Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Made With Love

Recently, I had to say goodbye to the best grey cat in the world.  My furry boy was nine years old and had lived with me almost his entire life.  We rescued him, along with his yellow sister, at the tender age of five weeks.

As a baby, he loved being held and would cry when I set him down.  Sometimes I would put him in the pocket of my hoodie and carry him around the house with me to comfort him.  He grew up surrounded with love and affection.

The loss was shocking.  His vet checkup a few months before had been fine.  A slight heart murmur was detected, but no sign of illness.  He appeared to be a healthy adult cat.  We were not prepared for his life to end so abruptly.

Several weeks after the loss, I was working with precious metal clay.  I had previously created a ring by utilizing a vintage cat button for a template with the metal clay.  This time, I wanted to design a piece in memory of my own cat.

I thought about my kitty's collar.  It had a heart tag with his name on it.  He looked so cute and funny with that heart dangling from his neck.  Maybe I could make a little heart for the cat on my composition to wear.  I cut the shape from sterling silver with my jeweler's saw.  It had to be tiny as not to cover the cat's face.

From there I decided to honor my cat by hand stamping the first letter of his name onto the heart.

Next I soldered the heart to the precious metal clay cat.  I decided it should be a necklace and added a bail.

I am happy with how this piece evolved.  His memory can be kept with me, close to my own heart. Losing a pet is an extremely difficult experience. Maybe this little necklace can be a way to honor and remember the beloved, furry companions that have such a big impact on our lives.

The necklace is now available for customizing / personalizing.  I am selling it in my Etsy shop.  Each cat is made with love in hopes of helping others to heal after their loss.

To keep the love going, 5 percent of each sale will be donated to From the Heart Rescue, a non profit  cat rescue organization that is local to my area.

My sweet boy getting 
hugs and love from
me in 2012.