Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lots of Viking Knit to Share

This week I have been super productive and feel REALLY good about my new business!! 

I want to share this journey with you for a few reasons.  For one, maybe you are a Craftpreneur and need inspiration or encouragement to ramp up your own business.  Or, you may be someone that has known me awhile, and seen my ups and downs, and are curious as to how this journey goes.  Perhaps, you are a fan of Viking Knit jewelry, and want to learn more about how to make it AND sell it.  Whatever brought you here, THANK YOU.

Highlights of this week in Bracelets By Joy world (LOL):

  • Finished half a dozen pieces that have been lingering for a couple weeks
  • Created new bracelets using memory wire
  • Created new earrings
  • Bought my own domain
  • Learning the ropes of Pinterest
  • SOLD the new earrings mentioned above!
  • New fans to my Facebook page
  • Advertising with Crafty Moms'R'Us on Facebook
  • Took a leap and set up an ad campaign on Etsy
  • Bought a tackle box for all my wires, beads and tools
  • First draft on Vistaprint for business cards
  • Created a log to track inventory, earnings and expenses
WOW... that was a LOT and it is only Wednesday!  Well, when I say this past week, I mean 7 days or so.  Not Mon-Wed of this week.

And, once again, I am almost out of wire!  Oh NO!!!  ;)

I also have done some research with a variety of sites trying to find the best prices on wire, beads and gift boxes.  I kind of forget about the packaging for shipping.  I did find good deals at on wire and some beads and for other beads and gift boxes at just in case you are looking around too.

So, I think that is it for the journey thus far.  I am excited to see what the next 7 days brings!


Joy Marino

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Viking Knit Necklace

I finally took the time and made my very first Viking Knit Necklace!  The piece came out beautifully and even though it's just as if working with a really long bracelet, it does take more time and material.  Plus, I ended it with long filligree end caps that were befitting a necklace.

Here is the final product:

Viking Knit Necklace

Viking Knit Necklace

Viking Knit Necklace

I am please to announce this piece is SOLD (within 12 hours of posting it online!)

But, don't worry, if you would like your own, you can order a CUSTOM MADE Viking Knit Necklace with the colors you want and the length you prefer.  The above necklace is about 18" in total length.

To order your very own, please go to my FACEBOOK fan page and send me a message.  I haven't even had a chance to get my full website and email going, so this would be the quickest for the time being.  My facebook page is and then click on the "MESSAGE" tab.

I would love your feedback, comments and suggestions for future pieces, just leave a comment below!

Keep It Crafty!

Joy Marino

Monday, August 13, 2012

Welcome to Bracelets By Joy

Welcome to Bracelets By Joy, where we feature Viking Knit Jewelry. 

Viking Knit is also known as "trichonopoly".  I did an extensive search online to find the origins, but overall I didn't get much more information than it having its origins in the Viking-era of the 8th to 10th century and that pieces have been found in burial sites of well-known Vikings.

One artist on Etsy says this:  "Viking Knitting is a wire-weaving technique that dates back to the 8th Century. Artifacts of these woven chains have been recovered from a variety of archeological sites in Denmark, Norway, and Ireland. Although we don't know exactly how the weaving process was done in historical times, it was probably little different from how it is done today: weave a tube by using a long strand of wire to make loops around the base of other loops, using a form of some kind to hold with woven tube while you work."

So, basically, we are going to just go with that.  Essentially it is a method of wire knitting that once pulled through a draw plate (piece of wood or plastic with holes) the knitting shifts, coming close together and creating a knitted look.

A picture of one BEFORE going through the drawplate:

viking knit bracelet

Now, this one is twisted because as I went along adding beads, my hands twisted the wire, row by row.  That was not intentional, but it looked pretty cool anyway.

This is the same bracelet after pulling it through my drawplate:

viking knit bracelet

There are three common styles of knitting, single, double and triple knit.  The above example is single, as it seems easier to thread beads onto the wire with this style.

This is an example of a double knit.  The loops becomes tighter and looks more like "knit".

this is blurry...will replace with another photo-DOUBLE KNIT

A small example of the TRIPLE Knit


So, as you can see there are a few different styles to work with.  And, because you can use 30+ colors of wires, in a few different sizes, add beads, charms, etc. this is very FUN to do! 

Now, wire working is NOT for everyone.  You need to have patience, first and foremost.  You also need the right tools.  But, above all else you need relatively strong hands, good vision and access to fair lighting. 

If you'd like to see the pieces I have made and are currently for sale, please go to my ETSY shop by clicking on this link---> and you can also become a FAN on my Facebook page at

Thank you for taking the  time to check out my site.  There is SO much MORE to come!

Keep it Crafty!

Joy Marino