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by Teagirl
Wed May 02, 2007 12:45 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Sword beads?
Replies: 16
Views: 3795

:shock:

:D

-Su
by Teagirl
Wed May 02, 2007 9:02 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Sword beads?
Replies: 16
Views: 3795

Hi for info on these see the BAR report on AngloSaxon Cahrms and pendants (think its BAR 98 or around that ares further help greatly appreciated) Meaney, Audrey L. Anglo-Saxon Amulets and Curing Stones. British Archaeological Reports Series 96. Oxford: 1981. Out of print, of course. Thanks for the ...
by Teagirl
Tue May 01, 2007 12:42 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Sword beads?
Replies: 16
Views: 3795

I'm bored at work and find this most intriguing - and I'm sure it will very quickly become a necessary trinket for any self respecting sword toting dark ager. So start making them! (I'm really waiting for you to make those massively big beads they find on Time Team digs) .... Other websites say the...
by Teagirl
Tue May 01, 2007 10:35 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Sword beads?
Replies: 16
Views: 3795

Sword beads?

In my general research on beads I keep coming across references to sword beads, but nothing definitive other than various burials have a bead near the sword, so they think the bead was a talisman of sorts.

Anyone have any information or thoughts on this?

Thanks!

-Su
by Teagirl
Wed Apr 25, 2007 7:46 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Prayer Beads
Replies: 14
Views: 2090

Gina, thank you for that glowing recommendation! We're still working on this slowly as we want everything to be right, but with luck we'll have a bit more up on the site in the next week. -Su PS, to AtB, even though we're big fans of the former Cat, oddly enough we never thought of it when we chose ...
by Teagirl
Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:24 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Some 'Trade Secrets' to try
Replies: 12
Views: 2704

I'll do my best to imagine it. :D

I'll not tell any other girlfriend jokes though, it would be in bad taste.

-Su
by Teagirl
Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:28 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Some 'Trade Secrets' to try
Replies: 12
Views: 2704

m300572 wrote:
Spam = nasty oily stuff = tastes like furniture polish = IS furniture polish
Oh dear gods, you havent been drinking the furniture polish again...... :shock: :lol: :lol:
No, actually I've been inhaling brass polish again, which is better and doesn't eat away the enamel on my teeth.

-Su
by Teagirl
Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:02 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Some 'Trade Secrets' to try
Replies: 12
Views: 2704

I'm not sure Spam can soften rocks but it does put a nice shine on your mahogany table. -Su :shock: I can't actually imagine the train of thought that would lead one to try Spam as furniture polish though!! :lol: It's really more like a spur than a main line. Spam = nasty oily stuff = tastes like f...
by Teagirl
Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:08 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Some 'Trade Secrets' to try
Replies: 12
Views: 2704

Marcus Woodhouse wrote:If you could it's the only fun some of us have nowadays.
Spam or alluring titles?

-Su
by Teagirl
Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Some 'Trade Secrets' to try
Replies: 12
Views: 2704

Lord Byron wrote:Thought this was going to be some sort of dodgy spam from the title!
Sorry! All Spam is dodgy, IMO. I will try to write more provocative and alluring titles next time.

-Su
by Teagirl
Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:00 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Some 'Trade Secrets' to try
Replies: 12
Views: 2704

m300572 wrote:If you search carefully you may find the trade secret of Spam! :shock:

I recently acquired an early 20th C version of this sort of book- I don't think it tells you how to soften rocks though.......
I'm not sure Spam can soften rocks but it does put a nice shine on your mahogany table.

-Su
by Teagirl
Mon Apr 23, 2007 9:55 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Some 'Trade Secrets' to try
Replies: 12
Views: 2704

Some 'Trade Secrets' to try

This site looks like good fun. http://www.old-crafts.com/ Some of the recipes are priceless! -Su II. To soften crystal, or any other coloured stone, so that you may cut it like cheese; and restore it afterwards to its primary hardness. 1. Take, in the month of August, goose's and goat's blood. Let e...
by Teagirl
Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Prayer Beads
Replies: 14
Views: 2090

Alexander, If you do some research on what you think would suit you then we can give you some more help. Wooden beads will be very inexpensive compared to some others but if you're wanting glass beads then I'd be happy to help you out, although a string the size you want still won't be as inexpensiv...
by Teagirl
Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:37 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Prayer Beads
Replies: 14
Views: 2090

Try Brighton Beads for wooden and bone beads. They have a substantial selection. It's always fun to try and make things for yourself, that's the way you get dragged kicking and screaming into other areas of interest that you didn't know about at first. Now I'm going to be braiding, and it's all Gina...
by Teagirl
Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Prayer Beads
Replies: 14
Views: 2090

Wobbly beads are very authentic! All of my beads are exceptionally authentic by those standards which is why I let Mike make the beads.

I've sent an email this time as we really need to stop meeting like this or people will talk.

-Su
by Teagirl
Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Prayer Beads
Replies: 14
Views: 2090

Gina, I sent you a PM, but I'm not sure if it got there once or multiple times. Mike's working on coral and jet and bone-coloured glass beads this week, and we should have them up and ready next week. Now, of course, I want to learn more braiding techniques! It's always something, one thing leads to...
by Teagirl
Tue Apr 17, 2007 11:51 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Prayer Beads
Replies: 14
Views: 2090

We're currently working on research on paternosters as it's something that would suit our handmade beads. There's a fantastic website about paternosters in general at Paternoster Row http://paternoster-row.org/ . We should have some up on our site in a week or so with handmade beads, if you're inter...
by Teagirl
Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:16 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Northern Re-enactment Traders Fayre (Pudsey)
Replies: 3
Views: 1349

We're on the list too. Our first historic market, it should be fun.

-Su
by Teagirl
Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:23 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century women's riding boots?
Replies: 4
Views: 1115

I sadly no longer own a copy of this wonderful book, it was produced as a companion to a display of equestrian portraits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Man and the Horse An Illustrated History of Equestrian Apparel MacKay-Smith, Alexander; Druesedow, Jean; Ryder, Thomas ISBN: 0671555200 Publishe...
by Teagirl
Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:02 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Advice on trading displays and presentation standards
Replies: 23
Views: 3354

"One thing we're adding to the beads is a set of 'faux' organics, for two reasons," I would add a third, because they were done in the late middle ages, pearl, coral and amber was all faked up, pearl was made form the nacre from the inside of shells, all ground up and glued and baked, amber with a ...
by Teagirl
Wed Apr 11, 2007 10:09 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Advice on trading displays and presentation standards
Replies: 23
Views: 3354

As a buyer I'm just waiting to see where you'll be trading this year! And although I'm eager to add beads to many an ensemble I'm utterly ignorant so will be relying on you to have a "this bead is from X date and is made from Y" label on everything. They'd be teeny labels! Oddly enough we started o...
by Teagirl
Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:40 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Advice on trading displays and presentation standards
Replies: 23
Views: 3354

I have to admit that for most markets I tend to wear modern clothes (incl places like tewkesbury, and the northern fayre - usually trousers and a black top). At some markets (torm being an example) costume is compulsory. but I have had problems in the past when wearing a specific period outfit that...
by Teagirl
Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:01 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Advice on trading displays and presentation standards
Replies: 23
Views: 3354

gregory23b wrote:"The worrying thing is the guys are now all seeing it too. "

Not worrying, Sally Rocks!
No, I'm worried for all those guys who are doomed to disappointment as there's only one Sally.

-Su
by Teagirl
Tue Apr 10, 2007 7:55 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Advice on trading displays and presentation standards
Replies: 23
Views: 3354

This has always been my dilemma at the NLHF, I've hestitated to go in kit as the goodies I trade at that show cover rather a wide potential timespan, but I do miss being in kit for it. Havent yet worked out what to plump for clothingwise :? Early Tudor-Viking with a dash of Minoan? It would certain...
by Teagirl
Tue Apr 10, 2007 7:32 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Advice on trading displays and presentation standards
Replies: 23
Views: 3354

This has always been my dilemma at the NLHF, I've hestitated to go in kit as the goodies I trade at that show cover rather a wide potential timespan, but I do miss being in kit for it. Havent yet worked out what to plump for clothingwise :? Early Tudor-Viking with a dash of Minoan? It would certain...
by Teagirl
Tue Apr 10, 2007 1:18 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Advice on trading displays and presentation standards
Replies: 23
Views: 3354

I am not fond of jumble sale stalls - you know the sort with the pile it high sell it cheap mentality. I like minimal display with special items highlighted. Thanks for the comments. I was under the impression that stallholders had to dress for the occasion as required by the event management. I ag...
by Teagirl
Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:53 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Yes, she really did say that
Replies: 74
Views: 11050

Although most people to date have been lovely and complimentary, you get the odd awkward ****** - I suspect it's the same person who goes around all the traders! Once we catch that ******* then it should be ok! Perhaps you could do an illuminated version of the Ruskin quote for him before we put hi...
by Teagirl
Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:33 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Advice on trading displays and presentation standards
Replies: 23
Views: 3354

Hi Su We began trading at Tewkesbury last year and our display has evolved - no doubt yours will too! So we did things the reverse to you - started out outdoors then have moved indoors (think your way is probably most sensible .............. :lol: ) Hi, Tam, We've done the freeze-outdoors-in-windy-...
by Teagirl
Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:28 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Advice on trading displays and presentation standards
Replies: 23
Views: 3354

"You'd be amazed" not really, I still get the "did you really do them?" 'are they photocopies?' :roll: Yeah, it's amazing sometimes the ideas people have. 'Are they plastic?'... 'Do you have to melt the glass or can you just glue bits together?' The list is endless. But on the other side, it's grea...
by Teagirl
Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:03 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Advice on trading displays and presentation standards
Replies: 23
Views: 3354

at places like TORM, even though we traders are expected to dress up, it is practical necessity to have the items displayed so you can sell them, in some cases plastic wrappers (prints in my case) and with visible pricing. Not all products lend themselves for proper historical presentation and IMHO...