I am calling it the Viking Vessel because this little treasure was created with creative use of the Viking knit. That said, however, it does contain some lace making stitches as well. I used the Viking knit on the sides the neck and the fluted mouth of the tiny vase, but I used a needlelace stitch on the base and on the rounded top. I integrated pearls into the neck piece to add some elegance. Finally, I struggled with whether to oxidize or not, but if you know me you know that is a hard thing to resist as I almost feel that no piece is complete until it’s had a LOS patina added – so great is my addiction to the oxidized/antiqued look in wire work! So… I decided that I would oxidize but I would take a couple of pics before as well.
I am absolutely thrilled with the outcome of this – especially given that it was my first experiment in attempting to use these techniques to create vessels. Since I began my experiment with vessels I have found myself more and more attracted to the idea of exploring wire sculpture. My head is swimming with ideas! I am going to create more of these and add some items of interest in the cage. My other half and one of my jewelry buddies (Jennifer of Wrapsody Jewlery) suggested a bird as this vessel make them think of an old antique bird cage. I think it would be lovely with some seashells inside… perhaps a nice nautilus style spiral shell of some kind?
The first two pics are before I oxidized it.