This year, I was requested to make something “kickass” for a largesse gift basket for Their Majesties Calontir to give to their recipient kingdom. It didn’t have to be big. But it did have to be neat.
So, given that my mundane job has taken up much of my spare time (I’m actually writing this on a very rare snow day), it needed to be something that would work well. The receiving kingdom is currently in a dual reign: 14th century English, and early Muromachi-period Japan (which corresponds to about the 14th century through the 16th century at the late end). While this complicated things, it also gave me some ideas.
You see, I found those glass veil pins from the 12th century (with similar ones made in the mid-14th century that were excavated in London). And purchased some more wire and played. The wire I purchased is not what I wanted to use: it’s coated copper wire, which was scraped off when I sanded the pins into shape, but, I’m otherwise pleased. They’re a bit big for veil pins, but there are other things to use pins for, including attaching items to clothing and to act as decorative items.
I will hopefully have a tutorial on how to make these soon, once I have someone who can photograph me making the pins themselves. (operating a camera with hot glass is not recommended.)
There are more projects to come – I just have to have the right items picked up for those, including a duo of diamond point engraved goblets, which there will be a tutorial on, as well.
But, I have go sharpen brass to make some new veil pins – maybe some for my etsy shop!
6 thoughts on “Gulf Wars Largesse”
I get 3 in corsage pins and snip of the plastic heads for veil pins. While not completely period, they won't put huge holes in delicate veils and won't easily bend. – Elynor of Glastonbury
I really like 18 gauge brass – same reason, but there's something really primal and fun about making the pin from scratch. (yeah, 16 gauge is a bit heavy for this.)
How do you sharpen the pins?
Emery cloth (found in the plumbing section), and wet/dry sandpaper. The emery cloth is great for getting the big raspy bits smoother and the wet/dry is great for honing.
I also nip the wire at an angle, and then sharpen it. I realised I wasn't exactly clear about that.
Yay veil pins!