Viking Pennanular Brooch


    A bronze and silver Viking bossed pennanular brooch. The silver bosses are ringed with beaded pure silver wire. I've found that pure silver wire not only draws easier than sterling, it beads better as well.
    This was cast in sand from a lead model, which was lost-wax cast from a wax model, which was cast from a wooden blank pressed into clay. Now, the reason for all this recasting is so I can, using the wooden blank (with no details), cast up multiple wax blanks and make them all slightly different. From those I can make lead or pewter models for further 2 piece mold casting. This is a very period way of doing it. This also allows you to break free of the modern convention of being limited to a pre-existing sheet of stock wax to make your model out of.