Viking Knit is also known as trichinopoly chainwork. Archeological finds of Viking Knit found in Scandinavia and Ireland date back to the 9th and 10th century AD.
All of the wire used in the silver Viking Knit bracelets is Argentium silver wire, which is a sterling silver alloy that modifies the traditional alloy (92.5% silver + 7.5% copper) by replacing some of the copper with the metalloid germanium. Argentium contains at least 92.5% silver, so it is still referred to as sterling silver. Argentium silver alloys do not contain nickel, are hypoallergenic, and are highly tarnish resistant. Argentium’s formulation enhances the appearance of the silver, giving it a natural bright white color. The end caps are made from sterling silver.
The wire used in the silver and rose gold bracelet is a combination of Argentium silver wire and rose gold-filled wire, with copper end caps.
About the Artist
Kim Claire has studied and experimented with knitting, weaving, felting (both wet and needle felting), found object jewelry, bead and wire jewelry, plant dyed silk, and most recently, the ancient technique of Viking Knit jewelry.