Sunday, 18 November 2012

Hag stones

I made three pendants and a hanging from some of the hag stones collected from Southwold Beach.

Three pendants with a single hag stone on a leather cord and a small 3-stone hanging on a silver silk cord.

I tried to make a pendant with a mother-of-pearl shell but it was not a success.  I may try to covert it into a shawl fastening of some sort.

The hanging (7 stones for luck) is now in the porch and I'm rather pleased with the result.

I'm amused by the cost of a single hag stone on ebay.

Hag Stones, also known as Odin Stones, Witch Stones, Fairy Stones, Holey Stones and Eye Stones, are stones with naturally formed holes running clean through them. These holes are usually formed by centuries of wave action. It is this association with running water (which itself is said to negate the effect of evil) that is believed by many people to be the source of the Hag Stone's reputation for guarding their owner against ill-fortune and the Evil Eye. In Arthurian legend Morgan Le Fay was able to shape-change.  Through the use of a mystical hag stone, however,  Merlin was able to see her true form.