Category Archives: Jewelry

Home Jewelry Studio & 1st Dapping Attempt

Making Roman jewelry means learning metalsmithing, and I’ve been bitten HARD by that bug. I just set up a mini-studio in my garage so I can practice without traveling across town to Fjorlief’s studio on those rare days when our … Continue reading

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Athenaeum

  Yesterday was the first – but certainly not the last – An Tir Athenaeum. It was an Arts & Sciences “display for comments” event. Basically I signed up for a table, put out my jewelry and papers, and had … Continue reading

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Phallic Good Luck Charms

Phallic images were very popular in Ancient Rome to ward off the evil eye and generally be protective. These gold rings (British Museum collection) are child-sized. I made 2 silver rings (for Drusa and myself). I’m not sure what’s happening with the … Continue reading

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More wedding stuff

Things are coming along… I finished our Hercules knot (a common Roman wedding ring motif) rings yesterday. I will type up a project paper on the Hercules series I’ve done right after the wedding. I hope you’re coming! Everyone is … Continue reading

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Hercules Knot, take 3…

My first two attempts are written up here. For this version, I wanted to do silver (instead of brass), and do a continuous loop rather than a curve and a ring. I also decided to use a jig to bend … Continue reading

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Tracking down period techniques

One of my goals is to learn to make jewelry the way the Romans did, not just duplicate their designs with modern techniques and tools. I contacted my friend Alberto (he’s part of Legio Secvnda Consvlaris, an Italian re-enacting group) to … Continue reading

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Chain-making, Roman style

Chains appear as decorative elements in jewelry as well as practical applications (suspended oil lamps, scales, etc). Although the finished products look similar to Viking wire weaving, the method is different.   Wire weaving uses a single long wire, threaded … Continue reading

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