Finished bead hanger
One of the artisans in my SCA Barony offered to teach a bronze casting class in early November. His offer was to cast either an early or later-period sword pommel, but then also offered that students could cast another reasonably flat object if they wouldn’t use a pommel.
One student asked about a penannular brooch, but I had something different in mind – bead hangers in the style of a 9th century Finnish find.
Brian working hard making one of his items
Back in September I published a post about a class I was helping to organize (but not teach!) on Egyptian faience – an early glass product that sort of is the meeting place between clay and glass.
On Sunday, November 6, 2016, I’m helping to organize a workshop on Egyptian faience in Calgary.
Egyptian faience is the precursor to modern glass technologies and was developed in about 1,500 BCE. This class will cover basic history and hands on creation of faience beads. Each kit includes enough material to create at least 100 beads. We will be using mildly toxic powders; gloves and dust masks will be provided.
Kits cost $20 each, and can be shared.
Teacher: Li Xia of Sigelhundas