While I was researching the Novgorod rhomboidal temple rings, I encountered another type in the Vodskaya digs outside Novgorod that caught my interest.
This is a temple ring that takes the form of a hoop threaded with multiple hollow beads. In the Vodskaya digs pictured below there are between 4 and 9 beads per ring. The hoop generally has a spiral or loop on one end, and a pierced flattened area on the other. Most of the Vodskaya finds are bronze, with one pair found in silver. (Ryabinin, pg 55)
Many pairs have beads that have come unsoldered.
I decided to attempt 9 beads per ring, as in numbers 1,2 from Ryabinin pg 245, at close to actual size of approx 5cm diameter.
I first punched circles from sheet bronze and drifted center holes. Since this is a trial run, some of them are slightly different alloy so as to use available scraps.
Next I raised them into domes with a dapping block.
Soldering jig made from charcoal and a nail.
Assembled beads, one polished.
I’m still finishing the soldering, for a hopeful total of 18 beads. Some of this first batch are not as aligned as I like, and may well be redone.
Ryabinin, E. A. Vodskai︠a︡ Zemli︠a︡ Velikogo Novgoroda: Rezulʹtaty Arkheologicheskikh Issledovaniĭ 1971-1991 Gg. S.-Peterburg: “Dmitriĭ Bulanin”, 2001. Print.