Tree of Life Mezuzah Case Small
This mezuzah case uses as its imagery the Tree of Life, in turn referring to the Torah which gives us a framework in which to live our lives. Ruth Shapiro handcrafts this case using the lost wax casting method. She first carves the design from a piece of wax which is then encased in a special plaster, and the wax burned out. The negative space is filled with molten bronze. It is then cracked out of the plaster, which is only used once. It is filed and polished, and a special solution is applied to develop the lovely green (verdegris) patina. This color varies and is not always exactly the same shade as pictured. It is then lacquered and waxed to discourage tarnish.
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Materials: Bronze. Lacquered and waxed to discourage tarnish.
Size: 3″ x 3/4″ x 1/2″
Meet the Artist: Ruth Shapiro
Ruth Shapiro is an artist, nurse, wife and mother, and not necessarily in that order.
Ruth Shapiro handcrafts fine metal art. No factories, no imports, no employees, just wonderful designs and precision by an artist widely recognized in the United States, Canada, and Israel. Traditional themes with contemporary expression are seen in all of her creations. Her artwork varies from classical to contemporary to whimsical and fun, and her sense of humor and warmth are sprinkled throughout.
Ruth fuses rich symbolism and visual stories her metal-working skills. In 1988, she went to Israel to learn techniques from silver masters, and to enhance her spiritual development. Her work has taken Ruth to shows and exhibits all over the United States, Israel and Canada. One of Ruth's yads was carried into space!