Laurel Diadem

A silk diadem based on 12th century finds from Novgorod, in particular a reconstruction of one of several diadems found in the Boris and Gleb cathedral. The diadem from grave 285 was reconstructed by AA Strokov based on the position of multiple types of plaques and other ornament found in the burial. Other graves in…

Laurel elevation details.

I was elevated to the Order of the Laurel December 1st, 2018. I had a ton of help with clothes, ceremony and much more. Victor, James, Ælfflæd, Vesta and Mir spoke for me. Joseph was my Herald, and Laurence and the kiddos processed in with me. I swore on the Orb. Medallion by Bill Dawson…

Laurel Wreath Plaques, part two.

Having made the matrix, it was time to use it. Initially, I used a lead cookie to back the foil, but this proved to move too easily, and was impossible to reset to reuse, causing double stamps. The image is doubled, meaning the lead would need to be recast. Though this is a period method,…

Bronze Temple Ring Pendants, part 4.

I assembled two more sets of temple rings/ pendants based on medieval Nw Russian finds. Pair three, previously cut and stamped, is based on the pendant top right of the following image. Temple rings, pendants, and earrings from St Petersburg, 11th-12th c. Source: Glasov I cut jump rings from a bronze wire coil, including two…

Brass laurel wreath plaques. Part one, the matrix.

I set out to make stamped laurel wreath plaques for future embellishments. I’ll be using brass for cost reasons, though gold is period and lovely. Thanks again to William Beornson for advice and studio time. William and I decided to have the matrix be the harder surface, since the design would be smaller pieces of…

13th c Russian Metal plaques.

A 13th c find from the Dmitrov Kremlin includes a headdress and collar with silver gilt stamped plaques sewn on. I made a version of the headdress plaques in brass, and helped make the die and matrix to stamp them with. I choose brass for cost purposes, though the die and matrix set can be…

Nitra Temple rings/Earrings, trial run.

Ælfflæd has been exploring the 9th c Principality of Nitra, in modern day Slovakia. These ca 9th c bronze temple ornaments/earrings from Nitra Castle caught her eye. So I made her some. Source: West Slavs in Archaeology. Source: Ruttkayová & Ruttkay. The sources I have are limited and do not list size or details of…

S-shaped lock rings found in Hungary and Romania.

S-shaped terminal temple rings , found commonly in West and East Slav contexts like Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Ukraine, and NW Russia, have an analogue, found in Hungary and Romania. These areas are the Carpathian Basin and Transylvanian Basin/Plateau, respectively. S-shaped terminal lock rings from Dábáca. Source: Gáll 2013. Carpathian and Transylvanian basins pre 19th c….

Temple Ring pendants part 3: Coil temple rings and bells.

The three tiered pendants I made earlier needed different temple rings in order to match the actual find. This particular set was found attached to temple rings with a coil terminal, next to a chain with a bell attached, as seen on the bottom left, below. Source: Glasov I made these temple rings in much…

Tiered bronze temple ring pendants, part 2

I’ve completed two of the sets of bronze tiered pendants I started, one two tiered and one three tiered. These are meant to hang from medieval Russian temple rings, as in the example below: I am looking at the middle and bottom right sets specifically. I had previously cut out and decorated the trapezoidal components:…

Tiered Pendants in Bronze, in progress.

These bronze trapezoids are on their way to be tiered pendants to hang from some of my larger plain temple rings, just as the silver ones do from my Rhomboidal temple rings. I have several examples of varying complexity, and plenty of bronze sheet, so I’m going to make a few different sets. Like these…

Ways to Wear Temple Rings

When temple rings are found in burials, they are generally found near the temples or on the side of the skull, though the specific attachments do not always survive. Over time, various types have been referred to both as earrings and temple rings, depending on the source. Many wearing options are now attested, including in…