I would like to take some time to explain how I make the things I make, and what I use when I make them. Since I just moved and re-built my webshop, I’ll start with one of the products I have there – the amulet bags.
The materials I use for the bags themselves are usually 100 % natural, mostly leather or wool. I sew the bags by hand from a rectangular piece that’s about 6 x 5 cm, and a round piece for the bottom. The strings I use are also from natural materials, like for example waxed cotton, linen thread, or a leather strap.
What’s inside an amulet bag?
As for to what’s inside, that when it becomes interesting, and a bit complicated. It all starts with the purpose of the amulet. Let’s say it’s for inspiration (in general).
I start with the herbs. For inspiration, I’d add Bay Laurel, Cloves, Willow Bark, and some Fir needles.
Then I’d have a look at crystals, and check in with my intuition if it’s appropriate for that bag. For an inspiration bag, I’d use a Citrine or a piece of Amber.
If my intuition tells me so, I’d also add a rune. Either a bind rune, a cipher rune or just a normal rune. I might choose to carve it in a piece of wood, and put it inside the bag, or I might choose to sew the pattern on the outside. Several of the ready made amulet bags have bind or cipher runes on the outside. For inspiration, I would most likely choose this bind rune:
It’s a combination of the rune Laugr, and the rune Ur, with Naudr as a bi-product. It sort of turns into “I need the primal power and flow of creativity and intuition”.
For custom bags, there might be even more items involved, but they vary from bag to bag. When possible I try to match the colour of the bag to the purpose, at least for the custom made ones. For inspiration, the most suitable colour would be purple.
Since the most fitting number for inspiration is 1, I’d stick to one of each thing.
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