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If You Cannot Take The Heat Then...

Get out of the studio!  
You know...my a/c has not stopped running since noon!  I believe it is just getting hotter and hotter here in NOLA but you know what?
It would not be NOLA without that summer, HOTTER THAN HELL, heat!

Okay enough of that.  What have you all been up to?
I have been making this and that.
Mostly making rings and etching my heart away.

When I sit down to make a piece I often think about what I want to say or what kind of energy I want it to have.
Do I want to attract love or do I want to invoke inner peas...hmm...I mean peace?
Maybe I want to provide protection?

Since prehistoric times metals, crystals, stones, and symbols held power and mystery.
When I make my pieces I like to incorporate some sort of protection for the wearer, usually there is a piece of turquoise somewhere.

This past week I started off making my mother her long awaited bullet casing pendant.  On the casing I etched the Rune symbols for Journey and Protection.

The crystal is rutilated quartz, also known as Fleches d'amour, Cupid's darts, and Venus hair stone, and is said to slow down the aging process among other things.  Go here to learn more about this particular crystal.
An amulet for protection on one's journey.
I liked it so much I decided to make a few more, 7 to be exact!
Some of the casings have Om, Om Ah Hum, Namaste, or the Thai symbol for life.  
If you look closely there are some with a drawing of an octopus (inspired by Game Of Thrones), swirls (symbol of eternity), and even one with New Orleans' St. Louis Cathedral and the Superdome.

Pair them up with a crystal/stone for that extra power and you get this.
The one with the lotus flower contains obsidian (found in Mexico) and turquoise inside the casing and makes a beautiful rattling sound.  Both are stones of protection.

Pure magic!

What symbols do you use in your work?

Have a wonderful Friday.

Namaste
Kalaya

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