Bards of Puget Sound
Bards of Caer Pugetia
2009 Competitive Eisteddfod
This award was commissioned
by The Bards of Puget Sound
and awarded to Moss on October 17th 2009
This 3 dimensional piece
took close to 30 hours to construct. It is made of brass, Titanium,
sterling silver and niobium. The front and back frame are made
of brass. The front frame is the circle with Awen's Rays design
as part of the frame.
The background is made
of titanium which has been colored blue on one side and left
natural on the back side where it is engraved with the event's
The salmon, seaweed and
salmon egg cluster is made of pure niobium. The details are
made using hand engraving tools. The colors are created by masking
and controlled oxidation using a reactive metals coloring machine
created in my lab.
The brass frame is file
notched to accommodate the niobium layer and then all four layers
are assembled and riveted together. The top two rivets also
capture the 5th layer which is a new innovation of mine. The
multi-function Bail. See images below.
The bail is a brass arc
with a centering arm and two sterling silver rings. This bail
can be used either with a cord on the brass arc or with a chain
on the silver rings.
The silver rings can be used to wear with a chain instead of
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