There are at least 40 miniature love letters/egg rolls in the little glass bottle, and they are all individually hand sculpted and removable from the bottle. For those who haven't eaten these before, these Chinese love letters (or egg rolls) are a traditional crispy biscuit often eaten during Chinese New Year.
So, a lady had commissioned me a few weeks to make a little bottle of egg rolls, and it was to be a gift to her late mom. Her mom had always enjoyed food miniatures, and decorated her office with them.
In her daughter's words.. "Just to share, the reason why we picked love letters was because it was intended as a gift to commemorate my Mom's birthday next year. Even though she's gone. My Mom's birthday had always coincided with CNY, and next year it'll be no different, and since love letters are one of her favorite CNY snack...we thought it couldn't make a better choice than to gift her that..."
Her daughter wishes to make this a yearly tradition, to add a food miniature to her mom's resting niche every year. I had sculpted these little egg rolls with this bittersweet backstory in mind.
It's always a pleasure to hear from my customers about the stories behind their commissions.