St. Eloi

Dec. 31st, 2007 10:40 am
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So, I'm going to try to do a spiffy pewter token for Sept. Crown to add to the others that will be made (the plan is to have several people make soap stone molds based on period pilgrim's badges, which will make casting quicker). 
This will start in earnest after 12th night, and after the big move. 

I found a really cool example of one I'd like to try to replicate, although I may be ditching the cross and feathers on the top: 
So I've also started looking around to find more information about  St. Eloi, who is he is the patron of goldsmiths, blacksmiths, and all workers in metal. Here's the Catholic Encyclopedia take on St. Eloi: 

Wikipedia has more information, including a portrait and this which I found interesting: "But he is best known for being the patron saint of horses and those who work with them. "
Apparently, he was able to shoe a "possessed" horse by miraculously removing it's leg (without harming it) shoeing it, then reattaching the leg. Here's a painting of the temporarily 3-legged horse

This is almost interesting as the festering wound licking nuns- but less gross.
Oh, and that swirly thing on a stick? It's called a clue. It's a form of lightening, which is often associated with Eligius/ Eloi. So the King has been given a clue by St. Eloi, which is not only amusing but apt because in some accounts he was a very valued adviser (or as I like to think of it, clue-giver) to the Royals.
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Tonight is up in the air. I talked to Arianne last night and she told me to stay in and not go out in the horrible weather. As a result I also forgot to swing by the fabulous Ciar and take her up on her generous offer. There will be groveling later, a lot of grovelling.

Tomorrow I will be going to PPP's 'rent's place for consuming of mass quantities (I will try to keep over-eating to a minimum though). After dinner I may be making the rounds a bit to just see folks. I have the morning open as well, and don't have to be on the road until 3ish.

Friday morning I will get up fairly early to go work on pouring all of tokens for Goode Yule. We only need about 100 of them, so I'm hoping to get all of them done in one day, and possibly not even take the whole day to do it. It depends on how much tweaking the mold needs to start with. Once it's rockin' they will turn out fairly quickly, possibly as fast as 2 per minute. I finished the soapstone mold last Sunday and I'm fairly happy with it. I may actually ask if it would be alright for me to make some extras to give as gifts after the events. I did this specifically for the event, but two crossed holly leaves with holly berries is just too perfect for the season not to share- if it's not inappropriate that is.

Saturday, or Sunday, or both I will be enjoying the S&B goodness with Ldy_lavender and the girls. I intend to at least have the sleeves done for the green brocade and hope to at least have a good start on the burgundy velvet V from Venetian.


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