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    Figures for Sympathetic Magick

    Hello all,

    I'm not a big magick practicioner but I do use sympathetic magick on occasion. I've been using wire to make figureens but I've become a bit fed up with the method. I'm looking for a new substance to use, like clay or wax.

    I would like to ask those practicing sympthetic magick what they use for figureens and how long those substances keep. I'm really looking for something which keeps for a while because I want a peice in my portable altar as well. Plus, like I said, I practise magick very sporadically.

    Where do you buy the substance you use? I feel I should try out wax anyway but I don't know where to find white wax which you can mould when kneeding. Anyone any ideas? Especially those in The Netherlands?

    Thanks so much in advance!

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    Re: Figures for Sympathetic Magick

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleWitchMagazine View Post
    Hello all,

    I'm not a big magick practicioner but I do use sympathetic magick on occasion. I've been using wire to make figureens but I've become a bit fed up with the method. I'm looking for a new substance to use, like clay or wax.
    I don't make figurines that often, but when I do I tend to use a mixture of flour, any appropriate herbs, and just enough water so that I can mold it into whatever shape I want. As long as you don't use much water, you can dry it out easily by just putting it in a warm oven for a while.

    That's not that useful for travel, though. Maybe blue or white tac (the kind used for hanging posters) would also work, come to think of it. It's not very easy to mold precisely, but it doesn't dry out and is relatively cheap.
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    Re: Figures for Sympathetic Magick

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    I would like to ask those practicing sympthetic magick what they use for figureens and how long those substances keep. I'm really looking for something which keeps for a while because I want a peice in my portable altar as well. Plus, like I said, I practise magick very sporadically.
    I tend to use clay as it is easy to get at hobby/art stores (at least in the US). Two of the most interest ways of making poppets I've seen are rags and balloons. I'd think the balloons would be great if the spell is destructive as you can pop the poppet with a pin.
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    Re: Figures for Sympathetic Magick

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleWitchMagazine View Post
    Where do you buy the substance you use? I feel I should try out wax anyway but I don't know where to find white wax which you can mould when kneeding. Anyone any ideas? Especially those in The Netherlands?

    Thanks so much in advance!
    I'm happiest using textiles so I use plain ordinary felt ( for preference). "Gingerbread man" shapes are easy to cut out and can be stuck or sewn together. I usually have some blanks lying around that I can empower as and when needed - just leave a gap in the head to stuff with appropriate herbs etc.

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    Re: Figures for Sympathetic Magick

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleWitchMagazine View Post
    Hello all,

    I'm not a big magick practicioner but I do use sympathetic magick on occasion. I've been using wire to make figureens but I've become a bit fed up with the method. I'm looking for a new substance to use, like clay or wax.

    ..

    Thanks so much in advance!
    For me it really depends.

    If it is to be a corn dolly type thing I use actual corn stalks and, leaves and the lace from the ear of corn itself. If not corn then some other type of plant that is easily weaveable of pliable so is easy to work with. Cattails actually are relativley easy to work with. The corn dolly type figures last quite a while, espcially if one is really skilled at weaving the stalk materials.

    If it is more of a construct type item then I tend to use potatoes or soft soap for carving and figuring. Potatoes work really well for placing a time line upon it and allowing the natural decay to give it a decay time. Soap is also an easy item to work with if it is a soft soap. I've had various results with different types of soaps so that one is sort of a hit or miss with regards to a particular brand.

    If I use wax it's because i'm creating a voudon type poppet more so than just a general poppet associated with spell work. Then it will also include fingernails, hair, perhaps a drop of blood or even a piece of skin. Though to be honest this type is more malicious in nature.

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    Re: Figures for Sympathetic Magick

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleWitchMagazine View Post
    I would like to ask those practicing sympthetic magick what they use for figureens and how long those substances keep. I'm really looking for something which keeps for a while because I want a peice in my portable altar as well. Plus, like I said, I practise magick very sporadically.
    I make a lot of semi-permanent clay/sand poppets and figures for a variety of things (offerings, display pieces, and, albeit rarely, bindings). The ones I want to last a while I coat with a combination of beeswax and citrus essential oils. I use citrus oils because they're cheap, biodegradable, and make a great thinner for the wax (helps it penetrate the surface and protect it). They also smell nice.

    Where do you buy the substance you use?
    My husband's a potter, so we always have a variety of naturally colored clays around. I also build with cob, and we keep a fairly large quantity of "blue goo" (our native gumbotil clay) on hand. I also harvest clay when I see it on walks. You can often find it oozing out of road cuts or stream banks. You don't need pure clay, either, just soil with a high clay content. You might even be able to find it by digging a hole in your yard.

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    Re: Figures for Sympathetic Magick

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    Great input already.
    I just want to add, that if the spell requires burning, I make a rather little doll out of kitchen paper and wax.
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    Re: Figures for Sympathetic Magick

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    Two of the most interest ways of making poppets I've seen are rags and balloons. I'd think the balloons would be great if the spell is destructive as you can pop the poppet with a pin.
    Balloons. Now that's really interesting. And biodegradable.

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    Re: Figures for Sympathetic Magick

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    Balloons. Now that's really interesting. And biodegradable.

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    Re: Figures for Sympathetic Magick

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleWitchMagazine View Post
    Thanks so much in advance!
    Salt dough. My mom made it for cheap sculpting stuff when I was a kid. You mold it, let it air-dry, and then bake it. As long as you don't get it super-wet, it won't mold. If you're patient you can get it into pretty damn fine details and whatever dries out can easily have water added to it and be reused.

    And once you're done with the piece, it can be burned, buried, thrown into a river, etc. (though if you're going for the non-burnt disposal, I'd be careful to color it only with non-toxic things.) It can also have things like herbs, stones, and oven-proof gewgaws pressed or kneaded into for extra oomph.
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