Quilled Mezuzah case
Today we celebrate the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, so I wanted to show a new Judaic item I've created. It's something completely different this time — a quilled Mezuzah case.
A mezuzah (Hebrew: מְזוּזָה) is a piece of parchment inscribed with specified Hebrew verses from the Torah. Such a piece is put in a decorative case and mounted on a doorjamb/doorpost. Designing and producing Mezuzah cases has become an art form. An endless variety of materials are used for Mezuzot, although I think mine is the first one made of rolled paper.
The bottom part (the base) of my case is made of paper strips 1/8"-wide (3mm), while for the case itself I used 1/16"-wide strips (1.5mm). The case bears the letter "Shin" on its front, which is made of quilling paper strips with a gilded edge. The case is hard enough to be used for its purpose, indoors however. Its size is about 6 inches (15.3 cm).
חג שבועות שמח!