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How to make a Brigid's cross
You will need:
- a pair of scissors
- a material of your choice (rushes/reeds/cords/wire/masking tape or any other flexible material although natural materials are recommended)
- a bit of determination and free time
How to make it:
- Take the tape and cut off 14 even pieces (or another number of your choice). You don't have to be too precise about it since you can simply cut off the excess material when you're done.
- Turn each of the pieces around its own axis so you get a string (look at pictures 1+2).
- You should now have 14 strings of the material of your choice (if your material doesn't need twisting like this then skip step two). :) (picture 3)
- Take two strings and cross them over each other so they make a plus (+) sign i.e. the shape of a Greek cross (a cross with arms of equal length). (picture 4)
- Take a third string and bend it in half over the right side of the horizontal string. (picture 5)
- Take yet another string and bend it in half over the previous string just as you did in step five (picture 6). These two strings should now be crossing one another.
- You can see how the center of your cross should look by now in picture 7.
- Continue twining like in steps 5 and 6 until you get to the last string. Bend him in half over the previous string like you have done up to now but take the penultimate string out a bit like shown in picture 8.
- Get both ends of the last string through the penultimate string and then pull the penultimate string back into its original position. By doing this, you have fixed the last piece into place. (picture 9 is a close-up of this)
- Your Brigid's cross will now almost be finished. The only thing left to do is tie up the ends. You should now have seven ends in each arm. Take your material again and cut four smaller pieces of it off (if you are working with the tape then twirl then as in step two). (pictures 10+11)
- Just so you can understand me more easily, I'll call these four shorter strings laces. Wrap once lace around one arm, the second around the second arm and so on until you have wrapped all for arms. Wrap the laces around as many times as their length will allow you. Once you have done this, you have to make sure the laces don't untangle so its best to tie a little knot with the two ends of each lace or, if you're using the tape I did, it will be enough just to twist the two ends of the lace around each other and bend to either side (since the tape is sticky it will just stick in place). (picture 12)
- If the unequal lengths of the arm ends bother you, you can use your scissors to cut off the excess material (personally, I like this inequality because it seems more natural but it's up to you).
- Cleanse and consecrate your cross any way you see fit and hang it somewhere to protect the space it will be in. :D