How I make my copper sun cross pendants

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(Original article 18/8/2016) Sun cross, solar cross or solar wheel is an ancient symbol for the sun. It was used particularly in Europe during the Neolithic period and Bronze Age. Pictures of these crosses or wheels can be found for example in the Scandinavian rock art that was made on the Bronze Age (1700–500 BCE). Solar wheel symbols were also placed in the graves. The symbol depicted also a wheel of the chariot of the Scandinavian sun goddess Sunna or … Read More

Moon and crescent pendants

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(Original article 14/10/2016) The moon has been a loyal companion or a sibling for the earth since the beginning of time. People living ages ago took a notice of the heavenly body, especially of the moon and sun. For an ancient man, these have even seemed as divine creatures. Already hunter-gatherer cultures perceived the dualism of the moon, moon waxing and waning. In agricultural societies, massive constructions were built to observe the sun and moon, like stone henges and passage … Read More

Runic inscriptions

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(Original article 1/5/2017) I finally decided to get a grip on myself and write about runic inscriptions because I so often use them in my jewellery. Once I got down to it, I realised that there was a huge amount of stuff I could write about. So, not to make this text too long it is going to be only an introduction to runic inscriptions. Since all may not be familiar with runes I’m going to start with what the … Read More

Runic Inscriptions II – Love

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(Original article 1/2018) Valentine’s day is soon so I thought that I should share some love related runic inscriptions here. Some of them I have already mentioned before here on my blog. The oldest love related runic inscriptions not necessarily deal with romantic love as we understand it today. The idea of romantic love is thought to have developed later in the Middle Ages, in the 12th century, with the troubadour culture. The purpose of the oldest, short inscriptions was … Read More

Viking Jewellery Set for Apron Dress

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(Original article 30/8/2017) Last spring I purchased two dresses, one of them is a Viking style apron dress and the other one is an undergown. I’m not good at sewing so I had to order the dresses. But I wanted to make a Viking style jewellery set for the outfit myself. I didn’t want to copy any original finds but was led more by imagination and esthetics. Viking Age tortoise brooches The very first thing I did was a wish … Read More

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