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« on: July 04, 2012 09:20:09 PM »

This is the first viking-knit piece I have made, but I'm pretty happy with it.  After going through the draw-plate, the weave is pretty even and nicely flexible.  It's also much lighter than I expected.     

 

The knit is done in 24 gauge copper; everything else (end caps, links/clasp, heart) is done in 20 gauge copper.  The heart has been hammered flat.  The green 'stone' is a plastic (I think) bead that I picked up a strand of from Hobby Lobby.  It's a tad more iridescent in real life than in the picture but otherwise true to color.

As always, comments/criticism/advice appreciated, and questions welcome.
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2012 10:06:09 PM »

beautiful! pinned!
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2012 10:14:14 PM »

Amazingly beautiful! The heart is too perfect, and I normally don't like copper colouring! Also that green stone that you paired it with makes it look especially lovely! Great work (:
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2012 10:26:15 PM »

Thank you!  I'm glad you like it.
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2012 12:44:51 AM »

I'm impressed. How long did it take you to make it? Can you recommend a book or tutorial to learn this technique?
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2012 01:48:03 AM »

I worked on it for two days, on and off.  I probably put somewhere between 3 and 4 hours into the chain, but that's because it was my first time and I was still straightening things out -- I definitely got faster towards the end. 

I first encountered the viking knit over a year ago in this book which I stumbled across at the library.  From what I can remember of it (I checked it out another time, but don't have it right now), it has pretty good step-by-step instructions for the viking knit among other things.  It also has lots of projects and examples.  When I made this, I was partly working off memory of that book, partly off what I found Googling "viking knit tutorials" (didn't find anything too helpful, personally), and some trial and error.  (It took me about 5 rows at first to figure out I wasn't doing it right....)  If you can, I'd definitely recommend trying to find that book or something similar in a library or local bookstore.  That way you can flip through the instructions and see if they will be helpful.
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2012 05:09:56 AM »

I love the look of Viking knit, and I think you have nailed it here.  I really like the focal piece, it pairs up perfectly with the knit.  Gorgeous piece.
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2012 08:43:52 AM »

Beautiful. I love the colors together and the knit really is awesome.
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« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2012 10:48:14 AM »

Very pretty!

LOVE the green bead with the heart, awesome!
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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2012 11:47:57 AM »

Thank you for the tittle of the book. I thought it would be much more time consuming. I am ready to try.
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