I am excited to finally reveal the charms I made for Jen Cameron’s Art Charm Exchange. The theme this year was Fairytales. My charms were inspired by the story of the Frog Prince.
On one side there is a simple little frog on a lily pad, but on the other side…
…there are hidden gems. The shining nuggets represent the princess’s bauble and also the more valuable prince concealed within the frog.
In the story, the princess was only interested in getting her bauble back and made promises that she had no intention of keeping. But by completing her obligation, however reluctantly, she was rewarded (if we assume that marrying a prince is a reward). Perhaps if she had been less focussed on her bauble it would have occurred to her that there is more to a talking frog than meets the eye. If so she may have acted in a more princessly way.
Remember that you shouldn’t let the pursuit of baubles blind you to the wondrous things that you already have (like perhaps a talking frog).
I made the charms from polymer clay and small glass nuggets. I sculpted every frog (and leaf) by hand so they are each unique.
And teeny tiny!
I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone else has made.
Catherine van Alphen
Terri Del Signore
If you would like to have a charm for yourself, check out the auction (which will be starting soon) where your bids will help raise money for Beads of Courage.
Absolutely delightful in every way. Made my day. Thank you.
These are just so wonderful! I’m in love with the tiny frogs. 🙂
I love tiny frogs! I hope next spring we’ll get some real ones in our pond.
Jennifer Cameron said:
I was completely blown away by the tiny size and intricate detail. I would totally chase this bauble… Thanks for participating again!
LOL, but a talking from would be REALLY cool!
Kathy Lindemer said:
I love your tiny frog and leaf. Well done!
Wow, so cool Cate. Another charm I may have to bid on come auction time…
I’m really looking forward to the auction!
I was lucky enough to receive one of your charms, and I was definitely charmed! I was amazed at the tiny little frog –a beautiful design 🙂
Glad he found a good home. 🙂
A. Marie said:
Oh my! That’s so gorgeous! I have no idea how you could sculpt that small. The bauble on back is so colorful, the frog looks like the little ones that sing at night here, and your attention to detail with the story… just incredible. Keep spreading love with your amazing talent!
I remember finding tiny frogs like that when I was a child.
These charms are just amazing, and I’m so happy I received one in the exchange. That tiny frog is so very adorable 🙂
Thanks. I think it’s nearly time to make a few more little frogs.
Lori Anderson said:
Thanks for the story. Zack loved this but I couldn’t remember why the gem under the pad. Needless to say a favorite! Hugely creative.
It’s more a symbol of the golden bauble that the princess dropped into the water and which the frog retrieved for her.
Shaiha Williams said:
These are so cute! I can’t wait until the auction because I definitely want my own talking frog.
Good to hear. Happy bidding. 😉
OK – so much fun! So true to the tale, and adorable, and I love that they are two sided. Mystery adn surprise!
Terri Del Signore said:
The tiny frog is just adorable!! So glad I got one of your special charms!
I was lucky enough to receive one of your charms and it’s gorgeous!
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