Witch Ball Folklore

Witch's Balls have been very popular since the 18th century. First in England, then in New England, but their actual origin is considered to be much older.  For well over 3 centuries, these hollow glass spheres have been hung in windows to ward off witch's spells, evil spirits and ill fortune.  Hanging these decorative glass balls in the window or on the porch is thought to tantalize mischievous spirits which may be threatening a home's tranquility.  The wayward spirit is mesmerized by the ball's reflective beauty.  When the spirit touches the sphere it is absorbed and trapped in the web-like strands of the glass inside the ball.

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A witch ball was also a device used for scrying or divining things. By gazing into the depths, a witch could find answers to urgent questions, predict future events, or see faraway places.  In maritime villages, witches sent out the glass globes fishermen use to hold their nets afloat.  The globes were usually made of dark blue or green glass and appeared quite innocuous.  Biddy Early, a well-known Irish witch, had a favorite blue glass bottle with which she used to view the future. Crystal gazers sometimes claimed they used balls in which the spirits of dead souls had been banished.  Therefore, the seer was thought to be dealing with spirits.

Witch balls can measure up to seven inches in diameter, and are occasionally decorated in enameled stripes and swirls of varying colors.  Some are mirrored for use as convex mirrors.

Now commonly known as "Witch Balls",  we are keeping the lore alive with our colorful glass balls. Let the magic of our glass artists protect your home.