Pretty in Purple

Who says that ‘historically inspired’ has to mean ‘historically limited and boring?’ Masquerade here with some new pretties for your consideration!

Until I saw this fantastic, fabulous, just plain fun wire I had been content to limit myself to more ‘normal’ silver plate, sterling, brass, and copper wire. I didn’t know it came in purple. It comes in purple and “in purple, I am stunning.” (if anyone recognizes that quote you get ALL of the internet points.)

This is currently my only piece in this or any other color outside of the traditional metal spectrum. The wire is pigmented coating over silver plate over base copper and is quite sturdy. The color coating seems to be holding up well. I say this because the process of weaving and drawing out the Viking Knit is really very rough on the wire and this held its color.

Look at this thing. It is amazing.

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All 18 inches of this pretty purple piece are handwoven. I will of course include an extender chain of your preferred length at no additional cost- just ask. The necklace is $40 and is live in the Store.

Is the funky purple not really your thing? Well that’s OK too. I have something more subtle for you. Take a look.

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This is an amethyst stone of the palest lavender-pink. It is caged in silver tone artist wire and strung on hand woven Viking Double Knit silver tone artist wire. It is an elegant, understated piece that measures 19 inches though I will of course include an extender chain of your preference at no additional cost. The necklace is $45 and is live in the Store.

Stones of Beauty, Stones of Power

Who loves stones? Every hand should be in the air, right? Masquerade here with a few new beauties for your consideration. Today’s theme? Beautiful, powerful, stones!

First and foremost I am required to state that any descriptions of magical power are provided as a curio only and you should seek professional assistance for legal, medical, financial, and other concerns.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s take a look:

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First up a piece that absolutely refuses to be ignored, taken for granted, brushed over, shushed, or anything else for that matter. Cool tones of Ocean Jasper alternated with gleaming Pyrite nuggets proclaim “Plenty!” and “Power!” in confident, grounded tones. The two quartz points in the center hearken back to the sharp teeth of trophy necklaces. This entire piece proclaims in the language of stones “I have claimed my power.” The necklace itself is quite short at only 15 inches but I can add an extender chain to your chosen length for no additional cost- just send me a message through the Contact form. This piece is $50 and is live in the Store.

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Elegant, exquisite Lapis Lazuli- an ancient stone of royalty and said to empower its wearer to not only see the truth but to proclaim it. Lapis has a lengthy and noble history and has played a role in understanding just how expansive ancient trade routes really were. These three smoothly polished examples of the stone have been strung securely between sections of handwoven Viking Knit fine brass wire. The result is this stunning marriage of warm brass and cool lapis, a fitting piece for the highest of pursuits: magician, know thyself. This necklace is a comfortable 19 inches in length and I will gladly- and at no extra charge- add an extender chain to your preference. Just ask. It is $65 and the listing is live in the Store.

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Amethyst and silvertone filigree beads dance a perfect round on sturdy beading wire. Amethyst has a storied and popular history as a gently protective stone, used by ancient people to ward off everything from nightmares to drunkenness. It is most often cited as a soothing stone and a protector against bad dreams. These vibrant, smooth beads are an excellent example of the stone’s noble coloring. Please note that amethyst, like many stones in the quartz family, fades in the sun and is best recharged using a method that avoids direct sunlight! This bracelet is a snug 7 inches. I will be happy to add an extender to your desired length at no additional cost. Just ask. This bracelet is $15 and is live in the Store.

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A single smooth lapis lazuli oval provides an elegant accent to hand woven silver plated Viking Knit wire. Lapis is a stone of royalty, of honesty, and of charisma. Speak up. The world is listening. This bracelet is a large 8 inches. I will happily add an extender chain of your preference at no additional cost. Just ask. This piece is $40 and is live in the Store.

It’s in the bones

Greetings all and welcome to 2019! Masquerade here with a couple of new pretties for your consideration. The bone bottles have proven to be quite popular so I took a long look at the rest of my collection… and got to work.

All of the following delightful decorations are crafted out of domestic livestock- goats and rabbits- that I raise here on the farm, harvest humanely, and waste as little as possible of. (On a related note, the 2018 pelts are finished and they look GREAT! You’ll be seeing them soon!) To the best of my research, all are legal to possess in the United States. And of course I’m required to state that any descriptions of magical properties are provided as a curio only.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s take a look:

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Look at this thing! It looks like some kind of mothership calling it’s wayward explorers home- it’s just awesome. This is a sacral vertebra from a young buck goat. At the risk of sounding crude, he’s in my freezer as some roasts and hamburger, nothing is going to waste here. The stone chips are an assortment of semiprecious stones and ornamental rocks, mostly in the quartz family. This very unusual bone curio is $45 and the listing is live in the store.

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Another delightful dangling decoration, this one made from the lumbar vertebrae of a young buck rabbit interspersed with scarlet lampworked glass beads and silvertoned cap beads. I’m really quite pleased with this and considered keeping it but I’m not looking for any more rabbit energy around right now. This would make a fine altar decoration to the right Power. This bone curio is $30 and the listing is live in the Store.

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I hope you’ll forgive the unusual choice of display stands- you could absolutely turn this into a necklace if you so desired. It would make a striking symbol of office for a rabbit priestess, for example. This is the cleaned, degreased, peroxided (to disinfect and whiten without the damaging effects of bleach), skull of a juvenile doe rabbit. It is currently strung with lampworked and painted glass beads on a plain dowel as a wall hanging. It could be set on the wall above an altar or balanced over statuary or any number of other things. The choice is yours. This bone curio is $30 and the listing is live in the Store.

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I’m very pleased with this one. This collection of cervical and lumbar goat vertebrae, interspersed with stone amethysts, was put together with the intention of ‘carrying through from bad dreams into good’ as amethyst has been used to dispel nightmares and goats make wonderful chariot pullers- just ask a certain God of Thunder. The wall hanging is intended to be a powerful and reliable protective charm, though it may also be appropriate anywhere some sturdy, vital goaty energy is needed. This bone curio is $45 and is live in the Store.

And in case you were curious, the backdrops from this set of photos are also available! These are prime senior furs from the last (venerable old age) of my Silver Martin Rabbits. The leather is much thicker and sturdier than your average craft pelt and the fur is absolutely PLUSH. A random penny has been dropped on the black fur for a sense of scale. These are much larger than your average craft pelt, too. Both rabbits (the chocolate brown was a venerable old female, the black her equally venerable brother) lived quite spoiled lives in my hutch for some time and they should carry that ‘satisfied’ energy with them wherever they go. It could be a long time before I have senior pelts again so if you’ve been looking for a rune casting skin, an altar rug, a dream pillow, a blessing rug, or any of the many magical things I can think of to do with a premium rabbit skin- this is your chance. They will be sold as a set, since they go together. They are $60. for the set and the listing is live in the Store.

Itty Bitty Bone Bottles Uploaded!

I’ve just finished uploading an assortment of itty bitty bottle charms! The bottles are glass, none more than 1 3/4″ tall, and all are well sealed with craft epoxy- they won’t be falling apart on you! Here’s a small sample of the collection:

Each bottle uses one of my favorite methods of ‘anchoring’ energy work: the inclusion of some bone bits. In this case, rabbit teeth. They are- in my own humble magical craftsperson’s opinion- an excellent anchor for benign magic. Rabbits’ teeth grow constantly, and these bones help anchor other magical work with the same vigor. There are bottles for each of the seven ancient planets, each of the four ancient elements, and a few other energy types besides. Take a look, and feel free to ask any questions you might have.

Don’t see the bottle you wanted? Let me know and- as long as my supplies last- I’ll be glad to make one just for you!

-Masquerade

(PS: Personal beliefs and experiences with magic aside, I’m required to clarify that magical items are sold as curios; are not guaranteed to do anything at all and you should always seek professional medical, legal, financial, or other help.)

 

 

Crafting Alchemically

There is crafting and there is crafting and many other kinds exist beyond them- so what’s the difference?

I can bend all of my skills with thread, wood, iron, leather, wax, wire, bone, etc to a task and create a physical masterpiece. But it will be without intention if I am not properly focused and Crafting while I craft. The effect of focus on the finished product is something that humanity has long known but recently forgotten, at least in our fast-paced modern world. Tales of charms woven into fabric or power wrought into steel permeate our stories and spark memories in our sleeping minds. For millennia we knew it was true. What’s a few decades of electronic complacency in comparison?

Everything that we craft is done with intention. All of it. Every time. Candles are poured during specific planetary hours with their purpose in mind. Wire is woven with thoughts turned to beauty and strength. Each pyrographed symbol is carefully considered and imbued by heat and thought as it is burned into a surface. We know now that the mere act of observing something can alter it, we’ve simply decided to call this a branch of theoretical physics instead of an exploration of our magical heritage. Perhaps they are the same thing.

Knowing that this exists might make someone an armchair magician. Theory is fascinating and always a good discussion, but are you using that theory? Are you crafty or are you Crafty, to abuse the internet’s passion for Capitalizing Important Things? A great many more items will be appearing in the catalogue over the next few weeks, all of them have been made at auspicious times, with focused thought and physical skill. We hope you enjoy them.

~Masquerade