[26 Apr 2010] This “work-box” from Finglesham grave 8, was my main inspiration for this project. The body in that grave is described as female, about 25-30 years old. The repousse was very simple, just a pattern of dots, but then I had to bend it, make rivets out of wire, rivet it into a tube, and then solder the top & bottom on. This is my first time soldering, and it isn’t really pretty. I still need to add a way to suspend this, as well as connect the top and bottom. There are a few options in the artefact records, so I’m still thinking about it. Finally, I need to file off the rough edges, soak it in “pickle” and polish it up.
[26 Oct 2016] I didn’t quite get the proportion of height to width correct, it appears. as well, I still haven’t added a hinge suspension system. I really am not satisfied with the craftsmanship, and probably will just make one or more new ones.
Photo © Trustees of the British Museum.