Herald Angel Capiz Ornament, Phillipines
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This herald angel ornament is made of wafer-thin capiz, the shell of a marine mollusk. First artisans wash and soak shells. After the shells have dried, they are cut into shapes, dyed and edged with metal wire. A finishing coat of varnish completes this labor-intensive process. Before glass windows became available in the Philippines, capiz was used for windows in houses!
Smoked capiz and silver-plated brass angel ornament - 2.5Wx2.5H inches - Handmade in Philippines