Category Archives: Jewelry

Carving intaglios

Carving intaglios has been on my “to learn” list for years. Two separate people asked about commissioning pieces within a week, so the time is now! Ancient artisans used a bow-driven drill. I’m using a flexshaft (a fancy dremel, basically). … Continue reading

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1st Century Ring

I made this for my beloved friend Skamp. He’s well known far and wide in the kingdom for his ceaseless efforts for social justice, his leadership during Covid quarantine, and his hysterical bardic skills. I wanted to make a sturdy … Continue reading

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Coming back after Covid

I was too stressed to take advantage of all that time off, sadly… but now that life is sort of returning to normal, and I’m working again, I’m also finding myself making again! This set of pearl and carnelian melon … Continue reading

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Roman-style chain for a Knight

Goal: Make a chain for my friend, Sir Istvan, that has that bulky An Tir look but without neck-crippling weight.

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Lunulas

My dear friend Vestia Antonia Aurelia was Laureled (a lifetime achievement award for the arts and sciences in the SCA) this past weekend.  She does Roman and Minoan portrayals. I wanted to make something for her, and for another friend, Marya … Continue reading

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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) and some charms. I wrote a paper … 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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