Lion Skin Belt | Lionskin Belt

Lion Skin Belt

THE other magical requisites are: a sceptre, a sword, a mitre, a cap, a long white robe of linen, and other garments for the purpose; also a girdle of lion’s skin three inches broad, with all the names written about it which he round the outmost part of the Magical Circle. Also perfumes, and a chafing-dish of charcoal kindled to put the fumes on, to smoke or perfume the place appointed for action; also anointing oil to anoint thy temples and thine eyes with; and fair water to wash thyself in.” The Lesser Key of Solomon

This is an example of a lion skin belt. It is still a work in progress and was taken from a Victorian-era lion hide. Stitching the leather is no easy task and was accomplished using a  large leather stitch needle, small hammer and block of wood as the base to assist tapping the needle through the leather.

Lion Skin Belt

Lion Skin Belt

I’ll post more pictures once it is finished.
To buy some lion hide strips to make your own, please visit: Lion Skin Belt on Etsy

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2 Responses to Lion Skin Belt | Lionskin Belt

  1. unknown says:

    yes i have a question ive been preparing for the lesser key for seven years I have everything for the ritual except the girdle But I’m at a loss. I need to know what names go on the girdle and where they go I’m using a leather belt and I was thinking of inscribing names on the belt. I still need to know what names I need to use and where they go in the belt. Can you help?

    • andrewaustin says:

      Hello, this is quite a challenge. Recently the law has changed regarding lion hide in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, which means the price has gone through the roof.

      The lettering is the god names of the first nine Sephiroth, along with associated planetary symbols. Lion hide present a particular problem when it comes to inscribing the letters – it is very absorbent and so the paint/ink just soaks straight in, leaving hardly a mark. I have experiment with acrylics, but it needs about 5 layers, allowing to dry in between. The problem here is that it ‘bleeds’ into the surrounding areas and so doesn’t necessarily give a crisp outline. In the example I show here, I cut a template and then used metallic spray paint. I did this in sections, and it took several days to complete. The problem with this is that is simply rubs off – which is great if you screw it up, but not so great for long term adherence.

      I did try burning in the lettering, but this simply doesn’t work.

      If you want to do it by hand, the paint pends that are sold in car repair stores will work best, be sure to take your time, and follow health and safety regarding the solvents in the paint – you don’t want to get a great looking belt only to develop permanent neuromuscular problems later.

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