Laurel lunula from Tullia

Tullia made lovely little laurel stamped lunulas, and gifted me one. This meant I had to string it. I looked at a few examples of strung lunulas. Source: PMA Cyfrowe Zasoby Muzeum Archeologicznego date: XII -XIII c. place: unknown From Nitra, Slovakia I settled on this set of beads from Novgorod as my inspiration. Source:…

Carnelian and rock crystal necklace.

A necklace based particularly on finds from 11-13th c Russia, but that could fit in many other places and times. Cornerless carnelian rectangles paired with rock crystal rounds and squished rounds. This is strung on modern plasticized cable with a purchased clasp. Source: Sedov Source: Sedov 12th c jewelry in the Hermitage. Another 7th-10th c…

Penwork Orders of Adiantum.

Two baronial awards based on penwork initals. Gouache and India ink on pergamenta. Each is ~ 8″x 10″. Text as assigned. Exemplar one: Source: University of Utrecht Exemplar two: Source: Vatican Library Calligraphy Penwork Red initials added. A close look at exemplar one shows the red initial added over the black penwork. Sources: https://digi.vatlib.it/view/bav_pal_lat_298/0007 http://objects.library.uu.nl/reader/index.php?obj=1874-26261&lan=en&_ga=1.1728952.846940849.1464123663#page//46/92/93/46929327825561963223818863611190518725.jpg/mode/1up

Documenting and Registering Names for the SCA

Everyone in the SCA needs a name to use, preferably based in historic naming practices. In order to register the name with the College of Heralds, it needs to be supported with evidence, and adhere to some SCA specific conventions. When picking a name, I recommend starting with one of the name articles available on…

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…

Seamus’ Laurel scroll

Gouache and India ink on pergamenta. Approximately 8″ x 11″. Based on the page discussing the laurel from a well travelled Historia Plantarum, which was made in late 14th c Milan for King Wenceslas of Bohemia, rebound by King Matthias of Hungary in the 15th c, and passed through an Italian Cardinal’s library, before ending…

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 Vigil

I vigiled twice, in order to see people outside by local area too. My priorities were space to chat, a book and bread and salt plus goodies. Vigil One was at Collegium, and I have fewer pictures. I wore an ancient underdress, the Severian temple rings, and my paneva and apron. Marzipan in the shape…

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,…

German Amicus Musarum

A Baronial award based on a mid 15th century German bible. Ink and gouache on pergamenta. The original manuscript measures 15.5 x 9cm, mine is a touch larger. Folio 19r Folio 107r The style is relatively loose, with a fair amount intentional white space. I worked mostly from folio 19r, turning the saint portrait into…

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…