I had the pleasure of being the Art Elements member to choose March's theme challenge. I have been wanting to make some amulet bags/spirit bags/medicine bags for quite some time, so naturally I ran with the idea for this month's theme.
I actually started making my first amulet bag while I was doing the research for the blog post announcement of the theme. Below is the first one I made. Black deerskin stitched with black waxed linen. The flap is embellished with a slice of a real bone (marrow removed & dried) it has brown deerskin lace looped through the bone and a wooden scarab bead and carved bone hand along with feathers to finish it off. It's the perfect size for holding my glasses but for now it just has a piece of papyrus tucked in-you can see it peeking out in the photo below right.
Lindsay to create the flap and beaded around a polymer clay Buddha amulet from Jenny Davies-Reazor to add to the flap. Brass beads and a brass OM charm finish it off nicely. This size will actually hold your driver's license and a credit card very nicely!
I stitched a Chinese coin on with brown waxed linen then added some brass beads, coral and turquoise along with brass charms. I can live with the scars and markings on this leather. It definitely looks vintage.
Then I found this dark brown calves' leather which when I folded it over was very similar in size to the first black deerskin bag I made. I really wanted to add a deer antler to at least ONE of my amulet bags but it just wasn't working until I made this one. I was going to use it as an actual closure but then decided it was just going to attach it as adornment. Then of course, there was a small scrap of kangaroo fur left on my work table the was the perfect size! This one is pretty simple, not a lot of embellishement but I like the simplicity.
I did however, make one very small looped amulet bag below. I used waxed linen and the cardboard roll from toilet paper as a mold. Just looping around and around until it was the length I wanted. I tucked a 'lucky stone', a 'lucky penny' and a 'lucky turtle' bead inside. The strap is simple crocheted chain and embellished with glass and copper beads.
So, check back with me to see if I actually get these things done.
Now it't time for blog hopping to see what everyone else has created.
Here is the list of participants;