Monday, November 12, 2012

Laughter Art Bead Charm Swap & Auction

I recently participated in the Art Bead Charm Swap hosted by Jen Cameron, Glass Addictions.  Our theme was "laughter" and our challenge was to create a charm that went along with that theme.  We had to make a charm for each member of our group (in my group there were 11 beaders), plus one extra for an Ebay auction benefits going to Beads of Courage.  If you are not familiar with Beads of Courage, here is a link to their website: Beads of Courage.  They are a wonderful organization and we have donated beads before to the cause.  So without further delay, here is what we created:
 A flutter of batty bats!  Chris made the lampwork bats and I did the wire wrapping (I had to order more Swarovski jet 4mm bicones after this project!).  Why did we choose batty bats?  It was almost Halloween, and these cuties make me giggle.  They bring to mind a Loony Tune cartoon, which involved a vampire and Bugs Bunny.  The vampire would say Hocus Pocus to be in human form and Bugs Bunny would say Abracadabra and the vampire would be changed into bat form.  Each transformation came more quickly and by the end of the cartoon, the bat looked like it had flown into a wall (though after a review of it on YouTube, the vampire had a stone block dropped on it in bat form)!   Each batty bat charm was attached to one of our Pixybug Designs pendant cards (which we order from Dolphin Bead Designs) and a business card.  The whole batch was then sent on to Jen.  She had the monumental task of sorting, dividing, and mailing the charms back to the individuals in the groups.  This swap was open to international participants as well.

This was the batch of handmade charms I received:
I like the smiling mouth the best.  Appeals to my quirky side!
 The charms in their packaging:

So there you have the results!  Now if you would like to help out, Jen will be posting the auctions for the Art  Charms at :

Auction Site:

The auction will go live at 3pm Eastern time today on Ebay.  Please bid often to help raise money for the Beads of Courage!
Stop by the other artists' blogs to see what they made!  Here is the list! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to bid on the charms in the auction to support Beads of Courage!

Participant link list:

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

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 You are Here!!!

Susan Kennedy

Toltec Jewels

Vanessa Gilkes


Jean said...

WOW funny how Bats can bring a smile to your face!!

Marsha of Marsha Neal Studio said...

I love the charms you created!!! So wonderful! (My daughter had a bat in her room once a couple of summers ago. So I think I will make her something to tie into that story we tell her about the baby bat that really liked her room so much - decorated for fairies - that he wanted to move in there instead of out in the woods...). I can see her giddy little smile already :)

Pixybug Designs said...

Thanks Jean & Marsha! I love the kooky bead designs Chris & I think up, they are my favorite to work with! Great story Marsha and I love your charms too!

TesoriTrovati said...

HAHAHA! I LOVE that episode of Bugs Bunny! That brings back a happy memory. Thanks so much for sharing the story and the charms for the swap! Enjoy the day. Erin

Kia Dallons said...

I love bats! I wish I had received one of these in the swap. : ) Very cute!

Shirley Moore said...

Oh, those little guys are so cute! Way to go!!!

mrs beadsley said...

I LOVE my batty bat!!!!!

A Half-Baked Notion said...

Stephanie, your batty bats are da bomb! Who'd a thunk a bats could inspire mirth?

rosebud101 said...

Your charms are great!!!

Marcy Lamberson said...

Enjoyed this a lot! cute fellas!

Kepi said...

Super cute bats!

Cheryl McCloud said...

Fun charms. Great job!

Leslie Schenkel - Twisted Chicken Beads said...

ok -- very funny! betting they make everyone laugh!

Lea Avroch said...

These are adorable! Batty bats! Even the name makes me laugh! ;-)

Alicia said...

Very cute batty bats! I just received my package, haven't open it yet - but I probably have one batty bat in it :)

flowers said...

What a fun looking charm

Perri said...

How can you not laugh at googly-eyed flying things???? Great idea - lovingly executed!!!

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