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Ancient Wire

An illustrated guide to making intricate jewelry in the manner of the Vikings and other ancient cultures

by Helene Jacobs

An Amazon Best Seller

from my Etsy Shop or Amazon.com

This book will not only show you how to create chains in the style sometimes known as Viking wire weaving, Viking chain knitting, or Viking knit, but how to finish them, and also how to create other items such as rings and hollow ovals.

Chapters include:  Tools and Materials, The Handle, Basic Technique-Through Two Handle Loops, Basic Technique-Through One Handle Loop, Single Loop Handle, Double Technique, Adding a New Piece of Wire, Estimating the Length of the Finished Chain, Drawing the Chain, Finishing, Tips and Tricks, Clasps, Connecting Rings, Rings, Wire Caged Glass Bead, Hollow Oval, Leather Cord Center Necklace or Bracelet, Twisted Wire Center Bracelet

79 pages, Black & White 121 illustrations

Below are some examples of the beautiful jewelry you can learn to make with Ancient Wire

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Woven wire chains of this type (Viking wire weaving, Viking knit, Viking chain knitting) have been found at Birka, aViking trade center (ca 800 - 900 AD) and also in the Roman, Greek and Byzantine civilizations (4th century BC to 1st century AD).  Chains such as this can be found with pendants, in multiple strands with adornments, for hanging items from diadems and earrings, for earrings themselves, on cloak pins and as trim.  

Above Based on a necklace from the Hameenlinna Linnaniemi treasure hoard, right wire caged glass bead based on a find from Birka, below hollow oval beads based on finds from Birka.

Above, very thin chain for stringing glass beads.
Left, ring with glass bead.
Below, these chains are very flexible, and a necklace based on a find from Finland.  Ancient Wire shows how to make the end cap hooks for this chain.

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What Should We Call This Type of Chain?

Artifact Bracelet

Cloven Orange Ornament

Ancient Wire

An illustrated guide to making intricate jewelry in the manner of the Vikings and other ancient cultures

by Helene Jacobs

An Amazon Best Seller

from my Etsy Shop or Amazon.com


Buy Now