roman necklaces

On Saturday I trundled down to oxford for a one day Roman necklace workshop in conjunction with the “last supper in POmpeii” exhibition. (Go if you haven’t been already, it’s very good).

We made herakles knot necklaces in sterling silver. I’m not allowed a blowtorch in case I set fire to the Ashmolean (for some reason they don’t trust me, it’s like they’ve met me or something), so I made all the rings in advance so that students just had to bend, interlock and hammer them before interspersing them with beads.

The first thing I did was sucessfully demonstrate how not to use the hammer and small anvil by delicately hammering my thumb and giving myself a small blood blister. Obviously this was intentional because I’m such a good tutor and make great sacrifices for my art *cough*


I didn’t get a picture of quite everyone’s necklace, because as usual I forgot to start taking pictures until people had already started leaving, but I got most. Everyone made a pair of earrings as well , which are in the style of rather than being properly roman. I’d taken a choice of Lapis lazuli, carnelian and agate beads – I really like the ones with mixed stones.

~ by opusanglicanum on December 9, 2019.

2 Responses to “roman necklaces”

  1. They turned out well, didn’t they! A lovely delicate effect.

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