reading your story. I too collect old charm bracelets and love to make my own charms, although I haven't had time for either lately.

    I would love to be considered in this drawing, my favorite is the one with the red heart but they are all great!

    Until later,
    Judy N

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  5. great charms, they would all be a wonderful addition to any bracelet, j queendragonfairie at yahoo.com

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  6. I hope I am not too late! I would love
    the 1 gemstone pentacle
    2 green dangles
    3 black dangles
    4 heart

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  7. Very cool!

    Don't forget to email me about the Bead Soup Party!

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  8. Love the black and red charm and the finished black and red bracelet. Nice work!
    quilts22 at msn dot com

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  9. Hello, I enjoyed your post about your charm bracelet and your love of charms!! I am the same way:)
    Pretty Charms...
    1.Pentacle
    2.Black Dangle
    3.Hearts
    4.Green Dangle

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  10. I liked your post. It really resonated with me that you wanted a charm bracelet so long that it's why you make them now. I think that's why I make them, too. I've been in lots of swaps, and even wrote a book about making your own ArtCharms.
    Peggy

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  11. Hi Boot-C .I like the red and black, then the greens, well there all Lovely, thanks for entering my giveaway!
    Lynn

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Thanks for reading & thank you even more for your comments!