I mentioned in Teaser! that I had a lot of secret projects. And most of them came to fruition yesterday. So, this post will be all about those secret projects. My house has been the Pelican medallion factory as of late. One of those was presented last week at Master Mathurin's ceremony. It's small, about … Continue reading Secret Project Roundup
In the world of historical recreation, we've long been told that facets are not appropriate. While true for rings, I am pleased to say that simple facets are indeed quite period on items such as beads and even creating a flat table for intaglio (which, yes, is a facet). I'd like to show you this: … Continue reading Facets
Making Norse Festoon Dangles
I've written in the last entry that Calontir is in a Norse reign, and as a result of that, I got to do some research in bits and pieces for Her Majesty Ylva to give as tokens. As I can't make all of them myself, this entry will serve as a way for those who … Continue reading Making Norse Festoon Dangles
The upcoming reign in Calontir is a Norse one, and I've been assisting a bit in researching largesse items. I've also been working on some other items, so come along with me on what I've been doing so far. First thing up is researching small token items that Her Highness could give out. After putting … Continue reading Sailing Northward
Sometimes, inspiration . . .
. . . shows up in the most interesting ways. About a month and a half ago, I went to a local bead show, and found someone selling netsuke. And found an adorable falcon-shaped one. For those not in the know, netsuke are miniature Japanese sculptures used to help keep pouches and boxes suspended from … Continue reading Sometimes, inspiration . . .
Coronation Paternoster for Elena
Not long ago, I posted photos of the paternoster I created for my friend Andreas, which had many people commissioning paternosters from me, including a Coronation paternoster for (now) Queen Elena of Calontir. Nothing is more exciting than creating a piece of art for someone - but then hearing that it will be a big … Continue reading Coronation Paternoster for Elena
Paternoster for Andreas von Meißen
My friend Andreas was given invitation to join Ansteorra's Order of the White Scarf not too long ago, and I had always kind of planned on making him a paternoster. This just moved up the schedule. This particular paternoster isn't based off a specific historical object within our SCA period. It is, however, keying off … Continue reading Paternoster for Andreas von Meißen
Juzu – Japanese meditation beads
My friend Matsunaga Kagetora (also known as Matsu) is being knighted in a few weeks, and I've wanted to make another set of Japanese meditation beads. The first set of meditation beads was a japa mala I made was for my deputy, Saito Takauji, out of olive wood and strung on silk. While the olive … Continue reading Juzu – Japanese meditation beads
Ghent Altarpiece Paternoster
I went on another Pinterest trawl, and found a pin of a paternoster held in the hand of a figure. Having just purchased quite a bit of rock crystal (which is quartz, for those who are looking to recreate their own version) for a pretty decent price at Fire Mountain Gems, I was certainly excited … Continue reading Ghent Altarpiece Paternoster
Back from Birka!
I am back from Birka! It was a wonderful event, and it was lovely being able to spend it with good friends. I got to meet my apprentice-sister Iulia (that's us all gussied up on the right), geek a bit about beads and paternosters, and have a lot of fun. I also received my awesome … Continue reading Back from Birka!
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