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Viking Knit Jewelry: Instruction & Tools
Making Your Own Viking Knit Jewelry
Wearing a piece of jewelry based on 7th century style is a conversation piece in and of itself. Add the fact that the necklace, bracelet or earrings were handmade by YOU, and that adds even more interest and uniqueness to the jewelry.
If you enjoy the repetitive -- some say meditative -- rhythm of knitting or crocheting, you're sure to also enjoy making Viking Knit jewelry. The term "Viking Knit" refers to an ancient technique of circular wire weaving, which forms a loop and then is stretched. The reason the word "Viking" is applied to this style is because it's derived from several archaeological finds in Scandinavia dating back to the 7th century AD.
First, I'll show you the simple, inexpensive tools and supplies you'll need to get started. Then, you can watch two videos with instructor extraordinaire, "Mikey," who will take you through the process of making a Viking Knit bracelet.
I'll also recommend a how-to book for making creative wire knit pieces of your own and point you to a bunch of photos for inspiration for creating your own designs.
Finally, I'll give you some links to more instruction and where to buy handmade Viking Knit jewelry if you want to add some to your collection sooner than later.
The Tools for Making Viking Knit Jewelry - Buy an all-in-one tool kit or pick up individual tools and supplies
A kit like this is perfect if you're just getting started and don't have any of the tools you'll need for making this wire knit jewelry. You can then add other specialty tools as you go along and want to make even more ornate pieces with beads and other embellishments.
This kit comes with a case and includes...
1 hex rod tool
easy-start head attachment
thermoplastic draw plate
end coil shaper
#20 and #26-gauge practice wires
color step-by-step photos and instructions
This tool is made for reducing soft chain or woven chain. It has 12 smooth, consecutively smaller holes, through which you pull the chain to reduce its size. This tool is specificall recommended for viking knit chain and other woven chains.
These are multi-use, 4-in-1 pliers with a wire cutter, a flat edge and a jump ring closer. They're perfect for working with wire.
Use these polished steel side cutting pliers, intended specifically for fine hobby work and beading, to cut soft wire, including copper, aluminum, sterling, goldfill or gold wire, and more.
Basic Supplies for Making a Viking Knit Bracelet or Necklace - That would be: WIRE
You can get as intricate or fancy as you like by using different types of wire and adding all sorts of beads and other ornaments, pendants, or whatever else your creative heart desires. But what you most need to get started on your first piece of Viking Knit jewelry is soft wire.
The tarnish-resistant wire shown below is easily shaped, so it's perfect for jewelry-making. And the color coating is permanent enamel. Just choose your favorite color wire or a combination of colors and start knitting!
Choose from these colors:
Silver -- Copper -- Gun Metal -- Brass -- Gold
Video Tutorial: Learn How To Make Viking Knit Jewelry - A two-part series of how-to demonstrations....
In this first video, instructor, "Mikey," demonstrates how to use the Viking Knitting Tool, which creates wire strands that appear to be woven. Mikey and friends will help you through the whole process of making a bracelet in about 30 minutes, including both videos.
Part 2: Continue Making the Viking Knit Bracelet
Need Ideas for Making Your Own Viking Knit Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings?
Sit Down with a Good How-To Book on Making Viking Knit Jewelry
Learn how to create knit or woven wire jewelry in the ancient style of the Vikings, including how to finish off the pieces and also how to make other items like rings and hollow ovals.
This 79-page book has 121 illustrations to help you follow exactly what's being done.
Take a Class on Making Viking Knit Jewelry
More Viking Knit Jewelry-Making Tutorials
- Viking Knit Directions
A photo-intensive, step-by-step tutorial for making Viking Knit jewelry.
- How to Do Viking Chain Kniting
Instructions from eHow
- Viking Knit Directions
A series of how-to photos and descriptions
- Viking Knit Tutorial PDF
This tutorial has 80 photos and 75 steps. The cost is $10.
- Viking Knit Jewelry Lessons
Learn how to make specific designs, finish Viking Knit ends, and more in these free or inexpensive downloadable tutorials from JewelryLessons.com.
Shop for Viking Knit Jewelry
See a huge inventory of unique, handmade pieceson Etsy.
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