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Bismuth is a chemical element with symbol Bi and atomic number 83. Bismuth, a pentavalent post-transition metal, chemically resembles arsenic and antimony

The variations in the thickness of the oxide layer that forms on the surface of the crystal causes different wavelengths of light to interfere upon reflection, thus displaying a rainbow of colors.

via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bismuth

Probiotics protect children, pregnant women against heavy metal poisoning

Yogurt containing probiotic bacteria successfully protected children and pregnant women against heavy metal exposure in a recent study. Working with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Canadian and Tanzanian researchers created and distributed a special yogurt containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus bacteria and observed the outcomes against a control group. The work is published this week in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

A research team from the Canadian Centre for Human Microbiome and Probiotics, led by Dr. Gregor Reid, studied how microbes could protect against environmental health damage in poor parts of the world. Their lab research indicated that L. rhamnosus had a great affinity for binding toxic heavy metals. Working with this knowledge, the team hypothesized that regularly consuming this probiotic strain could prevent metals from being absorbed from the diet.

Gregor Reid et al. Randomized Open-Label Pilot Study of the Influence of Probiotics and the Gut Microbiome on Toxic Metal Levels in Tanzanian Pregnant Women and School Children. mBio, October 2014 DOI: 10.1128/mBio.01580-14

If you have trouble finding metal for your craft:

If you live in the USA then you know about quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies. Did you know that 1964 and prior quarters and dimes were made from 90% silver? Yeah, you can use those in magick. Did you know the same is for nickels except with nickel (metal)? Also you need some copper? Pennies from 1984 and before are copper.
Also, 1965 quarters and dimes went to being 40% silver. (You can see a sandwich of copper and silver alloy.)
It’s rare to find a silver dime and even rarer to find a silver quarter, but it’s some what common to find a nickel nickel and super easy to find a copper penny. Good luck!

A metallic alloy that is tough and ductile at cryogenic temperatures

A new concept in metallic alloy design – called “high-entropy alloys” - has yielded a multiple-element material that not only tests out as one of the toughest on record, but, unlike most materials, the toughness as well as the strength and ductility of this alloy actually improves at cryogenic temperatures. This multi-element alloy was synthesized and tested through a collaboration of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.

"We examined CrMnFeCoNi, a high-entropy alloy that contains five major elements rather than one dominant one," says Robert Ritchie, a materials scientist with Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division. "Our tests showed that despite containing multiple elements with different crystal structures, this alloy crystalizes as a single phase, face‐centered cubic solid with exceptional damage tolerance, tensile strength above one gigapascal, and fracture toughness values that are off the charts, exceeding that of virtually all other metallic alloys.”

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"In case of emergency break glass"

     A piece I made for my metalsmithing class. I made this piece because I used to cut. I have been good for about a year, as I stopped last summer before the fall semester started. The past few months have been hard on me, and it was pretty difficult to go through a day without contemplating self harm at the end of the night. I almost fell back into it, but I ended up sketching out a few personal projects that I wanted to create. After the nights started to get really bad again, I went to my professor to ask if I could make this necklace to help myself work through it even though it went against my other pieces as none of them were conceptual. 

     She agreed that this would help me, and urged me to do whatever I needed to in order to avoid relapse. This necklace is very important to me as this is the razor I have used since I started. I don’t know why.. but I am just attached to it and have never used anything else. 

     I will make a separate post with a loose artist statement I am working on for it. See my personal section for that.



Ruled by Venus, and corresponds to the letter I and amethyst, is astrological houses are Taurus and Libra. Venus is the goddess of love, beauty, art, balance, harmony and peace. The character of the planet and goddess Venus is passive, receptive, magnetic, relating, adaptation to the other one, kindness and gentleness, enjoyment. Use the metal copper in Rituals or Spells involving love, sensuality, friendship, positive relationships of any kind, negotiations and peace. 


 It is ruled by the Sun and its astrological house is Leo. It corresponds to the letter E, diamonds and the heart. Use for wisdom, common sense, longevity, comfort and money spells. Use gold amulets for depression, comforting and strengthening the heart, hallowing, wealth, protection, healing.

In most cultures gold is associated with riches, ruler ship and truth. We are still told that paper money is backed by gold. Gold forms the center of the economy, the throne and crown of the ruler are made of gold, the main day of the week is ruled by the golden Sun, and the Sun is the center of our solar system. Gold has to do with the core, the most important part of something.

Use the metal gold or the color gold in rituals/spells concerning Sun-deities, authority, self-confidence, creativity, financial riches, investments, ,fortune, hope, worldly and magical power. Wear golden jewelry to improve self-confidence and inner strength.


The Warriors’ metal. Ruled by Mars, and corresponds to emerald, its astrological houses are Aries and Scorpio. Use as a ward against ghosts and spirits, strength, competition, protection, and command.

Use Iron in rituals, spells and amulets to promote energy, strength, determination, will-power, assertiveness and aggression, fertility-rites, beginnings and undertakings, speed, power and courage.

For more energy: eat food that contains iron, like meat, beet, dark green vegetables, whole grains, dried fruits, nuts, apple-syrup, sea-weed.

Use herbs with much iron like the Urtica, Equisetum, kelp and spirulina.


Ruled by Saturn, its astrological houses are Capricorn and Aquarius and corresponds to the spleen, the letter U and turquoise. Use for business, houses, and time.

Use lead in rituals, spells and amulets to promote contact with deep unconscious levels (the underworld), deep meditation, banishing negativity, breaking bad habits and addictions, protection, stability, grounding, solidity, perseverance, decisiveness, concentration, conservation, and material constructions (buildings, etc.)

Warning: Do not wear lead directly on your skin, do not inhale it regularly (paint often contains lead!) and do NOT drink water that has been in contact with lead, for this metal is poisonous.


Ruled by the Moon, called Luna by alchemists, Silver corresponds to crystals and the letter A. Its astrological house is Cancer. Use Silver for protection and lunar magic.

Use the metal or the colour silver in rituals, spells or talismans concerning Moon-goddesses, cycles, emotional and/or hormonal imbalances, reflecting or neutralizing negativity, dreams and intuition, psychic work and psychic abilities.

Wear silver jewelry to improve fertility, emotional and hormonal stability.


Ruled by Jupiter. Sagittarius and Pisces are its astrological houses and it corresponds to the letter O and carnelian. Use for meditation and relaxation, honour, wealth, wisdom.

Use Tin in rituals/spells promoting abundance, prosperity, success in business and in legal matters, stimulation, attracting what you desire, energy, healing, regeneration and rejuvenation.  


Leslie Feist performing, with a searing beauty that is unusual even for her, her fantastic song Graveyard. As is often the case with Feist, the live renditions are far superior to those available on her commercial originals, excellent though they may be.

Listen while you can, for the CBC may be doing away with this as well.