Upholding Ma'at

Journeying through the modern world with ancient ways.


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Craft Friday: Linen Amulet (a Cooler Version)

I know I have a linen amulet already made, but now I have a chance to create a more contemporary amulet to my liking. I used the same passage from before  and extrapolated which gods were represented. I really enjoy this rendition and I hope you do too.

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What You’ll Need:

-12 pendant blanks (I actually recommend 24 bezels if available)

-2 strips of linen, 3 1/2 feet each (this is for a 22 inch necklace)

-scissors

-decoupage glue

-dimensional adhesive

-black acrylic paint

-detail brush or toothpick

-brush for decoupage glue

Pendants

  1. Take a strip of linen and cut out 24 pieces to fit the pendants. NOTE: I did this because I wasn’t using bezels but pendant blanks. If you’re using bezels you’ll need 24 of them.

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  1. Paint one image of a deity per piece. Size as needed.

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3.Apply decoupage glue onto the linen and place on the blank or bezel. Let dry.

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4.  Apply the dimensional adhesive as directed. Let dry. TIP: If using the pendant blanks let it dry completely then reapply if it’s too thin.

5.  If using pendant blanks repeat steps 3 and 4 with the leftover pieces on the other side.

Necklace

1.  Take the thinner linen strip and size as necessary. If it’s still too thick for the pendant loop, fold the strip in half.
String a pendant through the strip.
2.  Tie a knot roughly 3 inches from edge. The knot should be tied so the pendant is behind it. If you’re using bezels string 2 bezel pendants onto the strip. This knot will serve as a place marker.

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3.  Tie a knot roughly 2 inches away from the other knot. I ended up untying the first knot after step 5 in order to complete the necklace.

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4.  Repeat with another pendant until all pendants are strung and 11 knots are made.

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5.  Tie the ends together to make the 12th and final knot.

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As I’ve said before the aforementioned passage was recited over the linen amulet during the Epagomenoi and on Wep Ronpet.  This was to ensure protection from Sekhmet and the demons of outside the year.

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Craft Friday: Gift Tag Festival Calendar

I got some of this idea from pinterest (by the way, if you have one and want a little peak into my creative process, follow me) and thought a festival calendar would be cute.  I used the Epagomenoi, and included a tag for the intercalary month, for this project.

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What you’ll need:

Ribbon, 2 feet

1 dowel rod, 1 foot

7 wall hanging eyelets

1 gift tag template

Cardstock (I actually used empty tea boxes. Mmmmm, jasmine tea!)

Paper

Scissors

Decoupage glue / sealant

Pens, colored pencils, etc.

Hole punch

Beading wire, 20 gauge

Jewelery wire cutters (admittedly I used scissors for this, but I don’t recommend this as it can dull the scissors)

Needle nose pliers

 

 

The Calendar Tags

1.  Trace out seven gift tags. If you don’t know where to find them, googlemancy can help.

2.  Cut out the tags. Repeat with the paper.

3.  Apply a thin layer of decoupage glue on the cardstock. Apply the paper and allow to dry. Trim as necessary.

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4.  Punch a hole near the top of the card. This serves as a guide for decorating later.

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5.  Decorate the cardstock side. Since I’m using the Epagomenoi I’ve decided to use the names of the gods along with an image of Them. When done apply a thin layer of decoupage sealant. Let dry.

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6.  Apply a layer of decoupage sealant on the paper side. Let dry. Decorate as desired.

 

The Hooks

1.  Cut four inches of wire.

2.  Use the needle nose pliers to curve the ends.  Curve them so the ends point in opposite directions.

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3.  Place the tag on one of the ends.

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4.  Wrap the end with the tag around the post. Keep wrapping until fully wound around the post.

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The Pole

1. Decorate the dowel rod. I used one I decorated from a previous project.

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2. Mark roughly 1 inch from the end. Repeat on the other end. In between the two end marks mark 1 1/2 inches apart until there are 7 total marks on the dowel rod.

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3. Screw the eyelets into marks. Wear any necessary eye protection when doing this.  Also be sure to use eyelets that aren’t too long because it will split the wood.

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4. Tie one end of the ribbon to the rod. Repeat on the other end. Trim the excess ribbon.

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