For more than 15 years, the Icon casing workshop has been operational in Saint Elisabeth Convent. All these years, day after day, brothers and sisters dedicate themselves to prayer and work: painting icons, embroidering shrouds, creating jewel casings and icon shrouds made of thin metal (foil, the copper, aluminium, brass) or cloth.
However, icon casing should not be considered a decoration. Primarily, icon casing has deep symbolic significance – as an offering of gratitude to the Lord, The Mother of God, the saints for their eternal help and support. For Example, the glow of gold symbolizes Divine grace, white shade of silver represents holiness and spiritual purity, and natural gems personify numerous moral virtues.
Icon painters of Saint Elisabeth Convent icon casing workshop paint in various historic styles. The process begins with painting an icon. Over a chalk ground board the craftsman outlines the images. It is very important to note that our workshop will paint the icon in its entirety as opposed to the 19th Century approach where only the visible parts of the icon were painted.
Gold plating is performed with leaf-gold, acryl, oil, and tempera are used to paint (“write”) the icon and if the icon is painted in an open case, it is covered with “asist”. Then it is time to place the casing which is an overlay covering board over the multicolored layer.
The decorations include decorative plaque (small silver or gold rectangular or figure-shaped form plate with a cut out to attach the icon), stone bezel setting (metal frame around the stone).