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Creative Charms

19 Feb

Club Creative Studio Resin Charms

My creative friends that I refer to as members of the CRAFTease Crew have gathered once again to create a collaborative item with creative charms.  You may recall the blog that highlighted this group effort of creating individual charms and exchanging them with others for a charm bracelet. The December theme was The Twelve Days of Christmas.

After that pleasing experience and fun results, we decided to gather again and make and exchange more creative charms. This time we all decided to work with resin and the theme was going celebrate  Saint Valentine’s Day.  Once again we gathered for the exchange of our charms and we ended up with another memorable item.  I love the charms we created.

NC CRAFTease Crew 2012

Mixed resin poured into mini square molds.

Small items are arranged into the mold and resin is added to cover items and cure for twelve hours.

We make a mess but, it is all for the love of creativity. There is a reason.

Our great collection of completed charms! Ready to exchange!

When creativity flourishes, we get the excitement and confidence to continue on with a technique, or try something new. The NC CRAFTease Crew will be meeting again soon and I will be sharing an artful technique at our next gathering. I look forward to showing my craft-loving friends how I create in a fun medium.  Who knows what will come next? What is important is the expression of art and learning new techniques from someone who has knowledge to share.

Finished necklace with completed charms.

We have combined the charms in bracelets and necklaces.

12 Days of Creativity

4 Jan

Holiday bracelet made from several collaborating friends.

 This post brings to light a fun idea that can be transferred to any holiday celebration or life event with a theme in mind, and a few supplies. This post also fits into the TNT (this-n-that) theme. Being creative might be easy for some yet for others it may seem to take extra effort. No matter if creativity is instant or requires planning, it can be…shared.  Sharing creativity gives you an opportunity to use your skills and display your talents.

This post highlights the efforts of many creative persons. This time, the focus is on a group of persons and a special project.  I’d like to reflect on a recent holiday project that was based on the Christmas carol song: The Twelve Days of Christmas. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a cumulative song, meaning that each verse is built on top of the previous verses.  There are twelve verses, each describing a gift given by “my true love” on one of the twelve days of Christmas.

Using this song as inspiration, a group of nearly twelve members created hand-made charms, then gathered for the “big reveal” which included sharing the creative process and exchanging their charms within the group so that each walked away with a unique jewelry keepsake. Some group members collected their charms for a bracelet. I incorporated my charms into a necklace. The group agreed that this experience was worth repeating and they enjoyed the learning process as much as the expression of creativity.

Some group members collected their charms for a bracelet. I incorporated my charms into a necklace.

If you recall from the popular song, the first verse runs: on the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a partridge in a pear tree and on the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…two turtle doves.  Other mentions in the song and items included symbolically in the project are three french hens (ooh la-la), four calling birds (on cell phones of course), five golden rings, six geese-a-laying (comfortably on a pillow), seven swans-a-swimming , eight maids a milking (got milk?), nine ladies dancing, ten lords-a-leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers drumming.

Gail happily organized twelve friends who agreed to share their skills and talents and come together to make and exchange their art projects.  Today’s blog celebrates the creativeness of her group of friends.  They held an initial meeting to brainstorm and decide on how they would start.  The assignment was for each person to make twelve separate items all with the same likeness and theme based on the number picked that corresponded to the same numbers in the Christmas carol song: The Twelve Days of Christmas.  The deadline was set and each member of the group went home ready to create their twelve items and return to share them. With all of the charms collected we were then free to add them to a bracelet and create our group project.  We collected one work of art charm from each person.

Our final products from the group project.

Contributors in this artistic product were: Marki, Annette, Bri, Amanda, Donna, Melissa, Gayle, Chris, MellaDee, and myself.  We shared time and talent, creating a meaningful item that will surely hold memories as well as appreciation for the creative process. We are now planning to get together to complete a Valentine theme bracelet.  I feel another blog coming from that experience too for sure!

To end this post, I’d like to share the idea that you may want to consider.  Make your favorite bracelet serve you well with a double duty.  Add an interesting dash of bling to your purse or bag with a closely related length of your bracelet size.  Attach it to the top of the rim on both sides of your purse for a fun twist of fashion, and show off your creation!

Consider this double-duty idea for your bracelet.

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