Wish Basket Pendants
by Diana Lee White.
Almost 6 years ago, I saw a picture of something a friend had created using galvanized steel. This friend, a long standing member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, had a Viking character. So the item he made was, naturally, a Trichinopoly (aka Viking Knit) chain.
I was so intrigued by the method and the fact that it was something historical in nature that I googled, found some information and a basic free tutorial.
I had some craft wire in my basket and off I went making chains.
It wasn’t very long before I wanted to use better wire, so I invested in some different gauges of sterling and .999 fine silver. From Trichinopoly chain making I soon graduated to wire working, and I’ve never looked back.
The recent tutorial featured on your newsletter reminded me of a pair of somewhat more elaborate basket weave style wish baskets I made a couple of months back.
My baskets were inspired by Mary Tucker’s work. You can see her absolutely stunning pieces over at Flickr.
So, without further ado, here is one of the woven wire wish baskets I made.
The basket is constructed of 18gauge copper and gold colored aluminum craft wire in 30gauge. Some of the gold coloring wore off near the ends of each long piece of wire I used to do the weaving, giving the piece a surprisingly lovely variegated finish.
Lisa -M and J Silver Creations
This basket is very pretty, I could never make something like this. You are very talented.
To Lisa M
Thanks so much for commenting, but the technique, while tedious, is simple enough that pretty much anyone with some patience could do one of these.
I also find myself drawn to and inspired by Mary’s work. She’s very talented to say the least. You did a great job on this basket. I liked your wish basket number two as well. Very nice work. 🙂