Saving my old soul



So…the Barony of Caer Galen elects a new Pope at their Midwinter event. Their current Pope is Mistress Anne Bigod. (A very fitting name for a Pope, no?)

Well, this past weekend, she was selling indulgences…to cleanse our souls of all of our sins. (And what a wonderful example of scribal artistry!)

My Persian persona is a heathen in the eyes of the medieval Catholic church…so his soul was beyond redemption. However, about 6-7 years ago…I had an Italian persona. Since that persona is now in my past, it only seemed fitting to cleanse his soul….

The results of Caerthe’s Jewelers’ Guild



Last month, the Jewelers’ Guild of Caerthe learned how to do copper enameling. We each made a piece for ourselves, and then several of us in turn made a Keystone medallion for our Barony.

It was then my task to make the cords and chains for the finished medallions.


Here is a close-up of the resulting lucet cords…


And here is a close-up of the double-woven trichinopoly (aka: Vikjng wire weaving)…


Next up is the close-up of the 2-3-2 jewelers’ chain (which if you turned this into a flat-weave would be a modified Japanese 12-2 pattern, using a square weave, rather than a traditional Japanese hexagon weave).

And lastly…below is the close-up of the Byzantine chain.


Delving into box chains…



So I finally figured out how to make box chain…and I ended up making this keyfob. It has given me the idea of possible SCA site or thank you tokens…with potential of largesse.


And with the idea of largesse came this box chain + charm pair of earrings. What cute little parrots!

Oh the Persian life….!



(Image courtesy of the Harvard Art Museum webpage.)

This has always been one of my favorite Safavid Persian miniatures…just for the sheer amount of interesting things to observe. Each time I look at it, I always seem to find something new.

(OH! And it’s been pointed out that Waldo is in the lower right-hand corner, too! LOL)