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ARGYROMANCY, OR WHAT THE SILVER TOLD ME.

In Finland it is called uudenvuoden tina, and in Turkey it’s kurşun dökmek, Molybdomancy is use of molten metals in divination.  Molybdos is lead in ancient greek. There are also records of its use in Celtic folk tradition practiced on Beltane Eve or Samhain.

Lately I’ve been trying my hand at this, except instead of lead or tin, I’m using sterling silver.

The water casting process fascinates me– as it uses the elements of fire, water, earth and air in a kind of formative ritual. Using a blow torch, scrap silver is melted down in a ceramic crucible and then dunked quickly into a bucket of cold water. (It speaks!  the hissing steam was often a portent).  I love seeing what has formed, what messages the silver has for me. These  auguries inspire my designs.

A selection of recent water cast pieces

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Let's Call It Self-Love Wednesday

Starting at midnight tonight, I'm offering 20% off everything here at feralstrumpet.co.uk for 24 hours with coupon code: LOVEDAY18
V Day always has me wistful for its Roman counterpart– Lupercalia– a festival of purging fevers and she-wolves. Surely there is something worth celebrating on this day besides cupids and St. Valentine? Let’s call it Self Love Wednesday. (I confess: I’d always liked the empty tissue boxes decorated as post boxes on our desktops in grade school, and counting up the hearts afterward. Maybe I just like getting post, even if it comes in a heart-covered tissue box!)

Won’t you be my Feral Valentine?
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Original Gifts Under £15

From stocking stuffers to secret Santa ideas, you’re sure to find a little something that’s perfect & totally original. Check out the Gifts Under £15 Collection.
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The Gratitude Sale Starts Thursday!

Starting at midnight GMT, receive 20% off everything at feralstrumpet.co.uk and Feralstrumpet on Etsy with coupon code GRATITUDE17. Good until Monday 27/11/17.
I know we are all bombarded with sale messages during this season, and I’ve chosen to thank my loyal customers with my biggest sale of the year during this time. This is my 7th holiday season in the shop and the gratitude I feel for my customers, many of whom have become friends, is great. Know that if you are inspired to shop during this time, choosing small, independent business like mine make a huge difference in a life and I strive to reflect that in the quality of my work, the personal service and attention to detail, right down to the gift wrap of each purchase which includes dried lavender and Scottish heather.
(Please note coupon can’t be used on custom orders and can’t be used retroactively.)
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Sneak Peek of this Friday’s Thunder Moon Update!

In this shop update I’ve focused on sterling silver pieces, taking the sea and lunar beauty as my inspiration. There’s a mermaid worthy wedding set of abalone earrings and necklace with freshwater pearl accents (the pearls are all up-cycled from vintage pieces).  This set is perfect for a casual seaside handfasting or wedding, and could be worn long after your special event.

The luminous moonstone drop is paired with rustic, faceted garnets in the second necklace. All of my designs are created one at a time, by hand. I’ve created another pair of my ever-popular alchemist hoops–Delicate and lightweight, these hand forged sterling silver hoops are adorned with three stone drops: faceted pyrite and garnet with lovely strawberry quartz, all with hand wrapped sterling silver bails, inspired by the alchemical ideal– through magic you can turn blood, sweat and tears into something golden.

This update corresponds with the Full Thunder Moon this weekend– sometimes called the Buck, Hay or Blessing Moon.  It is the last full moon before we start our harvests in ernest.  How will you celebrate?

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