Co-creating with God
From His Heart to her heart…from His Hands to her hands…and now to yours.
Maria Franklin, founder and fine artist at Center Peace Works, finds joy in each handmade piece, witnessing to the healing Love that she herself has experienced. Prayer is an endless source of inspiration and her deep personal well of empathy for her family and friends overflows into each creation. From her cliffside home studio in Southern California where she resides with her husband and children, Maria designs and details religious art painstakingly in wax, and then forges each unique piece in solid bronze, brass or sterling silver. The whole process can take months to perfect. In this exclusive collaboration, Maria has opened up her heart and hands to share her collaborative adventure with the Creator, and we invite you to join in. Each piece is meant to be used, loved, prayed with, treasured, gifted, and displayed as a constant reminder of grace and royalty.
Royal Shield Chaplet
The very nature of this exquisitely handcrafted chaplet lifts every heart and soul to the trinitarian King. It begins with the brass Holy Spirit Paraclete dove, designed for hanging on a wall or holding in a hand, descending upon the first brass bead of the Our Father, which is created in the form of the earth blessed by the outpouring of God’s divine love. Each stone bead in the palest earthtone colors of ivory, terracotta and seafoam has been lovingly hand wired by Maria and finishes with the Ephesians 6 cross, designed with the armor of God, which she designed over many months of thought and prayer.
In every moment of every day, we soldier on in God’s presence and ask for his loving help in living a holy life. There are countless moments in the battle of life where courage and connection are hard to come by, and we need to call upon extraordinary grace to strengthen us. Just as we claim the crown of our royalty, we may also claim the armor of God to stand firm against our own weakness, against the devil’s tactics, and against the world’s influence. With loins girded in truth and feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace, we put on the armor of God: the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit.
A prayer chaplet is a personal devotional prayer that can be prayed privately or communally, in any variety of settings: in church, traveling in the car or on a plane, at home and outdoors. There are many types of chaplets, but typically they all utilize prayer beads to keep track of the prayer. Often seen as a short form of the ancient prayer called the “rosary”, the 10-bead chaplet is practiced throughout Christianity. A chaplet is a vocal prayer and can be prayed as a petition, or in adoration, or thanksgiving, or in reparation. The experience of the chaplet is meant to be like repeating, “I love you” over and over again…one never gets tired of saying it…or of hearing it.
BRASS & STONE HAND-CRAFTED CHAPLET
- Royal Shield Chaplet
- Center Peace Works Cotton Care Bag
- Product Dedication Card
- Product Holy Card
- Lacquer Gift Box with Sleeve
Three distinct pieces form our Center Peace Works x House of Royals art collection: a Face of Christ Upon the Cross, in brass inlaid on reclaimed California cedar wood cross frame, or Face of Christ Upon Veronica’s Veil in brass/white matted frame; a Royal Shield rosary chaplet with sword, shield, breastplate, helmet and belt of virtues inspired by Ephesians 6 with accompanying brass Holy Spirit hanger and option for Royal Shield chaplet with retablo shadowbox; and a brass Triumph Wing cross.
Maria is also periodically available for custom art by commission here.