January 2021 From the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, pomanders were considered an important and even necessary accoutrement in navigating through a pungent and often foetid environment. The jeweler’s talent and inventiveness was sorely challenged by the creation of these delicate cages of gold and gems designed to hold perfumes, cloves and ambergris -scents that... Continue Reading →
April 2021 Inspired by the Æthelswith Ring The project was to create a ring as gift to commemorate the induction on Lily Morgaine into the order of the Maunche. Her persona of an 8th century resident of the central British Isles led me to the extant finger ring of the Queen of Mercia, a close... Continue Reading →
Hello! Welcome to the new and improved blog of Baron Gaius Claudius Valerianus, member of the Order of the Maunche. Since he has given me free editorial rein, I'm going to take advantage of it until he notices and deletes this post. In the meantime, please bear with us while we continue to make improvements... Continue Reading →
September 2016 When a member of Rolling Thunder reaches the status and esteem of elder within the clan they are sometimes offered to be included into the rank of a Silver in the clan and they are presented with a silver wheel and bolt to replace their bronze wheel. I was asked to help make... Continue Reading →
August 2016 Continuing the experiments in making bronze and practicing techniques using greensand casting, I made some bronze wheels to be given by the elders of my house to deserving new members of the Rolling Thunder local households.
June 2016 My first experiment into making my own bronze from recipe referenced in Pliny the Elder's Natural History where he discusses the use of white lead( tin) in combination with copper to create a bronze alloy. This experiment uses a 80/20 copper/tin mixture by weight. I first melted the copper, then added the tin... Continue Reading →
May 2015 To commemorate the event of the his admission to the Order of the Chivalry I created embellishing plaques for the knighting sword of Master Ioannes. Designed based from his arms of a three-headed hydra in the style of his household Serpentius. Initially designed digitally, 3D printed, molded, and modified to fit the gladius... Continue Reading →
February 2015 For the coronation of Omega V and Etheldreda IV, I was asked to assist with the making of some custom buttons bearing the Serpentius crest for the dress of Etheldreda Yvelchylde. The original design was carved in clay by Honig von Sommerfeldt. This was my first button casting project, and had not yet... Continue Reading →
Dec 2014 Commission for the Baron and Baroness of Rhydderich Hael in the kingdom of Aethelmarc. Model composite of unknown origin, cast in pewter, painted by me, finished with epoxy coat to emulate enameling.
For members of "Camp Smüg" a pin was commissioned of their household badge, Sable, a pomegranate slipped and leaved argent and seeded gules and an orle argent. Art was drawn by Honig von Sommerfeldt onto the copper as a resit for the etching done using ferric chloride acid. A silicone mold was then made from... Continue Reading →
July 2014 As a bit of whimsy and in an effort to try to cast something large and three dimensional I took it upon myself as a challenge to create a pewter Solo cup. This was my first attempt and while I intend to return to perfect this at some point, the Mk I version... Continue Reading →
Feb 2013 Another effort into the world of site tokens, this for the All Things Scribal event of 2013. Inspired by the East Kingdom badge of the Minister of Arts and Science. This was a smaller number of token than previous events, and so I decided to try my hand at soapstone carving. Here is... Continue Reading →
Feb 2012 This was a collaborative project with Fionn Mac Con Dhuibh where he created an original hilt design in clay and created the blades of brass. The final decorative bodice dagger was cast in pewter around the brass. It was a bit of an engineering to come up with a way to secure the... Continue Reading →