Silver

I have been admiring some stamped silver jewelry making lately and really want to buy a piece. I found these on Etsy:
Vintage Pearl

Cinnamon Sticks

Not only do I want to buy (or hint hint hubby if you are reading this, mother’s day gift maybe?;), but I would love to learn how to do it myself. Not to sell, but just to know how to do it. I feel as I’m on an endless quest to learn something about everything out there in the craft world. I have this long long list of things I would love to learn how to do some day. And speaking of silver, I also received this email recently. It really struck a cord with me at this moment in my life.

Malachi 3:3 says:

“He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says:
“He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?”

He smiled at her and answered,

“Oh, that’s easy — when I see my image in it.”

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

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  1. says

    love that story, funny, I have been very interested in the stamped jewelry too, do you need an expensive stamping device? And then, will it only work on expensive silver and gold? I guess I should be looking at scrap crafts, not more ways to spend money, lol. Love your eggs too, you have way more patience than I do.

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