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 on: October 04, 2015, 10:49:13 PM 
Started by Canis - Last post by Alchymist
....... my question is how do I attach the crystal to the end of the staff?

If the diameter of the crystal is smaller than the staff, drill a hole in the end of the staff - slightly smaller than the measurement across the stone's edges. It should be a reasonably easy push fit. Secure it with glue; I use medium-viscosity cyanoacrylate (also known as "Krazy Glue") for this kind of work, but epoxy or good old carpenter's white glue, "Titebond, "Weldbond" or similar, will also work just as well, and is cheaper and easier to use (it doesn't stick your fingers together instantly).

If the crystal is of larger diameter than the staff, drill your hole and then make two saw cuts at right angles lengthways along the staff, for perhaps 4-6 inches depending on the relative sizes of staff and crystal, so what you have is essentially a claw setting. Push the crystal into the claw so that the prongs of the claw spread out to hold the crystal, with a drop or two of glue for security, then bind everything together with brass or copper wire, or heavy cotton or linen thread - or even glittery Christmas ribbon.

That's how I'd do it anyway; have a think, and you might come up with an even better way. Good luck, and post some pics of the finished staff!


 on: October 04, 2015, 08:49:40 PM 
Started by Inception - Last post by Inception
I joined this forum a little while ago (Probably longer ago than I think by now) and so I've decided to come back... Because recently I've been coming back to forums... Apparently. I've posted a similar message on EUTM and now I thought it's time I do so here too. Can I get a friendly rewelcome?

 on: October 04, 2015, 06:34:46 PM 
Started by LadyOfShalott - Last post by Draconis Rex
Many have come upon their path later, I started truly on my path late, although I was Pagan for many years without understanding or realising it. As such, I can't really pinpoint a time when I started. My path has been a very disjointed one for so long, clarity came much later. In some ways that gave me a head start.

 on: October 04, 2015, 06:34:40 PM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Canis
Oooh...wish I had some myself.

 on: October 04, 2015, 06:26:54 PM 
Started by Canis - Last post by Draconis Rex
Then study your staff and decide what might fit. Maybe even take a pic of it to have with you when you choose the crystal. Maybe one will stand out....

 on: October 04, 2015, 06:24:25 PM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Draconis Rex
Assistance needed if anyone can help?

I have been asked to tell a couple of short stories at our local Pagan pop up shop, on the lead up to Halloween/Samhain for the kids. The stories are to be based on fact and kind of educational about Samhain.

I was wondering if anyone had any stories they could share with me that I could use? Obviously they can't really be stuff of nightmares....LoL

 on: October 04, 2015, 06:00:47 PM 
Started by LadyOfShalott - Last post by LadyOfShalott
I have to say, it's so good to see someone who does seem to keep their wits about them without getting too carried away. My post was of course not a criticism Lady but a gentle heads up of what does happen with some new folks.

My reason for that Ashe stems mainly from a Pagan Farcebook page I'm on. It's a very popular page with over 35,000 members but the amount of youngsters that come on with comments like, "I pass the same fence everyday on my way to school but this morning a ladybird was there, does this mean something?" or "It was windy today and this feather blew into my face, do you think the Lady is trying to tell me something?". I could go on but I think you've got the gist. It's got to the point where my teeth itch just seeing the first few words. What I'm saying though is that for the new person, sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the idea that if something happens then it must be a message, they are looking for magickal reasons where none exist.

I do agree with what you say though, but there is more often something significant about this message. For instance seeing a particular image frequently wherever one goes, or, that feather blowing into your face where there is no wind.

What you say about finding objects you need, at the right time, free or cheap I definitely agree with. I have had this happen with me too. It's like encouragement, or a signal your heading the right way and to keep going.

Fear not, Drac! I'm truly appreciating everyone's honest opinions and insights here. I was kind of reprimanding myself up for waiting so long, like "so many people start exploring the occult in their teens," but after some thought, I think a waited till the right time. Adulthood has lent some patience and perspective! ;)   

 on: October 04, 2015, 04:34:17 PM 
Started by Canis - Last post by Canis
Thanks. As of yet, I haven't bought the crystal. Want to research and meditate on it a bit first. I think I found a place in town to by the crystal from. visited a little knick-knack shop on the other side of town yesterday. Amongst the assortment of stuff in the store they had a fairly large variety of crystals to choose from.

 on: October 04, 2015, 04:22:29 PM 
Started by Canis - Last post by Draconis Rex
Limited by your own imagination matey....LoL

Carve a rebate into the top of the staff, perhaps in a clutch then ease the crystal in.

Glue it into place.

Use copper wire to create a mount for it.

As you can see, there are a multitude of ways to do this. Try just sitting and looking at the staff and the crystal for a while and see what pops to mind. The wood itself may lend an idea.

If there's something significant about either of these items there may be the hint as to how. Size comparison between the crystal and the staff, Does the grain waver near the top? (a hint where to carve). consider all the aspects and see how they fit together in your minds eye

 on: October 04, 2015, 04:06:14 PM 
Started by Canis - Last post by Canis
A few days ago I was in the wood shop at work during my break, and as I was leaving I noticed an oak branch leaning in the corner by the door. As I saw it, the image of a staff with a crystal fixed on top flashed into my mind. The co-worker that found it was planning to use it as a walking stick, but as there's plenty more in the area they're clearing he said I could have it. I don't know what kind of crystal I'm going to use yet (still need to do some research and meditation on it), my question is how do I attach the crystal to the end of the staff?

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