I mentioned that there were fancy schmancy tools available as well. Ahem… curiosity got the better of me and when I saw one available here in NZ … I purchased one – The Lazee Daizee Viking Knit Wireworking Tool by Stephanie Eddy.
Here are the results…
The shorter silver chain is straight off the tool, the longer has been pulled through a draw plate to the third largest hole.
Silver chain has been made with 24 gauge wire, deep plum is 28 gauge.
Now I have to say it’s a useful little tool – I love the fact that it has a hole near the top which makes adding new wire very easy, it also has a groovy wee feature at the end where you can easily and quickly shape end caps for your larger chains.
On the downside … it’s plastic. This means it’s harder on your colour coated wire with the potential to strip the colour off as you work the wire - even the best of colour coated wire needs a gentle hand/tools. This is not a problem you have with a wooden pencil which has far more ‘give’.
But, if you just use the tool with plain copper, gold, silver or brass wire you should be sweet
The almost finished bracelet (featuring gorgeous lampwork focal bead from Bobbie Pene) just requiring some sea-toned crystal clusters one either side
So in summary I would say this … both options give the same result in roughly the same time. If you like tools and will be making a lot of chain in non-coated wire – the Lazee Daizee could well be your new best bud! If you want to make Viking Knit with different types of wire and using items already in your stationery stash – I’d suggest you stick to your pencil and tape .