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Viking Bling Close Up by VendelRus Viking Bling Close Up by VendelRus
This is a close up of a few details of my ex wife’s new costume:
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The visual bling on this close up are gotlandic apron dress brooches, a bracelet, a neckring, a Finnish brooch, lots of scandinavian beads and a Rus-Scandinavian Lunulae.
The dress is made from a red-brown-lilac herribone patterned wool fabric. The apron dress is made from a hand dyed diamond –twill wool fabric. Both tablet braids are made from wool.

I’m not a 100% sure about the facts above (since I did not make this costume) but if you have any questions I could check with my ex wife about details.
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RainMason Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
An impressive collection. Do you remember where the beads came from? I'm having a lot of trouble finding enough authentic historical reproduction beads to make a collection that isn't overly uniform. I've looked at repros from contemporary Scandinavian trade routes as a possibility, but that came up with even less options.
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VendelRus Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Oh...I have no idea where you could find them. I bought them from different museums here in Sweden and on various viking markets. Some of them are good, some of them are OK. Unfortunately you need lots of beads to make a good set. A budget variant is to try to get hold of 70's necklaces, some of them are an exact fit to actual viking age beads. Also I should check out the museum in York, they might have some decent repros. If you are really serious about buying authentic beads I could see to it that you could buy some of my beads. I have a small bead fetish so since a few years back I've started looking for good repros and came up short...until I found a danish guy named Torben Sode. He has been studying beads for ages and have written lots of literature on the subject. I manged to get a hold on some of his beads and now I some times sell them on markets (mostly for fun). Give me a note if you are interested. 
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RainMason Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ah, yeah. That would be why I haven't found any then - I can't really travel to anything at the moment since I don't drive, and I moved out of the family home a couple of years back to study. York, is someone I have been trying to plan and budget a trip to for a while.

And I am serious, I wouldn't want to get anything that wasn't historical, or at least produced in the colors and styles that look very plausible for the time period. I both want to string them for casual wear as jewelry as well as for historical wear. I'd love to be able to talk about the methods and origins of the beads and styles too. 

I'll send a note.
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SnowyLavamPearl Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful jewel, really! And the dress is amasing!
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VendelRus Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
I'll be sure to tell my wife :)

Thanks! =)
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Roskbalkir Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Those beads are just fabulous. The red and blue ones particularly.
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VendelRus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Most of them are repros of viking age finds =)
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Roskbalkir Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very interesting.
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Hello,
Love this site and all the good pics. What beautiful fabric your wife has for her outfit. Where can I get some of that fabric please? We just don't have anything like that out here in OZ. I would so like to make some new outfits for my Son <Daughter and myself with such fabric.

Thank you again for sharing you pictures with us
I feel great joy seeing them (another person like little old viking me!)
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:iconmorriganthenotsomeek:
The fabric is really good. Could you tell me where I can get this fabric please? I am in Australia, and there is not a lot of choice about. I am going to make myself and my Son (who is here in OZ;) and my Daughter( who is in Scotland) new Viking clobber. I would really love to be able to do it with this quality of fabric.

Thank you for this site, I really enjoy coming here and seeing all the good things that you are doing
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