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The Process

 Below are photos of some of the steps involved in blowing a spirit catcher.  Many of the tools and techniques have not changed since the 13th Century.

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Blocking
 
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Necking
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Color Wrap
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Reheat
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Torching

Finished 

       

          Evil Spirit Catchers...also known as "witch balls" date back to the 13th Century where in Venice, Italy skilled craftsmen produced colorful balls of reflective glass to adorn the homes of wealthy patrons.

A 15th Century priest named Antonio Nier, who is credited for writing the first book about glass blowing, called it a "sphere of light." Eventually they became a permanent fixture in many European homes and gardens.

In 18th Century England, witch balls were hung in windows to ward off witches' spells, evil spirits, and ill fortune.  Legend says that the ball's reflective beauty tantalizes the evil spirits; when the spirit touches the sphere it is absorbed into the ball and trapped within.

Today evil spirit catchers are also known as "friendship balls" and are hung year round to bring good luck and protect those who view it.