Sunday, May 16, 2010
Ritual Items for the Altar Tables
I finished these days and days ago but got side tracked in the weed jungle that is my flower beds. And I needed some separation from these items... that athame was a real piece of work, let me tell you! I was swearing up a storm that day!
It doesn't look like much in the picture but the hilt of the athame has a distressed metal look to it (the picture is too dark I think). The athame measures just under 1 1/2 inches from hilt to tip. I wanted to put a gem or something in the hilt, but I didn't have anything on hand that was the right size. You can't really see the mortar and pestle too well in the photo, sorry about that. It's just a simple one anyway. The other curved knife is a boline, it's for harvesting herbs. The skull is just a regular skull missing it's jaw (and a few teeth), it's aged and has symbols painted on it. The whole thing reminds me of some kind of alchemists collection.
Next on the list for the altar tables is herbs, dried flowers (don't know how I'm going to do that yet, I usually make them looking vibrant and living), and the book of shadows. I want to make the book cover leather, but I only have thick leather that I got at a discount fabric store. I've made some books with it, but I don't like it for this collection. Does anyone know how to thin leather without really special leatherworking tools?