We can’t tell you how touched we are by the stories that come into our shoppes. The sorrow, strength, smiles and bravery that our clients face and want to remember is tremendous. This is The Bravery Bead Project.
Our clients’ daughter battled and beat cancer. Her chemotherapeutic treatment involved direct injections through a port. With each of these sessions, she was given ‘bravery beads’.
As you can imagine, these beads have immense meaning to both her and her family. They represent so much.
The port, used for treatment, was incorporated in the piece, taking center place in the design. We created an evenly spaced circular pattern that finishes off with a pink string trailing into a star-shaped bead. To do this, we had to glue a few rows at a time, then let them set, before going on to the next ones. This was a lengthy process, but crucial to ensure nearly perfectly spaced circles.
At the same time our framing department cut four colours of the same moulding profile to create a four-coloured frame that complimented the multi-coloured, bright nature of the beads.
Recessing the beads and floating the mats would need more depth than what the coloured frames could provide, so we sat it in a ‘Robert’s cut’ white frame to give us that extra space and adds small white trim outside the coloured frames to the back into the matting.
Museum glass and a lot of hard work finished off this incredible project. The costs involved to create this family artifact were beyond our clients’ budget, but because we were touched by this family’s story and bravery, everyone worked on it for free and the client just had to cover any materials we needed to bring in.