Experimenting With Viking Knit & Local Materials

I’ve been making viking knit bracelets for Titan Chains for a year, yet never made anything for myself. That is, until I found beads made from material that was a big part of my childhood. My brother and I used to find chunks of hard, green rocks in the sand mine where we played as children. Some of it was smooth and shiny, and some was porous. We liked to think it was lava, especially the porous kind. We were told it was “just slag”. I had boxes full of it and liked looking at it and wondering what I could do with it.

Now, I live a couple of hours north of my childhood home, but still very close to Lake Michigan. I find pieces of this same type of stone washed up on the shore, and I still pick them up;) They aren’t rocks/stones at all, but a glass byproduct of iron smelting from days gone by. Because a lot of it washes up on the shores of Leland, Mi, it is referred to as Leland Blue Stone. Oh yeah, some of it is blue or varying shades of gray.

Somebody spoke to my heart and made beads from it.  Now my childhood dream of finding a purpose for this glass is realized. I was tickled that the skill I’d mastered to earn a living would give me a venue to display these childhood mementos.
One side of the green oval bead has some spots but it is easy to spin it on the wire to show the other side.

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Experimenting With Viking Knit & Local Materials — 2 Comments

  1. Hello, I’m a new contractor for Titan chains. I was wondering how much pressure you put on the wire when pulling it through. do the loops have to be small or does it matter. I think I’m pulling my loops to tight and my wire is curling and hard to use as I get toward the end. I don’t seem to be able to get all the loops to look the same.

  2. So sorry that I didn’t respond sooner. I wish I could define this for you put it is really not possible for me to tell you how hard to pull. I use the pliers to pull the wire. You do want the loops small/tight, but not so tight that you have to pry each one up to get the wire behind it. Curly wire is a bear to work with. Try grabbing it, with the pliers, as close to the loop as possible. That might help.
    Inconsistent loop size was a problem for me, too. Practice will help with that as it is a tension problem.