Serene sounding Vegvisir glass wind chime made from high fire clay and glass.
This hand rolled 3-1/2" disc (9cm) was carved with the sacred Icelandic Runic symbol, the Vegvisir compass, fired, then glazed and fired once again.
Five strands of translucent cobalt blue and opaque iridescent glass, both fused and unfused, are decorated with Swarovski crystal glass beads, stone & Rutilite Quartz crystal chips, glass crystal beads, and one central Czech glass bead. The chime terminates in my fused glass pendants.
Total length from top of hook to bottom is 17" long (43 cm). The hook is made of chainmail rings and steel.
*Each creation I make is unique and one of a kind, the photo above is what you will receive. The intensity of colour may differ from a pc monitor to a smartphone.*
It is a Norse protection symbol, which has a deep meaning. The Icelandic word literally means ‘guidepost’ or ‘direction sign’. In modern popular culture, the Vegvísir is often called Runic Compass or See the Way. It is often associated with the Viking Age, which is not correct: this symbol is from the 17th-century Icelandic grimoire called Galdrabók (‘magic book’). The origin of this type of witchcraft is difficult to ascertain: to some extent, it derives from medieval mysticism and renaissance occultism, but also has a few connections with the ancient Germanic runic tradition. Vegvísir was drawn on one’s forehead with blood to prevent a person from getting lost.