Iif you want a great tutorial on viking knit technique, Trina Ann at http://blog.trinaann.com/ has written a clear concise easy to understand tutorial. I highly recommend it.
|Tumbled tuquoise beads in viking knit|
I used tumbled turquoise beads in the first viking knit chain and I did not really know what I was doing. But I went right ahead and as it turned out, I liked the end result. Since the beads were irregular in shape there was a random quality to the finished product.
During that process, I began to really understand the technique of viking knit. Loops need to be in as straight a line as possible and pulling the finished chain through the draw holes evened the chain more.
|Nice rows of knit!|
|Making room for the wire.|
|Adding a pearl between the loops.|
|The viking knit loop after adding th pearl.|
|Ready to start the row of knit without the pearl.|
|One half pulled viking chain and one half ready to be pulled. Notice the difference in the length.|
Copper wire makes a lovely chain that can tarnish and if you are sensitive to copper, it can turn your skin green. I used Everbrite's ProtectaClear in aerosol form www.EverbriteCoatings.com after antiquing the chain with liver of sulphur and am pleased with the result. Three coats seems to do a good job and shaking the chain loosens the links enough to be flexible. I also found that spraying the chain flat and then hanging it on a hook to dry works well.
Have fun with your viking knit creations and let's continue to share our 'learn as we go' experiences!