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fitzjames
21 March 2011 @ 06:10 pm
One of my favorite things in the SCA is to make an entirely new item that would fit perfectly in a period setting.  I think that is why I have been enjoying button casting, I can make a totally period item using modern SCA heraldry.  Last week I decided on a new project. I found a picture in a book of Pilgrim and Livery Badges.


It was described as a Rose en Soleil a Yorkist household badge It was broken the bottom rays looked longer but there were obviously rays going in all directions.  In addition there was a cutout for a mirror in the center.



The next image was another Rose en Soleil of a radically different design, showing the rays extending down and a good drawing of the "pin back" that so many 14-15th century badges have.

These pictures reminded me of a badge that I had already cast a star/comet often associated with the Star of Bethlehem.


It also has a mirror in the center, a pin back, rays extending down in line with the pin and rays extending from the center circle. I decided that I could combine the two ideas to create a new badge.


I sketched out the rose with star arms and comet trail... I also added a bit larger disc around the rose because without it there were thin spots where the badge would bend.



Not the greatest photo of the final product, but I am really pleased it how it is casting.  Two pins to hold the mirror in place, plus a pin back to affix to a surface.
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fitzjames
01 March 2011 @ 04:03 pm

SCA Costuming  Cotehardie is 95% done, should be no problem to finish it by Saturday.  Really need to decide on some new outfits to make, I need court clothes as I have worn everything I have multiple times.

SCA Scrolls I have done nothing on my current assignment in the last week.  This frustrates me to no end since I want to have two scrolls done for next coronation... a totally arbitrary goal I know, but it is both necessary to get scrolls done and a good goal 2 scrolls a reign should be doable.

Pewter work where most of my time is going right now, I carved a Ansteorran Star button which seemed to go over well, just mailed off 120 of them.  I also cast a laurel wreath as the second button in that mold... I have ideas for several other buttons rattling in my head, but I do want to cast some other non button items in the near future.

Paintings  Once again done nothing on the paintings... I think a good goal would be to get headboard cut out...

Other Doubt I will get the benches done, this week.  I might get them cut out, but I want to paint or stain them and with the weather so cold they won't dry.
 
 
fitzjames
24 February 2011 @ 08:36 am
So I am restarting posting in my Livejournal in a desire to maintain momentum and keep projects on track.  I am going to try and give updates on everything I am doing right now and hopefully will progress on getting things done.  If anyone feels like giving me an "attaboy" or more needed a kick in the ass on a particular project please feel free.  I seem to be getting buttons done right now, because people seem to want them.

SCA Costuming I seem to be in a lull right now.  I have a cotehardie mostly done, it was supposed to be finished for 12th night, but various things delayed it.  I have buttonholes up the front and need to buttonhole sleeves and sew on buttons.  so 90% done...  I have a bockston tunic cut out and serged, just waiting for the impetus to sew it together again about 90% done.  I have a ton of fabric, but no real ideas for anything else, I need court garb and I would like to make something for Dawn, but I am lacking inspiration.  I think I might have burnt myself out a bit making the outfit for Black Rose Ball and need to step back and make plans.  Oh and I need new shoes, need to get the elk hide to make them.

SCA Scrolls  I have a new assignment, a harp argent scroll.  It is transferred to paper, I need to practice the calligraphy, it is back to the weird 16th century style that I did for my first scroll, sadly I can't find any of my original exemplars so I need to practice it quite a bit.  My goal is to get 2 done by May so they can be presented at coronation.

Pewter work Is going well, I have 11 buttons finished and casting 6 smaller, 4 larger and 1 coat sized.  The coat sized are new and are going to be more STEAMPUNK styled.  I don't know how much demand there is going to be for those, but I want to do an outfit and I would rather make buttons than buy them.  I have orders for over 100 Darach buttons one of my newest designs, no interest so far in my Rose buttons or the Octopus steampunk ones.  Next step is to cast more of the new ones finish the second coat sized a steampunk gear.  I also have an order for an Ansteorran Star which means that once again I will have a blank to decide on a design.

Paintings  I need to do a headboard for our camp bed, it is going to be a St George scene... not past the planning stages on that, I also plan on doing some larger wall hanging St Georges for the dining pavilion... Once again not past the planning stages...

Other I have two benches partially constructed I hope to get them done by Crown, which is rapidly approaching... maybe 50% complete.  I also have plans to make a Steampunk outfit.  I have some pictures of period suits/vests, the main challenge is going to be patterning, since this is much later than any outfit I have done previous, much more akin to a modern suit than a 14th century cote.

Well that is it for now, I hope to post more soon.
 
 
fitzjames
19 June 2009 @ 09:15 pm
So I have just finished my last non-commissioned scroll. I have enjoyed taking names off the backlog, but I think I am ready now to tackle making scrolls custom to the recipients. I have two in the works right now and I really don't know how long they will take me. My hope is to have them done by the end of summer, but as I am just in the design stage I guess I will see.
So more on this one. I found the inspiration in the Illuminating the Renaissance book from the Flemish exhibit at the Getty. I love that book and am kinda sad I won't be using it for awhile. I was struck by the architectural style of the two pages and got tickled by the idea of combining them into one scene. The effect was somewhat Escher-like, but the original had some of the same brain bending perspective so I felt okay about that. Anyway Photos and pics of the source material after the cut...
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fitzjames
03 June 2009 @ 09:09 am
Just finished my third scroll another Dolphin. I think this may be the last of this style for awhile. Even though I enjoy the type I feel the need to stretch a bit. I have another an AoA drafted and after that I guess I will look around for someone who wants one done. This one was based on the Master of James IV of Scotland from the Illuminating the Renaissance exhibit at the Getty again. It was originally intended to be a Harp, but finding an appropriate recipient proved to be too difficult. I am going to turn it in at Coronation I don't know when it will be presented.

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fitzjames
11 May 2009 @ 01:27 pm
So I finished my second scroll. I am pretty pleased in that it only took me 3 weeks from assignment to completion. I am liking awards scrolls that don't need arms on them much shorter text. I have a design or two in mind one for a woodworking harp and one for an AoA so I am hoping to do some more maybe this summer. My plan was to try and get 4 done a year, but who knows I might up that a bit. Anyway click on the link if you want to see more.

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fitzjames
11 May 2009 @ 12:32 pm
This was more work than I thought, but kinda interesting what people find important to put on the list.
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fitzjames
21 March 2009 @ 11:31 am
I have been meaning to post this for awhile.  I finished a new set of pattens and I wanted to write down my process.  I would love to teach a class on these someday, but I don't think it could be a hands on class as while they are easy to make they are a bit tool intensive.

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fitzjames
20 February 2009 @ 04:11 pm
So I finished my first scroll, it seems silly now that I haven't done any in the past. There were some interesting challenges I had to learn a new somewhat funky calligraphy hand for it and it has been so long since I used gouache I had to relearn some of the control I have with other mediums. All in all I am happy with it and looking forward to getting another assignment sometime soon.
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fitzjames
31 January 2009 @ 04:04 pm
So here is the painting I mentioned earlier. I had a lot of fun with this one. I had no real plans starting out, I had some extra canvas in an odd shape so I decided to stretch it to be really tall and narrow. After I did that I came across a painting of Durer's that looked too amusing not to use. It is the left panel of the Paumgartner Altar and the casual way St. George is holding the dead dragon just made me laugh. When setting it down on canvas I had some extra space up top so I added in some angels mostly inspired from some woodcuts by Durer. I also redid the face on the St. George since Durer's not surprisingingly just looked too German. I have recently been reading some books about how many Renaissance artists didn't concern themselves as much with likeness to their subject, but Durer's paintings all look as if they are someone specific. Well enough rambling I guess, see everybody soon.

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