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Sailor's Valentine Challenge.. time to VOTE!

A sailor's valentine is a type of sentimental gift, originally brought home from a sailor's voyage at sea for his loved one between 1830 and 1890. Sailor valentines are typically octagonal, glass fronted, hinged wooden boxes ranging from 8" to 15" in width, displaying intricate symmetrical designs composed entirely of small sea shells of various colors glued onto a backing. Patterns often feature a centerpiece such as a compass rose or a heart design, hence the name, and in some cases the small shells are used to spell out a sentimental message.
These are photos of antique, traditional style sailor's valentines. To see these photos, and read more about this old art form, you can head over to this website: http://www.antiquesandfineart.com

Thank you to Tiny Tiles, for giving the winner of this challenge a gift certificate to their amazing shop! Head over to the Tiny Tiles store by clicking the photo below, to check out an amazing variety of the smallest tiles in the world!

And now for our challenge entries!!!
What a variety of work there is this time around. Everyone was inspired by Sailor's Valentines in a different way... some took a more literal approach, and others a more whimsical one. Any way you look at it, it's going to be very hard to choose a favorite.. which is just what we're asking you to do! Voting is right below the entries. Wonderful job PieceMakers!!!

Entry 1.
Will you be Mine?
by Waschbear Designs
7 x 6 x 6.5 cm (not inches) box. Sea shells, glass jewels, stones and findings on a wooden box. Painted gold inside and on bottom. Big enough to hold just one ring.

Entry 2.
From Octo with Love
by Amanda Edwards
Measures 12 inches across. A very special valentine, from one very special octopus. Made with stained glass, glass gems, sea glass, millefiori, mirror, beads, and shells found on the beach we live on.

Entry 3.
Fish Tank
by Renegade Rose
2 1/2 gallon fish tank measuring 12" x 6" x 8 1/2" deep. Creatures are adorned in Swarovski crystals, one with abalone. Resin coating over the stained glass & grout and also over the crushed shell floor, creatures and shells to give them a wet appearance. Comes with battery operated push button LED light that has two light settings. Batteries included. If set by a window, light will shine thru the stained glass and nuggets.

Entry 4.
Traditional Sailor's Valentine
by Pal's Creations
Measures approximately 13 1/2" x 13 1/2". The center porcelain roses are adorned with shells all around. Shells, beads and pearls with ceramic red hearts decorate the octagonal shape of this valentine.

Entry 5.
Rendezvous at Sea for Three

Entry 6.
If I Were Stranded...
by Fischer Fine Arts

Sailor's Valentine Challenge

Vote for your favorite Sailor's Valentine

"Will you be Mine?", by Waschbear
"From Octo with Love", by Amanda Edwards
"Fishtank", by Renegade Rose
"Traditional Sailor's Valentine", by Pal's Creations
"Rendezvous at Sea for Three", by Stribou Mosaics
"If I Were Stranded...", by Fischer Fine Arts


Anonymous said...

All of the pieces are so very unique, pretty and interesting!
Going to be very hard to vote for sure!

Tina said...

Impressive entries, as usual! I had to look for a very long time but finally settled on a favorite. All of them would be GREAT to have in my home! Good job, PieceMakers!

Blue Wave Glass said...

Beautiful...as always!

Pam at zzbobs said...

All of the entries are incredibly beautiful. It is extremely difficult to decide which to vote for,because,like Tina said,I would love to own all of them!

Melissa McIntyre said...

Everyone did a great job! It was hard but I picked a favorite :)

Mel Fischer said...

Congrats to all! Such an array of interpretations and I love what each of you did! Go team! <3

Joanne Paquin said...

Wow.....I looked once, twice, three times and had such a hard time deciding!!!!!! All of them are great interpretations and they are just gorgeous.

Jonnie's Shabby Cottage Creations & More said...

OMG....the fish tank was incredible and having to work with all the glass around it? Almost a impossible feat in itself!! Pinkalicious Hugs, Jonnie

anieb said...

Nice Collection.All products are the best.It's too difficult to choose who's the best in it. All of the entries are incredibly beautiful.It's difficult to vote for any one because all is the best.I wanted to thank you for this great post!! I enjoyed every little bit of it, I have you bookmarked and waiting for all the new stuff you post.
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