It's been months since I've created anything in metal, specifically copper, mainly due to a wont of proper equipment for such work. But I finally got round to completing a piece I started quite some time ago: A forged copper brooch inspired by ancient and early medieval examples. The process takes time - heating and reheating the metal, forging and hammering, filing and finally patinating (in this case, a concentrated vinegar and salt mixture soak for 4 days). The general type, known in archaeological circles as a penannular brooch, has been around since the Iron Age in Europe, was popular during the Roman Empire (alongside countless other types of brooch) but is most closely associated in modern times with early Medieval Irish and Scottish (so-called Celtic) art. Alongside my crude example, I've included images here of a humble Roman iron example of the 1st or 2nd Century AD (available through my other business Clio Ancient Art - shameless advertising), and a high status silver medieval example of the 10th Century found in Cumbria, now in The British Museum. I'm hoping to find time to do more work in metal, copper especially, in the not so distant future.
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