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Xuet - Viking Knit Necklace by AMyriadVice Xuet - Viking Knit Necklace by AMyriadVice
"Snow", in Cantonese.

Of all my jewellery styles thus far (that is: chainmaille, wire wrap, and viking knit), although I've spent by far the least time on this one, I rather feel that I might have actually done something to further this field. Or at least, I for one have never seen viking knit chains embellished to such degree. Or even, at all.

To be honest, I was quite happy with previous pieces done with the viking knitting technique. I will, however, admit to feeling like I've done something special with this one, which is, perhaps even more incomprehensible than the previous ones (apparently) were. But making this piece was to some extent draining, and I did not quite arrive at the sense of accomplishment at the end of it, that I had expected. But that isn't really much of a concern, beyond that it is one of those pieces the beauty of which I seem able to forget, and even doubt, when I'm not looking at it. For serious.

Made for my mother, to wear for a wedding she's attending in two weeks. An early Christmas present.

(Incidentally, my 100th deviation in the Jewelry category.)

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Thousands of Swarovski Pearls and Crystals, maybe 20 yards of non-tarnish Silver Artistic Wire, maybe 3 - 400 Rolled Sterling Silver jumprings, and a Sterling Silver pinch clasp.



This design available for custom order only.


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:iconinkerbel:
Inkerbel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Exquisite.
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:iconamyriadvice:
AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I'm glad you like it.
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Alyarie Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely awesome. So lovely,,,,,it looks ethereal.
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AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :)
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Darkrose42 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I just made my first crochet piece a few days ago. It was a disaster, it didn't look good at all :D . So I really admire this necklace, the stitches (don't know how to call it else :D) are so regular, nothing seems out of place. And I don't think it's overloaded in any way. If there were more than three colors it would be, but it's only white.

I'm excited about wire crochetting, there are so many possibilities and it's an alternative to wire wrapping from time to time.
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AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I wonder about wire crochet, is an actual crochet needle used? It's not something I've checked out per se, just yet.

Your work is very pretty, by the way. :)
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Darkrose42 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I just saw that this is a knit necklace, I thought it was crochet :) .

Yes, I just use a normal crochet needle. It's a lot easier than knitting, so I tried it first. It doesn't take much time, I think that's the biggest advantage of crochetting. I made a new bracelet in the meantime with a different wire and another needle and it worked much better :)

Thank you! I hope one day I can upload decent jewelry pictures, still working on that :)
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elderarc Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, with wire crochet, you use crochet hooks. There should be some decent you tube videos on it. :)
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DPBJewelry Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Your pieces continue to touch my heart. Not only for their artistic value but for the emotions they evoke. truly beautiful.
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:iconamyriadvice:
AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
And your comments continue to warm my heart and inspire me! Thank you so much. :)
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DanielHetberg Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredible. Wow.
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:iconamyriadvice:
AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)
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:iconelderarc:
elderarc Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Did you make several lengths and connect them? It's so beautiful!!!
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:iconamyriadvice:
AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, no - it's one knitted length. About 15" without the jumprings. :)

Thank you!
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ZLibbenga13 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Oh my gosh, it's beautiful! I'm so jealous of your mother.
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:iconamyriadvice:
AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
haha, yes, she does get a lot of pretties nowadays, without needing to pay anything for them. XD

Thanks!
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yume-chan16 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Student General Artist
its looks beautiful :heart:
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:iconamyriadvice:
AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconyume-chan16:
yume-chan16 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Student General Artist
You're welcome :)
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RaishaGS Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite an overload there, but it certainly does bring out the glamor and shine of it. =)
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AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, "overload", "glamour" and "shine" are all words I would use to describe it, too. XD It's pretty weighty, but I think I could do it lighter.
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:iconxofhope:
XofHope Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's truly a regal piece!
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:iconamyriadvice:
AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)
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:iconxofhope:
XofHope Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :)
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing combination of pearl and crystal...
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:iconamyriadvice:
AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you, Ellygator! I love the pearl and crystal combination, but it doesn't always work.
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lovelyArtisan Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
it's so beautiful... honestly some of the best work i've seen! be proud!
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:iconamyriadvice:
AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! That's such a compliment! :D
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Jamethial Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow... It's so beautiful.... ;3;
I love it! :heart:
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:iconamyriadvice:
AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :hug:
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:iconjamethial:
Jamethial Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! You deserve it! :)
It must have taken you ages to finish. o3o;
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:iconamyriadvice:
AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, it wasn't that bad, maybe about 45 ~ 50 hours. :)
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Jamethial Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, then that's not as long as thought it would have taken. >3<
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:iconamyriadvice:
AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I didn't think so. XD Actually, it helps a lot that I work very fast, though.
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:iconjamethial:
Jamethial Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think I'd get lost working on such a complicated piece... o3o;
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:iconamyriadvice:
AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
It isn't so bad. Just, one stitch at a time, so it's pretty tedious.
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shikerche Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
:iconwowplz: wow, that is so beautiful! It looks like it took you a long time to make. Very pretty pearls and nice match between the pearls and crystals.
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AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
It did take a while. :D

Thank you!
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balthasarcraft Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, so this is the piece you were talking about! So pretty! It feels very wintry and icy to me.

About the photo quality, I'm pretty sure the big problem here is the high contrast between the black backdrop and the necklace. The black backdrop is causing your camera to overexpose the white crystals and pearls, leading to glare and a "tinfoil" effect. I find that darker or more neutral backdrops help me photograph dark pieces, and lighter or neutral backdrops help me photograph brighter pieces (likewise, if you'd tried to shoot a dark piece against white, you'd not see the details on the piece, it'd just appear black and grainy). You probably wouldn't want to use white with a piece that's white or it'd disappear into the backdrop, but perhaps a nice ivory or tan or some other fairly calm pastel would work.

I've tried the daylight bulb thing that *elderarc is talking about and it works so-so for me. My pictures still come out a bit grainy if shot indoors, but that could just be because my camera is low-end. It definitely helps though if you have to shoot inside.
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AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Excellent, that's how it ought to feel. XD

Yeah, I shied away from white as a background; unfortunately I don't currently have the materials to make any other colour background than black. (Which I suppose, in my case, speaks of my wardrobe. >>;; ) Ah well, thanks for the tip; I'll see what I can come up with another time. :)
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balthasarcraft Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's okay, I tried everything in mine, and only found one really suitable fabric; the rest were either too large of weave or the wrong colour. I find though that the flagstones in my back patio work extremely well and look kind of like sandstone. Maybe something like that?
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AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
hmm, I'm doubtful, but I'll look into it!
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:iconelderarc:
elderarc Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow that is definitely unique! Very, very beautiful!
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AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much, elderarc! I'm very glad you think it's beautiful. The picture's pretty crap, I'm trying to make a light box for photographs.
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elderarc Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I don't use a lightbox but many people do. I set up an area in a corner of my livingroom on a table, with white and black poster board propped against the wall (depending on the color I'm after I switch it up). I have a lamp that clamps nearby with a daylight bulb in it (the light is much cleaner and not yellowed like with ordinary bulbs). I do that because I get shadows where with my lightbox all was lit.

You're welcome! :D
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AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah, thanks for the tips! Sadly I don't have any daylight bulbs in any of the lamps at home, just fluorescent or warm bulbs, neither of which work especially well. Perhaps I'll look into purchasing a lamp and a daylight bulb. I'll need it if I use a lightbox, anyway.
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elderarc Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I just got one of those drop lights (it's a shop light with a clamp on it and an aluminum shade so it's reflective. Perfect for photos!) at Walmart for $6 and the daylight bulbs were $5 for a two-pack at Home Depot. :D

They made such a difference in my photos!
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tarorae Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
very beautiful~ It reminds me of the Snow Queen fairy tale.
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:iconamyriadvice:
AMyriadVice Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm not too familiar with that one, but I suspect I would feel the same.
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tarorae Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
[link]

It's one of my favourite stories when I was a child. :3
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