A seasonal version of my miniature witch ball design: A delicate-yet-sturdy blown glass orb striped in deep brown, white and gold, crowned with many layers of brass filigree and sparkling Swarovski crystal the colour of toasted barley, with a micro-faceted beer quartz stone drop hangs to weight the piece. All hang from a brass chain. The ribbons of colour in the glass seem to interlace with the subtle turning of the orb-- truly mesmerizing.
I have chosen these colours and stones to celebrate the first harvest festival in the wheel of the year, Lammas or "loaf mass" when traditionally a loaf made from the grains of the first harvest was baked as an offering. These are part of the wheel of the year witchballs I made, dedicated to the coming Sabbat. I make a limited quantity of these-- this time there are only two in this design!
In England, witch balls were traditionally blessed by a wise woman and hung from a window or mantle for protection against malevolence. I have created a tiny version of this protective bauble: just under 1" with a 5" chain, the perfect size for a portable altar or hanging by your work station, a cubicle at work or even a hotel window or any small corner that could use a bit of blessing. Your witch ball will come with a suction hook for hanging on glass surfaces.
I was inspired to make this after seeing a witch ball in the "moorland cottage" room of the Castle Museum in York. The museum has myriad recreations of domesticity throughout the ages. I was particularly moved by the 18th century cottage, full of rough-hewn furniture. Every object had at least one use, if not three or four. But there in the window-- something mysterious and glamorous, even! A glass ball, decoupaged with roses. I, like many unseelies before me, was certainly mesmerized by it. This is my take on the witch ball-- made with love and mindfulness.