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Created from hand blown glass, witch balls are colorful spheres people use to brighten areas. These are a delicate and beautiful decoration traditionally hung in east-facing windows, and they'll make a statement anywhere in a home or yard. The story related to these balls is fascinating. They do date back more than 600 years. The first balls were designed back in Medieval times and although were supposed to be spherical in shape they were sloppy. The construction improved with time and the materials as well became easier to work with as top quality glass in the Victorian era emerged and symbolized wealth.
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Today, they are colorful displays of fine crafted works of art. It is up to you to decide if they hold mysterious powers or not. The legend related to these ball decorations is very fascinating and enchanting. While stories throughout time has varied on the witches ball, interesting myths have been handed down through the generations and are fascinating to say the least. The purpose behind them continues to be the same no matter which story you have heard. They are said to protect the homeowner from witches, evil spells, sickness, ill fortune, and negativity. Legend has it that the dimensions and strong colors draw in negative energy. The swirling colors and unique measurements entice and trap the evil as they become mesmerized and cannot break free from the orb.
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In this way the spirit can have no affect on its surroundings. Witches are attracted to the ball by the sparkly bubbles and colorful strands of the glass, where folklore suggests that these creatures that are prone to curiosity and cannot resist the magical spheres. As the witches go to investigate the mysterious ball, they find themselves stuck inside for eternity, unable to do harm. To ward off evil spirits and to enhance their potential for a decent haul, fishermen tied these balls to their nets to keep them safe yet successful on the seas. The final storyline states that the ball works as a magnet. The ball is filled with positive energy and draws negative energy towards it, heading off depression and illness. When the ball is dusted, the negative energy can be cleared away.
Witch balls have had some other names throughout the years, based upon their time or place in history. They have been called: Fairy Orbs, Friendship Balls, as well as Spirit Balls. When referring to the balls as fairy orbs, it takes on the total opposite in meaning as the witch ball. When displaying a fairy orb, this symbolizes positive energy and brings great luck it is presumed. The balls came to represent friendship in that the sphere goes around and around forever, an eternity, like relationships. The sparkle of the ball represents the friend's spirit and the contrasting colors are said to represent the different personalities. Spirit balls were actually so branded in Colonial times. They had the same concept as the witch ball, but instead of a flawlessly round sphere, they have an open tube at one end to let the evil spirit inside.
Witches' balls are still crafted today of hand blown glass, a technique involving inflating molten glass meticulously using a blow pipe. A glassblower or gaffe is what these artists are called. When the glass is formed and is allowed to cool, it stiffens and keeps its form. The different colors are made by adding small amounts of different metal oxides to the materials prior to being melted. These attractive balls are captivating and filled with mystery and lure. They are a great gift for any special occasion especially given their colorful history and amazing simplicity.