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Virtual Kingdom A&S 2020: Chalcedony/Striking Glass

Alan's Master of Defence Collar and Medallion

I was given the opportunity to make the medallion for Master Alan's elevation to the Order of Defence. I was told the theme he was going for was based around the Mary Rose, and generally the Tudor period. It was also suggested to avoid a leather based collar, although that was the preference of the person sponsoring him. Design Mary Rose During my preliminary research, I did some looking around the  Mary Rose museum's website , since they have a small sample of their collection online. I briefly considered doing something based off a boatswain's whistle  (image #6) they had in their collection, since their description said they were used more as a badge of office instead of an actual whistle. It was also conveniently on a white ribbon already to contribute to the proper regalia. However, I decided this would be too small to be a recognizable medallion, and while amusing, difficult to use in a melee due to the masks. I also sent an email to their collections departme

Queen's Prize 2019: Refining Ultramarine

Note: This entry won the Judge's Choice vote. Additional note from future me: This post was a somewhat successful attempt at translating the project documentation into a blog format. If you prefer to just look at the original PDF, it is available here.   Before we get to the doc, there were two sheets full of color samples I prepared from the pigment samples that I had sitting out on the table during the display, but did not include in the written documentation. Scans of both of them are below. Background Ultramarine pigment is derived from the mineral lapis lazuli. The blue color in the stone is produced by lazurite, and it essentially always has inclusions of calcite, pyrite, and other trace minerals. The best specimens are a deep blue with minimal amounts of white and silver inclusions from the calcite and pyrite respectively, while less valuable samples will have a lighter blue and significant white streaking throughout. Unless treated, only the best pieces of

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Konstantia's Coronet

At Fall Crown Tourney, Konstantia was made a baron of TRM Damien and Issabell's court. I had the pleasure of making her coronet. I also managed to not spend the last three months with my fingers steepled while cackling maniacally. Design There was a moment of worry at the start of this because I said I would be interested in doing a coronet before I knew who it was for. When I heard it was for Konstantia, I knew that meant Byzantine. Which means bling. Lots of bling. I had actually made a comment to Jakob before about Byzantine style looking like a pain to make because of the amount of bling. But, it was a good challenge. My initial research into styling for a Byzantine coronet turned up two basic design concepts I worked off of (citation needed, since it appears I didn't save these sources): Stones were more important than the gold. The Byzantine empire was full of gold mines, while precious stones were imported. So, the focus was on the stonework while the metal i

Fox Masquerade Mask

I've had the idea of making a metal fox mask for a few years now, but haven't really had a reason to do it until this year. Work decided our holiday party would be a murder mystery masquerade, which makes a great excuse. The basis for the mask was Wintercroft's Fox Half Mask . The half mask is perfect for the masquerade use, and I thought the papercraft/low poly look would translate well to the metal. I took the mask template and glued it to 22 gauge copper sheet with spray adhesive. Then after about an hour of work with a jeweler's saw... I had the pieces, somewhat resembling a fox mask, but mostly a Batman logo. The paper templates were attached to the other side, so I could use the dotted lines for initial bends. These were mostly done on the corner of an anvil or over a piece of 1"x4" clamped in a bench vice. A rubber mallet was used instead of a metal hammer, since the rubber won't leave indentions in the surface where the hammer str