Vend 2019: Indoor Valentine’s Market at Annmarie Gardens

It’s our first outing of the year and I am SUPER EXCITED!

The Spider’s Masque will have a table at the Indoor Valentine Market at Annmarie Gardens in Dowell, MD. Find out more about the market from their web page by following this link: http://www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/content/valentine-market

Mostly I’ll have the handwoven Viking Knit so if you’re looking for a beautiful piece that is also comfortable and durable, you need to come see our table!

I’ll see you there!

Ideas in fermentation

That would be the alchemical stage, not anything to do with creating boozy goodness. Sorry.

Got to chatting over dinner with some creative partners recently and man oh man you should have been there for that brainstorm. Altar cloths, deck and dice bags, ritual cloaks, ritual cords, planetary candles, sustainable!fur vestments, masks (I promise I actually do make those, they just tend to be already sold before I can get them listed online!) and- if I can get time and resources and spoons all together in one spacetime point- some worked iron wands and crystal ball stands.

Even if we don’t get all of the things done in time for Spring’s events, they’ll go up on the Store as soon as they are ready. And yes, the first round of applications to Spring vends has gone out. I’ll put things up on a calendar page as soon as I hear back from any of the opportunities.

I have next up a FancyBox commission for a Frigg + Handmaids shrine, a stag mask that’s been screaming in my head for a while now, and some iron wands because I have the perfect stock waiting for me to find a decent oil quenching tank.

And applications. Lots of applications.

That’s what makes all of this ‘fermentation’ rather than anything else. Things are bubbling, forming, reforming as conditions change, and the planning has a sense of ‘actually going to happen’ instead of ‘castles in the sky.’ As we move from fermenting into distilling and start to work and draw off the products of that labor you’ll see the results here. Or at a Fest. Wherever you find us first.

Keep it magical.

-Masquerade

In the Garden of Death

Take another look.

Wood burned with a pattern of flowers common in the Appalachian region that I call home and decorated with…. butterflies… that I raised and cleaned myself, this is a unique and unusual piece for any collection. All board edges have been rounded and smoothed for ease of handling.

$80.

Tech specs: 1 x 10 x 20 inches oak board- quite heavy!- with pyrography and rabbit jaw ‘butterflies’. Not currently backed for hanging and hanging is not recommended due to the weight of the board. Ideal for display on a table, mantle, or shelf. As this piece is both heavy and contains fragile elements, additional shipping charges will apply to this item.

Beautiful Brass

Bolder than gold- and more affordable- tarnish resistant jewelry grade brass is a delight for the senses. Masquerade here with some new creations for your consideration.

Let’s take a look:

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This statement piece is big and bold yet intricate and comfortable- a suitable addition to any Jarl’s hoard! This bracelet is handwoven out of heavy gauge jewelry grade tarnish resistant brass and accented with a lamp worked marbled green glass bead. The bracelet is a single solid piece with an approximate circumference of 9 1/2 inches, but the flexible nature of Viking Knit wire allows for a much easier on and off than a rigid bangle would. This bracelet is $40 and is waiting for you in the Store.

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Not into the heavy swagger of some of the other brass pieces? This refined version is for you. This bracelet is intricately handwoven out of jewelry gauge tarnish resistant brass and measures a comfortable 8 inches. This bracelet is $30 and is waiting for you in the Store. The gauge and double knit weaving pattern are a match to the Lapis and brass necklace but the beading pattern is not.

Proud as…

A Peacock, of course! Masquerade here with another lovely new item for your enjoyment.

Let me tell you the story of a box. It was an unassuming little box, it fit perfectly into the cabinet and held tea. Then it was empty of tea. Then Masquerade looked at the empty box and thought, ‘why put more tea when I can DECORATE IT?’ I usually drink coffee anyway, takes me forever to get through a box of tea.

But how to decorate it? I let the box sit for quite a while, devoid of tea but also devoid of decoration, while I searched and waited to find out what it needed. This was about the same time that my social media feeds began to absolutely FILL UP with prismacolor peacocks. I love peacocks. They’re beautiful. They’re also amazing proximity alarms, but impossible to actually tame. They learn who usually has treats and that’s about as tame as they get so I’ve never kept any even though I think they’re gorgeous. Knowing all of this I went an looked up some of their other associations and I admit I did giggle a little bit. Peacocks have a very ‘barbarian warlord’ vibe to me after watching them carry on about their business for a while. Less ‘high priestess’ and more ‘I will fight you, I will win, and I will look fabulous doing it.’ If you want my opinion. You don’t have to listen to me, this is the internet.

TLDR: Peacocks are gorgeous gladiators and they will fight you.

I had to do it. This is the peacock box. It is approximately 6 inches by 8 inches by 1 and 3/4 inches and is available now for $35. The lid slides open and is a little snug but does operate as designed. The box is pictured propped up on another box so that the feather detail on the side is visible. There is a similar feather on the other side of the box. I’m quite proud of this one, appropriately enough. Use the watchful peacock to hold your divination tools, guard a precious item, or as a small shrine to a Power that is connected to peacocks.

Box it up!

Long snowbound days means time to break out the crafting toys! Masquerade here with some lovely new items for you to enjoy.

I don’t know about you but I have a truly ridiculous amount of little bits and baubles knocking around my space that could use corralling, protecting, or just a home. Enter, the ornate little box. All of these little treasure chests have been adorned with pyrographic designs, artfully gilded with gold leaf paint, felt floored by hand, and given several coats of protective lacquer all by yours truly.

Let’s take a look.

First up is this adorable little guy. He is decorated with Celtic-style knotwork on 5 out of six sides and has a white felt floor to protect your tiny precious items. All metalwork is bright brass. He measures 3 and 3/4 inches wide, 2 inches tall and 2 and 1/4 inches back to front. His guilding is very subtle, just a few tiny touches within the knots. He is $15 and unless USPS rates go up again he will still be the usual flat $4 to ship.

Up one size to the next box.

This fancy little friend has been given a design reminiscent of stained glass! The extra fancy front finials have been gilded to match! This box’s total spaceprint is 5 and 1/4 inches by 3 and 1/4 inches by 2 and 1/2 inches. Please note that this box has some significantly overhanging lid and floor detailing and the actual box interior is only about 4 and 1/4 by 2 and 1/4 by not quite 2 inches tall. I’ve given this box a white felt floor to help protect your treasure. The metalwork is antiqued brass with a teensy tinsy eagle detail on the main clasp that I absolutely could not capture with the camera. I tried. This box is $18

So gilded, much heat stamping, all fancy. Wow. No really, look at this thing. I saw the blank on the shelf and I had to have it so I could fancy-fy it even more. The bottom decorative ridge, the top arched plate, and the decorative molding around the front of the box have all been given a layer of gold leaf paint. It gleams. The warm gold contrasts very nicely with the antiqued brass clasp and studs and I absolutely love the way the heat stamped pattern looks on this one. I gave this box a felt floor and ceiling to help protect your treasures inside. The box has very ornate outer detailing and the exterior footprint is much larger than its interior space of 5 and 1/4 inches by 3 by 4 inches at the peak of its arch. Its total exterior footprint is 6 and 1/2 by 4 and 3/4 and it stands a substantial 5 inches tall. This box is $20

Here’s the largest of this collection at a whopping 6 by 4 by 4 interior space. I’ve given this box an ornate four petaled flower design in a stained glass style on its lid with crossed thorny branches as a guard on the front face. The rear of the box has a rose window design. What better feature for a box with a rose window pattern than a gold leaf painted inner lid? I’ve also given this box a white felt floor to cushion whatever secrets it carries. The metal work is bright brass and matches the painted details well. This box is $20

This is my personal favorite from this collection. This round box with a hidden magnetic closure measures 4 and 1/2 inches in diameter by just over 3 inches tall, (3 and 1/4 by 2 and 3/4 interior) and I have given it a white felt floor, a gold leaf painted inner lid, and quite a bit of decorative woodburning and gold leaf paint on the outside. The twisted ribbon with gold filled abstractions patter continues around the entire outside wall and the lid is similarly covered with gold leaf paint and a floral mandala inspired pattern. I’m really very happy with this box and it’s gotten numerous complements around the workshop. This box is $30

That’s it for this collection of wood burning. gold painting, felt cushioning winter time crafting. Feel free to browse the rest of the catalog which can be found under the ‘Store’ tab and remember if you don’t see just the perfect thing, send us a message and we’ll talk about some custom work options.

Keep it magical.

-Masquerade

Lovely Layers

What’s better than one amazing handcrafted piece of historically inspired jewelry? More, or course! Masquerade here with some new pretties for your consideration.

First up is a set of the most delicate work I’ve ever done.

These bangles are made of ultra-fine 34 gauge handwoven wire sleeves over memory steel cores. Yes that’s 34 gauge, it’s not a typo. This wire is aboutĀ  the same thickness as heavy sewing thread and is tedious and time consuming to weave by hand. Two bangles are red copper with silver plated accent wire holding the shape, the third is fine sterling wire with silver plate accent wire holding the shape. I will not work in 34 gauge wire again. There are a total of five pieces made with this wire and there will be no more. These are utterly unique. The set is listed at $50 and is live in the Store.

Want your layersĀ  a little larger? Look ahead:

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This is a single piece of three joined strands of handwoven Viking Knit silver tone artist wire. The set is ready to hold all of your charms and trinkets (the ceramic owl charm is included!) or to display its own cascading beauty alone. The innermost strand is a snug 15 inches but I will gladly include, at no additional cost, an extender chain of your desired length. Just ask. The three stranded necklace is $50 and is live in the Store.