DIY Stele

So for those of you who were unaware, they are turning Cassandra Clare’s brilliant six book series, The Mortal Instruments, into an ABC series, Shadowhunters, set to premier in 2016. I am beyond elated!! The movie may have veered sharply away from the books, but I still enjoyed it. I’m definitely looking forward to the show!
In honor of this upcoming event, I have decided to show everyone how to make a stele. For the mundanes among us, a stele is the tool, similar to a wand, that allows shadowhunters to draw angelic runes on their skin, giving them different abilities, be it healing, strength or agility.
The original pin, currently on my crafty board, is just a picture with no original site, so unfortunately I can’t link back to the original designer.

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You start with some clay. These little packs were only $.98 at Walmart and i actually only used one of the grey and 1/4 of the black.

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Roll out your stele, keeping in mind it is about the length of a pencil. You want it sturdy enough to grip, so don’t make it as thin as a pencil. Roll out part of your black in a thin, long piece.

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Wrap the black around the grey and roll them together. Once they are blended together, use a book or another hard surface to flatten the edges a bit. Steles aren’t round, but squared off with a twist.

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After you have the squared off part taken care of, draw some runes on it. These can easily be pulled up on the internet or Pinterest for inspiration. I never claimed to be Clary Fray, creator of runes, but I was pretty impressed with how these came out.
I used a technique that my husband taught me when I made my salt dough family around Christmas time. Take a toothpick, but instead of dragging it through the clay, which leaves excess clay sticking up, poke a series of dots that connect into a line.

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Once you are satisfied with your runes, I did all four sides, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. I twisted my stele at this point, gently so as not to tear it. Bake at 275° for at least 30 minutes. These were the directions from original picture, but adding time on, mine ended up being in the oven, my own personal Iron Sisters Forge (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, read the series), for almoat an hour.
It will still be a little soft when you pull it out, but you don’t want it to scorch, so let it sit on a counter or shelf till it firms up the rest of the way.

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And now I am ready to battle demons alongsidethe Nephilim. All I need now is a witchlight…….

The Mortal Instruments

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As previously stated in Fandom – itus, I’ve finally finished reading The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I’ve read some nerve racking books and series over the years, but these books brought me to higher highs and lower lows than ever previously experienced! Over the six books, there were moments when I told myself to put down the book, it’s not worth it, but once you start it, you have to see it through to the end!
The series begins with Clary (Clarissa) Fray. She’s just an ordinary human, or Mundane, going through life with her mom, no dad in the picture, but a wonderful father figure who’s been in her life since childhood. She has the prerequisite best friend who secretly loves her and she is just a little oblivious.
Things suddenly go haywire in her life when she sees these strange teens kill what later turns out to be a demon. After witnessing this, nothing will ever be the same for her. She learns that she is not a Mundane, she is actually a Shadowhunter, or Nephilim. Now what are Nephilim you might ask? They are a angelic race of humans that were charged with defending Mundanes, us, from demons.
The story of the Nephilim is amazing, and it doesn’t ruin the surprise of the book. Jonathan Shadowhunter, the first Nephilim, encountered the angel Raziel. Raziel put some of his angelic blood into what became the Mortal Cup and when Jonathan drank from it, he became Nephilim. Faster and stronger than a normal human and able to take runes upon his skin. The runes are angelic symbols that grant the Nephilim extra powers or gifts, temporarily or permanently, to aid in their demonic battle.

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I do have to say that the runes are beautiful and it’s fascinating as you read the series to see how they use the runes in their battles!
I’m trying to work out in my head how much to share and how much is too much….. I do have to tell you that only 2 books have endings that won’t leave you nail biting until the next.
Back to the series!
Jace, one of the strange teens Clary saw in the club, turns out to be a intrinsic part of Clary’s life, teaching her about being Nephilim, while learning more about his own complicated past.

**********SPOILER ALERT**********
The first book leads you to believe this will be a beautiful love story, with the addition of demons trying to ruin the romance. Then oh wait, you can’t love each other, you’re brother and sister!
Never in my life did I feel that I would ship for incest! It sounds gross, but if you read these books you will ship incest too, I guarantee it.
Second book follows with heartache because they still love each other, but keep hurting each other trying to prove they don’t. Remember the love sick human friend I mentioned earlier? His humanity becomes a thing of the past, bringing him even more into the world of shadows.
Third book is where you feel things might be ok again. Love becomes acceptable again, even though we suffer loss. Everyone can be with who they love and nothing hurts. City of Glass is a very good book!
**********SPOILER END**********

Book four and five take all the good feels from book three and twist them all up. I didn’t know what to expect from City of Heavenly Fire. While reading the book, I was torn between wanting to devour it and know how it ends and wanting to put it off as long as possible.
With the book twisting and turning at the turn of a page, it will possibly hurt you to continue reading. However, have faith, you will be rewarded!
The Mortal Instruments
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels
City of Lost Souls
City of Heavenly Fire
Also of interest when reading these books, as there is some character overlap, may be
The Infernal Devices.
Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Prince
Clockwork Princess
I do apologize for this blog if it seems a little disjointed, but I don’t want to ruin the series by giving too much away. It will be an amazing read, just trust me!

Fandom – itus

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So my world has fallen back into a semblance of normalcy. The final chapter of the phenomenal Mortal Instruments series was released. I have had sufficient time to read, re – read my favorite bits and skim back through the previous books and be happy again.
I’m trying to decide if I’ve become a whore of a fangirl. It’s sounds like a joke, but seriously! Harry Potter kicked it all off, making me crazy for the books, until all of them were out, then I had to wait for the movies, but that was ok because I knew how they ended! Twilight came along and sucked me in, those books were all out already, so it was just the wait on the movies. Onto the Hunger Games, the trilogy that took me less than ten days to read, but those movies are still coming, so I still take side trips to Panem. Divergent consumed me, that trilogy taking only 5 days to read, now it’s the wait on the movies there as well! Mortal Instruments I thought would be a diversion while waiting for my other books to release, but the vortex got me again! Soon followed The Infernal Devices. Percy Jackson was a quick read while waiting for the final Mortal Instruments, but still good.
Now I’m questioning my fandom loyalties. My tattoos show some of my loyalties, oddly the only one of the above mentioned series represented is Twilight (it’s a vague reference so don’t judge!). The above image is one I’m considering, but then I think of all the amazing images associated with the previously mentioned series! A trident or pine tree for Percy Jackson. Any one of the runes from The Mortal Instruments. Divergent had some amazing symbols for the factions. Hunger Games Mockingjay, need I say more?!
Does anyone else have these issues? I’ve only run into in the last year for the most part. Is it just a rash of good books coming out? Am I more susceptible to the imagery the authors are weaving in my mind? Truthfully I don’t care that I love so many series, because hello, books are good!

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Books themselves are never a problem. I mean, check the Kindle screen! My problem is seriously the tattoo thing. I will soon be the ultimate nerd, but non fans will see the tats and be afraid. Who else thinks this will be funny.
I don’t go off on tangents very often in my blog, this actually was meant to be a review, but I distracted myself. Maybe next time…..