Miniature Witch Ball with Carnelian
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.