A metal sample I ended up using in one of my final pieces…and then I realised I liked it a lot more on its own. I think the patina (created using household ammonia) worked really well, such a beautifully deep turquoise colour.
John of Antwerp, girdle prayer book, 1540-45. England. British Museum.
This was considered fashionable for ladies of rank in the English court of Henry VIII between 1530-60. A small book enclosed within gold covers that is attached by long chains to girdle chains worn around the waist, almost as a conspicuous piece of jewellery.
The fashion may have been introduced by the Spanish entourage of Queen Catherine of Aragon.