Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Danish Knot - A Triple Wire Coil Tutorial

By on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 9 Comments

Back in the 1990's, Valma Spencer-Sun of Valley Gem Chain Maille (update : link no longer works) in Australia, came across a Danish man wearing a triple wire coil knot.

Image by Valley Gem
The man would not sell it to her as it had been in his family for at least a couple of hundred years or more. Val suspects the design might be even older than that.

He did however lend it to her so she could sketch and figure out how to make it. That's why she called it the Danish knot.  This is different from the Lover's Knot which is only two coils.

It's not that hard to do - it's rather like sliding a key through the coil of a keyring.  Her tutorial is available as a pdf from her site. As you can see, the Danish knot can be used in earrings and in so many other applications.

The same tutorial was also uploaded to the International Guild of Wire Jewelry Artist's website with an additional useful table of wire gauges to use with different sizes of knitting needle mandrels. It sure helps to have a chain maille artisan work that out for us! 

(NB: The post URL is incorrect - this is a triple knot not a double)

UPDATE : While the above links no longer work, the tutorial for the triple love knot bead is available over on Instructables. 

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  1. How did you know I was looking for something like that to add to my jewelry? I tried doing a random wire bead as Ronna Sarvas Weltman does but it was too messy looking for my taste. Looks good in her work but not for me. This knot you have show is perfect for me. I am looking forward to learning it! Thanks!

  2. Just so you know, that third coil is the killer!

  3. Yes, that's why most people stop at 2!

  4. I love it and, much like Roberta, have been looking for something like this to use as elements or components in my jewelry. After trying to make random wire beads I found I was never pleased with the "messy" look that I had created. This "Danish Knot" however is very tidy and quite pretty. Will have to give it a try ... after the rush of the holidays and our guests have returned home to the ice and snow of their northern homes - one perk of living in the southern state of Florida. lol :D

  5. Thanks for the great links. I am going to have to try this with cheap craft wire.

  6. I have tried this knot a few times now. The problem I always have is the third coil because it keeps stretching out of shape. There never seems to be enough room for it. I'll keep trying but in the meantime, if someone has an easier way, please let me know...Thanks!

  7. I think it might be a case of practice makes perfect!

  8. Hi I would love to try this but unfortunately the links do not work any more. If someone has a copy of the PDF and ideally the wire gauge knitting needle info too, I would love to see it.

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know about the dead links. There is another tutorial for the triple knot - I've updated the post above too. Enjoy!