... Viking wire weave.
It's a form of jewellery making that incorporates weaving a wire around a form (in this case a dowel) and then drawing it through a successively smaller set of holes (ideally in a wooden block, but I haven't found anything that would be suitable yet ... I'm using a drill bit size gauge atm).
It's called Viking weave because pieces of it have been found in ancient Scandinavian gravesites ... it's believed that. because the weaves were usually made from precious and semi-precious metals (gold, silver, copper) that pieces of the weave could have been broken/cut off and used for currency.
This is my very first time trying this technique so, from the outset, I expected that the end result wouldn't be quite right and/or pretty. Rather than waste my good copper and silver wires on what are, essentially, practice runs, I am using coloured craft wire (it's cheap so it's not a big deal if I mess it up a few times or ten before I get the hang of it).
|Casting on ... I really need to stop|
using my iPhone to take my pics.
|Ahh, yes ... my|
and my new magnifying specs.
|Almost done the actual weave|
portion of the process.
|A rigid little wire cigar is the end result|
after casting off.
|Here's me drawing the now|
lengthening and softening
(becoming more flexible) weave tube.
|Making a Brass wire spiral for the|
end pieces of what I was hoping would
be a bracelet.
|Loading the wire spiral onto its|
own wire to make the end piece with.
|The spiral end piece.|
|The completed bracelet.|
I definitely need to invest in some proper end-piece findings figure out how to make some nice wire clasps ... need two more things for that: a small jeweller/craft anvil and a flathead hammer.
I'm going to keep at this ... I like the intricacy of the end result and, once I get proficient at it, it's readily portable and the product can be breathtaking.