In my previous post, I mentioned that I took a pyrography class at Borealis Yule, and then was further inspired to try to give the craft a few more goes.
I wanted to make bling-boxes for my Viking age costume jewellery, as well I thought they’d make for a nice way to store things like tablet weaving, sewing supplies, and other things.
I did a number of different designs, largely inspired by Fiskr Art, tattoo designs (which are Viking-inspired, not necessarily representative of historic artefacts). In my previous post I showed off some boxes with designs with dragons or serpents with naalbinding needles, and in this post I’ll show off some of the other designs I did as well.
After drawing out the designs, I used carbon paper to transfer them to the lids of dollar-store wooden boxes (about $4.00 each plus tax, so pretty affordable).
I also traced over the carbon paper with a pencil, mostly just to ‘dig’ the lines in a little deeper to make them easier to trace with the pyrography pen, but partially because I didn’t know how long it would be between tracing and burning.
Finally a cooler evening came!
The darker lines above is where I had burned, and the lighter lines are just the carbon/pencil marks. I also tried some shading with the calligraphy nib on one of the naalbinding/serpent boxes, but didn’t really like the results, so didn’t continue this technique for other boxes.
One of the naalbinding/serpent boxes I stained with “walnut” – but it was REALLY orange, so for the remainder I switched to “Tudor” which is sort of grey – it kind of reminds me of weather worn barn wood…
To dry… they all just hung out in my garage…
Once the boxes were dry… I considered them “done”. I used a product that was stain and finish in one, so it doesn’t have a glossy finish at all – which I prefer for these… since they’re intended to fit in with my Viking kit. I wanted to avoid the shiny polyurethane, though as I mentioned on my previous post I may opt to try a wax finish on one of them to protect it in the future….
For these boxes I did a few different designs. Two of them were an Ouroboros; a serpent or a dragon eating it’s own tail. The symbol appears in ancient Greek and Egyptian art, but also references the serpent Jörmungandr from Norse mythology.
Jörmungandr (aka Midgard Serpent) is one of the three children of Loki and the giantess Angrboða, (along with Fenrir and Hel) which was so large it could circle the world and grasp its own tail in its teeth.
Another design (inspired by tattoo artwork of Fiskr Art) is a Triskelion / triskele with boars heads on the ends. Fiskr Art’s original design was of dragon heads, but I re-drew the triskele and put boars heads on the ends instead, inspired by the heraldry of a friend of mine.
The last design is a bulls head or a Minotaur head, again inspired by the tattoo art. This is far less “viking” in style to me, but I was drawn to it because the heraldry of my barony, Montengarde is a minotaur. In future I might try to figure out a Viking-esque version of a griffin, the animal on the heraldry for my Kingdom, Avacal.
I was mostly hoping to make these boxes to more appropriately contain my Viking bling – my brooches, necklaces, etc as well as some of my bling supplies – pendants and beads I haven’t strung yet, etc. Most of the bling in the photos I’ve blogged about in the past.
As I was making them though, I realized they’d also likely work well for some of my sewing and crafting supplies like my lucet, naalbinding needles, etc…
I considered some of my handspun wool – but most of it is just a little too bulky for these boxes… at least for now. Plus, for transporting to events, it’s probably easier to squish the wool down into a corner of a bag! All of the wool in the photos for these boxes is wool I’ve hand-spun using a drop spindle. All of the colours I dyed myself as well – one is madder, one indigo, and another marigold & aster flowers.
I do think that they’ll do lovely work to hold my tablet woven trim though. I haven’t started learning how to tablet weave yet – so all of the trim in these photos is stuff I’ve purchased. Most from etsy seller Inkeling, but some from other sellers as well.
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