I’m learning something new – Viking Knit - tedious, time consuming and sometimes painful. I have cuts on my fingers from the wire and a little blood on my dowel, so what. It’s worth it.
I’ve always loved the look of Viking Knit designs (as much as I love the look of chainmaille). so I decided to give it a try. I’ve made three or four chains so far, some in copper, some in bronze, some with both copper and bronze. Some are made with 24 gauge and one with 26 gauge wire.
It all started because I made another wire bird’s nest. This time I wanted it to be a pendant and not a necklace. So what to hang the pendant from?
In my search for fine gauge wire, I discovered I already had some 24 gauge bronze wire I had purchase some time ago from WickWireJeweley. It was beautiful! A soft bronze color, slightly pink, not as red as copper nor as yellow as brass. A little stiffer than copper, it is not difficult to work with, especially in the finer gauges. It also oxidizes beautifully.
Here are my chains and bird’s nest.
I ordered more bronze wire in 26, 18 and 16 gauge.