Joy - I’ve made several Viking chains in gold. While the gold is
expensive, the resulting chains are a thing of beauty. My favorite
one is a double Viking knit in 22K done in 27 gauge. I’ve done them
in 18K but it just isn’t as nice to work. If you are going to put in
the work, do the 27 gauge 22k double. Gold is so soft and nice to
work, and the result is spectacular.
To figure how much material you need. Make a couple of inches in
fine silver in the gauge you select. Weigh the 2 inches. Then do the
conversion to gold weight in the karat you select, and then order it
or plan to draw a lot of wire. Michael David Spurlin has made his
reputation with single Viking knit chains - and they are beautiful. I
remember that most of them are 18K.
When you change wire gauge, you need to also modify the size of the
needle or pick to get proportionally sized loops. Again, prior to
working gold, do the model in fine silver.
The 22K chain that I still have weighs about 43 grams and is 22
And remember, you can charge more for your labor when working in