We've been having a good time today messing around with the ways I want to treat my two lyres, which are currently at this stage:
Holes all drilled for the zither pins to go in to hold the strings. Phew that was a bit of a mind bender but with Roo's help it got done.
As I said before, I want to use watercolour stain on one and then paint on it, and kolrosing on the other.
I think both will work!
The blue stain is just to die for, and the kolrosing is so lovely. It is amazing how, once oiled and burnished, you can't feel the scratches full of cocoa or coffee or cinnamon any more. They become once more a part of the wood, and yet they stay dark!
Andyroo made these while messing around deciding which of our tools worked best and which dark powder to rub in for best effect. How cool are they?
So, I will go ahead and do both as I'd planned, so long as the varnish over the watercolour stain and paint works.
It will be easy to slip during the scratching of the kolrose design, but I think a little roughness is part of the charm of such an ancient technique.
The blue-painted one will now be the boar one, Torc. With 8 strings, it isn't traditional anyway, so it might as well be fully modern, and with six strings, Fréowine will be more trad in style.
Torc's design currently looks like this:
I'm still not quite sure how it will look when on the lyre. More working out to do yet on colour use, line work compared to solid spaces, etc.
In other oldy-timey news, we got a couple of photos that were taken at the Norse storytelling night. I just adore them, especially the one of us both!
They're dark but that suits the theme of the evening. We off to another one soon, this one about medieval tales of King Arthur's court. I'm really looking forward to it, especially since some more of our druid mates will be coming too!