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St Francis of Assisi Statue - Patron of Animals, Merchants, Cub Scouts and Italy - Handcrafted Clay Figurine with Bronze Patina Finish -

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This handcrafted clay icon of St Francis of Assisi is complete free sculpted from premium polymer clay, then hand detailed and painted with acrylic paints. The final coating is a bronze pigment paint with a reactive patina to give the aged effect to the finished piece. The blue bird is colored with an indigo blue oxide.

The St Francis icon measures: 3.5" tall, 1.5" wide and 1.25" deep

Though no two would be quite exactly the same, I do plan to make more of these so if you are interested in more than one St Francis, please contact us about availability and time frame for turnaround.

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nicolas and sofie


¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º° Creating this St Francis Icon °º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨

Every year I try to create at least one thing around the holiday season as an homage to my late grandmother. It is only now, in the mid years of my life, that I look back and can see how her strong beliefs in many things remain etched in my mind and my heart all these years later. For one, her love and knowledge of, and devotion to, so many of the Catholic saints.

It is only in the last few years I have realized how much of those Saints are within me even though it was never "taught" to me or even expressed directly. It just lives within somehow. . . as she does to this day.

Saint Francis was one of her favorites. It was obvious in her devotion to animals such as the feeding of birds from the three year around feeders just outside our house. Especially in the winter season when the snow made it hard for birds to find food, she was always happy to oblige and made sure the feeders were stocked which brought the most brilliant of Cardinals, Jays and Finches as well as a dozen other types of all size and color.

It was only recently when I returned to that home for the first time in eight years that I realized the striking absence of the beloved birds. My mother, who never got the "animal gene" from my Grandmother, does not have the same desire to keep the birds fed. It was a very odd experience.

So, by the time I returned home, it was already brewing inside of me that I wanted to create this little icon of St Francis as a remembrance of her and the open heart she exhibited to any creature in need. From a lost migrating goose to an active beehive in one of her beloved spruce trees to the family moles living under the flagstone back walkway, every creature was safe and cared for as long as she had a say in it.

And of course, she always had a story of word about St Francis to accompany er expression of love. . .

I hope the simple intent of that inspiration comes through in this little icon and I hope that, if you decide to take this icon into your home, the spirit of St Francis will fill your heart as well throughout the days and seasons to come. . .

¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º° St Francis of Assisi °º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨

Feastday: October 4
Patron and Animals, Merchants & Ecology
1181 - 1226

Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181.

Francis was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers followed by the early members of the Order of Friars Minor or the monastic lives of the Poor Clares. Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

Francis' father was Pietro di Bernardone, a prosperous silk merchant. Francis lived the high-spirited life typical of a wealthy young man, even fighting as a soldier for Assisi. While going off to war in 1204, Francis had a vision that directed him back to Assisi, where he lost his taste for his worldly life. On a pilgrimage to Rome, he joined the poor in begging at St. Peter's Basilica. The experience moved him to live in poverty. Francis returned home, began preaching on the streets, and soon amassed a following. His Order was authorized by Pope Innocent III in 1210. He then founded the Order of Poor Clares, which became an enclosed religious order for women, as well as the Order of Brothers and Sisters of Penance (commonly called the Third Order).

In 1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the Sultan to put an end to the conflict of the Crusades. By this point, the Franciscan Order had grown to such an extent that its primitive organizational structure was no longer sufficient. He returned to Italy to organize the Order. Once his community was authorized by the Pope, he withdrew increasingly from external affairs. He died during the evening hours of October 3, 1226, while listening to a reading he had requested of Psalm 140.

On July 16, 1228, he was pronounced a saint by Pope Gregory IX. He is known as the patron saint of animals, the environment, and is one of the two patron saints of Italy (with Catherine of Siena). It is customary for Catholic and Anglican churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of October 4. He is also known for his love of the Eucharist, his sorrow during the Stations of the Cross, and for the creation of the Christmas creche or Nativity Scene.

St Francis of Assisi Statue - Patron of Animals, Merchants, Cub Scouts and Italy - Handcrafted Clay Figurine with Bronze Patina Finish -

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