Now that the recipient has received this I can post the creation journal of another leather coronet.
This coronet is a a 12th Night Gift for Baroness Brigid Murchadha.
|Baroness Brigid belongs to a household that has skull elements as part of their household device. 9 months ago, Brigid gave me 6 red skull beads that were given to her, that she wanted built into an earlier period coronet.While researching 12th-13th century coronets it was decided that the coronet’s shape would be taken from 12th Century French coronet designs with 12th-13th century edging.
Besides the red skulls beads, Brigid also wanted the Saint Brigid’s cross incorporated into the coronet.
For the design there would be the traditional 6 points lined up with each of the 6 Saint Brigid’s Crosses, and an embedded skull bead between each of the crosses.
|Brigid’s other coronet’s are on more the dainty side ( one is metal one is stained glass), so I wanted to make this one a little more durable. Basically I wanted to make a coronet that she could go out drinking in. I figured that if she wore it out while camping at Gulf Wars or another spring/fall event she would wear it on top of a Norse cap with fur. Taking that into account, I wanted to create a coronet tall enough that it would not be hidden by the fur of her Norse cap. In order to do that, the coronet came in just shy of 4 inches ( it’s a good thing the Midrealm does not have any rules about Coronet Height)|
| I have a cat who thinks he is a rabbit, and a rabbit who thinks he is a God. Luckily both my pet’s have no issues with the loud noises I make while doing leather work.Pictured is Nyx, my cat whom Brigid watches while I am out of town. Nyx knew I was working on a gift for Brigid and so had to help out.
Once researched, designed, approved and transferred onto the leather, the item is tooled. For this particular coronet I stippled the entire background and raised both the border and the Saint Brigid’s Cross.
|Here you can see a close-up of the tooling work, and the depth put into the crosses. Next time I do a Saint Brigid’s Cross I would do if much differently. On this project i drew it, and filled it in where I should have started from the inside drawing out. I have a feeling I have many more Saint Brigid’s Crosses in my future (insert grumbling here)|
|Once tooled and the edgework done, I started to dye the coronet. I personally don’t like painted leatherwork, I think you get much more detailed beautiful pieces by dyeing and using the dye to shade it.For this particular piece I tried very hard to match the red of the dye to the red of the beads.|
|This closeup shows a detail of the finished shading done by dyeing prior to doing the background black. You can also see the stimpling on the background.|
|The finished dye piece prior to inserting in the skill beads. Here you can see the red (perfect match to the beads) design elements and the black background.|
|An example of the coronet prior to sewing up and waxing. You can see how I was able to match the red dye to that of the beads fairly well ( this is very important later on). I also try very hard to make my finished projects look as close to the designs as possible, so people know exactly what they will be getting.|
| The finished sewn, waxed, and formed coronet.Notice the coloring of the crosses and the beads…. NOT THE SAME COLOR RED!!!!!!!!!
Waxing leather darkens it…..a lot! What was once a beautiful shaded red cross turned into a burgundy design that is so dark it bleeds into the background.
| I really could have left it the way it was and Brigid would have never have known. However after speaking with a couple of people who know leather a little more than myself ( Thanks Jeff!) I went back through and painted it and re-waxed it.
Here is the finished coronet.