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In The Mood For Some Voodoo

My muse has abandoned me.  For me I go through these phases of being uninspired.  It happens quiet frequently to be honest.
I hear a voice and he says,
Follow your bliss.
But DAMNIT, 
Following your bliss is tre difficult and sometimes downright
PAINFUL.

Okay, enough of that.
It has been about a two solid weeks without being in the studio.  So yesterday I cleaned up the mess and was going to organize but then said to myself, 
Self, you don't have time for that.  Get busy and stop procrastinating.

I managed to clear off the working bench and put back together my beloved lotus bracelet.  A good warm up exercise to start the morning.  
Did you know that I did that?  It's kind of like working out.  
Need to warm up them hands Baby before diving in.

I sat there for awhile before finally deciding to finish up a piece that was in the making about a year ago.
I made this box using copper and sawed the back for a window to look through.  A piece of mica was placed on the back and then the fun part began.  

I sawed this voodoo doll from antique piano key.  I believe they came from a piano dated late 1800s.  This little guy will be joining in on the fun.
My mom says that even when I try to be scary my stuff comes out cute!
Gasp!

The box contains glass Mardi Gras beads that I caught sometime in the last 9 years, pins for the voodoo doll, and some brick dust for protection.  I placed it on a 30" oxidized silver chain.  The box is 1" in diameter and 1/4" in depth.
Closed it all up and ta-daa!
Front
Back
A finished relic/amulet/talisman/reliquary.

Hmmm...what am I going to do now?  

Have a great Thursday everyone!  
I will be trying to stay warm since it is a cool day at 22 degrees F this morning.
_/\_

Namaste
Kalaya

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