A customer brought me a glass jewelry box that had been given to her by her sister-in-law who has passed on. The box was a treasured keepsake but was starting to come apart after 30 years and now she had a different vision for it. She explained that her daughter was struggling with some personal issues and had been very close to her aunt who originally gave this jewelry box. Her daughter felt when she saw butterflies that she was getting support and strength from her aunt. So the mom wanted me to remake it, incorporating butterflies with the old glass pieces to create a new, unified jewelry box thast she could give to her daughter-- a gift from her and her daughter's beloved, deceased aunt. This is one of my favorite kinds of projects-- the ones with a personal story and a bit of a challenge on how to make it happen. Since the original box had a beveled glass piece with painted birds as the top, I wanted to leave that as the central image so it would be instantly recognizable to her. I took apart the sides and developed some small fused butterflies that circle the base of the jewelry box. I carried the colors onto the top by using the same purple glass for the pieces that enlarged the top. Finally, perched on top of the box, I created a small fused butterfly that will be keeping constant watch over her, a symbol of her aunt's spirit that is always present.