Amulets are natural objects such as crystals, that can be blessed or consecrated for the purposes of protection, fortune, luck, love, good health, etc.
Examples of an amulet could be a piece of rose quartz that you've consecrated and use to attract love into your life.
You could also use a bag of dried herbs that you've consecrated for the purpose of protection.
The possibilities are endless and are entirely up to you.
Talismans: (from the Greek root word teleo meaning "to consecrate.")
Talismans are man-made objects consecrated or blessed for a specific magical purpose. A basic example of a talisman would be a pentacle or a crucifix, depending on your religion. The most powerful talismans are those made my the individual that plans on using it.
They can be made out of any type of material be it paper, metal, or otherwise. Below is the day, metal, and associations that can be used when crafting a talisman from various metals.
Days of the Week & Associated Metals:
Saturday's associated metal was lead, thus I didn't add it to this list for obvious reasons. That being said, be careful when working with any metal as you may have an allergic reaction to it. For example, my sister is allergic to silver and breaks out in a rash if she wears any jewelery that is made from it.
Sunday: Gold - fortune, money, hope, health, and success.
Monday: Silver - dreams, merchandise, theft, fertility, and healing.
Tuesday: Iron - enemies, matrimony, prison, war, strength, and courage.
Wednesday: Aluminum - debt, fear, loss, communication, study, and travel.
Thursday: Tin - clothing, desire, honor, riches, luck, and fortune.
Friday: Copper - friendship, love, strangers, and relationships.
To enchant a talisman or amulet you would charge it with the energy that you would wish it to have. For example, if you had a ring that you wished to be empowered with protective energies you would visualize and feel it glowing with that power/energy. It's also a good idea to cleanse the item before enchanting it.
The process of charging the item usually only takes a few minutes, and you should be able to feel if it is or isn't charged. Most of my items that I've done this with tend to give off an energy.
The Witch Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-Paganism. - Written by Raymond Buckland.