When I rescued these once-loved religious charms from a Brussels flea market, they were dangling on a little safety pin. A used-to-be-married-to-a-catholic friend said it’s because you pin them to your bra for protection. Which got me thinking. We all need a bit of protection from time to time, don’t we?
So all I’ve done is give them a new lease of life. I’ve made a sterling silver pin, just like the tiny brass one they came on, adding a brooch bit at the back for attaching to your coat or jumper. I wouldn’t recommend attaching it to your bra, it’s a bit pointy. And I’ve made a geniune, silver clay relic, guaranteed from the body of an actual saint*, for extra protection. Just in case, I’ve also cut and stamped two little tags saying ‘devotion’ and ‘protection’, partly because I like words, and partly just because.
This actual one in the photo has been sold, but I have lots of lovely charms and bones, just waiting for a new owner who will love them and look after them.
*please read small print, bone authenticity not guaranteed