A Viking Craft – Wire Knit
A-Z Challenge letter: W – Wire
I love crafty things. Certain crafty things. I need a creative outlet to keep my brain sane, but there are lots of crafty things that I just don’t have the finesse or patience or talent for. But I’m also a sucker for trying new crafts that appeal to me.
So when we visited a Viking Day on Easter Day and saw some beautiful jewellery made from Viking Knit Chain, I was intrigued. I was fascinated by the way the nature of the materials changed throughout the process. Starting off as copper wire, the process creates a strong wire cage around a mandrel. At the end of the process, after the cage has been through the drawplate many times, you’re left with a long, much thinner, flexible chain which can be used to create absolutely stunning designs. This Knit Chain was used as currency by the Vikings; they simply cut off the required amount from the chain.
Well, I had to have a go. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough cash on me at the event to buy the kit, so when I got home, I got straight on the website and ordered the kit I had seen. It arrived just a few days later. I can’t wait to get going on this and try my hand at creating some wire jewellery in a traditional fashion. Watch this space to see how I get on!