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Macbeth Witches Cauldron

by Amy Bowerman

Hello everyone!   I am so excited to share this Macbeth inspired witches cauldron with you today!!  I have worked on this for the past 3 weeks now and have FINALLY finished it!!  The original inspiration for this project came from Grungy Monday as the challenge was to use Tim Holtz fragments.  This was another first for me, and once again I’ve found a new Tim technique and product to LOVE!!  Thanks again to Linda Ledbetter for another fabulous challenge and yet another Tim technique to put under my belt :)  Check out Tim’s Blog to see even more fun ways to use fragments.  I

was inspired to go make  Halloween themed fragment charms in the hopes of participating in a Halloween charm swap.  Unfortunately, this project took on a life of its own and the custom charms became like a litter of black cats, too young to leave their “Mummy”…get it?  Ok, Ok enough silly Halloween humor…let the be-witching begin!

Macbeth witches cauldron

Double, Double toil and trouble!!

Toil is right I have “toiled” with this project for the past three weeks now, but as always, when I put extra effort into a project I’m thrilled with the end result.  How cute is that cauldron?  As soon as I saw it I knew I needed to fill it with the 3 Witches inspired charms….I rationalized myself into thinking that the custom charms would not have made sense without the complete set.  So they are mine ALL MINE *insert creepy cackle*  Mwaaa ha ha! (Some ingredients are missing from the original Shakespeare poem…I ommitted the morbid ones to keep it PG)

The wire sculptures were created to look like steam coming up from the witches cauldron with the “Charming ingredients” dangling from them.  The charms were backed with metal colored with Alcohol inks and embossed with a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder…”Patchwork”.

The metal backing was inspired by Christie Hund’s fabulous Charm Making tutorial.  Thanks Christie!  Definitely stop by Christie’s blog to see her lovely creations.  Wow color me metallic I got Heavy with the metal for this project!  I guess that means it’s perfect for the show some metal challenge at Inspiration Emporium.

alcohol ink on metal

Embossed metal with alcohol ink

Don’t you just love the look of Alcohol ink on metal?  I’m so glad I snapped this shot before I had to cut it up…I’m also glad I finally purchased a pair of Tonic scissors to cut with…those bad boys will cut through ANYTHING!

macbeth witches cauldron custom charms

A wicked recipe

macbeth witches cauldron custom charms

Metallic Rainbow

Here are some close-ups of the individual charms….I’m about to get photo heavy on you but I just have to show all the details…enjoy!

custom charms fire

Fire burn, and…

I didn’t have glossy accents only crackle accents on hand.  Although it took longer to dry I am quite pleased with the aged look the crackle accents gave….almost like a tumbled glass effect.

custom charms bubbles

Cauldron bubble

There is a vintage dictionary cut out that reads “cauldron” here which is not really visible in the photo but doesn’t this one look like a piece of altered sea glass?

custom charms fenny snake

Filet of Fenny snake…

Putting my Sandy Lion stickers that I’ve saved since the fourth grade to good use.

custom charms eye of newt

Eye of Newt…

 

custom charms toe of frog

Toe of Frog…

 

custom charms wool of bat

Wool of bat…

I put real wool on this bat…just to make it official.

custom charms tongue of dog

…and tongue of dog.

 

custom charms adder's fork

Adder’s fork…

Tattoo magazines were used to make several layers of snake transparencies and of course a courtly check “fork” from the Mackenzie Child’s catalog.

custom charms blind-worm

…and Blind-worm’s sting!

 

custom charms lizard's leg

Lizard’s leg…

Finally found a use for that outdated almanac I bought the other day…I just knew it would come in handy!

custom charms owl

…and Howlet’s wing.

Here it is again.

custom charms scale of dragon

Scale of Dragon…

This one’s my fave!

custom charms tooth of wolf

Tooth of wolf…

See the wolf skull transparency over the teeth?

custom charms witches's mummy

Witches Mummy, maw and gulf!

I know it’s hard to see but the background is a snippet from Tim Holtz seasonal Paper Stash with and image of a witch and mummy.  The transparent overlay is a diagram of the internal organs.  I had to google “Maw & Gulf” and discovered that Maw is the throat and Gulf the stomach…thought this image was just perfect for that!!  Oh yeah and witches mummy was an ancient remedy of the time period.

Don’t you just love making something and learning to boot?  I learned a lot on this project and I couldn’t be happier with it!  Not that I needed another Halloween decoration but since when has that mattered? :)  Nothing comes between me and my favorite holiday!!  The witch is definitely in this season and she’s  brewing up a hell broth!!  So riddle me this my Halloween loving friends, what’s your favorite ingredient?

Have a bewitching weekend!  Hope you have a chance to make something spooky too!

Amy*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dayna White October 12, 2015 at 8:19 pm

Wow–I love the charms. I am an English teacher, and Macbeth is my favorite Shakespeare play to teach. Is your ingredient display or charm bracelet for sale? I am always interested in things that will enhance student learning and engagement in my classroom. Please let me know.

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2 Bethany September 22, 2011 at 1:03 am

These are awesome!!! I love all the Macbeth references, since I was witch #3 in a production of Macbeth in school. You did a fantastic job on all your pieces and I LOVE the cauldron.

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3 merry September 20, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Wonderful charms they are each a terrific creation. Sw you on Make it Monday.

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4 merry September 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Wow…this is amazing work. Each charm is a work of art. Saw you over at Make it Monday.

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5 Vickie Kertz September 20, 2011 at 11:48 am

Saw your wonderful charms on Make it Monday. All I can say is WOW. Love them all

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6 Audrey Pettit September 19, 2011 at 8:20 am

Holy Cow, Amy! I’m in awe! Stunned and amazed! You are a girl after my own heart, as I love Halloween to pieces. What an absolutely amazing project. All those charms are just so, so cool. You found the most fab images to use, and I love how you used that poem. SO fabulous!

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7 Diana September 19, 2011 at 7:02 am

I love your charms!!! I so can see how you wouldn’t want to get rid of your litter!!

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8 Jessi September 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

wow, just, wow! This is amazing – so glad you are keeping the whole thing because it would be a shame to split up such a perfect family. Totally worth the extended time working on it I think :)

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9 Robin September 18, 2011 at 11:16 am

WOW! You’ve been busy & what amazing creations you’ve created. I love Halloween thanks for
sharing your wonderful & whimsical ideas. Happy Halloween!

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10 Stephanie September 18, 2011 at 7:54 am

Amazing!!!! LOVE the cauldron and the charms and “smoke” are just perfect.

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11 Lynn September 18, 2011 at 2:42 am

How fun! Love all your spooky charms!

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