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Viking weave necklace and bracelet

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Similar to French knitting this is a surprisingly easy way to make woven wire cord for bracelets and necklaces!
I was looking for something interesting to make for my better half as a Christmas present and I stumbled across this very old method of wire weaving:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucet
http://www.waynesthisandthat.com/knittingnancys.html

A quick search gave many tutorials, the following was great:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ynf5jjpL1U&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLEF355CEE40339342

It would make an excellent valentines gift!
 
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Step 1: Tools and materials

Tools:
  • Mandrel
    • Something tubular and sturdy to weave around.
    • I used a 10mm drill bit.
  • Pulling board
    • This is a board with sequentially smaller holes drilled through.
    • I used 11mm-7mm holes in a pine off cut.
  • Pliers
  • Safety glasses
    • Flicking around the pointy end of a length of wire will end in tears (or ocular tears).
Materials:
  • Wire
    • The weave in the front picture uses 20Ga.
    • For a first go try copper wire as it's often inexpensive.
    • Silver and gold coated copper provide an excellent combination of looks, bendyness and price.
  • Jump rings
    • Can be made with the same wire as the weave
  • Clasps

Step 2: Starting the weave

Starting loops
  • Take a length of spare wire approximately 300mm long.
  • Bend it into a four leaf clover shape.
  • Wrap the ends together.
  • Bend the leaves around your mandrel. 
Your starting loops need to be secure enough to align the first couple of rows and are used to pull the finished weave through the sizing block. Once your weave is finished you will need to unwind these loops.
 


Step 4: Joining

Joining a new length of wire into the weave
  • As you can't weave the wire on a spool and lengths several meters long are difficult to handle you'll need to join two or more lengths.
  • Thread the loose end of the original wire back up inside the weave, it may be easier to remove the wire from the mandrel.
  • Hook the new length around the above loop, similar to starting the weave.
  • I've used copper wire for the new length in the photos to make it easier to follow.

Step 5: Sizing

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Sizing
Before the weave is finished it's drawn through a series of holes, this evens out the weave and sets the outer diameter. As a consequence the length of the weave changes.

Starting with the largest hole pull the weave through a couple of times, then decrease in size until the desired diameter is reached.

As a rough guide a weave pulled through holes down to 8mm diameter has 7 rows in 50mm when using 0.9mm thick wire, thus if you wanted a 200mm bracelet you'd need about 28 rows woven before drawing the weave.

Step 6: Finishing the ends

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Finishing the ends

Once the starting loops are carefully unwound from the weave these top loops can be joined with a ring failry easily. The loops at the bottom end are a little more tricky, look for the points at which the wire crosses itself, the lowest point of each loop, and thread a ring through all four.

Step 7: Using for jewellery

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Using the weave for jewellery

Necklace:


​I bought two snake weave bracelets, connect one of the jump rings on your weave to the loopy end of one of the bracelets. Remove the clasp from the second bracelet and join the other end of the weave with the jump ring.

Bracelet:

I used a wrapped extended loop to get the bracelet sizing perfect and the clasp has to be heavier than the weave otherwise it'll spin around all the time.
Catia6610 months ago
Thanks for helping me, I was just looking for it!
Would a bead cap, instead of the cap here work? I've got a few that are just simple clover shapes here; but they have a really nice stamped texture on them.
cbm104 (author)  spellwing7771 year ago
Ah, yes they would work great! It would give the first end a nice finish. I hadn't seen them before, thanks!
mother's day present! :D thank you so much!
Woohoo!! 5 stars for this... There's too much awesomeness involved and it's perfect for Valentine's Day :DD
cbm104 (author)  nutsandbolts_642 years ago
Cool! glad you enjoyed it :)
raviolikid2 years ago
This looks like an interesting craft! I'll give it a try sometime. Thanks for the good directions!
cbm104 (author)  raviolikid2 years ago
Thanks, glad it's useful!