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.