This is a query about composite items as talismans.
Imagine a mage enchanting a sword as his talisman. He has a sword made with a metal blade and frame, wolf skin wrapped around the handle, a ruby set into the quillons and a crown shaped pommel stone.
Now obviously he gets the shape bonus for a sword and material bonuses from the iron, wolfskin and ruby. Can he get a shape bonus for the crown?
Essentially, can a talisman have more than a single shape bonus? Can you use fairly symbolic shapes to get shape bonuses, or must the item be a functional version of that item to get the shape bonus? How about a miniature crown the size of a golf ball? If yes, how about that same crown atop a stave or sword pommel?
If thats a little too subtle, then how about a helmet in the shape of a skull
This is not spelled out clearly in the rules. We allow multiple shape bonuses, but a single shape. For example, a ring counts both as a ring and as jewelry, but no item can count as both a crown and a staff. Arguably, though, a helmet fashioned as a skull would count as both a skull and a helmet.