I’ve made many hair barrettes for folks as gifts, mostly oval shaped and rather simple. The other day, my wife’s cousin asked me if I could make her one that was for a ‘biker girl’. I said I would and went to pondering on what I’d make her.
I decided that I wanted to go with something other than the standard oval so I cut out a bar and shield type of shape, to look a little bit Harley-ish. Then my imagination took over the design process. This is what I came up with:
This is the tooled but unfinished product. It has two swivel knife cut and beveled borders, a third burnished border with stamping between the second and third borders. The center has a Tandy 3D stamp with a star-rope stamp on either side.
Above is the finished product. It is stained with aged oak Min-Wax gel stain with some neatsfoot oil mixed into it. I the top coated it with Super Sheene. The edges are hand burnished as is the back. The back is also sealed with a wax-based waterproofing product, making the entire barrette waterproofed.
Tonight’s lesson was on the Book of Ester chapters 4-7. Our main focus was on Ester’s willingness to sacrifice her self, her own life, for the good of her people. In practical application, ought we not also be willing to sacrifice for the Brethren? I am not speaking necessarily of our actual lives here, rather time, resources, etc. It is a very good question that we should each consider in our own lives.
The example that sticks out in my mind best was what if a Brother or Sister were to call and ask for your time, needing to talk or council of some sort. How would we answer them? Obviously, if we were in a dire, emergency type of situation we would have to deny the request or at least delay it. But if we were doing something for ourselves, say, for me, planning on riding the Harley out through the country side for a while, it would be terribly selfish of me to take that ride rather than help my Brother or Sister. What if I were to go on that ride and the person had a need that was so urgent to their faith that my not coming to their aid caused them to fall away from the church, perhaps because of their need coupled with my selfishness? Oh, how I shudder at the thought!
We live in a very fast paced society with, for many of us, little real leisure time. But when someone is in need of our time, how much more value it that time to them than it is to us? I believe that is a question we all would do well to contemplate deeply. It really isn’t that hard to find a little time for someone that is in need. And the reward from God, for allowing Him to use us as a tool for His purpose, to uplift one His children, is of much more value than any leisure time item we could possibly have on our agenda.