Sobek Rosary – coming soon!

Sobek and Isis prayer beads

A collection of Sobek rosaries, and another set I made at the same time. The set in the middle is for Isis/Hekate, but the others are for Sobek, made using the same pattern, but with different gemstone beads. Also, the second from the right, I now realise, has a bead missing, so it will probably remain with me, rather than go into the pool of Things That Might Get Sold One Day.

So I was asked a while ago about whether I might ever sell prayer beads with set prayers, and my brain decided this was a challenge I needed to meet. The prayer itself was drafted over a couple of days, and the beads took one afternoon to string together, once I had the pattern. The above, sans the pink set, are mostly prototypes at this stage, but they’re made from a mix of carnelian, lapis, sodalite, moonstone, red tiger eye, goldstone, and blue goldstone. I used tassels, mostly because I have a metric shit-ton of them, and it seems easier to prototype with tassels than use up the charms I don’t have because I haven’t done a charms order in way too long.

The beads are made of 29 beads, excluding the spacers. The four larger beads are for Dawn, Noon, Dusk, and Midnight. The bead next to the tassel is for the opening/closing prayer. The other 24 beads are for each hour of the day. So it’s designed to follow the progress of the sun, and Sobek, throughout the day and night, with an hour for each prayer. I’m still drafting the layout and final wording of the whole thing, but I thought I’d post the draft I first came up with below the cut, just as a little teaser. I’m hoping to have these printed out on nice paper, with brief, but sufficient instructions, that get shipped along with the beads. I’m also contemplating a set for Heru and Isis, and perhaps anyone else who decides they want a set prayer for their beads, but those are a long way off.

Actually, the third from the right, the lapis set, isn’t made the same as the others, and I think that was because I’d run out of 4mm beads. So I think there are twelve beads in each section. That might just end up as another set of Sobek beads, rather than ones that go with this particular prayer. Which reminds me to add 4mm beads to my next bead order, when I have any money left to do that. (Srsly, buy my things so I can keep making new things. Like these!)

Anyway. Enough of my rambling. Here’s the draft prayer I came up with. Once I’ve settled on a final version, I’ll try it out for a while, and when I’m happy with it, it’ll go out with the beads, and I’ll post a longer 101 thing about it here for future reference. Any feedback or suggestions are always welcomed.

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Shrine Kit – Greek God Poseidon – Sea Chest, Artwork, Prayer Beads – Gold and Blue

I was actually going to sell the beads separately, but I felt it made more sense to sell them all together, which is why the second image doesn’t include the beads. This is for those who have had better experiences with Poseidon than I have. But it is a beautiful kit, and would make for an excellent mini altar set-up for those with little space, or to take with you. Either the chest, or the art, could sit on a desk at work without drawing undue attention to themselves as pagan shrines.

This is a mini devotional shrine kit for the Greek God Poseidon.

The small papier mache treasure chest is painted with gold acrylic paint, and decorative paper has been used to embelish the box. It has a layer of varnish to protect it from damage.

The 4in x 4in canvsas is a paper art piece made with one of the same pieces of decorative paper used for the chest. This piece is titled, ‘The Gates of Poseidon’.

The prayer beads are made with turquoise, sodalite, and black onyx, with a silver dolphin charm. The beads were chosen to represent the colours of a stormy sea, and are beaded together semi-randomly.

In the chest, there is a small ceramic offering dish, a tealight, and two frankincense incense cones. There is enough room to fit the prayer beads inside, as well as any other little trinkets you might want to include.

The entire kit contains:
– one painted and embellished papier mache chest
– one 4in x 4in canvas paper art
– one set of prayer beads
– one ceramic offering dish
– one tealight
– frankincense incense cones

Everything will be packaged securely to prevent damage during shipping.

If you are interested in purchasing this shrine kit, please check out the listing on Etsy.

I have been making all the beads

Apparently it is prayer bead making season. I’ve made all of the above over the past fortnight or so. Which is good, I guess, because I sort of felt like I’d been making all the other things, and didn’t have enough prayer beads around. So I made some. Quite a lot.

The left photo shows prayer beads for Poseidon, Mars the Centurion, Hephaistos, the Dark Goddess (whoever She is), two for Isis, two for Heru, and one for Sobek. The set for Mars followed His guidelines for it. It had to have 100 beads for 100 soldiers, plus one for Himself as their centurion, and the red tassle, which echoed the helmet of a Roman soldier. Poseidon’s set was made with the sense of capturing the colours of the stormy sea; it has an unofficial title of the Rage of Poseidon.

The set made for the Dark Goddess wasn’t a set I was planning to make, but I found the beads all together in a little bag in my bead box, and wondered who I’d planned to make it for onceuponatime. I decided to string them anyway and not waste them, and the energy I got suggested a name of The Dark Goddess, whoever She is. She may be Hekate, or Kali, or the Morrigan, or some sort of darker death deity energy like that. I have no idea who. But that’s the perception I got as I was making it.

The second photo shows some of the more recent creations. With the exception of the rose quartz set, the other beads are for Sobek. The rose quartz beads were guided by Hekate; She said it is a set for healing, love, and peace. It is made with rose quartz and amethyst.

The other sets for Sobek are experiments, playing around with structures that could be used for a set prayer. I had a request for something like this over at Per Sebek, and thought I’d have a go and see what I could come up with. I wrote a prayer that might be used with the beads last week, and this was me trying to design some beads to go with it. I think I’ll refrain from listing those Sobek beads just yet, while I iron out the kinks in the prayer and how to use them, but they will turn up eventually. I want to spend some time using them myself, just to see how well it works, and figure out the best way to format the prayer, and make any tweaks to it, before I decide how I’m going to include it, and print it it out. I’ll probably post some more about that as I work on it, but that’s the plan, to have a set of beads for Sobek that go with a set prayer, if that’s the sort of thing you work well with.

Anyway, I have more things to do, and I want to get some of those beads listed this weekend, just so they’re up. I have a few things to retake photos of, but other than that, it’s a matter of sitting down and getting the work done.

New: Shrine Kit – Persephone Portable Shrine Kit with Prayer Beads

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This is the second of the shrine kits I made. I picked up the heart-shaped box at a craft store, and for reasons I still don’t understand, Persephone decided She wanted it. So I made Her a little shrine kit. I have no actual relationship with Persephone, but if She asks for a shrine box, well. She’s getting a shrine box.

This is a small portable shrine kit designed for Hellenic pagans, polytheists, and those who work with Persephone. The box itself is made of papier mache, painted with a rose-gold mix, gold highlights, and a black interior. The lid has a painted design that depicts shafts of wheat, and a torch to illuminate the underworld.

It is small and light enough to use as a portable shrine, and there is plenty of room to add your own items, or take out what you don’t need. It could also stand on its own as an inconspicuous shrine, as the design is subtle enough to not be obvious.

The box has been varnished to give it a protective, glossy coat to protect it from damage.

In this kit, you will receive:
– 1 painted box, that fits everything in the kit inside it.
– 1 incense burner, made from air-drying clay
– 1 small white offering dish
– 1 set of prayer beads, made from poppy jasper, black onyx, a pearl, and red glass beads, with a pewter double pentacle charm
– 4 mini myrrh incense sticks
– 2 tealights
– 2 mini corked jars for salt or herbs or granular incense

Everything will be packaged securely to prevent damage during shipping.

If you are interested in purchasing this kit, please see the listing on Etsy here.

New: Portable Egyptian Shrine Kit with Prayer Beads

Kemetic shrine kit with prayer beads

I think this is one of the first shrine kits I put together, and it’s been hanging around, not entirely finished, until now. I kept changing my mind on what to include in it, but I think this is a good set, so I’m finally getting it listed.

This is a small portable shrine kit designed for Egyptian pagans and polytheists. The box itself is a wooden craft box, painted gold on the outside, and a dusky pink on the inside, both colours signifying the importance of solar gods to the people of Egypt.

It is light enough to take it with you if you’re going away, or doing outside ritual, but could also work as a small shrine for those who need something inconspicuous, as there are no symbols or markings on the outside of the box to indicate what it is. It can also be used as a shrine piece in its own right for an inside altar, or as a storage box for other items.

This kit isn’t designed for a particular god, but could work well for Horus or Ra, or even Isis, or any other Egyptian solar god, though there is always room to add in your own items to make this kit your own if there is a particular deity you wish to honour with this kit.

In this kit, you will receive:
– 1 painted box, that fits everything in the kit inside it.
– 1 Eye of Horus 9cm round painted altar tile
– 1 Eye of Horus incense burner, made from air-drying clay
– 1 small white offering dish
– 1 set of prayer beads, made from lapis lazuli, goldstone, tiger eye, and moonstone, with a pewter ankh charm
– 4 mini frankincence incense sticks
– 2 tealights
– 2 mini corked jars for salt or herbs or granular incense

Everything will be packaged securely to prevent damage during shipping.

If you’re interested in purchasing this kit, please see the Etsy listing here.

New: Pagan Prayer Beads – Egyptian Goddess Nut and Her Children – Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, Goldstone

Set of beads for Nut and Her Children, Wesir, Set, Heru, Aset, and Nebethet. Made with lapis lazuli, moonstone, and goldstone.

Set of beads for Nut and Her Children, Wesir, Set, Heru, Aset, and Nebethet. Made with lapis lazuli, moonstone, and goldstone.

This set came to be because of the blue tassel. I ordered a mixed bag of little tassels from eBay, and once it finally arrived, there was just one of these dark blue tassels amongst all the other coloured tassels. Nut wanted it, and asked for some beads. So I made this set for Her, and Her children. It seemed the right time, since I’m coming up to Wep Ronpet, and the Days Upon The Year, which honour the Children of Nut and Geb.

This is a set of prayer beads for the Egyptian goddess Nut, the goddess of the starry heavens, and Her five children. It is made with lapis lazuli, moonstone, and goldstone 6mm beads, with a dark blue tassel to finish it off.

The lapis beads are a deep blue, echoing the dark starry sky that is the vault of Nut. The five sets of goldstone and moonstone beads represent the five children of Nut and Geb: Wesir/Orisis, Set, Heru/Horus, Aset/Isis, and Nebethet/Nepthys.

This is a perfect set of beads for any Kemetic devotee of Nut and any of Her children, and will make a beautiful addition to any shrine.

It measures approximately 25cm long, and the final knot is glued for added strength.

If you are interested in purchasing this set, you can see the listing on etsy here. Any questions, convo me on etsy, or comment here.

New: Pagan Prayer Beads – Egyptian God Amun – Ammonite, Black Onyx, Tiger Eye, Moss Agate

Set of beads made with an ammonite pendant, black onyx, tiger eye, and moss agate beads.

Set of beads made with an ammonite pendant, black onyx, tiger eye, and moss agate beads.

This is the other set for Amun I found tucked away in a box. I think I put them away because I wasn’t sure I liked the designs, but once I got them out again, I think they’re fine, and Amun doesn’t seem to mind, so. They’re staying as they are.

This is a small set of prayer beads for the Egyptian god Amun. The ammonite fossil charm resembles an ear, echoing the votive ears that were found in some of Amun’s temples, where people could go to leave their requests with the god, knowing He would hear them.

This seet of beads is made with alternating black onyx and tiger eye, along with four lage moss agate beads. They measure 18cm long, and the final knit is glued for added strength.

If you are interested in purchasing this set, you can see the etsy listing here. Any questions, convo me on etsy, or comment here.

New: Pagan Prayer Beads – Egyptian God Amun – Ammonite, Turquoise, Tiger Eye, Skull Beads

Set of beads fot the god Amun, made with an ammonite pendant, turquoise, tiger eye, and skull beads.

Set of beads for the god Amun, made with an ammonite pendant, turquoise, tiger eye, and skull beads.

I had actually forgotten I’d made this set, along with another ammonite set of beads, but now they’re up and ready to be bought. Amun liked the ammonite pun, hence they are His. He also wanted the skulls. I have no idea why. I guess this is what I get for letting gods design Their prayer beads.

This is a set of prayer beads for the Egyptian god Amun. The ammonite fossil charm resembles an ear, echoing the votive ears that were found in some of Amun’s temples, where people could go to leave their requests with the god, knowing He would hear them.

This set of beads is made with alternating turquoise and tiger eye beads, interspersed with skull beads. A single large moss agate bead balances the ammonite. The beads measure about 25cm long, and the final knot is glued for added strength.

If you are interested in purchasing this set, you can see the listing here. Any questions, feel free to convo me via etsy, or comment here.

New year, new stock!

Well, I’m back from my trip to Tassie, and I’m catching up with all the things I have to do now. I’ve been working on some new shrine kits and boxes for the shop, as well as some altar tiles and some prayer beads. They’ll be going up over the next few days, once I’ve varnished/sealed all the things that need to be sealed.

I’ll do a preview post tomorrow, once I’ve got everything together, now that all the painting work is done, to let you all know what new things are going up. I’ve got my work days organised, and a lot of new things to make, so settle in for a new year of creative and devotional work.

Shedety Scriptorium Update – All the things!

I’ve spent the better part of most of today putting the last of the unlisted stock up on Shedety Scriptorium. I wanted to get it all up and out of the way so I could start to work on other things. Plz feel free to have a look. I’ve added a bunch of journals, one stray set of prayer beads, and some shiny round painted boxes that would make for a good portable shrine/altar.

I still have one outstanding box to work on, Hekate’s, because I don’t like the design I painted around the bottom lid, and can’t work out how to finish off the lid to match it, so I may just repaint those black, and start again. The Hekate’s labyrinth on the lid is totally staying, though, given how much time I spent trying to get it as perfect as it is.

I want to focus on making prayer beads for the next month or so, since I feel like I have enough books up there for the moment, and I don’t have the room to store much more than I currently have. (Unless you buy them and take them off my hands, that would be nice? :D) Anyway.  I need to make more Sobek and Bast beads, and I want to make more for the other gods in my life, and see how many I end up with by the time I’m done. If you have any particular deity/design requests, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do?