Beads of Courage Guidelines

Beads of Courage

Woodworker Guidelines

Beads of Courage has had an increase in interest from the generous wood artist kind enough to donate their lidded bowls and boxes to our Beads of Courage members.  With our Beads of Courage program growing exponentially, there is an even greater need for wooden boxes. Children and young adults are finding strength in a whole new way be receiving handcrafted, beautiful boxes. The gift of having a safe place to keep hard earned Beads of Courage can bring a sense of comfort to the heart and is a beautiful way to honor the strength and courage of children battling serious illness.
Bead Bowls/Boxes Guidelines:

  • Beads of Courage members may receive thousands of beads. It is desirable for your boxes to hold them all. As a result, turned or rectangular lidded boxes need to be large. Larger is better! Recommended interior dimensions for turned boxes are 6” diameter (5” minimum), 5” height (4” minimum). Recommended interior dimensions for flat-work boxes are 4” x 6” x 4”.
  • Box bases should be wide enough so the box is stable and does not tip over easily. Lids for Beads of Courage boxes should be easy for small children to remove or lift. Any finials should be easy for a small child to grasp and not too elaborate so they don’t bread. Avoid excessively elaborate designs that may easily break or be damaged; remember hospital rooms have limited storage space.
  • Finishing of boxes is extremely important! Beads of Courage members who receive these boxes are susceptible to gems/infections/mold. Bowls that have not been properly sealed can harbor mold. Please take the time to ensure that you are using a safe finishing process that does not contain toxic materials. Also do not use finishes like linseed oil that take a long time to outgas.
  • All kinds of wood are beautiful! Please refrain from painting Beads of Courage boxes. Instead highlight the beauty of the wood with clear varnish, a stain, and/or burning.
  • If possible, please purchase the Woodturner Donation Incentive Package. The package includes personalized Woodworker Artist cards and individual Beads of Courage ceramic logo beads. Many woodworkers like to use the Beads of Courage ceramic logo bead in their design. (20 beads for $25.00 with free shipping). If this is not possible, you can find a way to engrave, burn or letter “Beads of Courage” onto the lid or side of the box. Designed specifically for your donation, each logo bead purchased cones with a Woodworker Artist card that includes your personal signature. Ceramic logo beads can be purchased at – Artists – Information for Wood-turners.
  • It is nice if you can personalize your donation. Marking your name or initials, type(s) of wood, and the date on the box bottom is one way. It is also nice to include a personal note of encouragement, business card, etc. inside the box.

From: copied: 5/8/16