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Last update 4/16/2010

Michigan Witches Ball 2010

I am very excited to be a sponsor for this great event! To find out more about one of Michigan's best parties, click the link above.

All sales are now being handled through my Etsy shop: www.splendidfish.etsy.com
Click on the link above to see what is currently available.
Don't worry, friends, it's still me behind the scenes!

I've added a new section called

Gods, Heroes, and a Couple of Regular Guys:
Corbin's Tall Tales

When I create a new piece
of design work, it often happens that they come, much like a baby with a silver spoon in it's mouth, bearing a story. Unfortunately, when I sell a piece, the story is sometimes lost with it. I've decided to collect these stories into a section all
their own, for your enjoyment.

Enjoy them!

Don't forget to click on the BLUE WORDS anywhere on this site to enter
new worlds of mythic imagination.

The Sorcerer's Book of Fun Things
to Make and Do

Project 2:
A Black Mirror for Scrying
Page 2

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Draw out your pattern, using whatever symbols or pictures seem best to you.

There are a couple of things you should remember:

  1. Leave an open area which will end up being black in the final piece. This is where you will look when scrying. In this design, the kind of flower shaped area inside the curled snake is the scrying field.
  2. The image you draw will be reversed in the final piece, so make sure that you draw backwards (or scan it into your computer and play out a flopped copy, or press the picture up against a glass window and trace through onto the back of the picture.

You can certainly trace designs out of books, get pictures from the internet - whatever you want to do - it's your mirror!

Clean the glass really well with glass cleaner or soap and water, then wipe it down with crumpled newspaper. Don't touch the side you will be painting on - any dirt or fingerprints under the paint will be there forever....

Tape the glass to the pattern using masking tape. Make sure the tape is outside of the live area so the blank spots don't show when the glass is framed.

This will keep the glass from moving around while you are painting.

Now the fun part - begin to paint!

This take a bit of thought on your part. The things you paint first will be the things on top when you turn the glass around. This means that you have to paint front to back, instead of the usual painting back to front.

I know this sounds confusing, but if you think about it for a moment and look at the following pictures, it will make sense.

The picture on the left shows the first painting pass.

Let the paint dry completely before you paint over the top of it.

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tape pattern to glass
first painting pass
second painting pass
Here is the second painting pass. Notice that I paint right over the top of the areas I have previously painted.

Remember - whatever is on the bottom here will be on the top when you turn the glass over!