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Craft Friday: Stellar Menat

I sat down to relax and finish a few projects.  One project I had on the back burner for too long was a very delicate menat I’m using for a ritual.  Here’s what it looks like:

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I used all glass beads except for the stars.   I dubbed it the “Stellar Menat” because it has this celestial feel based on how I designed it.  Apart from the star beads I based the strand design off of the necklace design which holds the Silver Crystal from the manga version of Sailor Moon.  The reason I held back on finishing it was because I hadn’t found the right pendant.  I found that about a month ago at a craft store, and it’s the perfect size for my hand.  Since my menat is too delicate for everyday use I’m confining it only to rituals.

If you’d like to learn how to make your own menat, or even learn more about them, follow this link to my tutorial.

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Craft Friday: Wine Charms

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This is a little late for a few holidays, but I figured some folks may enjoy it just the same. I decided to make these wine charms based on what I know from Tekh, namely the flow of hematite in the Nile about the time of the holiday.

The beauty of my method is the charm can be adjusted for any stem size. In this picture I have the wine charm around a brandy snifter, for an example of how wide it can stretch.

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 2 pieces 18 gauge beading wire, 1 1/2 inches
  • 2 hematite beads, 4 mm
  • 1 hematite pendant
  • needlenose pliers
  • jewelry wire cutters (optional)

1.  Take one piece of the wire and curve it into a crescent shape.

 

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2.  Take the other piece and thread it through the pendant. Use the pliers to make a loop with the wire and close it off.

 

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3.  String the pendant loop through the curved wire. Add the beads to each end.

 

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4.  Slightly pinch the ends with the pliers and move the beads up. This is done by spinning the bead up to the end so it stays in place. Afterwards curve the wire right under the bead so it stays in place and completes the shape.

 

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This project is fairly easy to make, and the results look great. You can make it with friends as part of a celebration.