Monday, July 25, 2011

Witch's Ladder Prayer Rosary

Witch's ladder

The first recorded Witch’s Ladder was found in a house in Wellington, Somerset, UK in 1887. This tool was used for ritual or craft work.

Traditionally, the witch's ladder is made with red, white and black yarn, and then nine different colored feathers woven in. But you can use yarn colors that have a significance to you or any kind of ribbon or cording you'd like. You don't have to use feathers, you can use instead beads, buttons, bits of wood, shells, or other items you might have.

To make your basic witch's ladder - cut 3 pieces of yarn, each approximately a yard long. Take all 3 pieces of yarn and tie a knot so they are all together and begin braiding your yarn and as you go add and tie your bead, feather, shell or other item. Secure each bead and continue braiding until you have done all nine beads/items and have completed the string.

As you tie the beads to the yarn/cord you might want to chant the following incantation as you tie your nine objects to the yarn. Focus your intent & goal into the knots, beads and yarn as you tie the knots, your energy will be stored into each of the knots and beads.

By knot of one, the spell's begun.
By knot of two, the magic comes true.
By knot of three, so it shall be.
By knot of four, this power is stored.
By knot of five, my will shall drive.
By knot of six, the spell I fix.
By knot of seven, the future I leaven.
By knot of eight, my will be fate.
By knot of nine, what is done is mine.

When you get to the end of your Witch's ladder tie all 3 yarns again like you did in the beginning or you can tie the two ends together to create a circle if you wish. That's it your Witch ladder is ready to be hung and used in your workings.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Turquoise By So Many Names

Turquoise By So Many Names

Do you ever wonder what the difference is between genuine Turquoise, Chalk Turquoise, Stabilized Turquoise, Turquoise Magnesite, Turquoise Dyed Howlite? It's really hard to tell with the naked eye these days. All I know is I love the color and it's my birthstone (December). So did a little reading on it. Here's a bit of info to get you in the know.

Turquoise is a blue-green mineral, a copper aluminum phosphate, valued for its rarity and unique hue, and widely used as an ornamental stone.
This stone is fragile, just slightly stronger than window glass, so special care must be taken during extraction and transport.

The bluer the stone is, the more expensive. Variations in color are due to the presence of metals, such as iron impurities in the case of green turquoise. Genuine turquoise is expensive there fore imitation and artificial turquoise is available

Chalk Turquoise
Chalk turquoise is a form of natural turquoise that has a white chalk-like consistency. It has the same chemical composition as turquoise, only without the copper (it's the copper that causes the turquoise color). The chalk is then dyed and stabilized to produce a material that's hard enough to use in jewelry with a pleasing turquoise color.
Chalk turquoise is a low-quality variety, found deeper in the soil. As a result, it is much softer and more brittle. On the Mohs hardness scale, chalk turquoise ranges between 2-4, lower than the 6 of higher grades. It lacks the blue shade that defines the mineral. Instead, chalk turquoise is pale blue or white. It may or may not have significant matrixing, the brown or black flecks often associated with Native jewelry of the southwest. "Simulated" turquoise is often touted as being chalk turquoise, when in fact it is just dyed Magnesite or another white stone that absorbs dye easily.

Stabilized Turquoise
Stabilized turquoise costs less than natural turquoise, but is still considered beautiful and desirable. Stabilized turquoise differs greatly from reconsituted turquoise. Reconstituted turquoise is the cheapest type of turquoise.

Stabilized turquoise is created by adding a clear resin to chalk, or soft, turquoise to help enhance the color and well as increase the hardness of the stone. Chalk, or soft, turquoise is usually a lower grade of turquoise as it is too soft to be used on its own for jewelry and must be stabilized with resin. Since turquoise is a very porous substance, the resin fills in the tiny holes and crevices to form a firm stabilized turquoise stone.

Imitations Magnesite Dyed Howlite
The most common imitation of turquoise encountered today is dyed howlite and magnesite, both white in their natural states, and the former also having natural (and convincing) black veining similar to that of turquoise. Dyed chalcedony, jasper, and marble is less common, and much less convincing. Other natural materials occasionally confused with or used in lieu of turquoise include: variscite and faustite;[10] chrysocolla (especially when impregnating quartz); lazulite; smithsonite; hemimorphite; wardite; and a fossil bone or tooth called odontolite or "bone turquoise", coloured blue naturally by the mineral vivianite. While rarely encountered today, odontolite was once mined in large quantities—specifically for its use as a substitute for turquoise—in southern France.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Google forbidden words for listing on Artfire

If you list items for sale on ArtFire you might want to have this handy list of words that Google does not like in your listings and will possibly not index your listing. Some of these words you really wonder the WHY (like in the Misc category) Google does not like them.

Google forbidden words for listing on Artfire


- free (including hyphenated words such as pet-free, smoke-free, hands-free, etc-free)
- sale
- vacation
- travel
- travels


- smoke, smoked
- champagne
- whiskey
- beer
- cigar
- cigarette
- rum
- rummo
- vine (supposedly because vine = wine in another language)
- vineyard
- camel (for it being a cig brand)
- brandy
- gin
- bordeaux
- burgundy


- anime ( however "manga" is allowed)
- strip
- stripper
- adult; including hyphenated words such as adult-size
- butt
- sexy
- affair
- ale
- chick
- sensual
- hemp


- postage (or postage stamp)
- collecting (collectible and collect are okay)
- thorny
- precious metal
- muse
- corsage
- gun

Source: Artfire Forum

Tip for Sunburns

Tip for Sunburns

Now that summer is in full swing no doubt you might get a bit sunburned during your time outdoors. Here is a tip you can use.

Sunburn relief - one-quart jar with equal parts milk and ice and two tablespoons of salt. Soak a washcloth in this mix and then place on any sunburned body parts. Leave it on for at least twenty minutes and then reapply as needed.

I like to have on hand Aloe Vera for cooling sunburns as well.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sterling Silver Chrysocolla and Red Jade Dangle Earrings

Sterling Silver Chrysocolla and Red Jade Dangle Earrings

To purchase these sterling silver dangle earrings click on this link: Sterling Silver Chrysocolla & Red Jade Dangle Earrings
Chrysocolla, pronounced 'krI-s-o-'kOla

The gemstone which provides unique color, blue-green, in the mineral world & is often confused with turquoise because of it's visual qualities.

In ancient Egypt, it was called the 'wise stone' as those who wore it generally came up with clever comprises when it seems and unbearable pass in negotiations.

Cleopatra carried a chrysocolla where ever she went. This gemstone is rarely minded today, which is what creates its high price tag.

Metaphysical Properties:

Chrysocolla is a stone of peace and tranquility. Chrysocolla is said to use its abilities gradually, allowing your body and mind to heal in a serene piece of mind.
In some Native American cultures, this earth-like stone was used to strengthen the body’s immune system and calm a person when he or she was upset.

Other Properties of Chrysocolla include:

Promotes level headedness and clear thinking
Often used by public speakers to decrease nervousness
Placing Chrysocolla directly on the affected body part is said to help with infections, fever, and cramps
Chrysocolla can lower blood pressure detoxify the liver
Helps with ulcers and arthritis
Chrysocolla is used to enhance intuition and draw unconditional love. Keeping a peace in a romantic location is said to attract your perfect mate. Some people recommend copper to increase Chrysocolla’s abilities.


Sterling Silver Earrings

Sterling Silver Amazonite & Aventurine Hoop Earrings Click on link to buy

Sterling Silver Earrings

I've started designing sterling silver gemstone earrings & will be putting them up for sale in their own category at my ArtFire Studio to make them easier to find. In that category I will also have any of my earrings that I have used sterling silver ear wires on them, so not all of them will also have gemstones.

I decided to add this category because some women prefer their earrings to be in sterling.

I will still have earrings in copper, antique brass, gunmetal & silver tone available with charms and glass beads for the ladies that are able to wear any metal in their ears. You can find those fashion earrings here . I'm lucky that I can wear all metal and not get a reaction to the metal.

For all my handcrafted jewelry with mystique please visit Vamp on Artfire

Friday, July 1, 2011

Christmas in July on Artfire

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