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It’s 2018! What’s Coming Up?

Hey! I hope you had a great holiday season! We had a wonderful break, visiting family and taking time to rest up and recoup from the whirlwind of holiday events we did. By the way, thank you for supporting us and helping us have another year of doing what we love for a living. We really do appreciate each and every one of you. We’re not huge, and we don’t pretend to be, so we see each share on social media. Every sale, like, share and encouraging word helps us keep doing this, and I can’t thank you enough. And if you’ve not done any of this, don’t feel bad! Seriously, you’re here, right now, reading this post, and that’s helping this site rank higher in searches, so Thank You! I don’t have an Etsy shop because I kept getting ripped off, so this site and social media are the only places I sell things on-line. Thanks for getting me up in the rankings! ^_^

So, what’s coming up for us? Well, in addition to some upcoming shows, I’m going to set up a Patreon very soon (as in, later today). Once I get it looking good and I’ve got things more or less sussed out, I’ll post a link and scream it from the hilltops. Show-wise, I have one confirmed SCA event happening in March – Gulf Wars! I don’t have any hard details like what spot I’ll be in, but we’ll be there. I also have applications going in for a few local craft shows in February, and I’ll let you know once they’re confirmed. January is the slow month for us, so I’ll mostly be concentrating on getting all of the chainmaille from the Renaissance Faire and the new items I made over the holidays up on the site. Right now, I have things set up so that a new item appears every morning, so check back every few days to see what there is!

Speaking of new, Here’s the latest piece of silver that I’ve put up. Isn’t is gorgeous? I love labradorite so much, and this piece just glows, it has such a strong fire in it. Click on any of the pictures if you want to snag it before I decide to keep it for myself.

Labradorite and sterling silver pendant by Sinclair JewelryLabradorite and sterling silver pendant by Sinclair JewelryLabradorite and sterling silver pendant by Sinclair Jewelry

Well, that’s all for now. If you have any ideas of what I can offer my patrons, please comment and tell me your idea! If it’s feasible, I’ll probably use it.

Talk to you alter, and thanks again. ^_^

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Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival 2017 Wrap-Up

First off, if you met me at the Ren Fest, thank you for visiting my page! I know that it’s kind of in shambles right now, but I’m working on it as we clean up from the event and get ready for the next ones on the list.

As for the festival itself, it was an amazing time for all of us with surprisingly good weather, first weekend aside. What happened? Well, we had a brief but exciting onslaught of near-hurricane force winds and pelting rain! When we saw the jewelry boards covered in metal start to rattle and peel off the cart, we abandoned ship and hightailed it down to the main shop, Versailles Jewelers. Luckily we didn’t have to wait long until the weather calmed enough for us to go back up top and reset the chainmaille cart. That seemed to be the worst of it, as for the rest of the festival the weather was all right, if a bit hot some days. It felt like Mother Nature got it all out of her system in one afternoon!

Not much else exciting happened, but i did make good progress on my scalemaille armor. I’ll keep the blog (and my instagram) updated on its progress!

Although there was a funny moment on a chilly day. I let my hair down, which I usually have up, and a lady started petting it because she thought I was wearing a Jon Snow cloak! Admittedly, my hair is dark, wavy and there’s, like, three feet of it, so I don’t blame her, especially when I had my friend take a picture and I saw what I looked like from the back. Easy closet cosplay? I think so!

I don’t usually get the chance to take many pictures, but here’s a few:

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If you haven’t been to the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, you should come! The food is good, the people are friendly, and you can always stop by the “Spoils of War” cart for a quick chainmaille lesson or to just geek out about things in general.

So, until next time, I leave you with the traditional Rennie goodbye. Sing along!

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Pennsic is Coming

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IN TWO WEEKS!

AAAHHH!!!!

So that’s the good news, along with the fact that I’m back in the workshop and working furiously to make all the things.

The bad news?

That Pennsic is in two weeks and I’m working furiously to make all the things.

I have to make dozens more Dragon Pins, lots of rings, gemstone pendants, and holy cow, do I need to get to work on some Tudor pieces. Lots of work in the upcoming days, but I am UP for it!

“But Bran,” you ask, “What is Pennsic?”

Pennsic, my friend, is two weeks of glorious escape from the mundane world! We camp in a medieval pavillion tent, wear our wonderful garb every day, fight on the field of battle, compete in tournaments, sample delicious food and drink from long ago, sing songs of glory and honor, attend Court in all its spendor, shop (or in our case, sell) in the marketplace, go to classes to learn about the ways of the past or to teach others our skills. When the sun goes down, there are parties, grand balls, drinking, bellydancers, fires, and over everything the sound of drums.

Pennsic, for us, is home.

If you’ve never been but it sounds like your idea of a great time, head on over to SCA.org and see what’s up! For a good time, go to YouTube and search for Pennsic videos. GoPro videos of battle are particularly fun. Also, feel free to contact me on social media or in the comments, and I’ll answer all the questions I can about the SCA. It’s a great hobby!

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Blackstone Raid 2017

We’re back from Backstone Raid and we had a wonderful time!

Aside from manning the booth, we participated in much socializing and mead drinking, which is something we haven’t done in a very long time. Brian cut a gemstone after one of the stones in the Cheapside Hoard, and entered it into the Arts & Sciences Competition. He won Queen’s Choice and Baroness’s Choice! Our friend Anthony (AKA Albrecht) won an Onyx award for his service to the barony in general, Chatelaine duties and his tireless efforts to help things run smoothly for everyone he ran across.

There was also a nasty storm that we thankfully survived with no problems, but several tents were flattened, incliding some fellow merchants. Lukcily there was lots of help on hand to help with immediate damage control and packing the next day. Brian also got to play some music in court, which is something he’s been wanting to do for a long time.

I also took a bunch of pictures, so here they are!

Thursday – Setup & Arrival

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Thanks again to everyone who came and visited us in the booth! ^_^ It was great seeing you!

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Blackstone Raid is Coming!

Yep! There’s a month until Blackstone, which means I have a month to make things. Is there anything you’d like to see? Seriously, aside from helping Brian sell books at Steel City Con this coming weekend (look for me in the Artist’s Alley with books!) I’ve got plenty of time to get some jewelry done.

What I have planned:

  • MOD Medallions
  • Get some Bronze to etch (So, bronze medallions)
  • Antique finish medallions
  • A ~fancy~ award medallion. Not sure which, we’ll see
  • A baronial coronet (or two)
  • More etched cuffs
  • MAYBE a finished Queen’s Rapier Champion Pin

That’s a pretty good list, but that’s a lot of etching and I’ll need something to do while that happens. Leave me a comment if there’s anything you’d like to see!Save

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Coming Up: The Procrastinator’s Ball

Fellow Yinzers, there’s no need to panic! You can do all your last-minute Christmas shopping next weekend at the Procrastinator’s Ball. It’ll be at Spirit in Lawrenceville, from noon to 6.
Here’s the link to their website, and here’s The Procrastinator’s Ball on Facebook, so you can invite your friends! There will be music, food trucks, and drinks to top off the revelry, so come on out and Join Us!

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Sweetwater Holiday mART 2015

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Hard to believe it’s almost the end of October, right? And you know what’s next. I mean, how can you miss it? There are decorations already going up in stores!

But I’m gonna say it, because it’s already on my mind – Christmas.

Yep. Before you know it, there will be snowflakes and red ribbons and wreaths allll over the place. As artists, we have to think months ahead. We’ve been busy looking for holiday shows and checking out gift guides. One of the shows we’re doing again this year is the Sweetwater Center for the Arts Holiday mART in Sewickley, PA. The show runs from November 29th through December 6th.

This is especially good because you have time to browse the works of dozens of local artists in a beautiful indoor space. No weekend craft show rush! Also, they have special events going on during Holiday mART times, some of which include wine.

If you live in Pittsburgh and love shopping in-person, that’s great! But if you’re outside of Pittsburgh or would rather do your shopping with your computer, what this means for you is that some of our work is going to be leaving the on-line shop before then. So, if you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter with the Subscribe box below and get yourself some discount codes so you can snag your favorite pieces before they go to Sweetwater (where the on-line codes won’t work).

I’ll also be photographing and posting new items several times a week until then, so keep your eyes peeled!

Anything specific you want to see? Bracelets? Cufflinks? Pins? Let me know in the comments!

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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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Blackstone was AMAZING!

Okay, I’ve been doing the selling thing for a long time. Ten years, to be exact. And while I’ve been to many events where the people were welcoming and the atmosphere was great, I have never had an experience like the one I had this past weekend in the SCA at the Blackstone Raid.

We stayed in the Marshall Cabin with the Black Priory, a house that one of our friends is part of. Even though he wasn’t able to attend, the house members we met were gracious, welcoming, and tons of fun! As it turns out, many of the faces were familiar ones from local anime conventions, comicons, and the Ren Fest. Some of our old D&D friends are well known to them and others as well, so it felt rather like a reunion than a first meeting.

Dan Andre of Knights of the Classroom (an AMAZING chainmailler and all-around great guy) let me sell in a corner of his tent, and then spent the rest of the time introducing me to people. Among many others, I met Baroness Cerridwen, who encouraged Dan and I to enter the Arts and Sciences competition. Being brand new, I had no idea what this was, and despite being in the SCA since the early 80s, Dan had never entered his work into a competition.

I entered a fine silver and lapis necklace I completed last week into the contest, and Dan entered his handmade scalemaille dog armor. He took home top prize, and I took home some honors as well, which included a gorgeous illuminated scroll and a ribbon that are now hanging in sight of my design desk. I’ve never won an award for my jewelry before, so that was unexpected.

Brian and Lemony spent a lot of time wandering the grounds, meeting people, and watching the fights. He’s up-loaded some videos of them to YouTube; here’s the first of them:

The first night there, as I spoke with Lady Arianna, something amazing happened. I was getting out a book I had brought with me – “Jewelry, From Antiquity to the Present” by Clare Phillips – so that I could look up the proper documentation I needed to enter my necklace into the competition the next morning. She then exclaimed, “Oh, I LOVE that book!”

That has literally never happened to me before in my entire life. I read a lot of nonfiction, even back when I was in elementary school, so to have someone recognize, much less enjoy the books I read was astounding. I actually had to take a second to look around the room to make sure I was still awake.

On Saturday night I went to bed early after I completed my drawing and Brian spent some time that night wandering around, accepting drinks and meeting people. He later described to me a moment where he felt like he stepped back in time while hanging around some period tents. There was light flickering from candles in handforged fittings, the sound of people laughing around distant fires that shone in the lake and the smell of food cooked over an open flame in the air. There was not an electronic device in sight.

In short, we found home.

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Engraving Lessons and More

I hope I get a glimpse of Gates McFadden!

Okay, we’ve got a few upcoming things for you! First off, you can find us this weekend at the Steel City Con in the Monreville Convention center! We’ll be there selling Brian’s superhero novel, The Horrible Plan of Horace Pickle. If you like offbeat superheroes like the Mystery Men, the Red Panda or The Tick and his friends, you’ll like this book. His writing style is often compared to the great (and sadly, late) Terry Pratchett.

We’ll be in the Artist’s Alley, in the first row island. And if there’s any piece of jewelry here that you’ld like to see in particular, let me know. I’ll bring it to the con.

But the big, BIG news is that I will not be mailing out orders from May 3rd to May 10th because I will be taking engraving lessons in Kansas! I want to make you the very best historical jewelry that I can, but let’s face it – Personalizing a piece of jewelry with the lettering stamps available doesn’t really do it. I know you don’t want a gorgeous shield pendant personalized with Comic Sans font.

Imagine – Being able to order a REAL, hand-engraved posey ring! I’m excited at the prospect of making them!

This is exciting, but the more immediate thing is that Mother’s Day is May 10th. Yep. Mother’s Day. Already! So, if you’d like to get anything for Mother’s Day (or drop hints), you need to order soon.

Will you be at Steel City Con? Tell me whose autograph you’d love to get in the comments!

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