Anywho, after much drama around the Hays house, I finally was able to complete Victoria's prize. She wanted a "dark" themed item. I went for darkness and light by making a potion crate based on this old German legendary curative which cures Lycanthropy Virus:
Wolfsbane (Aconite or Monks-hood
Here is a recipe taken from a German legend :
Cast a circle of 9 feet, and a smaller one only 4 feet in diameter.
Place a series of candles at equal intervals, and place a wooden altar in the south. Within the inner circle, place the werewolf
Build a small fire exactly opposite of the altar, and 1 1/2 foot away from the inner circle.
Place a pot over the fire, containing 2 pints of clear water. To this add:
1/2 oz. camphor
3/4 oz. ammonia
1/2 oz. hypericum
2 drachms sulfur
1/2 oz castorium
6 drachms opium
3 drachms asafoetida
Mix thoroughly. Bind together with red ribbon a wand of three sprigs, each from ash, white popular, and birch. Take a cupful of the searing liquid and douse the werewolf, as well as lashing him/her with the wand exclaiming "Foul spirit release this persons' soul, return to the great unknown!" Repeat 3 times."
So I fashioned a wooden crate by hand and filled with the items needed to complete the cure: a bottle of wolfsbane potion, a hand-sculpted beat up pewter cauldron, a blood-stained alter cloth that has obviously seen some action, a holy cross for protection, a wolf charm for blessing, a wand, sacramental candles for the alter, and a rolled parchment with the above directions that can be removed to read (be careful though!) The crate itself it finished in dark stain, weathered and distressed for an aged look. Ok so here's my craptacular pictures (whaa, need new camera!):
Like usual, so much better in person! But hey, you get the idea :)
Also I should mention, they are several items in my shop with coupon codes added inside the listing. 10% off when you enter the coupon code HAPPYCHRISTMAS at checkout. Only on items that say so in the listing, but it is savings regardless, right? Every dollar counts at Christmas time :) Just thought I'd let you know! Visit my store here at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/tarayvonne
to view the discounted items.