Thursday, March 20, 2014

Viking Mosaic "Eye" Beads

Full Documentation for Project 

Primary Source:
Callmer, Johan. Trade Beads and Bead Trade in Scandinavia, ca. 800-1000 A. D. Bonn: Rudolf Habelt Verlag, 1977.

Associated Creative Project:

As a creative project, I constructed a mosaic cane in the colors of my heraldry, which are green and yellow.

I created the mosaic cane with five rays, because one of the elements of my heraldic device is a cinquefoil, which is similar in shape to a “Starburst” Viking mosaic design. 

I then added dots to the ends of the rays to more closely approximate the cinquefoil.  I think these would make great tokens!

I added a metal wire ring to the bead as an added design element. Individual beads have been found in graves with rings attached to the bead like this. Below are two links from England's Portable Antiques Scheme website which I used in making the rings.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Gift Basket Beads

Beads for the EK Gift Basket.

Beads are based on period designs, and pictures of those period beads are included below.

Modern Earings

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Frankish Pendant

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Made in Niederbreisig, Germany
Copper alloy (rings & cap), glass (beads)
Overall: 7 5/16 x 1 3/16 x 3/8 in. (18.5 x 3 x 1 cm)
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:

Sunday, December 29, 2013

String of Beads

This was a chance for me to design a small string of beads to give as a gift. I used several bead designs from the Mucking Typology project I did. I tried to make things symmetrical (so it would be pleasing to the modern, or really, my eye). However, by using different designs for each polychrome bead, I tried to keep a bit of the randomness of the period necklaces I have recreated before. I like the result, expect for the fact that the colors I chose don't seem to "pop" and it is not as vibrant as some period necklaces are. I think that is because I used "cool" colors and black as the base color for the polychrome beads.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Earrings made for an SCA gift basket.

The designs were inspired by/ based on images of Irish and Scandanavian beads found in Birte Brugmann's book Glass from Anglo-Saxon graves. These two beads were chosen because they matched the heraldic colors of the recipient.