A beautiful Italian vintage holy card of St Anthony and the baby Jesus -
you can recognize the style and colouring of this Italian image -
set between two pieces of glass and soldered with lead free silver solder.
On the back of the image I placed a piece from a vintage Bible
and on top of that I cut out a piece of the Litany of St Anthony and
I also included his holy medal - all of this edged with vintage rickrack trim.
On top of the small shadowbox I added a piece of vintage enameled jewellery of flowers - these complement the colouring of the holy card and the lilies and roses.
The altar is suspended from an unusual double sided rosary connector.
The beaded necklace contains fresh water pearls, pink pearls to match the colouring ofthe card,
swarovski crystal, a piece of a rosary which I brought back from Saintes Maries de la Mer,
auroraborealis beads and many sterling silver findings and crystal rondelle.
The necklace also includes very old miniature rosary pieces that I found at an auction.
Underneath the altar hangs a beautiful rosy cross, a miniature blue enamel medal of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a tiny blue enamel Miraculous Medal that I brought back from Lourdes and one of the very small rosary connectors that I also used in the necklace.
part of a rosary that I brought back from
Saintes Maries de la Mer
tiny Our Father beads found at an auction
Every wearable altar, shrine and pendant carries the signature of the artisan (me)
engraved on a sterling silver leaf, or on the back of a sterling silver hand cast icon,
hanging on the necklace.
Each one of my pendants, shrines, paintings and other sacred art are first infused
with a mixture of holy water which includes holy water from Lourdes and
water from the grotto of Archangel Michael in Monte Sant'Angelo,
and then infused with holy relic oil of more than 53 Saints & pure essential oils.
A mixture of one hundred oils are used, including frankincense, myrrh, spikenard, agarwood and rose. It is also immersed in blessed pink dead sea salts,
infused with rose petals steeped in holy oil of a third relic of
St Therese of Lisieux and it is packaged with blessed salts, frankincense and sprinkled with holy water collected form many sacred places in the world.
So it becomes sort of holy object to be handled with reverence and care.