Mother of Sorrows Pearl & Vintage Lace Tin Shrine Ornament
Black and white image of Mater Dolorosa in Monte Calvario is in a hand-hammered tinplate frame embellished with antique-gold glaze, red satin ribbon, and vintage fabric and lace of mixed materials. Hand-lettered Latin inscription on ribbon reads Ora Pro Nobis (pray for us), and bottom edge is adorned with red glass heart beads and a pearl.
This handmade ornament is intended to evoke the Blessed Mother's elegance and grace but without removing all the rough edges and scuff marks that are part of this icon's history and that characterize the fabric of her devotees' genuine lived lives.
From reclaimed post-consumer tinplate, I hand-cut, hammered, and shaped the frame and its accordion-folded corona to encase this tiny print reproduction of the icon. A bit of 24K gold glaze plays against existing scuff and rust marks, giving them a subtle sheen but also protecting the piece from further rust.
After filing and sanding sharp corners and edges, I embellished it from my stash of vintage and reclaimed fabrics, metals, beads, and trims to convey elegant imperfection, using reclaimed post-consumer metals, lace and ribbon scraps, vintage fabrics, and complementary beads.
Tinplate body is 4" high by 2.75" wide. With the cord at its current length measuring to the bottom of the pearl's wire while hanging, entire piece is 7" long. Measured to bottom of longest ribbon, it's 8".
While this and all my tinplate work is filed/sanded carefully to remove sharp protrusions and corners, you should still keep in mind what it's made of and thus keep it away from children or pets.
Folks use these as altar or household art, Christmas tree ornaments, gifts, and sometimes even jewelry. I love to do custom work, so message me if you have an idea for a variation you'd like to see.
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