Thursday, May 24, 2018

Custom Butterfly Mezuzah

I have had the pleasure of working on a few extra-special, heart-centered projects lately, and I'm excited to share this one with you.  A dear friend of a dear friend of mine, Emily, messaged me to ask if I'd be willing to make a butterfly-themed Mezuzah for her new home.  After lots of emails discussing ideas, colors, and form, we settled on a design, and I got to work! 

In case you aren't familiar with them, mezuzahs are decorative cases that hold a scroll with Hebrew verses from the Torah.  They are meant to be positioned inside the doorway of a Jewish household, to "write the words of God on the gates and doorposts of your house." 

We planned the sculpture for the mezuzah around a section of clear borosilicate tubing that would hold the Torah scroll, with foliage that created a framework for the butterflies.  You can see that at the top and bottom of the piece, I added two holes through which screws could attach the piece to the wall.  (I also made two glass covers for the screws to attach once it's installed.) 

I'm so very honored that Emily asked me to work on this very special piece for her home.  The entire process was a joy. 

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