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.
Catherine van Alphen
Terri Del Signore