This has been a rough year so far. To occupy my down time (the little I have managed to get with this), I have been playing with odd craft projects and materials I have in my stash. We may be here for weeks!
It was maybe 3 years ago I bought a plastic skeleton hand at Target during the Halloween season, and I knew I wanted to use it as a base for making a Hand of Glory. I used paper clay to fill out the hand and give it a more full look, to make it look like a withered hand. Paper clay doesn’t need to be baked or heated like some other clay products. Since this is a plastic base, I definitely didn’t want to heat it! You could use paper mache clay like we did to bulk out our thestral. I will link to directions to making your own.
Paper Mache Clay (Recipe and ingredients listed at https://www.ultimatepapermache.com/paper-mache-clay )
After drying, the paper clay looked a little cracked and withered, which was perfect for what I want. Using the same clay, I made a clay base for the hand to sit in. I got out my acrylic paints and painted that black. I painted the hand a mottled black-grey-yellow-greenish-blue. The lines added extra creepy effects that really made it pop once the paint dried.
I bought a bell jar (I got mine at Ikea) and stained the base with a wood stain, and finished it with a coat of polyurethane. I took the clay base I made and screwed it to the center of the top of the bell jar, so it would be secure. The hand itself fits in the stand perfectly as it was made just for it. You could glue it in place for extra security.
Now you have an extra creepy Hand of Glory: “Insert a candle and it gives light only to the holder! Best friend of thieves and plunderers!” HP COS – JK Rowling
Speaking of thieves… next we will DIY our own Thieves Oil.
There are lots of uses for Thieves oil and I will let you decide on what they are and which ones you choose to use them for. I like the way it smells and that is good enough for me.
Here is a bit of the folk lore of Thieves Oil I got this information from:
Most of the websites are pretty close to the same information.
Basically, during the Bubonic Plague, there were four thieves that were arrested for stealing from sick and dying people. They never caught the plague, and the judge said they would not be burned alive if they gave him information as to how that happened. The thieves said they had an essential oil recipe that kept them safe. They were hanged for their crimes instead, and plague doctors used the oil mix inside their beak masks.
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Over the past few weeks there has been a bit of a fracas in the shops, you may have noticed a few items in short supply throughout the world. It has been a bit maddening out there, but luckily I have the supplies I need for this project, as they are leftovers from the U-No Poopourri.
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The recipe is equal parts clove, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus. and rosemary oil.
I plucked some fresh rosemary from our whomping rosemary bush that guards our front door. I gathered some whole cloves from the kitchen, and the rest of the ingredients from my oil supplies. I don’t have clove oil on hand but no matter, I’m a baker and I have tons of whole cloves in the cabinet.
I filled a 2 oz (60 ml) spray bottle half way with 91% rubbing alcohol, added the fresh rosemary sprig and about 6 whole cloves. I added 45 drops of each cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary oil. I shook well and it was ready. You can use the same mixture in a DIY castile soap mixure as well. And now everything smells pretty.
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