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Clay Dolls for Altar Work, Custom-Made
Clay Dolls for Altar Work, Custom-Made
Clay Dolls for Altar Work, Custom-Made

Clay Dolls for Altar Work, Custom-Made

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I've long made dolls and poppets for clients out of cloth or clay or wood and mixed fibers, but when you want them to move around the altar as you're working with them over a number of days, the easiest thing is often to use figural candles to stand in for the target(s), because those will stand up on their own.

But what if you want to still have an effigy or poppet or doll to work on after the moving candle or lodestone portion of the work is over?

That's where these little dolls come into play. They aren't the fanciest dolls you've ever seen. They're made of polymer clay, I'm not charging $60/hour for my time, and I'm no Leonardo anyway. But they will stand up on their own if that's what you're looking for, and they're custom-made for your intentions based on your target's personal info, incorporating herbs and curios into the clay itself before the doll is oven-fired and then ritually baptized.

Once you check out and have your order confirmation number number, you'll go to the Doll / Effigy Intake form to fill out and submit the necessary info I need to make your custom doll.

I'll include appropriate herbs and curios suitable for your intentions, blending them with the clay itself during the doll's creation so they're a permanent part of the doll once it is oven-fired.

I'll also carve out a little notch in the bottom before they're oven-dried that you can load with any additional (small) curios and personal concerns. You can seal it up by dripping candle wax on it or using a little dab of clay.

Once I bake them, they're solid, strong, and waterproof, so unlike cloth dolls, they can be given spiritual baths, and unlike wax dolls, they can be worked with close to incense burners and candle flames without softening or melting.

But once they're baked, everything is permanent, so you can't add anything afterwards that won't fit into that little notch in the base, though of course you can add elements by dressing your doll in clothing, anointing it with oil, wrapping it with certain things, etc.

If you just want the doll and want to do all the personalization work yourself, you can get doll "blanks" at this listing.

USAGE: There are probably hundreds of spells out there involving effigy/image magic for which dolls and poppets could be used and dozens of ways to use them, at least. So this item does not come with instructions - there are too many variables, not least of which is your intent (healing vs. binding vs. love, etc). If you need some basic grounding in the principles of effigy magic in hoodoo, see the Education tab up top for the index of articles at the blog and links to other reliable places to get info and ideas.

LEGALESE: As required by law, all items are sold as curios to preserve and teach the traditions of folklore and popular religion. I don't sell anything I don't use myself, though, and quite a few customers over the years have sworn by my traditional formulas since I started selling them in 2002.

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