Gorgoneion Cypher

Our Sovereign, Magnus Tindal, requested some assistance in crafting a Cypher that could be awarded to members of our community that provided exceptional service during their exceptional reign.  After discussing what type of form this award would be we agreed that it should be something that was practical and useful rather than a mere display... Continue Reading →

Roman Diadem

June 2021 This was a commissioned diadem artifact for patron Baroness Kassir Ni Deoraine looking to add to their Roman aesthetic. It combines metal shaping, cutting, and forming, casting, enameling, acid etching, carving all to create a single artifact. Inspired from Roman period designs and elements enhanced to include personalized aspects of the patron and... Continue Reading →

Lily Morgaine Maunche Ring

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 →

A Brass Pomander

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 →

Welcome!

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 →

Diadem commission

I come today to show the latest example of my work producing a diadem for a wonderful peer of the East. It was requested to feature certain elements of their device; acorns and hearts. It was also desired to illustrate their station as both a double peer of the realm and a holder of a... Continue Reading →

Klaus Koin project

April-June 2020 Originally from several Facebook Posts collected here for the blog. Salve my friends and socially distant followers!I would like to discuss a little about my process today. I will be breaking this up into multiple posts as I am prone to long-winded rambling and not yet done with the project. This about me... Continue Reading →

Consort’s Order of Courtesy

MAY 2020 A project that my Mistress, the Countess Ro Honig von Sommerfeldt, challenged me to use my knowledge to create an award for the realm. She observed that the Consort's Order of Courtesy traditional regalia of a white embroidered glove was not always apt to a persona that did not wear a belt. She... Continue Reading →

Commissioned Coronet Baron Wulfgar Silfrahárr

May 2020 Band is hand-hammered nickel-silver with brass pattern wire embellishments. The Stag is etched copper, and enameled. The jewels are imitation amber. I tried experimenting with a few new techniques where after I hammered and polished the band, I plated with copper, and then polished again.  It provides a very subtle color variation in... Continue Reading →

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