St. Jude Handmade StatueWHILE SUPPLIES LAST
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This is the process the artist and his wife use to make the pieces: He carves the original of each image in clay, using dental tools. Before making each piece he reads extensively about the saint, but once he begins carving he doesn't look at any other depictions. As to the statues, when the original carving seems to be finished, he makes a latex mold. Once the mold has cured, he begins to cast the pieces himself. He uses cast stone (gypsum with some metal powders and other materials), painstakingly working a slurry of the substance into each mold by hand in order to get all the details. Once the piece sets, he demolds it, trims it, and hands it over to his wife, who paints and glazes each piece by hand. All the statues can go outside. The process for the medals is roughly the same, though they are cast in lead-free pewter. Nicely gift packaged.

Of the original twelve apostles, St. Jude is the one most commonly invoked in prayer. Jude is cited only once in the Gospels and is probably the author of the Letter of Jude, the shortest book in the New Testament. Robert Ellsberg has written that Jude may have become the patron of those in difficult times because of the similarity of his name to that of Judas Iscariot. For a long time this evidently inhibited supplicants from invoking the name of St. Jude. It might be supposed that this had the effect of storing up a good deal of efficacious power. Jude has evoked considerable attention and even amusement over the years because of his association with lost causes, but there is, as millions know, a far more serious side to his patronage: Jude s association with healing and bringing comfort to those in any type of difficult situation is one of the reasons so many hospitals and clinics have been named after him and why shrines to him are filled with symbols of his healing power of the body, mind, and spirit. In early Christian sculpture, Jude was often, as here, depicted with a boat because he was one of the first Christian missionaries and would have traveled extensively by ship. 

Dimensions: 6 (h) x 1.5 (w) x 1 (d) inches

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