Hilde Perdue, Enamel for Late Period Saxon Brooch

Name: Hilde Perdue

Location: Crown Lands – Southern Vermont

Wiki: https://wiki.eastkingdom.org/wiki/Hilde_Perdue

I made the enamel piece that would have been used in a Late Period Saxon brooch. The design is based on a Late Saxon brooch, circa 900 – 1100 AD. I only focused on the enameling techniques used.

For my piece I used a pre-cut copper disc, with cloisonnés formed from copper cloisonné wire and attached by firing in a kiln. Enamels were placed using the wet-pack method using the period tools of a quill and a small copper tool. The piece was then fired. A second round of enamels were placed to reach the top of the cloisonnés. It was sanded using alundum stones and fired for the final time.

Documentation: AngloSaxonEnamel

Here is a Slide Show of some of my other projects. SCA Enameling Projects

3 thoughts on “Hilde Perdue, Enamel for Late Period Saxon Brooch

  1. Hilde,
    I knew nothing about enameling until I read your paper. Very informative and absolutely beautiful, clean work. I loved your explanation of tools and materials as well, this was a great paper that I’d love newcomers to view as an example of digestible documentation. Very well done and enjoyable to read from a fellow Vermonter!

    -HH Corotica

  2. This is very nice work, and a very clear explanation of the process. Thanks for sharing your work.

  3. Wow, this is gorgeous! I loved reading your documentation. The only cloisonné techniques I knew anything about were modern Chinese ones, so it was really interesting for me to see the similarities and differences in the techniques and materials you used. You achieved beautiful, clean results, too…well done!

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