I've been working on a special set of my herbal runes the past couple of days. These are a gift for a friend.
Whenever I make herbal runes, I always include a leafy herb and a flower, like lemon balm leaves & calendula petals. For this set, because my friend really likes purple, I included 2 flowers-- African violet petals and ground lavender buds. The flowers make little purple speckles in the clay and the lavender makes them smell wonderful! It's not an overpowering scent, but it does last a long time. Magically, African violets are said to provide protection and lavender enhances psychic awareness and creativity.
I also tinted the clay for these runes, which I usually don't do. I like to leave the clay its natural color so that the herbs in them can be more easily seen. But to make them more purpley for my friend, I added a tiny bit of fuschia & purple color to them.
And I had one other special addition-- gold leaf. That's all the gold speckles you can see in the photos. It's hard to tell in the pics, but the gold leaf is very glittery. It really added a special touch!
I spent today sanding and buffing the runes so that they have a nice glossy shine. Now to pop them in an organza bag so that they will be all ready to give to my friend when I see her tomorrow!
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