2014 Art Charm Swap and Beads of Courage Benefit Auction Sign-Ups

 

It's that time of year again! Time for the annual art charm exchange. I've sprinkled this post with photos of some of last year's charms to give you an idea of the amazing charms that come in each year. But you can also view most of the charms in the 2013 Flickr Album and even go back to see the charms from 2012

I know everyone is excited, but PLEASE READ EVERY SINGLE SENTENCE OF THIS POST! There is LOTS of info and it is VERY IMPORTANT you understand what you are signing up for. I am currently taking 7 credit hours at the local university, running a business and home, and tending my family. I prefer to not have to chase people down or answer questions that are covered here. Of course I am available to answer questions, but may be slower to get to them this time around. 

Here we go! Are you ready?

-To participate in the charm swap, you must be willing to make 10 charms +1 (total of 11 charms). You will receive one of your charms back, plus 9. 

-The extra charm (the +1) will be auctioned off to benefit Beads of Courage. The last swap we donated $1500 to BoC through our ebay auction. 

-The theme for 2014 charm swap is "Soar." How you make your charm fit into this theme is up to you. 

 

Other important guidelines:

-only submit ART CHARMS. What does this mean? Well, it means you have, in some way, created the charm through some type of manipulation. Example: using hand crafted art beads, seed beading, intricate wire wrapping.  It does NOT mean you add a jump ring to a purchased charm or do a simple wire wrapped loop onto a craft store bead and call it done. If you need further clarification, you may contact me. 

-only submit your BEST work, something you would be proud to show the world and your fellow artists. 

-Make sure charms are non-toxic, safe to wear, able to get wet occasionally (for those who will use them for bracelets), are durable, and do not smell bad (smoke, fumes, rotting...)

-no sharp wire ends or other things which can poke and hurt people.

-no organic bits like bone, feathers, etc. UNLESS they have been sealed well or burned off (like in a kiln or torch). 

-make sure you can meet deadlines before signing up! I will return charms that arrive late. 

-all charms need to be in my hands by October 20th. No exceptions. 

-You must have a blog. 

-Charm reveal blog hop and start of charm auction is November 14th. 

-Auctions for the charms will begin the same day as the blog hop. 

Important!!! How to Sign Up:

-read the above guidelines first. Make sure you understand them before you read any further. 

-Sign-ups close September 10th.

-Paying for the return shipment of your charms in advance secures your place in the swap. The limit is 60 slots. 

-If you want to swap more than 10 charms, you will need to sign up twice. The extra shipping will be refunded once I have all 22 charms in my possession and ship your charms to you.

-Two slots (for a total of 22 charms) is the maximum number you may sign up for. 

-Below is a "Buy Now" button to pay with a credit card through Paypal. You do NOT need a Paypal account to check out. From the drop down menu immediately above the Buy Now button, select either United States ($8) or International ($12) based on your location. 

-In the "notes to seller" space, please include your name (because some Paypal accounts only have the business name and it gets confusing) AND the email where you want all correspondance about the swap to go AND your blog link.  

-Once I receive payment, I will email you to confirm all info and send you a link to the private Facebook group for the swap. If you do not hear from me within 48 hours of signing up, email me at: jennifer . glassaddictions @ gmail.com (remove spaces) so I can make sure I got your payment. 

-The Facebook group is pretty important as it contains all the documents with even more specifics...like size restrictions, how to ship them to me, etc. However, if you do not have a Facebook account and don't want a Facebook account, I can email you the info. You need to tell me asap so I can send you the documents in an email. 

-If you want to participate in the auction, but not the swap, email me! There are several charms we auctioned off last year from people who didn't do the exchange portion of this event and raised lots of money. 

*Please note....I will look at your blogs and probably your social media links when you sign up. If I see evidence of racism, bigotry, or other forms of hate, I will refund your money and open your spot to someone else. You are free to believe and say whatever you want. However, I will not allow this event to help promote hate. In addition, if I see lack of evidence that you actually make any type of jewelry or beads, I reserve the right to refund your money and open the spot to someone else.*

-This swap IS open to those outside the United States.....just be prepared to send your charms EARLY!  

-Select United States or International:

US or International

 

If you aren't interested in any way, shape, or form in the charm swap, donating charms to be auctioned, or later bidding on charms, but would still like to help Beads of Courage, click this link to make a donation. 

Comments

Jude Boudreaux

Thank you all for supporting Beads of Courage! Our daughter has been in treatment for Leukemia for almost 2 years now, and she loves getting her new beads and stringing them to keep track of everything. The money you raise supports kids like her and so many others!

Renetha Stanziano

All signed up!

Alicia

Oh, I'm so glad I saw it just in time :)

Marianne Baxter

I am so glad I saw this in time

Melissa Trudinger

OK, last minute decision, but have signed up. Woohoo!

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