desborough…ish

Since I started silversmithing I’ve wanted a replica of the Anglo Saxon necklace from Desborough.

I actaully made most of the pendants for this last summer, had them hallmarked, but didn’t get them gold palted because I ahdn’t yet made the beads.

I’ve been plugging away at the beads for months now. I kept thinking I’d get better at them but I didn’t, and eventually reached the point of soddit. Some of my beads are ok, some are just plain bad. But at least now they are shiny and golden?

I’ve said Desborough ish because the original was all garnet pendants. I don’t do lapidary, it’s a separate skill from silversmithing which I have niether the time, the desire, the money to buy more equipment, the space to store said equipment, nor the inclination to learn. So some of my pendants are garnet, and some are rubies of roughly the right shape.

Obviously, Gareth thinks it’s completely hideous.

~ by opusanglicanum on October 15, 2018.

10 Responses to “desborough…ish”

  1. I think it’s beautiful!

  2. Jealous!

  3. Gareth’s judgement is not to be trusted in this matter!

  4. It’s medieval OTT bling. Brilliant.

  5. Looks pretty close to the original on the BM website. Actually, yours is better – the original has been restrung so tightly it would be agony to wear.

    • It’s not actually long enough to go around a neck, being early period I plan to wear it strung between my peplos brooches. The bm site does say the original may have been longer though, because like a lot of early gold finds it was divvied up between the diggers until an antiquarian rescued it, so who knows

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