Monday, December 2, 2013

Viking Inspired Bracelet

Last summer I was shopping around over on BluMudd and came across this cool bracelet bar. It jumped out at me, probably because it has such wonderful Viking tones to the pattern. Yep, total love for this one.

It sat on the bead table for quite a few months simply because I was hording it. But this piece is just too cool to not put it to work. 

I did want to create a somewhat rustic looking beaded bracelet, albeit it isn't in brown tones. But who says the Vikings didn't sometimes wear green? The stitch is a square stitch. A sturdy stitch and one you could image used in Medieval times. I wanted to create a belt buckle look to the bracelet, and a little twisting to the edges to create a braided look. The closure wraps around to button in the back with braided hemp finishing with a hammered copper button.

Ok, and now for the fun part. I went looking for some antiquity eye candy and discovered a great blog called Viking Metal. It's written by a woman in the UK who is doing post doctoral research on .... yep, the Vikings. She had a piece posted that probably would have been used at the end of a waist belt to keep the ends from fraying. The time period is likely the late 9th or early 10th century. It is a standard interlace pattern of the time, and reminded me of the bracelet bar from BluMudd. 

20 comments:

MLBetterly said...

Absolutely love it!

BeadedTail said...

Wow! Incredible!

Duni said...

This is so cool! Love the colours :)

Halinka said...

Hi:

Very nice bracelet-really looks like 'Viking inspired' a bit:-)
The minimalism and simplicity of the form refers to the ancient Scandinavian art,but still-the focal is too much opulent:-)

Warm Greetings-Halinka-

Maryanne said...

This is wonderful! I love the closure with the hemp wrapping around to the back of the bracelet! Very cool!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Really fantastic bracelet--I love how sturdy it looks!

Mama Zen said...

I love it!

Bobbie said...

At first glance, I saw the photos and thought "oh, she had two of those cool components and one got chipped." So you were obviously right on when you got a Viking vibe from the cool component that was your inspiration! And it's nice to think of the Vikings enjoying a nice spot of green to brighten their day, especially if it was a pretty as your bracelet!

Christine Altmiller said...

this is too cool~ blumudd bracelet bar to the awesome closure to the square stitch the long way to the viking piece! Wow~this piece seems old and is very very beautiful~it must feel great on the wrist. you never fail to impress, my friend :-)

Magic Love Crow said...

Wow!! Truly, Wow!!!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Gorgeous! The bar is very unique. The Toggle is so cool how it wraps around the bracelet. I imagine you will be visiting this Viking inspired blog often. In 2013 the history channel started a new series aptly titles Vikings that you may enjoy. :) It is supposed to be historically accurate. I had only seen a couple of episodes but lost my On Demand for it!

Melissa at bubbyandbean.com said...

So beautiful! I love the colors. Perfect for the sea.

Therese's Treasures said...

Cynthia,
Just one word will do for this piece. Awesome!
Therese

Memories for Life said...

Beautiful colors and a great design. I love your overall piece too...so many cool details!

Additionsstyle said...

Wow, how beautiful!! I love the color and the details are fantastic.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

Judy Turner said...

Such a beautiful piece! I enjoyed the blogpost, it really seems to be be a viking inspired piece. You made a striking cuff love it!

Judy Turner said...

Such a beautiful piece! I enjoyed the blogpost, it really seems to be be a viking inspired piece. You made a striking cuff love it!

Tania Covo said...

Really nice piece! Thanks for the link as well :-)

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Ooh, gorgeous and earthy -- brilliant use of that bar!

Marcela Gmd said...

Great inspiration!!!
Besos, desde EspaƱa, Marcela♥

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