Those are beautiful! Love the Celtic vibe. And another possible use is as a stand for decorated eggs. I have a sizable collection of decorated eggs (mostly made by me a few years ago) and stands for them were expensive and not necessarily beautiful.
People are making some pretty cool ones these days (I’m seeing them mostly on Instagram). It also seems to be something within fairly easy reach for hobbyists, at least for resin casting … which is unfortunate because it makes it really tempting. There are customizable open designs that one can 3D print on a resin printer, use to make silicone molds and, cast with sufficiently durable resins (with coloring, inclusions, etc.). You can also buy inexpensive molds ready-to-go, too.
It’s also tempting to experiment with machining them from hardwoods on my desktop CNC.
I didn’t notice any smudging from casual handling. After you mentioned it, I tested and, if I rub the edge hard enough, I can get it to transfer a little. I’ll try spraying with a fixative. It occurs to me that I could probably also just spray paint the edges while the masking is still on.
I have a few reliquaries. The most precious is a piece of the clothing from Saint Aloyius. He was a young ,man who was pf the most connected families in Western Europe. Think of a Kennedy or a Wall family. He chose to devote his life to the sick and suffering. He doied helping the sick people from a plague in Rome.
My Grandfather’s name Was Alyois. His son was an RC priest who was a priest in the 50s and 60s… I do pray that I can continue in some way the grace they demonstrated.