Jewellery purchases from the Turku Medieval Market

A pendant in the style of one of the Gotland Crystal pendants.

A pendant in the style of one of the Gotland Crystal pendants.

In my last blog post I mentioned some of the jewellery purchases I made at the Turku Medieval Market, (Keskiaikaiset markkinat), and today I’ll do my show-and-tell about what I ended up buying from the two vendors I mentioned.

Nordens Historiska Fynd

Most of the items I added to my Viking bling-kit are from Nordens Historiska Fynd. Their booth had an excellent clerk who was very helpful, and who let me know that many of their items were listed on their website with information about where the originals were from, inspiring their replicas.

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Crystal Pendant

Finished pendant (front)

Finished pendant (front)

For that “big project” I mentioned earlier, I wanted to make a pendant similar to Viking Age finds – specifically a crystal pendant.

There are a lot of reproductions available for sale, (and I have one on order from a jeweller in Poland!) but I kind of wanted to make my own crafted item, so kept my eyes open for full crystal spheres. I couldn’t find one in time, so ended up finding two Czech crystal domes instead.

To start off I taped the two domes together with masking tape. I would have liked them to have a sharper edge, but these are smooth and rounded instead. From there I wrapped the edge with adhesive metal foil, cut triangles from the foil, and added in a split ring before doing a second wrap, securing down the triangles.

From a distance, it looks very much like the photos of the original find – which I’m really happy with!

Cost

  • The crystals I bought from Beads & Plenty More for $1.10 each (two domes to make one round). They were labeled as Czech crystal.
  • The ring and metal foil adhesive were in my stash from previous projects
Close up of my crystal pendant

Close up of my crystal pendant

Sneak preview of the project I’ve been talking about – featuring that crystal pendant!