Birka Reproduction Tortoise Broaches

Extant Birka Tortoise Broaches based on Birka II. Hand carved, pewter poured. Step by step documentation in uploaded PDF

5 Responses

  1. Madoc Arundel

    I love that you included so many photos throughout the process. I picture really is worth 1000 words, and it helped me to better understand your process.

    Thank you for giving the explanations of why you chose different materials than those used in extant pieces.

    One comment regarding sources – while I do use wikipedia extensively (despite the pleas of 3 out of 4 of my most recent college professors), I tend to follow the practice of tracing information back to the primary or secondary source. I recommend that you check the footnotes and/or references in any wiki article and access those documents or sources for your citations. This adds credibility to your documentation while removing a step that anyone attempting to replicate your work would have to go to for the same information.

    Your finished piece is very nice, and I did not realize that pewter could be polished to such a high shine. The brooches also look very nice on the garb – thank you for including that photo.

  2. Ilaria of Delftwood

    I love all the pictures and that you included extra pictures of how you refined your carving and perfected your pours.

  3. Katja

    Very nice, well-written documentation with clear explanation of your process and reasons for using the materials you chose. Wow, this doesn’t look like pewter — it looks like silver! Lovely work.
    Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina, OP, OL, CB, Thescorre

  4. Queen Liadain

    Like others who have posted, I also very much enjoyed your documentation as it both narrated and illustrated your process very well. I have been lucky enough to see one of your works first hand, so know well of your talents, but really enjoyed the opportunity to understand your process on a more challenging endeavor. Excellent work. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Otilia von Passaw

    Thank you every one for all of your kind words.