This silicone mold is slightly different from the others you can find in my shop.
That’s because with it, you can create a large chakana, a shape with rich symbolism and many hidden meanings.
To help you understand these meanings and to inspire you with your creative project, I’ve put together this little guide. Read it to better understand this unique symbol and better understand how you can use its full potential to create large, powerful pendants and decorations full of meaning for you, your customers or your loved ones.
A chakana is a stepped cross with a round cutout in the middle. This cross has been wide spread in South America since ancient times, and is often associated with the Incan people. That’s why the chakana is also known as the Inca Cross (named after the people) or the Andean Cross (named after the Andes mountain range).
The Chakana and Symbolism
The chakana is rich in symbolism. The vertical and horizontal arms represent the points of the compass, while the shorter, diagonal arms represent other planes of existence. The hole in the center lets an Incan shaman transcend the divisions between the planes of existence and cross between them.
Additionally, a chakana originally consisted of two halves, one light and one dark. The light half was on top and represented Mother Earth. When taken together, both parts represent the dualism of the world.
The Chakana and Harmony
The Chakana is also a symbol of world harmony. Its four groups of steps symbolically unite four groups of ideas:
Planes of Existence:
- Hana Pacha, the upper world inhabited by the superior gods
- Kay Pacha, the world of our everyday existence
- Ukhu or Urin Pacha, the underworld inhabited by spirits of the dead, the ancestors, their overlords, and various deities having close contact to our world
Saint Animals, corresponding to the planes of existence:
- The Condor, saint animal of the upper world
- The Puma, the saint animal of our everyday existence
- The Snake, the saint animal of the underworld
- Don’t steal
- Don’t lie
- Don’t be lazy
I hope this has inspired you and given you some ideas on how to use this powerful symbol.
This mold has one cavity. You will create one chakana per use.
A chakana shape made with this mold has the following dimensions:
- Size: 60 mm (2 3/8″)
- Thickness: 5 mm (3/16″)
- Diameter of the cutout: 7 mm (1/4″)
This mold has a glossy surface with relief lines. The relief lines are matte. This means your chakana will be smooth except for matte grooves in a grid shape.
All of my silicone molds are flexible, resistant to tearing, and are durable in use.
Plus, all of my silicone molds can be used with these materials:
- Epoxy resins
- Polymer clay
- Low-temperature melt light metals
All of my silicone molds have a useful temperature range of -53°C to 232°C / -65°F to 450°F.
Please, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!