Since I was entering the Novgorod Slovene temple rings I had made in An Tir’s Arts and Sciences Championship, I decided to make another pair, either as part of the entry or to be able to wear some while I presented. These turned out to be a bigger diameter with smaller flanges, and I ended up wearing these as swapping them out would have meant swapping pendants also. My original silver set were the entry, as planned.
I used the last of the mostly hand rolled fine silver wire, and drew it down closer to the size I wanted. The drawplate I was using didn’t have the right size, so I twisted it and rolled it to get it the last little bit smaller.
Drawplates have been found in both Russian and Norse contexts.
As before I flattened and then expanded the flanges. This time I didn’t go quite far enough.
Next the wires were bent into rings.
Finally I cut the wire end on one end of the rings off and punched the decoration.
I used a dot/ cross scheme with chevrons at each end, similar to this extant ring.
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