Mixed hand-made cord necklace

Necklace made with three-colour Viking Knit cord and cotton Kumihimo cord (accented by three rhinestone rhondelles)

Necklace made with three-colour Viking Knit cord and cotton Kumihimo cord (accented by three rhinestone rhondelles)

When finishing off the black and red Kumihimo cord, I also decided to use some of the “leftover” Kumihimo cord from my first Kumihimo project (a purple cotton cord with transitioning purple beads) along with some Viking Knit.

This project also uses some “leftover” Viking Knit from the tri-colour Viking Knit project.  I had some chain leftover from the necklace, so I drew it through my draw plate even further, but wasn’t able to get enough (at the smallest draw-plate hole I have) to make another necklace.

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Stainless Viking Knit two ways

The unfilled end of the Viking knit with horse-head terminal

The unfilled end of the Viking knit with horse-head terminal

After one Viking Knit project in Stainless Steel with lion-head terminals, I had some of the knit chain remaining. It wasn’t enough to make anything with as it was, so I set it aside until I could think of something else to do with it.

On a similar note, after making my first Viking Knit chain in Stainless Steel, I made a duplicate with the thought of using the two pieces together, but opted instead to use one  for the choker, and the other I reserved…

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Viking Knit – First project

Trimming off the excess chain and adding on the horse-head end caps

Trimming off the excess chain and adding on the horse-head end caps

Ready for another post about Viking Knit?

In  an early post as I learned about the technique I shared my class experience. I didn’t finish off the project in class though (which means I also needed pliers and other supplies at home) so I thought I’d share it with you here. Oddly enough although it was the first project I started – I only finished it after so many others!

 

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Stainless Steel vs. Silver Viking Knit

Silver (the lighter) Viking Knit and Stainless Steel (the darker) Viking Knit

Silver (the lighter) Viking Knit and Stainless Steel (the darker) Viking Knit

The other day I shared my recent Stainless Steel Viking Knit necklace, using the same lion-head end caps as my Lion-head silver Viking Knit project. I thought I’d share two photos showing the two side-by-side, so you can see how easily the silver Viking Knit coils up (versus the steel, which doesn’t) and the colour difference as well.

Silver (the lighter) Viking Knit and Stainless Steel (the darker) Viking Knit

Silver (the lighter) Viking Knit and Stainless Steel (the darker) Viking Knit

 

Stainless Steel Lion head Viking Knit

Stainless steel Viking Knit necklace with lion-head end caps and a spring gate clasp.

Stainless steel Viking Knit necklace with lion-head end caps and a spring gate clasp.

A while ago a friend heard that I had learned how to do Viking Knit, and she wanted to learn this too, so we got together over a drink and I demonstrated some of the techniques. (I can’t wait to see what she makes too!) As my demonstration, I decided to do a second piece with stainless steel. Although the material is quite a bit more challenging than the copper wire, I do appreciate that I don’t have to worry about the colour changing, and I really LIKE the look of stainless steel in the Viking Knit.

Before the draw plate

Like most of the other pieces I’ve made, I did this on my original dowel, which resulted in a piece of Viking Knit that was about 2.5 cm wide before pulling it through the draw plate.

After the draw plate

I did this piece in double-knit, and the resulting chain, when it came off the dowel was 61 cm long. I pulled it through the largest hole in my draw plate, which resulted in a chain 86 cm long in total and approximately 1 cm wide.

Adding the findings

Once the chain was finished, I cut it down to the size I needed (see back to my Lion-head silver Viking Knit project for some photos from that step)  and set the remainder aside (once I make something up with it, I’ll share that project with you too..) and then added some of the lion-head end-caps/terminals that I used on the silver piece. I also have dragons, snakes, skulls, and tigers, but I just really liked the lion for this one again.

Close up of the lion head end caps and spring gate clasp on the stainless steel Viking Knit necklace

Close up of the lion head end caps and spring gate clasp on the stainless steel Viking Knit necklace

Materials

I used Artistic Wire, Stainless Steel, 26 gauge. I used a full 30 yard / 27.43 meter spool. The spool was $7.30 at Beads & Plenty More.

 

Stainless steel Viking Knit necklace with lion-head end caps and a spring gate clasp.

Stainless steel Viking Knit necklace with lion-head end caps and a spring gate clasp.