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  • Lots of depth and heft to the Circles of Gold Cross
  • Back of Circles of Gold Cross showing artist's signature
  • Back of Metal Cross in Center Cross with signature and glued-on statement saying: "A unique design by ILSE MAGENER HAND PAINTED IN MAGDALENA NM"
  • Back of smallest cross (red, purple and gold) with artist signature
  • Back of Tres Cruces with artist signature and gold foil stamp reading "Made in Magdalena"
  • Back of red circle cross with signature and glued-on statement saying: "A unique design by ILSE MAGENER HAND PAINTED IN MAGDALENA NM"

Crosses Totally Hand-crafted in USA; Decorative Wall Cross

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Handcrafted decorative wall crosses made in USA. Hand-poured, beautifully and meticulously hand-painted, signed by artist. Hand-crafted in Magdalena, New Mexico, USA. Comes with Artist Info Card (see below).

"About Ilse M. of Magdalena, New Mexico:

When Ilse moved with her daughter to Magdalena back in 2000, there wasn’t much going on there. Now, like a number of rural towns of New Mexico, it has a burgeoning community of artists. Ilse has made her living as an artist around the world for many years, having lived in Spain, Germany and South Africa before moving to New Mexico. In fact, they thought they were going to live in Santa Fe but after visiting there, she was “quite put out. It wasn’t exactly what she thought it was”, according to her daughter Yvonne.

Her unique technique of creating decorated "tile", as she calls it, involves cold-casting, raised surfaces, hand-painting with gold leaf paint, and usually some type of embellishment.  Each is one of a kind, reflecting her mood at the moment of painting. Due to being meticulously handpainted, each cross is a brand new one-of-a-kind art piece created in Magdalena, NM.

Ilse’s artistic creativity goes well beyond crosses. She has work in the Trail of Painted Ponies and she and her daughter were the creators of the annual Eggsibition which began back in 2003 and continue at a different location in Magdalena to this day."

Each cross is signed on the back and has a hook, so is ready for hanging in a special place on your wall. The hook is the only thing that is not completely hand-made by Ilse. Each cross also come with an Artist Info card with the details listed in quotations in the above paragraphs, so they make excellent gifts for someone you care enough about to give a handmade gift made in America.

Click on cross selection on the right to see the photo of that cross.  Scroll through the small photos below the main picture to see more views of most of them.

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