You do not have to do Viking Knit when working with wooden dowels. Check out this tutorial for spiral wire braiding by Nanz Aalund.  Several wire lengths are taped to one end of the dowel and then twisted together in a spiral fashion. Great tip on rolling up each length and using ties so that the wires remain manageable. The completed wire tube is then drawn down as one does with Viking knits.

There are actually two other parts to this tutorial.  The second part is how to make your own end caps using metal tubing and a base plate. Sawing and soldering are required skills for this part.

The final part is on how to forge a S-clasp with balled ends.

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