“Garden of Memories” Memorial (Yartzeit) Candle Holder with “Forever in our Hearts” Matchbox Sleeve

Some of you know, my beloved grandma Mary Kleinhandler passed away on April 16, 2011.  She and my grandfather, Arthur Kleinhandler were a source of great strength and inspiration.  As you can imagine, her passing marked the end of an era for our family.  In dealing with the loss and grief I found comfort in involving myself in the creation of this “Garden of Memory” Memorial Candle holder and “Forever in our Hearts” matchbox sleeve.

Every aspect of the designing, cutting, soldering and this was part of my own process in realizing their passing.  It has a garden growing of Hebrew letter Shin flowers.  They loved to garden.  My husband David and I do too.  Shin stands for G-d’s protection.  It is dedicated to the memory of this beloved couple.

It took about 1 1/2 hours to cut each individual flower and it’s surroundings.  Over the course of cutting this piece I broke more than 5 dozen tiny saw blades.*
*(Metal-Geeks only:  It was cut out of 14 gauge copper, using a  3/0 laser blades from Rio.)
After the sheet was cut, sculpted with tiny jeweler’s files (F. Dick are my favorite ! ), I added texture to the leaves, stems and surrounding areas (using steel wires, decorative stamping tools and ball peen hammers).  I also designed the matchbox.

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