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A Giveaway, Steel City and the FIRST BOX.

First off, the Giveaway!

In case you didn’t know, Brian is a published author. He’s always made his short stories available at conventions as little mini books, but due to popular demand he’s making them available as 99¢ Kindle books. To celebrate, he’s offering his most popular short, “Insomnia” for free starting today and going through until the end of the holiday weekend. It’s a horror/suspense story about a man’s struggle with severe insomnia, and partially based on Brian’s own personal experience with sleep paralysis. Very creepy!

You can visit his author page here, and get the ebook on Amazon here. Please tell your friends and leave a review!

As for Steel City Con – We had a great time and will be back with his book (potentially more books!) in July. Brian will have two books done by then, and hopefully the second Windsmith City book available for purchase.

And speaking of books – I got the FIRST BOX of my “Celtic Spirals to Color” book in! That means it’ll be up in the shop as soon as I get enough light for a clean photo. Probably later today. Aren’t they pretty?

If you’d rather get one from Amazon, that’s fine with me. Here’s the link to the coloring book.

I have some new local shows coming up next week, and you’ll hear about those soon. Talk to you later!

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New in the Shop – SCA Award Medallions

I’ve often been asked for Award Medallions, and they’ve been on my two-do list for a loooong time. During Gulf Wars, I was approached by several people looking for medallions that were nice, but not too fancy. Ones that they could wear on the battlefield, stick on their hat, or wear out socializing. Medallions that they wouldn’t be scared about dinging up, and that were at a price that wouldn’t sting if they lost it.

I listened, and I debuted them at the Donnan Party this past weekend. They’re $20, come in two styles, and are available in either brass or copper. So far I have Pelican, Laurel, and Aethelmearc Populace badges. I plan on adding more awards and kingdoms to the list in the future. Click Here to see them.

If you’re dying for a specific badge, let me know and I’ll bump it to the top of the list!

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Old Techniques Meet Our New Tech

Just because we make jewelry inspired by museum pieces doesn’t mean we do everything old-fashioned. Brian wouldn’t want to polish stones by rubbing them against another rock, and you can have my jeweler’s saw when you can pry it from my cold, dead fingers. On that note, we recently acquired a piece of modern equipment that will help us take our jewelry to the next level!

A LASER PRINTER!

“Are you serious?!” you may be asking, “How can a laser printer help you make jewelry?”

Well, now I can transfer my hand drawings to metal. That means I can engrave, saw and even do acid etching a million times faster than before. But the big kicker is that now I can easily add enamels to my work in ways that won’t make your wallet cry. You get really authentic, REAL glass enameled jewelry, just like what your persona would have worn, and I get to feed the Little One and have electricity and make more beautiful things.

It’s a win-win!

Here’s my first test piece, along with a little pendant I made to go with it. It was inspired by this brooch from Roman Britain.

Look for some gorgeous antiqued and enamelled pieces in the shop soon!

So – What would You like to see Enameled? Celtic Knotwork? Medieval Monograms? Let me know in the Comme

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Goodbye, October

It’s that time again. Now that the pumpkins and cobwebs are being put away, the tinsel and snowflakes will start appearing.

With that in mind, we have a simple but important question for you. What do you need from us? Do you want to dazzle them at court? Look sharp during the Twelfth Night dance? Surprise a special someone with the perfect piece to complete their garb?

We can help! There’s not much time left, but we do have a few commission slots open before the celebrations begin. Space is very limited, so hop on over to the Contact page to secure your spot! If you can already see the perfect piece in our shop, join our newsletter. Not only will you save on your orders, you’ll learn about our upcoming holiday sales before everyone else. The next one goes out on Friday, so type your name in down below before you miss it!

And don’t forget to Browse the Shop – We’ve been adding new items almost daily so you can get the jump on your shopping.

Don’t be shy – Tell us what you need in the comments!

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This is Halloween!

Click to buy it! It’s One of a Kind!

Our FAVORITE! Naturally, I’ve got a spooky piece of jewelry to share.

It’s a piece I designed on the 20th in honor of Bela Lugosi’s birthday. In the spirit of the season, I went hunting in my cab pile and found a wonderful piece of red and black spiderweb jasper for this pendant. It’s for sale, and while we normally donate a portion of all our sales to historical organizations, we will donate part of this piece’s price to a bat conservatory.

Since it’s almost Halloween, show me your favorite bat in the comments!

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Coming Soon: New Parent Charm Collection

Finally! Charms for us who want sentimental jewelry that’s classy and nerdy!

What you’re looking at are the castings for my new line of charms, which debuted at Pennsic. We’ll be casting another run of them in sterling silver this weekend or early next week.

So what are they, exactly? These charms are meant for parents to wear in honor of their children. You’ve probably seen similar ones; charms that are shaped like people, usually with birthstones. While the idea is wonderful, the current selection in stores is pretty limited in terms of style.

My new line or parent charms was inspired by heraldry and cadency marks indicating birth order. Diamond shapes are for your daughters, while shields are for sons. The symbols on them show which order they were born in. The bridge-like shape, called a label, is for firstborns, the crecent moon for second, and so on. I’ve been able to find records of marks up to the double-digits, but I’ve decided to go up to five for now.

Once the second run is finished, we’ll be able to photograph them and put them up on the site for sale! There will also be an option to add birthstones or other personalization options for later runs.

I have an organizational question for you: Should I add the charms to the Pendant section, or make a new one specifically for Charms? Let me know in the comments!

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We’re Going to PENNSIC!

Unfinished Sinclair Jewelry Banner for Pennsic
Look for the finished version of this banner! We’re at the northern end of Plunder Lane.

Yep! We’re SO EXCITED!

Come down and see us! I’ll be in the Merchant Area on Plunder Lane and Brian will most likely be running around with Lemony. Brian’s got his authorization in for rapier and buckler, too, so look for him on the field as well.

In other big news, we’ve got our casting equipment set up and running beautifully! I’m working on birthstone charms right now based on medieval heraldry. If you’d like to pre-order some, drop us a line and you can pick up your order at the show.

 


This is our first Pennsic, and we’d appreciate any tips or “must-do” / “must-have’ items you’re willing to throw our way in the comments.

See you in two weeks!

 

My first charms and the mold made for them. They will make their debut at Pennsic!

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Next Up: Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta

We’ve been busy bees around here, going to NOWM, visiting family and, of course, making ALL. THE. JEWELRY. The summer show season is upon us, and we’ve got to hustle to make it good.

In addition to making jewelry, I’ve also been hard at work trying to photograph all the new pieces and get them up here on the website. Here’s three of the latest items! There’s a simple moonstone pendant in a quatrefoil medieval-style setting, a chain necklace that looks good with everything, and a medieval ring pin studded with lab sapphires!

Unless these get snapped up on the website, you can expect to see them and more new things at the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta! It’s less than two weeks away, and right after that is Southside Works Exposed, so we’ve got some forging, smithing and stonecutting to do.

As always, if you’re local to da ‘Burgh and don’t want to pay shipping, let me know and I’ll have it boxed and ready for you at the show.

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Venus Earrings History and Craftsmanship

Because pearls come from the sea, they gained a permanent connection to Venus, goddess of love, who was born from the waves’ foam and carried to shore on a clamshell. Venus was also the goddess in charge of everyday drinking wine, while Jupiter was in charge of sacred wine used for religious ceremonies. Venus’s wine festivals were celebrated throughout the Empire and were very well attended. As a result, wine-purple amethyst also became a stone associated with love while green stones were connected to spring and fertility. These gems were often placed together in various combinations.

A jewelry staple for centuries, pearl studs can be as fancy or as simple as you’d like. We added our own twist with a granulated border and riveting. I chose to rivet the pearls in place, rather than glue them, not only for added security but also to showcase an ancient technique not typically used today.

These earrings were directly inspired by Greek and Roman earrings discovered in the late 1800s. Flat discs covered in granulation and set with gems or dangling pearls seemed to be a popular earring style throughout the ancient world.

Before I begin cutting the back plate from sheet silver, I had to match the cultured, freshwater button pearls. The pearls are then placed on a silver wire that I soldered to the back plate of the earring. Then, I carefully hammered the end of the wire until it flattened out like the head of a nail. This delicate work requires patience, but results in a secure, timelessly elegant earring.

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Heavenly Ring History and Craftsmanship

Sugarloaf Larimar Medieval Handmade Sterling Silver RingOur Heavenly Medieval Ring is modeled after medieval European bishop’s rings, which were worn by both clergy and common folk to symbolize their faith or indicate having made a pilgrimage. The rings were set with blue stones to symbolize Heaven or, in the case of nuns, Mary’s traditional blue robes. While clergy wore rings set with sapphires or lapis, regular folk would have set theirs with more economical choices in a variety of colors.

We selected a cool, refreshing larimar stone with a curved, pyramid-like shape called a sugarloaf. This shape is hard to find today, and Brian cuts the stones in his lapidary workshop before I craft the setting from sterling silver. The stone itself is a fairly modern addition to the jewelry world. When a monk first discovered the interesting stone in the Dominican Republic in 1916, his requests to mine the larimar were rejected. Not until the 1970s was the stone rediscovered and mining allowed to take place.

To date, there is only one known source of larimar, which makes the stone sought-after for mineral collectors and jewelers alike. Larimar is a beautiful stone with light or dark veins running through it. Because of this variety in shades and patterns, each ring will be unique. Rest assured, all of them will be beautiful.

 

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