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by Mad Monk of Mitcham
Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume Jewellery - Shaped gemstone pendants?
Replies: 4
Views: 1999

What period are you referring to? By the mention of hammers, I suspect early (Pre-christian) Viking. For this period, jewellery was a sign of wealth, and its value was the weight of metal, but even then, there were ways of cheating - a lot of gilded copper alloy pieces. Gemstones were much more valu...
by Mad Monk of Mitcham
Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:14 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Sticky Stuff
Replies: 21
Views: 3735

Article on Roman glue used to stick silver laurel leaves to helmets:

http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article3226417.ece
by Mad Monk of Mitcham
Sun Dec 02, 2007 1:20 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Cupping?!?!?!?!?
Replies: 26
Views: 3309

The trick is to get cupped, then tell tales of fighting off a Kraken (monster squid) during your travels.

The cupping will leave you with marks which will support your story..... :lol: :twisted: :lol:
by Mad Monk of Mitcham
Tue Nov 06, 2007 8:10 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Rocks of Ages
Replies: 32
Views: 4175

This is called "Aqua Aura" and the coating is very thin, and can rub off.

A whole range of other metals can be used, with various colours as the result.

Concorde (the plane) had a gold plated windscreen to avoid cosmic radiation because it was flying so high.
by Mad Monk of Mitcham
Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:31 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Rocks of Ages
Replies: 32
Views: 4175

Guthrie wrote: Ahh, but what is the actual heating process? I have roughly 1800 year old translations of what are effectively workshop aide-memoires, and they talk about turning certain crystals into "emeralds", the more to fool people or make nice jewellery, so the question is, what is th...
by Mad Monk of Mitcham
Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:38 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Rocks of Ages
Replies: 32
Views: 4175

Guthrie, You now have Citrine - pale yellowish colour. Green Amethyst is sometime called Amergreen or Green Citrine John The green variety of transparent quartz is called prasiolite and is the result of heating some varieties of amethyst. It is a yellow-green colour. The "green amethyst" ...
by Mad Monk of Mitcham
Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:09 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Rocks of Ages
Replies: 32
Views: 4175

I've been researching gem history for longer than I have been re-enacting (11 years). Eventually I'll have the book finished (writing not reading). The big danger with historical gem names is that the stone refered to changes over time. This is partly due to mistakes in translation, and also partly ...
by Mad Monk of Mitcham
Thu Apr 06, 2006 8:59 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: What's the strangest request you've had??
Replies: 8
Views: 2809

I keep it in a box wrapped in lead foil. But if you re-enact the 1920's and 30's, you can wear radioactive underwear, which was believed to act like viagra! The watches with luminous dials also glowed with more than light. Also beware of yellow glass, as most of it was coloured by uranium and still ...
by Mad Monk of Mitcham
Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:49 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: What's the strangest request you've had??
Replies: 8
Views: 2809

Silver and garnet mail shirt - sadly unfinished as I ran low on funds. (over a kilo of silver wire is in it so far, and about 2000 set garnets and garnet beads... Most unusual request? I was asked to find a Medus stone - here is a description from a medieval Lapidary: Medus is found among the Turks....
by Mad Monk of Mitcham
Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:16 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Slavery
Replies: 33
Views: 4434

Given how people have so many misconceptions about slavery, (e.g. for many it is about Africans in chains saying Baass), I feel that a realistic representation of slavery would be a good thing. Lets face it, many slaves in Roman times became important and influential, and many of the 17th C slaves w...
by Mad Monk of Mitcham
Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:03 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Flavoured vodkas
Replies: 32
Views: 6742

I'll stick to the spiced honey vodka. Jorge, Pete The Pong and a few other regulars have tried it in the past. Some even survived the experience!

The latest batch has so many cloves that it leaves you tounge numb!
by Mad Monk of Mitcham
Sun Jan 29, 2006 2:45 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: St. Anthony's fire
Replies: 6
Views: 2316

Yes indeed, the Oxford English Dictionary dates it back to 1398 - "SACER IGNIS, the holy furye"
by Mad Monk of Mitcham
Thu Dec 29, 2005 12:56 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Earrings
Replies: 43
Views: 8341

The references I have indicate that earrings were regarded as symbols of exotic origin, which is why they appeared on the characters mentioned by Meg. (The sybil and the three kings). The BM has some 14th C ones from eastern europe, but I'm not aware of any from England until the mid 16th C. Thats a...
by Mad Monk of Mitcham
Sun Jul 31, 2005 8:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Safe Socks
Replies: 52
Views: 14069

Hi Dougie, I regret that your perception is mis-aligned. Yes, it has an inner and outer surface, but both surfaces are the same! Just as a mobeius strip only has one side (and one edge if you want to be pedantic) Other pictures of klein bottles here: http://www.geom.uiuc.edu/zoo/toptype/klein/standa...
by Mad Monk of Mitcham
Sun Jul 31, 2005 3:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Safe Socks
Replies: 52
Views: 14069

Back on the sock issue - you cannot have mobeius socks, sorry G23b, however I recomend "Klein bottle" socks - they only have one surface, which is both inside and out!

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