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August 5th, 2010

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03:41 pm - Creating the Bell Branch
Recently, while working to make the "tools" I want Initiates to have if the work through my system, I found a way to create a "bell branch" from simple copper wire that worked out nicely.

The apple branch/bell branch/silver branch (it has many names) is the tool I'm suggesting for trancework with the IP, instead of a drum or something rattle. It's good and Celtic, and there's some lore to back it up. . . plus Yeats wrote a poem that talks about them, which is nice.

I was hoping that nine craft bells would be enough to get good sound, and I hope to do some trancework with the branch this weekend to find out, but I think that more bells are needed.

Still, the branch came out looking pretty nice for a first try, if I do say so myself.

It's a bit on the large side, though, for me to think about carrying it around, which I'd like to do. So the next order of business is to find a way to scale it down. . . which might also improve its sound and stability. (It's about 20 inches long in its current state.)

So, that's my first attempt at creating a bell branch.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: "Stories We Could Tell", -JB
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Date:August 6th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
I'll have to take a photo of mine and post it to my blog sometime. Mine was made with an apple branch and, aside from the nodes where the twigs used to be, it's fairly straight (well...in a bumpy way!). It's really durable. I used some sort of silver colored metal wire but I would love to refashion it or make a new one with actual silver.
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Date:August 6th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
I thought about using an actual apple-branch, but couldn't find one quickly. I was going to use the copper wire to go around it, sort of like I did in the photo, but then I thought, "Wait, I have all this wire lying around. . ." :)

I may go with something more natural looking next time. As I mentioned above, it's a little steampunk :)
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Date:August 6th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
It looks very nice! And although the lore indicates that apple branches were used, I think a branch that calls to you is most effective.

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