Cobalt Blue Glass Spirit Bottle Filigree Glow Bullet Necklace
I started with a hand blown cobalt blue glass bottle and I painted swirls of blue glow-in-the-dark paint inside. I added tiny quartz crystals to the bottle and then capped it with a recycled 45 caliber silver bullet shell casing. I attached a gunmetal filigree around the shell casing and added a 24 inch antiqued silver chain.
The color blue is associated with the element of water. The spiritual significance of water is many dimensional, like the sea itself. The sea represents ebb and flow, waves and calm, a constant balance of new beginnings and life's lessons.
Quartz crystal is the most abundant gemstone in the earth's crust. It is found on every continent. Clear quartz is considered a power stone and can enhance the metaphysical properties of other stones. Quartz amplifies and directs energy and builds energy pathways. It can strengthen the energies of anything it is put with, and can be used to channel energy and send it out to other stones.
Glass bottles have been around for centuries and most experts agree that widespread use began around 1500 B.C.in Egypt and Mesopotamia. Early glass bottles were also produced by the Phoenicians. Not long after, tales began to appear about spirits living in bottles. Such tales most likely originated from the sounds caused by wind blowing over bottle openings.
With much retelling of the stories, it was soon believed that spirits could be captured inside bottles. This led to the practice of leaving bottles open at night to capture spirits, and when morning came, the spirits would be dispelled by the sun. This belief was carried from Africa to Europe and America, and examples of Spirit Bottle Trees, Gazing Balls, and Witch Balls are still in evidence today. Cobalt blue seems to be one of the more popular colors, perhaps because the element of water is often used in cleansing rituals.
An original Beautiful Bullets design. I have been creating bullet jewelry since 2009 and have designed over a hundred different styles and types. I use recycled bullet shell casings, metal filigrees, Swarovski crystals, natural gemstones and vintage glass. All of the bullet casings I use are recycled so please allow for variations and small imperfections.
I started my bullet jewelry line as a peace project, and I continue to donate part of the sale to different charities. I have sent donations to the Peace Corps, the Patriot Guard Riders, the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, and the USO. Thanks to everyone who has purchased one of these designs and made that possible.
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