M at e r i a l s
18-gauge wire, 45" (114cm)
16-gauge wire,4" and 3" (10cm and 8cm)
spray paint can or something with a similar diameter
¾" (19mm) PVC tubing, 1½" (4cm) long
Faux Bone shaving tool 24-gauge sheet metal
acrylic paint or shoe polish
written prayer or other object to be contained within the tube
From AMULETS AND TALISMANS by Robert Dancik
From the author:
Women (and sometimes men) from various cultures wear pieces of jewelry that contain “prayers” of different sorts.The containers for these prayers range from Coptic snakeskin vials to sterling silver boxes and tubes, and are used by both Christian and Muslim religions.What is contained in this jewelry varies just as much. Sometimes it is a prayer for the protection of a child, sometimes a section of the Koran or perhaps a plea for deliverance from adversity.
What you insert into your bracelet is up to you and can take any form you deem proper. Address any idea, feeling or desire you choose. I have made these for friends experiencing a difficult time or dealing with a loss of some kind, and I find that my focus on something outside myself often informs the designs that decorate the container.