Friday, November 28, 2008

St. Anthony Charm Bracelet

He is known as Miracle Worker; Doctor of the Church; He is especially invoked for the recovery of things lost; as well as against starvation,; patron of amputees, animals, domestic animals, the elderly, expectant mothers, faith in the Blessed Sacrament, fishermen, harvests, horses, lower animals, mail, mariners, oppressed persons sailors, scholars, sterility, travelers
Prayer to Saint Anthony the Wonder-Worker

Saint Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find {mention your petition} which has been lost. As least restore to me peace and tranquility of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favor I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God.Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen.

I made honor to St. Anthony on this bracelet using a beautiful color image of St. Anthony and Baby Jesus. I surrounded it with other Catholic medals including Divine Mercy, St. Jude, St. Michael, Infant of Prague, Miraculous Medal and others. I also added a howlite stone cross and amber color Czech. glass beads, lavender Czech. glass, hunter green glass pearls all capped with ornate bead caps.

St. Therese Relic Catholic Charm Bracelet

Patronage AIDS sufferers; air crews; aircraft pilots; , ; florists; flower growers; foreign missions; illness; missionaries; parish missions; sick people; sickness;
Also known as Therese of the Child Jesus; the Little Flower; the Little Flower of Jesus

Many miracles attributed to her. Declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II.
"For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy." - Saint Therese of Lisieux
Since roses are associated with St. Therese, I created this bracelet in her honor using polymer clay roses throughout the bracelet, enhancing them with Czech. glass leaves. I added a special relic medal of St. Therese, Our Lady of Lourdes Medal, St. Odilia medal, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Hear of Mary. I also used yellow glass pearls to make the bracelet more colorful.

Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Charm Bracelet

"The Blessed Virgin was standing on a globe, and her face was beautiful beyond words. Her fingers were covered with precious jewels whose light dazzled me. And I heard: 'Behold the symbol of the graces I shed upon those who ask for them!' Then an oval frame formed around the Blessed Virgin and I read in letters of gold: 'O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.' The vision reversed and I beheld the letter 'M' surmounted by a cross, at the foot of the cross, a bar, and below all, the Heart of Jesus crowned with thorns, and the Heart of Mary pierced with a sword. A voice said to me, 'Have a medal struck after this model. Persons who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck.' "Sister (now Saint) Catherine Labour".

I created this bracelet in honor to Our Blessed Mother Our Lady of Miraculous Medal with a stunning heavy medal. Her image set in a bubble surrounded by ornate design. I also included some vintage and new Catholic medals including St. Therese, St. Rita, Annunciation and others. I surrounded these medals with white glass pearls, lampwork heart beads and angels made of white and blue glass beads, finishing it with a gorgeous flower center with aurora borealis rhinestones.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Virgin Mary Our Lady of Victory Charm Necklace

I created this necklace with the inspiration of a Shrine to Our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Victory and St. Raymond including some vintage treasures and be able to carry all the time.

I included inside the pocket watch, a vintage pocket statue of Our Lady of Victory, a St. Raymond image on the background, vintage pearls and rhinestones. I used vintage chain to hold this Shrine and all other treasures, including a figural medal of Virgin Mary as a child, a vintage medal of Guardian angel and Holy Family.

I included Jasper, turquoise and ruby quartz gemstones besides a lot of other charms.

I want to share the pictures below- here is my work area where I take my pictures and use different displays. This table is by a window and sometimes I do get some sun rays coming in to thru the window but today was different. I couldn't find the right angle to take the picture because the sun rays seem brighter than usual.
Sometimes I use a black board to use as background but today I moved it out of the background because I wanted lighter background and took the picture and to my surprise when I uploaded my pictures. As you can see, the sun was coming in thru the window, you can also see it on the left side, but no image.

As you can see there is an image glowing on the black board that to me looks like the shape of Our Blessed Mother. Second picture shows only the image after cropping.
I interpret this image that Our Blessed Mother is happy about how I create my art to make honor to Her and Our Lord. Which I feel so blessed to be able to create.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"Holy Night" Catholic Charm Bracelet

I created this special bracelet calling it "Holy Night" as a reminder of the most precious gift "Our Lord". This beautiful bracelet depicts Our Blessed Mother holding Baby Jesus and being seranated by Holy Angels.
I added handcrafted angels made with glass pearls and Czech. Glass. I also added pewter charms depicting the Nativity.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Our Lady of Guadalupe

In 1531 a "Lady from Heaven" appeared to a poor Indian at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of Mexico City; She identified herself as the Mother of the True God, instructed him to have the bishop build a temple on the site and left an image of Herself imprinted miraculously on his tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth, which should have deteriorated in 20 years but shows no sign of decay 474 years later and still defies all scientific explanations of its origin.
God of power and mercy, You blessed the Americas at Tepeyac with the presence of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. May Her prayers help all men and women to accept each other as brothers and sisters. Through Your justice present in our hearts, may Your peace reign in the world. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Creating a bracelet to make honor to Our most humble Lady of Guadalupe to me brings so much joy and it is very special for me and feel so Blessed being able to create one and share my love for Her with others.
My first experience with Our Lady of Guadalupe was several years ago that I found myself witnessing Her apparition to St. Juan Diego, I could feel the heat of the day, see the hill with all the rocks and dry plants, the cactus and I could see, what I believe was St. Juan Diego walking up the hill and saw Her appearing in a soft mist taking Her form and could see Her beautiful face, so soft and so peaceful, It felt so real, so close that I wanted to reach out and touch her. I could never forget that experience.
My second experience was when my nephew was in the hospital, I could see her in my room, as well, in a soft mist and could feel a very warm feeling overcoming me. What was fascinating about this experience was that it happened at 2:00 a.m. and the next day when I went to visit my nephew, he claimed that someone was in his room and could feel very warm around 2:00 a.m. I was so overwhelmed that I shared my experienced with my family and reassured them that She was bringing healing.
That is the reason it is so special for me creating such a bracelet. I used Azurite, Turquoise and coral beads. Catholic medals include, a gorgeous color medal of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Christopher, Ornate Crucifix, Sorroful Mother, St. Theresa and others.

St. Philomena Relic Charm Bracelet

Martyred at about age 14 in the early days of the Church.

PATRONAGE: babies,children, children of Mary, desperate causes, forgotten causes, impossible causes, infants, infertility, lost causes, Living Rosary, newborns, poor people, priests, sick people, sickness, sterility, toddlers, young people, youth.
When I'm going to create a bracelet to honor St. Philomena, I feel such energy, a very playful energy that I feel being St. Philomena's. It is a very playful and strong energy that always motivates me to make this particular bracelet in very lively in colors and always adding flowers. I love to feel that energy around me as I create her bracelet.
On this bracelet I added red flowers, red lampwork beads all surrounding her relic and other Catholic medals including St. Michael, St. Mark, Pieta, St. Patrick, St. Peregrine and others.

Our Lady of Lourdes Charm Bracelet

Our Lady of Lourdes: France, 1858
Our Lady appeared to 14 year old Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France, 18 times from February through July, 1858. During the apparitions she told Bernadette to dig a hole which later in the day produced a stream of water, bringing about thousands of spiritual and physical cures even to this day. Mary pleaded for "penitence! Penitence! Penitence!" and urged us to "Pray to God for sinners". She called herself the "Immaculate Conception".

O ever Immaculate Virgin, mother of mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comforter of the afflicted, you know my needs, my troubles, my sufferings, cast me a look of pity. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a priviledged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favours, and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal, I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence & implore your maternal intercession.
On This bracelet I wanted to create one representing the purity of Our Lady using white pearls and white aurora borealis crystals and blue crystals representing the Holy Water of Lourdes. I added some vintage Catholic medals and a beautiful large medal of Our Lady in the Grotto.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Virgin Mary Our Lady of the Rosary Charm Bracelet

O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, in these times of brazen impiety, show again thy power, with the signs which accompanied thy victories of old, and from the throne where thou art seated, dispensing pardon and grace, in pity watch over the Church of thy Son, His Vicar, and every order of the clergy and laity, suffering in grievous warfare. Hasten, O most powerful destroyer of heresy, hasten the hour of mercy seeing that the hour of judgment is daily challenged by innumberable offences. Obtain for me, the lowest of men, kneeling suppliant in thy presence, the grace which may enable me to live a just life on earth, and reign with the just in Heaven, whilst with the faithful throughout the world, O Queen of the most holy Rosary, I salute thee and cry out: Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us!
I created this bracelet with a beautiful cameo depicting Our Blessed Mother with the Christ Child giving the Most Holy Rosary to St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Sienna. I added a one decade rosary to this bracelet made with metal goldtone roses.
I also added vintage and new medals, including Ecce Homo, Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. ann and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Some of these medals were made in Germany.
Enhancing the beautiful cameo, I added some hand crafted glass lampwork beads with flowers. Beautiful work on the beads.

Our Lady of Lujan Charm Bracelet

It was made in Brazil and sent to Argentina in May 1630. Its original appearance seemed inspired by Murillo's Immaculates. In 1887, to preserve and protect it, the image was given a solid silver covering. It is usually clothed with a white robe and sky blue cloak, the colors of the Argentinian flag. Only the dark oval face with big blue eyes and the hands folded in prayer are now visible.

I was blessed to find this vintage medal of Our Lady of Lujan. The medal itself is from Argentina. I surrounded this beautiful medal with many other Catholic medals including Holy Trinity, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Guadalupe with Holy Child of Atocha and others including an ornate crucifix.

Our Lady San Juan De Los Lagos Bracelet

Our Lady of San Juan De Los Lagos is the second most venerated Virgin in Latin America next to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The story of the Virgin of San Juan begins in 1542, when the Spanish priest, Father Miguel de Bologna, brought an image of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception to the village. Some years later—in 1623—the legend recounts that the daughter of Indian parents fell gravely ill, and her death was imminent. However, after the parents earnestly prayed to the Virgin, their daughter was saved.
One story related to this wonderful image is that the image began to deteriorate and it was taken down from the Church’s Altar and placed away in storage, the next day they would find the image back in the main altar and under mysterious circumstances, the image was restored by an anonymous artisan, which the people believed was an angel sent from heaven to restore the image
This is such a sweet beautiful bracelet. I felt the inspiration in creating it with flowers, like making a flower garland for Our Blessed Mother. I used a beautiful vintage Mother of Pearl medal of Our Lady of San Juan, made in Germany. I also added more vintage Catholic medals, all surrounded by beautiful glass lampwork beads, flowers and lucite and glass leaves. I love the outcome of this bracelet with this color combination.

St. Peregrine Relic Charm Bracelet

He received a vision of Our Lady who told him to go to Siena, Italy, and there to join the Servites. After training and ordination, they assigned him to his home town. He lived and worked, as much as possible, in complete silence, in solitude, and without sitting down for 30 years in an attempt to do penance for his early life. When he did speak, he was known as a fervent preacher, excellent orator, and gentle confessor. Founded a Servite house at Forli. A victim of a spreading cancer in his foot, Peregrine was scheduled for an amputation. The night before the operation, he spent in prayer; that night received a vision of Christ who healed him with a touch. The next morning, Peregrine found his cancer completely healed.

Prayer to Saint Peregrine For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fiber of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you. (Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying)
O great St. Peregrine, you have been called "The Mighty," "The Wonder-Worker," because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you.

This is a special bracelet I like to create to honor St. Peregrine. When I create a bracelet in his honor, I like to add feminine charms because I know that for a woman it is very important to keep feeling feminine and beautiful, how important it is to continue dressing up and keep uplifted all the time.
Cancer touched my life when my mother was diagnosed with cancer and five years later my sister-in-law and I know how important it was for them to continue wanting to dress up and try to look their best, that is the reason I add those charms besides all the Catholic medals as a reminder that Our Lord, Our Blessed Mother and all Our Saints are with us all the time and St. Peregrine as a great intercessor for those suffering from that terrible illness.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

St. Padre Pio Charm Bracelet

FATHER PIO ( visible sign in his body of Christ Passion)
In September 1918, while praying before a cross, he received the stigmata and the first priest ever to be so blessed.

I. O my Jesus, You have said "Truly I say to you, ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you". Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of... Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
II. O my Jesus, You have said "Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, He will give it to you" Behold, in Your name, I ask the Father for the grace of... Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
III. O my Jesus, You have said: "Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away". Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of...Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of You, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your tender Mother and ours.
Say the Hail Holy Queen and add St. Joseph, foster Father of Jesus, pray for us.
This novena was recited daily by St. Pio
"Yes, I love the cross and only the cross. I love it because I see it always on the shoulders of Jesus. Now jesus sees clearly that all my life and all my heart is vowed to Him and to His sufferings" - Padre Pio
I truly am inspired by St. Padre Pio. I think he was a remarkable man with a lot of spiritual gifts and I know he is also a great intercessor. My experiences with St. Padre Pio began right after I started making my charm bracelets. I can feel his presence when I get the scent of Sandalwood around me or the room I'm in, it's just so overwhelming, but yet so soothing, it's so uplifting and feel so bless that I can be able to know it is him and that scent is indescribable.
That is why when I create a bracelet in his honor, I create it with the utmost respect, like all others, but with his, I know it's meant for someone special and in need of his intercession.
I created this bracelet with a special relic medal of St. Pio, other Catholic medals used are: Color medal of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Benedict, another great intercessor against evil, Miraculous Medal, so loving and peaceful, Stations Medal, St. Michael, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Archangel St. Gabriel, Catacombs Relic Crucifix and others. I also used gorgeous black glass lampwork beads with colorful shimmer, turquoise color howlite and glass beads and coral beads.

Virgin Mary Altered Art Charm Bracelet

I created this bracelet with the inspiration of a shrine to Our Blessed Mother including some vintage treasures to be able to carry with you all the time.
I used a goldtone pocket watch case and added a vintage figural medal of Virgin Mary as a child, a vintage ornate medal of Our Lady of Miraculous medal, a tiny cross, vintage pearls and crystals.
I also added other vintage Catholic medals, Virgin Mary, Miraculous Medal, St. Christopher, Sacred Heart cameo, all attached to a wide vintage chain.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
It represents the Mother of God holding the Divine Child while the Archangels Michael and Gabriel present before Him the instruments of His Passion. Over the figures in the picture are some Greek letters which form the abbreviated words Mother of God, Jesus Christ, Archangel Michael, and Archangel Gabriel respectively. It was brought to Rome towards the end of the fifteenth century by a pious merchant, who, dying there, ordered by his will that the picture should be exposed in a church for public veneration. It was exposed in the church of San Matteo, Via Merulana, between St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran. Crowds flocked to this church, and for nearly three hundred years many graces were obtained through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. The picture was then popularly called the Madonna di San Matteo. The church was served for a time by the Hermits of St. Augustine, who had sheltered their Irish brethren in their distress. These Augustinians were still in charge when the French invaded Rome (1812) and destroyed the church. The picture disappeared; it remained hidden and neglected for over forty years, but a series of providential circumstances between 1863 and 1865 led to its discovery in an oratory of the Augustinian Fathers at Santa Maria in Posterula. *Catholic Encyclopedia
O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke thy most powerful name, which is the safeguard of the living and the salvation of the dying. O Purest Mary, O Sweetest Mary, let thy name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, O Blessed Lady, to help me whenever I call on thee, for, in all my needs, in all my temptations I shall never cease to call on thee, ever repeating thy sacred name, Mary, Mary.

This is one of my favorite icons of Our Blessed Mother with Baby Jesus. I love her loving face and all the vibrant colors in this image. The same image is on this beautiful cameo I made the bracelet with, set in brass ornate setting. I added handcrafted angels made with such beautiful coral beads. I found these coral beads at the gem show I attended on September of this year.
It is color enhanced on brown and it's just perfect for this bracelet. I also added beautiful blue Czech. Glass beads, gorgeous handmade lampwork beads with flowers and some with goldfoil.
I added some vintage and new medals which include Infant of Prague, Miraculous Medal, St. Anthony and St. Christopher.
I can't even begin to explain how everything just came together on this bracelet, how the colors just were calling out and the beads and I was just overwhelmed when I finished it. It's just perfect colors and beads to look a lot like the cameo. When I create a bracelet I don't plan on the colors I will use, I just pick the ones that stand out the most and it's unbelievable how this came so much like the cameo.

St. Francis Xavier Charm Bracelet

A man of remarkable energy and organizational ability, Xavier ranks among the greatest missionaries of all times. Canonized in 1622. The list of his principal miracles may be found in the Bull of canonization. He was declared patron of the Orient in 1748, patron of the Faith in 1904, and with the French nun St. Teresa of Lisieux, patron of all missions in 1927. He is also the patron saint of sailors. His feast day is December 3.
I created this bracelet using a unique souvenir medal of St. Francis Xavier and other Catholic medals used are: St. Ignatius, St. Joan of Arc, St. Jude, St. Frances Cabrini. St. Vincent de Paul, St. Therese enhacing these medals with beautiful teal color glass lampwork beads and wedding cake beads.