J is for Jewelry – A Pagan Blog Post

J is for what?

Having trouble with a J posting.

So I think I’m going to settle on jewelry for lack of being fired up about anything. That is if I can think of anything to say. I make jewelry among other things I’m a silver smith, a beader, a glass fuser, a wire worker, Niobium smith.

Before I started writing I used to dream jewelry designs all the time. Now I’m more likely to dream stories than design. Still a visual thinker and dreamer just different subject matter since I’ve been told I’m a very visual writer.

I used to wear a lot more jewelry than I do now. I stopped having any desire to wear a pentagram when I designed and got my tattoo of a pentagram. Somehow that freed me to wear other things like representations of the Goddess and other symbols that often mean nothing to anyone else but me.

I’ve always made my coven and friends jewelry and I’ve made a special initiation necklace for everyone we’ve initiated into the coven. Since I collect beads when I see things that remind me of people or symbolize things in people I know’s lives this is sometimes one of those processes that just flows. I pull out the supplies and somehow the hands know what to do.

At the first BunniHoTep ritual where we initiated members into the Iseum I got Swarovski crystal rabbits and constructed pendants for everyone who completed the initiation that day. Glad I did that because Swarovski no longer makes them.

When I had access to a kiln I loved fusing glass and etched dichroic glass pendants for people. When I sold them at Womenspirit Craft Faire it was always a kick to see who was bold enough to buy a Sheila-na-gig.

Everything I make even for non-magically inclined people has spells imbedded in it in the making. I see no reason to leave off the protection, peace, kindness and love spells I try to put into any piece.

One of the more fun things I’ve done is forged silver during my part in a Brighid/Imbolc ritual and then give the piece away to whoever seems to need it. I don’t think I’ve kept a single one.

Silver smithing is the ultimate example of how to be. Metal because stronger when forged but you have to be careful because if you strike it or work it too much without putting it back in the fire it become too brittle to use. If it isn’t worked in some way pure silver is too soft to be useful and has to be thickened or in something else. Pure silver can’t stand on its own. Just like people we can’t stand by ourselves sometimes we need help.

Glass working takes courage. It takes patience and it takes the ability to be able to let go and let it find its own level. Glass is really a liquid and it doesn’t take much to make it flow. In an earthquake glass bells out and then due to shock will at its weakest point in the flow it will break. This is why you shouldn’t run out of a building in an earthquake. Unless you like being impaled on shards of plate glass, then go ahead. You can see the effects of flow in very old windows. They will be thicker and often slightly cloudy at the bottom because they continue to flow after the window is in place. Old stained glass has to be replaced because the thickness can distort the lead.

Niobium working takes strength because it’s so difficult to work and to make it colour you have to dip it in a water solution and high voltage electricity. Bending Niobium wire is like bending bedsprings. It fights you every inch of the way and you have to really want to work with it.

Working with any physical substance can teach you a lot about your spiritual life if you are willing to listen while you are doing.