I’ve learned a few tricks from weaving viking knit bracelets for Titan Chains.
These tips are meant to enhance and perfect your weaving method. Besides the mandrel and wire cutters, you will need:
· Duct tape
· Rubber bands/cellophane tape
· Chain nose pliers
· Tongue and Groove pliers
1. Wrap your fingers, where they rest on the wire, with duct tape. I wrap my thumb and index fingers on the hand that holds the mandrel. Your method my require you to wrap different fingers. Wrapping will prevent soreness and allow you to pull the wire for a nice tight weave. You might also need to wrap the fingers on your other hand where the jewelry tools rest.
2. Use a rubber band or cellophane tape to secure the starter bundle tightly to the mandrel.
3. Don’t worry about the size of the first loops you make on the starter bundle. They will be large and not consistent in size. It is more important to get the loops as evenly spaced as possible.
4. My favorite and most used jewelry tool is a pair of chain nose pliers. It’s easier to grab the wire with these than with round nose pliers. It is worth paying extra for the padding on the pliers so they don’t dent soft wire. Use your jewelry tools instead of your hands, to pull the wire through the loops.
5. Push the chain up to the top of the mandrel about every 6-8 loops you make. This will keep the chain from becoming stuck on the mandrel.
6. Oops, the chain is stuck on the mandrel. To get the chain off, lay the mandrel on an uncarpeted floor. Step on the mandrel and pull the chain off. Be sure to wear shoes.
7. Now that your chain is complete, cut through the first loops you made to remove the chain from the starter bundle. You may reuse the starter bundle indefinitely. This saves wire and the extra work of making a new starter bundle for every chain.
8. Thread a couple of wires through the top first loops of the chain you just removed from the mandrel. You will thread these wires through the drawplate and grab them to pull the chain through.
9. An ordinary shop vise is all that is needed to make pulling the chain through the small holes in the drawplate a piece of cake. Secure the drawplate tightly in the vise to hold it place.
10. Use tongue and groove pliers to grab the wires. The grooves in the pliers keep the wires from slipping, so you have a secure grip when pulling the chain through the drawplate.
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