Miniature Witch Ball with Carnelian

£14.00 GBP

A miniature version of a traditional glass witch ball.

  • A beautiful blown glass orb of glimmering, deep crimson
  • the colour of lava flow and coal-hearts 
  • Crowned with layers of Victorian-inspired filigree
  • Hangs from a brass chain with a hand forged hook
  • The tiny golden flecks in the glass shine with the subtle turning of the orb
  • Weighted with a faceted carnelian drop 
  • A wonderful addition to a window altar

In England, witch balls were traditionally blessed by a wise woman and hung from a window or mantle for protection against malevolence. I have created a tiny version of this protective bauble: just under 1" with a 5" chain, the perfect size for a portable altar or hanging by your work station, a cubicle at work or even a hotel window or any small corner that could use a bit of blessing. Your witch balls will come with a suction hook for hanging on glass surfaces. 

I was inspired to make this after seeing a witch ball in the "moorland cottage" room of the Castle Museum in York. The museum has myriad recreations of domesticity throughout the ages. I was particularly moved by the 18th century cottage, full of rough-hewn furniture. Every object had at least one use, if not three or four. But there in the window-- something mysterious and glamorous, even! A glass ball, decoupaged with roses. I, like many unseelies before me, was certainly mesmerized by it. This is my take on the witch ball-- made with love and mindfulness.

All my jewellery is made by hand by my partner Mike and myself in a converted 18th century naval school on the wild North coast of Scotland. All pieces come gift wrapped.