Creative Paperclay® Lover's Eye Mini-Shrine
Pearls & Rhinestones
The inspiration for this project was Lover's Eyes. In the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy British and European lovers exchanged "eye miniatures" -- love tokens so clandestine that even now, in the majority of cases, it is impossible to identify their recipients or the people they depict.
Before taking it in, I applied metal leaf to the box, sanded it and then worked out the design I planned to etch into it.
I laser cut the hole in the center and etched the floral design into the metal leaf box. I painted the etched flowers with alcohol inks then added the rhinestones and crosses. The inside of the box was painted black.
I added my Creative Paperclay® eye by building up a backing to it and gluing it to the back of the box so the eye floated in the hole. A circle of rhinestones was added before I placed it in place.
Have fun. Dream in Color.
Darlene Olivia McElroy