The Miraculous Goat’s Eye Bead Amulet

Posted: February 28, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic
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goat's eye bead amulet by Mo 2014“The Miraculous Goat’s Eye Bead Amulet”
(that became a Crow’s Eye Bead Amulet and therefore even more magical )
by Mo Crow (aka Orkiszewski) 2014
inspired by this wonderful quote
” In Madasgascar, large white “goat’s eye” beads can miraculously bring the wearer things that do not actually exist,
and so are deemed particularly magical.”
from page 101 of “Amulets : a world of secret powers, charms and magic” by Sheila Paine
Thames & Hudson 2004

PS after Di pointed out that this is not a Goat’s Eye bead I have changed the name to
“The Miraculous Crow’s Eye Bead Amulet”
which is more relevant to my work
here’s a link to an amazing Australian Raven’s eye photo by Graeme Chapman

Comments
  1. roz says:

    i love that book by sheila
    and that eye … bald ..
    well it is imposing and if i were an evil type i think i would be dissuaded from wrong doings
    as usual , the tiny tinyness of the detail on those fringy strings is so satisfying

    btw
    loved your snail book
    totally

    • Mo Crow says:

      Hi Roz, it just made itself and is a good start for Crow Book 3!
      Habu Textiles in New York make the black paper moire twisted into black linen thread, isn’t it fabulous?

  2. dinahmow says:

    That aint no goat eye!

    • Mo Crow says:

      Hi Di, you’re right, it’s not an antique agate Dzi Bead from Tibet also known as a Goat’s Eye and it’s certainly not from Madagascar! I bought a string of these lovely eye beads from the local bead shop in Leichhardt and would say it's most probably made in China or India by a clever anonymous flame worker. It has a round pupil rather than a rectangular one but so do the antique ones I have found online here’s a link but it’s valid as my version of a miraculous goat’s eye bead and it is helping the Crow Book 3 materialise, so it’s doing it’s job + I have wanted to make one ever since I first read that quote 10 years ago!
      NB it looks like an Australian Raven’s eye which makes it more magical for the making of Old Man Crow’s next book and I could change the name of this post but would lose the chance to use that quote!

  3. Dotti says:

    What is particul? XXX Dotti

  4. kathydorfer says:

    i love this .. i also love making eye beads . just something about eyes .

  5. Mo, I like this amulet very much, and am wondering just what kind of things it might bring the wearer… can you give me an example of “things that do not actually exist” – hehe??

    • Mo Crow says:

      I have been contemplating this quote with a wary eye & a wry chuckle for the past ten years…
      A thing that doesn’t exist could be out past the edge of a dream, an elusive thought, a random idea, a forgotten tune that is just outside the peripheral vision of the corner of the eye, those things that can’t be looked at directly or they slip away…

  6. Dana says:

    There is something so satisfying about the flare of the black feather, the hard roundness of the Eye, and the trailing strands of nubby string. It looks magical for sure. I’m glad its working.

  7. Carol says:

    Love that Chapman photo of the raven’s eye… Beautiful amulet, I hope it brings you many unseen and unknown things. Magical of course…

  8. i’m thinking Goats and Ravens can shape shift…the pupil of the eye would then change….
    depending on what “work” there is to do….
    you make the greatest stuff…………..

    • Mo Crow says:

      Hey Grace! your xroads cloth was the key to the making of this Goat/Raven eye amulet! I was having the devil’s own time all day on Friday trying to get Old Man Crow’s Book no3 happening, he suggested his Smoking Man drawing could be translated into a thread drawing for the back cover & I was thinking of inlaying that crow feather into the leather on the front and maybe stitch the shadow but nothing was gettin’ there, every idea was coming out still born… dead on arrival… then I was just looking at that crow feather and crow eye bead and the tiny grape vine tendril laying on your xroads cloth & I was taken by that tiny dot in the square on the right edge… it was in that moment I remembered the quote about the goat’s eye beads and that aha moment happened, Magic Days!

  9. jude says:

    don’t know what to say. just looking.

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