Lately I’ve been getting a slew of crafting books and proposals. Slated for publication in 2011, I’m currently working on books on crafting your own magical candles (winter release), your own wands (summer release), and lots of other fun projects for magical home décor and beauty (fall release). Plus, there are more proposals on their way for 2012…a book on making your own ritual tools, a book on making your own incense, and more. It looks like we’ll have a very nice selection of new magical crafting books for you in the upcoming years. (I’ll keep you posted as they come out!) If you’re itching to get started, there is a nice section on easy, inexpensive crafts in Witchcraft on a Shoestring by Deborah Blake, coming out this fall, or check out the tried and true Spell Crafts by Cunningham and Harrington.
Some magical orders require the student or initiate to make their own magical tools, but I’m a solitary, so I was never required to do so. So while I’ve certainly made my own incense blends, bath potions, sachets, charms and that kind of thing, I must confess I’ve never tried my hand at the harder projects. You know, the ones that require manual dexterity and actual tools!
How about you? Have you ever made your own wand? Or your own athame? Did you sew your own robes? Do you have a pentacle on your altar that you created out of pottery, wood or clay? A hand-thrown chalice? Your own set of tarot cards? Or do you use other craft techniques to make magical objects, such as knitting, painting, scrapbooking, mosaics, weaving, papier-mâché, brewing, screen printing, jewelry making, baking, canning? How do you express yourself magically through these mediums? How did they turn out, what did you learn, and do they work better than store-bought items? Please share your experiences with us!
(Note: photos are for blog bling only. They do not represent the actual books Llewellyn will be publishing, or the authors’ work.)