Look at all the lovely charms I received in the mail this week! These are from the "feather your nest" swap and each one is a treasure! It's obvious how much time and care went into the making of them. (Click on the picture to see a close-up view). It's a nice coincidence that so many people used similar shades of blue, because a bracelet will look so much more cohesive. I may combine them with the charms I received in the Spring swap; they'd probably look great together.
Meanwhile I've been kind of drifting a little aimlessly lately, when it comes to art. I've been playing around with various materials and ideas and trying to complete something - anything! I pulled out an aqua bracelet that I put together late last summer and decided to vamp it up a bit with some crystals and glass beads I picked up recently. I also added some copper charms - the seahorse on the right and the sun which is slighltly right of the center. It looks fuller and richer, but not so crazy overdone that you can't see individual charms. I'll be adding it to my Etsy shop soon.
It occurred to me recently that one of the reasons I like playing with these charms so much and combining them into a piece of jewelry, is that it's so similar to a collage. There are lots of elements made with a variety of materials and each one is a clue about a theme or about something the artist might be trying to say. In this case, the colors, shapes, and materials all relate to the sea. In addition to the seahorse, there are seashells, a glass fish, pearls, and round glass beads resembling bubbles. It would make a great beach vacation souvinir!