A&S activities at July Coronation

The A&S challenge at July 2016 Coronation

The A&S challenge at July 2016 Coronation

The Canada Day long weekend was Avacal (the SCA kingdom I’m in) Coronation, and the Arts & Sciences (A&S) champion of Myrgan Wood (Saskatoon) hosted a challenge right next to the fighting erics which a number of people (including a LOT of youth on site) participated in.

The champion, Cadwyn Wright, is mundanely (in her non-SCA life) a co-owner of The Ring Lord, and the activity involved a number of materials from her workshop and tools (along with anything anyone might have brought) to make something ‘that might be found at a coronation’.

 “We manufacture craft rings – our specialty is rings for chainmail (maille) jewelry and armor.
We have numerous materials and sizes of rings we make. We also sell everything you need to make it all from scratch including wire, tools, beads and findings.
We also manufacture chainmail (metal mesh fabric) for industrial purposes, fashion, interior design and film.” – The Ring Lord 

I struggled to work with the materials though… I saw the materials and was inspired, but then the tools available weren’t suitable to make what I wanted to make with the materials. I actually ended up cutting myself a few times trying to work with things… and then sort of gave up the battle, and went for something a little less challenging.

I used some pre-made chain, and some punched aluminum (or jeweler’s brass?) circles in three different sizes to make a festoon. (Our new Queen has a Viking persona.)  I used pliers and a hole punch to link up the circles, and took apart the chain to make jump rings.

Festoon hung on the back of the folding chair in front of me

Festoon hung on the back of the folding chair in front of me

Around 5pm, the organizer gathered up all of our projects and arranged a judge to select the winner – the projects were all donated for largess (gifts) so hopefully someone will appreciate each of them, and get a chuckle about the challenges we all went through to make them!

Festoon hung on the back of the folding chair in front of me

Festoon hung on the back of the folding chair in front of me

Now, not all of the projects were donated – some people loved their projects too much to give them away, and many, many of the youth made things specifically for our new King and Queen, but those that did enter were loaded into a photo album on Facebook. (Click if you want to see all of them!)

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