It is said that when something repeatedly shows up in our lives, it is for a reason. I first encountered this symbol as a child, as my mother had some Hamsa jewelry. More recently, I started to see it everywhere and took this as an insight that I should make my own stained glass versions.
These are the first 3, each in different color stories. The Hamsa in an ancient symbol, recognized by many religions as bringing good luck and protection and is also thought to represent the hand of God.
“The Hand (Khamsa), particularly the open right hand, is a sign of protection that also represents blessings, power and strength, and is seen as potent in deflecting the evil eye.” The history of this symbol is deep and very intriguing and the renewed popularity is easy to understand.
I’m pretty happy with the start of this project and am working on creating a few dozen more for an upcoming craft show. After that, I would LOVE to work on some commissions. The possibilities of color combinations are endless and can definitely be suited for any aesthetic. They make a sweet little addition to any home and whether or not you believe they bring luck or protection, they definitely bring some beauty.
I’ve been obsessed with stained glass for as long as I can remember. The way it captures the light is nothing short of magical. Back in the year 2000, (can you still remember that far back?) I took a stained glass workshop at the local community college and I was smitten, big time. I had a lot of fun with it for a few years and then life got in the way. Fast forward to May of 2014, after much contemplation, I finally allowed myself to make the time for a refresher course.
I had to start with the obligatory instructor-chosen project which definitely involved a hummingbird and flower. After that, I found the Art Deco Sunrise pattern and decided to give it a whirl. I was pretty happy with how it turned out considering it was only my second piece in 12+ years. Since I am a creature of comfort, I decided to stick with the same pattern for my next piece which was to be a wedding gift for dear friends. Since the bride loves color, I went a bit brighter for the second version.
I’m still doing my best to squeeze in some glass time! The fuller life gets, the harder it becomes. BUT time spent doing something we love is always worth the investment. I’ve also made a sweet little feather and am currently working on an ongoing project making as many sun-catchers as humanly possible for a local maker’s faire this upcoming November. And just for fun: Art Deco Sunrise v1 goes Disco