There are two variations of this charm, both using two, 1 — 3-inch glass slides (like those you put under a microscope). The first uses a hinged memory frame to hold the two slides together. The second employs specialty metal craft tape and wire. Either way, you will need:
Variation One Supplies:
Memory Frame made by Ranger, www.rangerink.com. These frames have a convenient soldered bail affixed to the top to easily turn your charm into a necklace. Cost: About $5.00
Variation Two Supplies:
Metal tape (several varieties are available). Any self-adhesive tape that creates a protective accent around the glass slide. The 1/4-inch thick by 9-foot long variety, which is available through Sunday International www.sundayint.com (among other places) is enough to do several charms. Decorative craft wire and beads. Wire is wrapped around slide in a decorative way to include a bail (hanger) at the top. Glass "E" beads to string on the wire. You will need a pair of jewelry pliers for easier wire wrapping. Cost: $3.50 for 9 feet of tape; $3.00 for craft copper wire (or you can visit a hardware store and choose the weight of wire that you will feel comfortable working with).
Instructions: As you are making your charm, you might want to use the affirmation given for Lammas as a mantra. Trace the slide shape onto decorative paper. Cut shape out precisely. If your paper is too large, the frame will not close properly or the tape will look crumpled and bulky on edges. Best to cut a bit short on all sides—just enough to be covered by edge of frame or width of tape. Also, some designer papers may be too thick for this particular project. Note: You can even design your charm using computer art. You can reduce pics, positive words and symbols to fit in your 1 – 3-inch space. Think of your working area as a mini-canvas and concentrate on the overall theme you wish to promote. Sandwich your picture between the two pieces of glass, checking to make sure the image does not extend over the edges. Lift the top glass and add herb bits, glitter, or a flower petal or two. Replace glass. Align edges. Slip into memory frame or secure edges with metallic tape.
For Variation Two, string beads randomly onto wire. Wrap wire in decorative pattern around sandwiched slide. You really only need enough to secure the bail you create at the top to finish, but if you like, you can certainly get wild and crazy with your wire art!
To complete the project, string bail with ribbon or a chain. Note: If you desire to make a mini-collage, Variation Two may work better as Variation One does not leave much leeway on paper thickness. Although Variation Two takes a bit more time due to the tape, the charm may not crack as easily and may be preferable if you are turning your piece into jewelry art.
Bless your Lucky Deva Abundance Charm on Lammas Eve. Use the affirmation, if you like, as part of your blessing ceremony. You can also find blessing ideas and herbal correspondences in my book HedgeWitch!
Cost of this project: $3.50 (estimated) per charm. You may wish to make several as gifts, for resale, or as a group project. Because the glass breaks easily during construction, this project is not recommended for children under thirteen.
Time to complete: To assemble: 10 minutes. To design: Entirely up to you.
From Llewellyn's Sabbats Almanac: Samhain 2009 to Mabon 2010. Click here for current-year calendars and almanacs.