The Witch Makes Various Amulets, Talismans, Charms & Crane Bags

Charm making supplies

I’ve spent so much time on herbalism in the past two years that I almost forgot about one of my first loves ~ charm making. I’ve always been a bit obsessed with amulets and talismans, ancient and modern, decorative and practical. I naturally collect beads, old skeleton keys, holed stones, bones, roots, and animal bits. On the weekend I put together an assortment of such treasures from my magpie’s hoard along with leather, sinew, and cotton cord and spent the next few days making charm after charm as happy as a pig in mud.

I made animal familiar talismans, keys to the otherworld and underworld, protection & travel charms, crane bags, ritual necklaces, and more. Once I’m able to get good photos taken of them all I’ll be listing my creations for sale in the Botanica. For now here’s a small taste of my efforts.

Deer crane bag, black rooster's foot & toad's foot talismans

Hare's Foot Talisman

Embroidery detail of Hare's Foot Talisman

Author Sarah

Illustrator and weaver of words. Witch. Forest siren with talons, succubic tendencies, a love of otherworldly beauty, poisonous plants, wild places and dead things.

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  • marti says:

    Beautiful amulets, Sarah. I’ll be watching for what you have for sale in the future. BB

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  • Scylla says:

    Oowe, I really like that little silver owl in the bead tray. I’m actually branching (back) into doing custom talismans and jewelry in silver. Alas, cold weather, and bad neighbors put cramps in everything!

  • I want to ask if you have any tutorials on your work. I know you are trying to sell your pieces but I am a big believer in D.I.Y being essential to this spirituality.

    • It’s hard to do tutorials as I’d need to cover leather work, woodwork, sewing, embroidery, braiding & weaving & knotwork, and more. I highly recommend the craft and DIY sections of public libraries as well as workshops at local community centres and shops to pick up these skills as it’s a case of having the skills down first before being able to do anything with them. I’ve been doing beadwork, woodwork, and all kinds of crafts since I was a small child due to my very crafty parents.

  • These look amazing! I’m looking forward to seeing them all when you list them.