One of the popular extracurricular activities at Creative University is the charm swap. It’s been a tradition at CU every year (except one, when I thought I’d leave it off the activities and we were all sorry).
You may remember this post with my mushrooms in a bottle. Well, guess what I made them for?
Yep. Charm swap.
The swap goes like this…. each participant creates 10 “creative charms.” These can be anything that isn’t just “off the shelf”, they must be altered or created. Clay, glass, resin, beads, even paper make their way into these miniature pieces of art.
In addition to the creative charm, the participants also make a small “filler” charm. This is easy-peasy, just a few beads or purchased item, helps fill out the final jewelry piece.
The theme this year was “Woodland Fairies” and the colors were purple, green, blue and mixed metals of copper, gold, gunmetal – but no silver.
The swaps were turned into the “Charm Fairies” who worked their magic and redistributed the mixed swaps back to each participant. It was like Christmas morning getting our swap bags back!
There are so many fun things to do with your charms. You can obviously put them onto a chain for a bracelet or necklace. You can add them to cards or pages for embellishments. You can add one or two to a ribbon for a bookmark, attach one to your keychain, or use them to decorate an altered art project.
I haven’t decided what I am going to do with mine, but it will be fabulous. You can count on it.
2011 Charm swap, Under the Sea theme.
Photo by Melody Pugh.