Glimpses of Angels

There are people who s
Glimpses of Angels snow globe Camryn Forrest Designs 2013ay they see angels everywhere, those who say it’s not possible, and those who aren’t quite sure. Sometimes I am reminded of angels in subtle ways: a quick smile, a gentle gesture, a passing sparkle in the distance. I smile to myself and think, “was that an angel?”

In this snow globe, the tree itself is made of angel wings of different sizes and metals. A winter-dressed couple strolls peacefully, enjoying a quiet moment together. A father and child hurry home, excited to share warmth and surprises. A winged figure in a moment of solitude reflects upon the tree itself.

When shaken, you might (or might not) see a whisper of an angel: the silhouette of a winged beauty, so transparent it can only be glimpsed when the light captures the perfect angle. For just a moment, a flash, it is there, and gone again.

And I realized that is how most of us see angels, not by viewing them directly, but when we are caught in the reflected light.

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When this globe is shaken and catches the light, you see an abundance of sparkling color, shimmering, swirling, floating, dancing and flying with abandon.
If you are lucky and don’t blink, you might even catch a glimpse of an angel.

Glimpes of Angels: One of a kind custom snow globe, with metal tree made of repurposed vintage jewelry and jewelry findings (angel wings) and metallic figures.
All photographs and designs are copyright (c)2013  Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.

Making Christmas Time

It was a challenge, I think. Out of the blue I was asked, “Could you do a Christmas globe?”

I’ve avoided the theme Making Christmas Time snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, COout of pure stubbornness. It’s become such a cliche. After all, there are so many kitschy holiday theme snow globes to be found. From the big box stores to dollar deals, you can find santas and elves and sleighs galore.

On the other hand, I liked choosing the unexpected figures, an imaginative scene, something a little … well, different. But still, a challenge is a challenge, so I let it simmer. The idea bubbled, and I stirred the mixture in my mind, until one day, there were scenes I could picture, images I wanted to be real. I wanted to see if I could do what I imagined.

This is the third of my three holiday globes. “Making Christmas Time” is simple: a vingette of a tree being decorated. The “ornaments” are tiny watch gears (some call this watch glitter, the pieces are so small.) A single strand of fine gauge chain is unrolled from a spindle, over one man’s shoulder, into another’s hands, across ladders, and reaching arms. You can write your own story, but this is mine: The Christmas we build each year is the time we spend on what is important.

Making Christmas Time.

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“Making Christmas Time” one of a kind water globe (snow globe), with 4-inch diameter glass globe and interior scene of repurposed jewelry, watch gears and tiny figures. Interior liquid shimmers with gold dust when globe is shaken. All images and designs copyright (c) 2013 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado.