Thursday, April 2, 2009

New Ganesh Cameo Needle Minder

This is another cross-promotion for Grizzly Mountain Arts, which is my main business :)

We made this Ganesh cameo needle minder from a gorgeous vintage inspired resin cameo. We inlayed a rare earth magnet with clear resin on the back. We then set the cameo in a gold toned setting to give this needle minder a finished look. Dave encased another rare earth magnet into a piece of faux ivory (resin) that he turned on the lathe. Together, these beauties will "mind" your needle conveniently on your project!

~Who is Ganesh?~

Ganesh is one of the best-known and most widely worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout India and Hindu sects worship him regardless of other affiliations. Devotion to Ganesh is widely diffused and extends to Jains, Buddhists, and beyond India.

Although he is known by many other attributes, Ganesh's elephant head makes him easy to identify. Ganesh is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles and more generally as Lord of Beginnings and Lord of Obstacles, patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom. He is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies and invoked as Patron of Letters during writing sessions.

In this cameo, Ganesh is shown holding a dagger and a lotus blossom. The dagger is believed to represent the Ganesh's ability to cut away obstacles and the Padma, or lotus blossom represents ascent of spirit to attain great heights.