Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jeweled Mosaic Hamsa Polymer clay + beading from Polymer Clay

A Housewarming Hamsa made for my friend utilizing antique nails found in the ashes of her burned out  house.
I created this jeweled and beaded mosaic hamsa as a housewarming present for a dear friend whose home burned down 20 months ago. I wanted to replace her hamsa/"Hand of Fatima" that was lost in the fire. She was finally able to rebuild and her new home is almost ready. I incorporated three antique hand-forged nails that were found in the ashes of the burned out home site into the design. Her new house is as unique and special as my friend. She designed it so there are almost no 90% angles. Each room is painted a different saturated vibrant color making for a virtual "Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors" visual experience.  The outside of the house is painted a slightly grayed purple that is vibrant in the sun with a bright red door and burgundy trim and roof.

To celebrate her new home I created this hamsa which utilizes the colors scheme of her home and reminds me of her; spiritual, vibrant and VERY much alive. If one looks closely they can see symbols of things that are important to her: musical notes, a sunflower, butterflies, the paw print of a dog, hearts, the words "Peace" and "Love", and ivy leaves (to symbolize friendship).

This 5 1/4" hamsa was created entirely from artist-quality polymer clay, glass beads, and "aquamarine", "topaz" and  "ruby" antique glass jewels that were so generously shared with me by polymer clay artist and clay pal, Scott Mizevitz.

Click here to see my blog post about the Hamsa I made for our own home which is available for sale: Monarch Butterfly and Sunshine Hamsa

I was indirectly inspired to make this hamsa by the work of 4 polymer clay artists and I wish to thank them for sharing their lovely work:
Rev Byrd at Byrd's Words angel-rising small shrine
Marie Young at Creative Sprinkle Office Desk Shrine
Naama Zamir Mosaic Hamsa
Iris Mishly's Hamsa Pages

The hamsa or hamesh is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God. In both Jewish and Islamic traditions the hamsa hand is thought to be a powerful talisman believed to bring it's owner happiness, peace, luck, health, good fortune and prosperity. In the Jewish faith many people believe the hamsa pendant symbolizes the Hand of Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron. In the Islamic faith, the hamsa hand can symbolize The Hand of Fatima, daughter of the Prophet Mohammed. Hamsa hands frequently contain the symbol of an eye which is seen as powerful protection against the "evil eye". It is often hung on the front door of a home.

My friend hopes to post pictures of her new home once it is completed later this summer:


  1. That came out great! Your friend will LOVE it! The first thing I noticed were the nails and thought..those look like antique nails! :D The asymmetrical shape is super. You did a fabulous job and I can't wait to hear if your friend cries when she opens it. :D

  2. Anita, You created such a wonderful and meaningful gift for your friend! I'm so sorry to hear that her house burned down. It's good that she was able to re-build and that it's almost ready. It sounds like her new home is a colorful work of art! The jeweled and beaded mosaic hamsa, that you made for her as a housewarming gift, will be a lovely addition to her home. As always, your work has such wonderful detail! I love the beads you added, and incorporating the three forged nails found in the ashes is so symbolic. Your friend will love this thoughtful gift.

  3. Wow, it is beautiful. Nice touch with the nails...what a special house warming gift you made!

  4. Your friend is going to love this gift. Such an artistic and meaningful treasure.

  5. Anita, that is incredible. You sure put your heart and talent into that. Your friend must be really special and she will really treasure that. You did a WOW job.

  6. I was so excited to see the hamsa you made, and the cause - OMG, that is such a lovely and meaningful gift you gave to your friend, I can't imagine the pain and sadness she has gone through with her house burn down, so sad. We were close to that a year ago when a big fire was in Israel, just few miles from my home, It's terrifying!

    Your hamsa is beautiful and the color works so harmoniously with each other, I love mix media pieces!

    thank you so much for sharing this with me, I am proud to be an inspiration!

    wishing you and your friend all the best,

  7. It is a wonderful piece! I'm sure it will be treasured for generations. I shared the story on my blog today. I am so happy that we can inspire each other.

  8. This is such a wonderful gift. I had a house that burned down when I was 17, and felt alone in my grief.

  9. The way you placed all those seed beads in a channel like that was brilliant! Love all the subtle details my eyes get to hunt out like the paw print and "Peace", etc.

    Beautiful, Thank you for sharing!