I tried to be very good and not peak inside this one. Can you see? It is wrapped in layers using very unique elements (a trademark of Ruth's). The inner most layer is a brown paper sack that was left open at each end...so glimpses of the ornament were hard to avoid... Ruth, you made it really hard to be good this year!
Today I finally got to look inside. It's just amazing!
It looks like Ruth used magic mesh (or a plaster type fabric) to fashion a little box which houses a beautiful hand-sculpted sacred heart.
Ruth is an amazing artist. Her skills are as broad as they are extraordinary. This little heart is sculpted out of paper clay, distressed, hand painted and dipped in a layer of wax.
Do you see the tiny nails embedded into the heart?...
...And the crown of thorns she twisted together with bits of wire?
I interpret this as a fitting reminder of our Savior, "He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:5
Look closely and you will see that Ruth also added some crowning jewels to the heart, which I love. To me, it signifies the royalty of our LORD and our King.
Perhaps the circle drawn around the heart represents that our focus should always be on the heart of Christ, and to love one another as He loves us.
I love this ornament, Ruth, and what it represents. Thank you so very much for sharing your talents and a piece of your heart with us this Christmas.
Be sure to visit Ruth's blog to see how she made these ornaments and to find out where she is teaching, or to purchase books, DVDs or online workshops.
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