Virgin Mary Queen of Heaven Tin and Lace Shrine Ornament
Black and white image of Mary as the Queen of Heaven is in a hand-hammered tinplate frame embellished with antique-gold glaze, scarlet silk ribbon, and handmade fabric lace. Bottom edge is adorned with glass and crystal beads.
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 vintage holy card. 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 about 3.25" high by 1" wide. Measuring from the top of the corona to the bottom of the longest strand of beads, entire piece is 4.25" long.
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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