Coming in for a Landing Luminary

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Coming in for a Landing Luminary

40.00

This fused glass luminary features a butterfly landing onto a Candytuft flower. The Candytuft flower got its name because the blossoms resemble small tufts of cotton candy. It is also the only food source for one rare butterfly. The Candytuft flower is often given on happy occasions like anniversaries, weddings and birthdays. So whether you decide to gift this during a happy occasion or keep it for yourself, this luminary is a one-of-a-kind glass botanical creation that will shine light forever with a butterfly and flowers that will never die. 

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This luminary design has two of my favorite things - flowers and butterflies!  The Candytuft flower's whimsical shape has made it a frequent subject for artwork, including Cicely Mary Barker's, "The Candytuft Fairy".  Candytuft is often given on happy occasions like anniversaries, weddings and birthdays; and it provides fluffy, cloud-like blooms in the garden.  It is also the only food source for one rare butterfly, perhaps like this one on the luminary.

Butterflies are found on every continent, except Antarctica, which makes sense since they are unable to fly below a certain body temperature.  Wing spans among the Earth's 24,000 species of butterflies varies greatly, from 1/8" across to butterflies that are 12" from wing-to-wing.  Butterflies consume an all-liquid diet of flower nectar, and are attracted to some flower blossoms by ultra-violet markings invisible to the human eye.  The colorful scales on a butterfly's wings also have UV markers to attract potential mates.  Butterflies are also known as "flying flowers", so this luminary has a flower landing on a flower.  Extremely cool.

The sepia-toned "Coming in for a Landing" design is "sandwiched" between white background glass and a top glass "cap" of light lavender.  The luminary is accented with a third layer of colored glass sprinkles, adding yellow, bright green and sparkling adventurine green to the Candytuft and a bright sky blue to the butterfly.  This luminary has been curved to allow illumination from behind with a window, candle or other light source.