Like the Sublime song says “I don’t practice Santeria…” but my ex did and when he asked me to help him make things to give people at his readings (he was a psychic...yea psychotic too) I said why not. I like the way alot of the things looked, and alot were fun to make. I’m not a fan of religion in general so I’m not going to get into it or any other discussions about the religion itself, I’m just sharing some of the things I made that I liked or thought were interesting. WARNING: the phots are crap-tastic
This is a cane that I covered in one long strand of beads with intermittent clay, stone and shell additions at the top and bottom.
This was one of my favorites to make; it’s a thing you keep in your pocket or on your desk for luck and it’s filled with special herbs and trinkets with religious significance (I made a number of large ones as well). When I finished making these it spurred a love of making things with cement, I made a number of garden creatures, i.e., turtles and faces etc. with the leftover cement and I would love to make more in the future.
These are my favorite, they’re ugly as sin, but to me that’s adorable, I made them with the shells you see hanging from the cane in the above picture, so they’re quite small. I took the shells filled them with a mix of the religious stuff added a glob of clay, inserted a feather at the top and beads for the eyes and mouth and shaped the noses and painted the cheeks after baking them. I would make like 50 at a time. It was tedious but I loved the way they turned out and they all had personalities of their own.
Now for the creepy stuff, they’re supposed to be for sacrifices, but no animals were harmed in the making of or will be for the life of these machetes. They’re purely decorative. They’re decorated with clay and shells and stones.
Of the sacrificial things I made ( again, all decorative...yes they perform sacrifices in the religion but I made sure the things I made were so delicate that they would be destroyed if used in that manner) this was my favorite. It’s a knife with the handle covered in clay then painted and beaded.