Thursday, December 11, 2008

Capture the Whimsy Soldered Reliquaries

I'm hoping you're planning on joining me at Luna's Memories in Half Moon Bay where the view is almost as lovely as the proprietors' hospitality! Come play!

The focus this time is on how you can use the German Bisque Dolly! These make FABULOUS gifts and you'll probably finish two if not three! Call Craig and Maureen for directions and to reserve your spot 650.726.1444 or book your workshop here and 20% will go to the folks at for the month of March!

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Curious about reliquaries? Check this out...
Reliquaries were historically used to hold various fragments of saints, the Buddha, the Christ. The fragments ranged from bits of bone, hair or flesh to snips of garments or pieces of the crucification cross. Some reliquaries are clear so that the bones of the person could be viewed. Some reliquaries that I saw while at the Vatican were inserted into the staff of the Pope at the time.

Reliquaries are sometimes decorative as in a brooch or pendant, but are often a simple box or coffin shape. In Victorian era reliquaries you could find a lock of hair of a loved one sealed into an item of jewelery.

My particular enjoyment of these tiny treasures is in the placement of odd items. I start with tiny collages for a background and then begin making a scene as in a diorama and then adding that element of surprise. They can also go in the direction of the macabre in which case employing the shape of a coffin is definitely in order!

Reliquaries range in size from teeny to life size coffins, but mine tend to stay in the range of quite small. I like to use mica to enclose the scene to give it a Victorian feeling and then I solder the entire piece. They are a rewarding project because they just come out SO COOL! This is a rewarding class because you get to make a few cool reliquaries AND you get to learn the skill of soldering.

Can't wait to get started... mark your calendars
Saturday March 14th 10:00 am – 3:00pm at Luna's Memories in Half Moon Bay

Please bring any of your own special relics, images, favorite glues, scissors, glitters or paints. Any small items from nature are also encouraged – tiny wings are cool, bits of lichen look neat. As always, bring your “basic kit” of scissors, cutting mat, ruler, plus any items you can't craft without AND we'll have a blast! But don't worry if all you have is your purse and your car keys - there is always room for one more and I love to share!



  1. Wow, these look really neat! I bought a solder kit recently and I'm going to try to teach myself. Wish I could take your class, but being in New York and all....

  2. I just love those reliquaries of yours, Julee!

  3. this morning I saw your pretty smile on the main page of ning (in 29 day giving challenge)

    if you hurry & look it still might be there!!


  4. Hi Julee, I like your blog and the reliquaries! Wonderful work!


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