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Steampunk Orrery Jewelry

I set myself a challenge last year to make an orrery (model of the solar system) to fit under a glass dome that is under an inch wide.  There is a pile of rejects on my desk - it took a long time to find the right supplies and construction. The “planets” are half beads resting on a vintage hairspring.  They needed to be very light so they didn’t drag the spring down.  I would love to have found copper tone half beads for Mars and Jupiter but I couldn’t source any.  Saturn does have her ring!  

I must stress - nothing moves on this pendant.  It is a static representation not a true mechanical orrery.  One day I would love to create tiny moving ones.  It is sealed under the glass to keep it pristine.  

The pendant is 1 ½ inches high and 1 inch wide.  The brass faceted cut cable link chain has a fixed drop of 13 inches long (from the pendant to the clasp) for a total length of 26 inches.  It has a lobster claw clasp.

I’m selling this in my Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/steelhipdesign

Oh, Caitlin

I was going to hold off on expressing this for a fuller recap, but here goes anyway.

I’m only mildly surprised that the ardent pro-Caitlin crowd is trying to characterize her decision to keep a shard of the stone as a conscious and positive contribution to the team. She did it for selfish reasons, and the fact that it kept Savitar at bay (for a time) was a stroke of sheer dumb luck. Caitlin, as written, is a spoiled brat who thinks her problems are always bigger than anybody else’s, and that is what makes her a liability to Barry and everyone around him.

She was willing to tangle with Savitar, knowing how the experience traumatized Julian. After seeing the stone mind punk Cisco. After seeing Savitar almost murder Barry – and knowing that he wants to kill Iris – she kicked off her heels, went down to the particle accelerator track, retrieved the shard of the stone, and stored it inside S.T.A.R. Labs for her own selfish reasons. Who knows if her amateur tampering actually accelerated the series of events in “Wrath?”

Did any of the pro-Caitlin crowd actually listen to her rationale? Chilling.

The bottom line: Caitlin is selfish and manipulative, no matter how you slice it. Every time she is called to accountability, she starts in with the mind games, “Barry, when your mother died …” or “Cisco, when Dante died …” And when Julian called her out on her motives, she was pretty matter of fact, as well, basically saying finding a cure was her main reason for inviting him to the team. And to the Christmas party. And to the housewarming. And to the museum opening.

The team has taken the time to address her future as well as Iris’. Cisco gave her the dampener cuffs, then Cisco and Julian made her the solar-powered dampening pendant, but she neglects to properly use them. She wasn’t even wearing her pendant in the last episode, was she? Nope, because she’s lazy and spoiled like that. (Oh, it’s under her sweater. It clashed with the pattern on her dress. Blah blah)

I don’t know what to tell fans of Caitlin. She’s a downer. She thinks her heartbreak should split the world in two. And she refuses to do the things that could give her a better fate. She wasn’t willing to “go evil” to save Iris’ life. That “even if I wanted to” line should have made that obvious. But most of all, her powers will not make her evil, they will reveal her bad flaws. Selfish, thoughtless, manipulative and cold.

Solar Magic

So we hear about lunar magic all the time; it’s a big part of witchcraft, but that doesn’t mean the sun doesn’t have anything to offer!


Differences Between Solar and Lunar Magic
- Solar magic is more potent. Moonlight is made from reflected sunlight, so it stands in theory as well as practice that sunlight is a lot more intense! In some respects, because of this they have opposing traits; lunar magic is more subtle, and better suited to either gentle or ‘slow-burn’ type magic. Solar magic is fast to act and can do so with more of a ‘bang’ - there may be some unforeseen effects! I like to think solar magic is more enthusiastic than lunar; it wants to go the extra mile, but will power through before giving you time to consider. In solar magic, a little truly goes a long way

- Solar magic walks a fine line between growth and destruction. Just as warmth nurtures growth, it can also wither life away. You’ll want to keep a tight hold on it to make sure it’s doing exactly what you want. Limitations on your magic are everything. That being said, it’s also a very powerful component in curses

- It takes a shorter time to charge crystals and pendants with solar magic than it does with lunar! Many lunar charging/cleansing techniques I’ve seen ask for the item in question to be left in a window where it will be exposed to moonlight all night, but doing the same with solar power may take an hour or two at most. I live in a desert where I get intense heat from the sun most days out of the year, so for small spells I’ve found a few minutes is all I need. You do want to be careful with those destructive solar qualities though; you can see it most clearly in how sunlight fades colored quartz. I’ve found some of the best vessels for carrying solar power are Tiger’s Eye, Red Jasper, and Clear Quartz. A tech witch could also use mini solar panels to hold solar magic!


Beneficial Solar Magic
Providing warmth
Burning away negative influences
Weathering down/fading strong influences
Fiery shield
Nurturing life
Illuminating truth

Detrimental Solar Magic
Burning others down
Making others fade
Dehydration
Blinding

– Olive

Solar quartz & fire opal crystal pendant $24

https://www.etsy.com/listing/177320798/solar-quartz-crystal-pendant-and-fire

Solar Quartz is said to bring emotional strength and uplifting with great power and energy. Solar Quartz also has all the properties of clear quartz and is protective, purifying on spiritual, mental and physical levels, used to communicate with spirits and more. Solar Quartz is associated with the crown chakra, but also works well on all chakras.