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Henge Happenings
Lughnasadh 1999 - Issue 43

The Official Newsletter for Members of the Henge of Keltria.


Table of Contents

From the President
From the Vice-President
From the Secretary
A Druid Alone
A Column for Solitary Keltrians
The Bard's Path
I am One
Grove Leaders SIG
Almighty Bread
Magick Wands
Making Magickal Tools - Part 2
(Objects made from Clay)
Reviews
Age of Aquarius
Celtic Borders

 

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Making Magickal Tools part II

By Baisteadh

In the last issue of Henge Happenings, I wrote about how to make a Bell Branch and an altar plate. In this issue I will discuss how to make Remembrance Bowls, cauldrons and other objects from homemade clay. If you have ideas to share on crafting altar items, send them to the Henge Office, for possible publication in Henge Happenings.

Remembrances are the items that represent a particular Matron or Patron of a Feast. They are usually items that are encountered in everyday life. Such as for Lughnasdh you could use grain or fruit to represent Danu and candy in golden foil or other sun symbols for Lugh. These are kept in a remembrance bowl that is passed among those present. Each person takes a remembrance and a few words are said about its meaning so that we can focus on the Matron and Patron when we encounter them in our lives in symbolic form or when we see the remembrance displayed (if you use a non-edible one). Some ideas for remembrances will be discussed in a future column.

The cauldrons of Land, Sea and Sky are used to hold respectively soil, water and incense. These also can be formed from clay. You can form a bowl shape and turn it over to attach legs to the bottom for a cauldron. You may have to let it dry upside down until almost dry, then adjust (cut) the legs so it will balance when stood upright. When using incense in a home made vessel, use extreme caution. You may have to fill it with sand to absorb some of the heat. Keep careful watch on it and be prepared to extinguish it, if needed.

The cauldron of Land is used to call the nature spirits in ritual. The nature spirits are those of animals, plants and insects. These spirits reside in nature and assist us with producing for our daily needs, like shelter and food. The cauldron of Sea is used to call the ancestors in ritual. The ancestors are all who have lived before us. They help us to connect with our spiritual heritage/ancestry (whether we are related by bloodline or bond of common faith). The cauldron of Sky is used to call the Gods and Goddesses in ritual. The Gods and Goddesses assist us with spiritual growth and the acquiring of knowledge and wisdom.

You can use colors like green for land, blue for sea and white for sky to further personalize your cauldrons. Or you could add sand and seashells to the sea cauldron. Leaves, twigs or flower petals could be added to the land cauldron. God and Goddess symbols, oils, stones could be added or ogham characters could be carved into the sky cauldron. Use your imagination, there are endless possibilities.

You can make clay at home, or buy it at an art supply or craft store. Candle holders (shape into desired form, push a candle into it to form a place for candle), statues, seasonal decorations or just about any shape you can think up can also be made from clay! So mix up a batch and give it a try.

Some recipes for clay:


Bread Clay

1 to 2 slices of white bread, crusts removed
1 tablespoon of white glue

Tear the bread into small pieces and add the glue. Mix with a fork until it is sticks together. Knead several times with hands until it becomes smooth. Add more bread if too sticky and more glue if too dry. Shape into desired form (small shapes are best because it starts to dry rather quickly). Let air dry. When dry, paint with acrylics and cover with several coats of gloss paint when acrylics dry.


Basic Clay

1 cup all-purpose white flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
Food coloring (if desired, can be painted when dry also)

Mix everything (except food coloring) in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until it forms a ball. Let cool. Knead on a floured surface. If using food coloring, divide into balls for each color desired and add coloring. Knead the color in. Shape into desired form and let dry (may take several days).


Another Basic Clay (no cook version)

4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 teaspoon alum
1 1/2 cups water
Food coloring, if desired or else paint with acrylics when dry and cover with gloss coats

Mix all ingredients thoroughly, adding water (tablespoon at a time) if it gets too dry.

 


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