Some of the reenactment jewelry I made back in the day. My group was doing the Varangian Guard, which was a group of real-life Norse adventurers who’d traveled as far south as Constantinople and been hired on as the Byzantine Emperor’s elite guards. (Big, blond bad-asses from out of nowhere with no prior political affiliations? The emperor must have thought Christmas had arrived early.)
I made all of the glass beads with techniques and colors available in the Mediterranean area at the time. The hammer-cross is a handmade variation on the Icelandic wolf’s cross and other pendants from the same period of slow integration between traditional Norse religions and Christianity. (Sort of hedging their bets.) My friend Jennifer cast it for me.
The silver beads are Balinese, but pretty basic in design, and, of course, I bought the leather cord instead of hunting down a cow of my own.
God, I miss doing this stuff.