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Daugavas lībiešu 10.-13. gadsimta krūšu važiņrotas ar bruņrupuču saktām.
(10th-13th Century Daugava Liv Pectoral Chain Ornaments with Tortoise Brooches.)
by Roberts Spirģis, 2006.
https://dspace.lu.lv/dspace/handle/7/276

It's a PhD thesis, and is very information-dense, but is also very, *very* cool.
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My order of 5m of chain arrived today, so I spent my lunchtime attaching chain to chain-holders. Five metres (16.4 feet?) really doesn't go very far when you're draping it all over your chest. But, since that really was and is all I could justifiably afford to spend on this project, I'll just have to wear upper-thigh height chains. Oh, woe is me and my social status amongst the other Livonians in the SCA... o_O

If you think that sounds long enough, usually the chains are reconstructed as ending just above the knees:
Archaeological find: small picture here, on the lower right.
Reconstructions: here (on the left) and here.

People with long memories will remember the other finds from the grave that I was working on last year.

I really need to get off my bum and start figuring out the exact details of applying bronze spirals to fabric. If only the Livonians and Finns did it identically, then I would be laughing, but it is never that easy. (My best bet at the moment is to make up a bunch of spirals of different lengths, and see which ones are easier to keyring-style thread into fabric.) But I've been saying this for years now, and I can't see too much happening this year. Oh well. (It's moments like these I wish there were more people doing early period Baltic stuff around, because then we could compare notes and share books. Alas! Everyone is overseas, so I can't invite them over for a cup of tea.)
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After much fussing around with different sizes of beads, and bells, and shells, here are my attempts at the two necklaces from grave 94, Salaspils Laukskola:

There is an excessive number of photos under the cut. Sorry.

Read more... )
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So, I've been looking at the necklaces I want to make to go with the Baltic stuff, starting with the stuff from Grave 94, Laukskola (because the Daugava Livs are cool and there's a lot of research on them.)

But, there's a slight problem with scale: Read more... )

Ah, decisions, decisions...

Photo time

Jun. 23rd, 2008 08:29 pm
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My Livonian "Tool Brooch" with only one tool:
Read more... )

Can't have too many waterbirds in my opinion.They go well with my painted bowls-with-birds collections.

My Anglo Saxon ring-pouch
Read more... )
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11th c. Salaspils Laukskola 'tool brooch' with everything but tools on it!
http://www.history-museum.lv/english/media/mosaic/arheo/rota2.jpg

Compared to the Gotlandic tool brooches/redskapsspänne, like this one or this one, and you've got to admit there's some similarity there.

Here's the same style of chain, only in iron. Some close relatives in bronze and copper(?)

And I was worried that my tool brooch seemed to be where I keep all my waterbird pendants, instead of enough tools. (And I've noticed that the key can be attached by the neck instead of the head. Interesting.

(Don't need to get distracted by bronze spirals. Nope. Bad distraction, no biscuit.
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Updated the entry on sprang belts. Have included a possible fourth belt from the article from Zeiere.

Have also found a possible source for the fabric-and-bronze Liv headband reconstruction.
pictures under cut )

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