Sunday, September 19, 2010

What's in a Wish Box?

Wish boxes come from the idea that if you write down your hopes and dreams, it helps to crystalize those thoughts and help bring your wish to fruition.  Most old fairy tales with magical entities who give wishes as a reward limit the number of wishes to three.  Darby O'Gill gets three wishes from the Leprechaun King in the Disney movie.  So it is with the wish box.  You write down three wishes on slips of paper and fold each slip of paper around a bay laurel leaf and put them all in the box until one of the wishes comes true.  You then replace that wish with another, and on it goes.

I ran across the wish box in an article about magical handmade gifts, and decided to give it a try.  These wish boxes are small gift tins covered in polymer with many surface embellishments, including bas relief sculptures, rough gemstones, foils, image transfers, mica powders, and alcohol inks.  They all have nice, tight fitting lids to keep the magic in. 

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