A delicate-yet-sturdy blown glass orb striped in yellow and amber, crowned with many layers of brass filigree, hung from a brass chain. The ribbons of colour in the glass seem to interlace with the subtle turning of the orb-- truly mesmerizing. An iridescent Czech glass drop weights the piece.
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" (2.5cm) with a 4" (10cm) chain, the perfect size for a portable altar or hanging by your work station, a cubicle at work, child's room 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.
This is what a happy customers have said about this witchball: "I have this hanging on a living room window. It catches the afternoon sun, and shoots tiny shafts of red around the room."
"This little witch ball hangs from the beam over the fireplace, it is so dainty, lots of detail very pretty."
I also have Witch Balls in different colours.
All my jewellery is made by hand by my partner Mike and myself in a converted 18th century naval school on the wild North coast of Scotland. All pieces come gift wrapped with lavender and Scottish heather.