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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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VendelRus Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Hi!

This fabric was bought from a swedish shop called "handelsgillet" (link below). It was originaly green but my wife colored it using red onion rind. This kind of fabric was very common in viking age scandinavia. It is called diamond twill.

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Thanks for your kind words.
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NeSempai Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent job! The color pallet she picked is wonderful.
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VendelRus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Thanks! I'll be sure to tell her =)
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hawthorne-cat Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
awesome!!! i need to make myself more viking garb!!!
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VendelRus Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Thanx! U can never have enough of garb =)
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hawthorne-cat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
true true... and hubby and I get rounder and our son just grows in all directions...
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Lakija Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I have a charm like that. You know, I think I might just make a necklace of the Nordic persuasion. :)
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Lakija Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'd rock that viking bling every day. :lmao:
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VendelRus Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
Go get some bling girl =)
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erzebeth-rouge Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
The beads are beautiful! And this picture is also great, since it answers a question about too many central pieces, but thanks to you, now i know how to incorporate them all! ^^
It really is good work all around! ^^
Thanks for posting this closeup ^^
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VendelRus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
No prob! Thanx =) I think this is about as many beads you can have without using a divider.
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erzebeth-rouge Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
haha yeah! it must be quite heavy!
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VendelRus Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
It calls for a good posture =)
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Creative-Games Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Questions!

Are the brooches holding the garment supposed to look like creature heads, dogs for example or is it just the shape?

The "Lunulae" at the bottom is Rus you say. How would you define Rus, as the people category. It's hard not to sound inaccurate or linear thinking talking about this as I'm sure it could mean a Scandinavian adapting ceratin parts of Slavic culture as well as the other way around. But I find the term "Rus" problematic.
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VendelRus Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Good questions!

Some people say that the brooches are stylized boar heads or even bear heads but I'm not soo sure. There are research that points to that the shape might come from an earlier form:

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This type of brooch is found almost exclusivly on the island of gotland and are very common there so there are lots of finds to look at. Another thing that points us away from the creature head theory is that the finds were found "upside down" with the thicker part facing down and the narrow part facing the chin making the supposed heads hanging upside down.

I agree that the term RUS is problematic. I am careful to make a to hard definition of the term since it does not only hold a lot of controversy but also is very hard to grasp. The term as we (my group) use it means scandinavian originated people comming from or traveling to the geografical lands called KIEVAN RUS mainly consisting of parts of Belarus, Russia, Ukrain and Poland.
The term for the people RUS is problematic since it changed over time and place. At some points and in some places the term seemed to be a name for people from the area around lake Mälaren and at other times it seemed to include the people of gotland and other part of eastern Sweden. Some even say that Rus was a name for all Swedes. Later on Rus became a term for the people of the kingdom of RUS (Kievan Rus).
The scandinavians never refered to themselves as RUS. It seems to be a term they picked up abroad.
I will not go into detail of the origins of the term, but since you are swedish you can have a look at our website here:
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weavedmagic Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I may be wrong, but definition of Rus I know refers to the scandinavians that created Ruric dynasty, it`s nearest surrounding and their descendants.
Anyway as you said it`s problematic.

One more thing - lunulas were also common among Slavs and Balts.
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VendelRus Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
You are not wrong =). That is one way of defining RUS.

We don't have much of the lunulas here in Sweden. What little we have, I suspect, is a result of trade with the Finno-Ugrian, Slavic and Baltic people.
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Creative-Games Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the very thorough and informative answer! Another question not related to the Vendel/Viking topic:

Finns det bilder på föremål från stormaktstiden på Historiska Muséets sidor?
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VendelRus Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Förmodligen.

Kolla:
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Ställ in sökningen efter datering.
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Creative-Games Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm, tyvärr verkar det vara sparsamt med vapen osv. från den tiden. Men vilken tillgång! Jag har varit här förut en gång och spanat på Vendel föremål. En sak som förundrar mig är hjälmarna och kroken i ändan av dessa krigares spjut. Vet man vad de är eller var till för? Kan det vara så att det som var på plåtarna i vissa fall var ett frågetecken även för brukaren?

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VendelRus Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
Vendeltid är egentligen inte mitt område, även om jag är ganska påläst där ochså. Vet tyvärr inget om krokarna på spjuten, bara att de inte figurerar på några andra pressbleck från tiden. Motiven på plåtarna har i många fall tolkats som föreställande delar av olika mytiska händelser. Det är möjligt att det är svårt att tolka bilderna utan kunskap om myterna.
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Creative-Games Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Just den mystiken som de lämnade efter sig gör Vendeltiden så spännande tycker jag. De mystiska hjälmarna och deras plåtar med hemska krigare. Jag brukar ofta besöka utställningen på Sundsvalls museum om Högomsmannen. Egentligen tycker jag den är tråkig men att se lämningarna från graven är bara för häftigt.

Tack för svaren på mina frågor! :D
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