Metal, in all its various forms. I’ve worked with modern methods and ancient methods, and I really enjoy the finished result.
Two Master of Defense collars (one in brass on leather, and one in brass on velvet). How I made them is on this page.
Yes, tin. As in, a “tin hat”. This is a coronet with heraldic dolphins and laurel leaves for a baroness/laurel. The whole thing weighs 2.2 oz. This is how I made it.
Copper and Bronze
Last year I did a few pieces in copper. I got to make a few necklaces, a Viking necklace and a Pair of Roman necklaces, each out of copper. Earlier, I had also had the privilege of making Duke Edward’s coronet. Edward provided a sketch of what he was looking for, which called for leaves sticking up out of a black band that was edged with a reddish bronze (he did not want copper). Some research (and a serendipitous visit to the metallurgical engineering center at RPI) yielded the specific alloy that would work: Phosphor bronze. Braizing sheets of this to rod stock wasn’t going to work. Also, attaching the rods to the leather raised its own challenges. I experimented with braising thin posts to serve as rivets, but at the end settled on “sewing” the elements together. I should take a picture of the head-shaped wood mandrel I made, on which I banged the rods into the right shape. That was its own brand of fun. The coronet was presented in a pretty menorah box I had, because presentation matters. The third image below is a little larger than the first two. Many thanks to Master Anton for taking these pictures, as I had neglected to take pictures of the finished product when I drove over to drop off the coronet.
With one notable break due to starting a family, I have been making pewter items since about 2000. The items below all fit into this category
I had the honor of making collars of estate for Edward I and Marguerite. This link will open a pdf about them (short form). These were a lot of fun to make. What garnered perhaps the most interest was that I enameled them, even though they were made of pewter. The enamel is an enormous modernism, as it is essentially a very hard plastic that comes powdered but melts at a low enough temperature that 96% tin pewter can withstand.
Other Pewter, mainly tokens
On the following pages I have tried to document some of the myriads of tokens I’ve made over the years. The items I first put up on the page were numbered as I counted to make sure I make the A&S50 challenge. They are not sequential.
General tokens, not round
1 and 2. Duello Tokens – a comparison of my very first mold with the same design made 10 years later
3. Tic Tac Toe – large square token with a mirror finish
4. Maypoles – three-dimensional
5. Axes – it has a wooden stick in it; I think that’s cool!
6. Belt Links – early work in the balance between light and sturdy
7 and 8. Queen’s A&S Chain – I need to add some more recent chains I’ve made as a comparison here
9. Several on one Mold – towards more period mold packing
10 and 11. Silver Crescents – two different takes on the same motif
12 and 13. Carolingian Gryphons Rampant – good use of mold materials
14. Carolingian Gryphons Volant – about as non-round an outline as you can get
15 and 16. Crown Tourney Tokens – two cute tokens
17 and 18. Early Spoons – very early work. I need to add the more recent examples
19. Klaus’s Elevation Token – this piece came out very well, in that it looks and feels “right” for a period piece
20. Crowned Is – still my most researched piece to date
21 and 22. Teeny Tiny – what happens when I challenge myself with “make them as small as possible”
23. Thyra’s Guard Favors – clean design
24. Roses – early work with multiple holes (5 to be exact)
25 and 26. Roses and Chalices – very different designs on the same piece of stone
27. Pennsic Token 1 – a mid-period token
28. Rose Frame – a cute idea
29. Leaves – laurel, anyone?
30. MSS – make a token for a metalsmith symposium. Nervewracking
31. Bells – someone expressed surprise that these came out so well. I don’t really know why, since they’re a pretty basic design, I think.
32. Cannons – small and double-sided. Very cute.
33. Turkeys – the description says it all
34. Wings – a lesson in carving order
35 and 36. Two Fencing Tokens – sturdy but with clean lines
37. Walnut – a quick and fun job
38. Coins – thin and cast not stamped
39. Round Tokens – with different hanging loop styles
40. Iron Rose – an old favorite
41 through 43. SMOOPs – big
44 and 45. Archery and TW Medals – two extremes in size
Other (Other fun things I have done)
55. Cuttlebone Experiment in cuttlebone casting. I’ve also cast into wood, wax and other materials
56 and 57. Early Spoons I have a few more to document, much nicer than these.