Making bling….

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Just making a mental note of this tutorial.

And my mental notes on fusing, too.

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Saving my old soul

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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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Delving into box chains…

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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.

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

Oh the Persian life….!

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(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)