Karelian Iron Age gown choker plates

Burial 6 in Kaukola Kekomäki had remains of a choker. It was made of strip of birch bark covered with linen fabric. Fabric had sewn on gilded silver plates with palmette decorations. Choker had also square silver charm hanging from center.

These plates that measure slightly larger than square centimeter have been made of 0,3mm sterling silver sheet. For die pressing I made a tool from 3 sheets of cut out bronze soldered to a sandwich. I did not have access to proper pressing tool, so Teppo Nousiainen did the pressing work. To press sterling silver sheet into bronze mold it is necessary to use something softer than silver as filler between silver and press. Small pieces of lead were used this time. It would have been possible to use rubber or polyurethane instead. It is possible to make lots of silver plates with tool I made, but mold will of course become rounder during the process.

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I hope to be able to gild these like some of the originals were.

Evening gown in 1917 style

I had dreamed to get 1910 style evening gown. Finally there become a good opportunity to wear one. Finland had its 100 years from independence declaration anniversary celebrations. My role in our school play was to be Aino Sibelius preparing to 1917 festive. I designed this gown and I took inspiration from mid-1910 century fashion. Finland was far from European trend metropoles so I figured that style worn in 1915 would be accurate enough.
My “court” seamstress Merja Helminen sew this blue green dress after my drawings. I will use it as evening gown in future. Fabric is silk and wool mix and made for Japanese kimono. Cutting the dress was very tricky since kimono fabrics are usually under 40cm wide. Available fabric was just enough for this dress. This dress has large pleat in another front seam. With this pleat it is possible to easily change waist measurement. Lining of this dress is heavy silk.
Over dress is made by me and its material is silk chiffon. Over dress trains a bit and all edges are trimmed with beading. Belt is made of cotton velvet and decorated with silver brooch that I made years ago.

Suitable shoes came from England. Brand Hotter makes vintage style, but modern shoes. Headpiece was made of black velvet and ostrich feathers.
This kind of gown need right underpinnings. I made for this gown long Edwardian/Victorian hybrid corset. Materials were sturdy hand dyed kimono silk and corset coutill. Most bones are flat steel, but some are very bendy rigilene plastic boning. I did not have steel spiral bones.
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Iron Age market in Pukkisaari Helsinki 2.9.2017

Minä ja MerviAt last moment I decided to go to Helsinki and visit Pukkisaari Iron Age market. I had a change to do some shopping in our capital and on Saturday go to Pukkisaari isle. Local Iron Age interest group has built several log buildings to this small island. Buildings surround a yard and large fireplace where food is made for participants. Sellers come from Finland and neighboring countries. It was interesting to compare different costumes and styles between countries.

I bought wool yarn, glass beads and Baltic brooches. Helsinki was still full of tourists and visitors from Europe and Japan were numerous in the market. It was funny to observe their reactions. Next time I might stay for a night in the camp. Then I will have more time to talk with other Iron Age minded
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Viburg road market and archery workshop 4.-5.8.2017

I had dreamed about primitive archery for years. I hope to build an arrow someday. I was ready to sign up for archery workshop right away, when I saw first ads of it. Rainy weather made organizers almost to cancel the lessons, but their new canopy saved the situation. We had a chance to test longbows and recurve bows. Our teachers (even literally) threw at us new and new challenges. Finally we had to aim to flying discs!
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img_7324On Saturday I participated to Viburg road market. This time the theme was armies. There were all kinds of old fashioned troops from Viking age until World War II. Soldiers had flint lock pistols, swords and even real cannon that was shot several times. It was very loud!

Soldier had their wives with them. So I had great change to investigate female costumes from different time periods.
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Turku Medieaval market 30.6.–1.6.2017

Turku medieval market is held in the old market of the town that is surrounded by old buildings. Park next to market place is reserved for reenactors, craftsmen and performers. We visited tents of friends and got to know new interesting people. We hanged around Merry Swan tent where Mervi with her Swedish friends sew woolen intarsia piece. It looked so interesting, that I will test it someday. I have lots of wool fabric remnants to work with.
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img_4664On Saturday we visited Turku Castle. There was lots of activities organized for visitors. We participated tour where according dressed guide explained all the interresting details of live in the castle. Reenactors displayed life and duties of people that would have lived in medieval Turku Castle. Castle is surprisingly large and there is lots of rooms in 4-5 levels. We walked through it twice, but still I think we missed one part of it. Castle has permanent exhibitions and visiting exhibitions.
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In the evening we returned to the market to collect some heavier items.