## How much tenntråd do I need to make that?

How much material is needed to create a particular length or size of posament is one of the most common questions asked in posament reconstruction. Below are experimentally determined ratios for calculating the amounts you will need.

**Caveats to the calculations: **

- 1) The multiplier works in any unit (centimeters, inches, miles), but the excess recommendation would need to be converted from centimeters.
- 2) All these experimental example posaments are woven fairly tightly. Variations in weaving density may change the amounts needed. Please refer to the images for an approximation of how tightly to weave the posaments to receive similar results.
- 3) Because the line that goes around the outside of each knot takes a little bit more material than the inside line, you need an asymmetric amount for each line on the knots. You may want to start with a little extra on the outside line. The braids are an exception; they should be relatively balanced and can be worked with even lengths.
- 4) These calculations only cover the spiral posaments at present. The drawn wire posaments should be added soon.
- 5) These calculations are based on using the commercially available tenntråd in the 0.25, 0.3, and 0.35 sizes. Results may differ when using other sizes or handmade tenntråd. These sizes were chosen because they most closely match the diameters of spiral wire seen in the Birka examples. However, if one wanted to expand these calculations to other sizes of spiral wire (commercial or handmade), the percent difference calculations form the Posament Reconstructions page could be cautiously used to provide an estimate.

**Key to Data Tables: **

**Posament number:**Number assigned in Birka III for this pattern.**Tenntråd Size:**Gauge of wire used in the experimental example.**Amount of Tenntråd:**Length of wire used to create the experimental example.**Length:**Measured length of the experimental example.**Height:**Measured height of the experimental example.**Width:**Measured width of the experimental example.**Repeat Size:**Average width of one unit of the posament pattern. This does not apply to braids.**Number of Repeats:**Number of posament pattern units in the experimental example. This does not apply to braids.**Multiplier:**Used to calculate the minimum amount of tenntråd needed to produce the desired length of posament. The desired final length is multiplied by this number.**Excess per Piece:**the recommended amount of excess to be added to the total to allow for the length to comfortably knot all desired repeats.

## Sample Calculation:

**Tenntråd Required = (relevant Multiplier x desired length) + Excess**

**Example:**

*I want to make 20cm of P10 in 0.25 tenntråd.*From the table: P10 with 0.25 tenntråd = 16.7 multiplier and 8cm excess

(Multiplier x desired length) + Excess = (16.7 x 20cm)+8cm = 342cm

*Minimum 342cm for this project!*Find the multipliers and the recommended excess from the data tables below!

Braids (P1, P2, and P3)

Bands (P9, P10, P12, P14, and P15)

Spangles (P16, P17, P18, P19, and P20)

Finials (P21 and P22)

Rings (P23, P24, and P26)

## Data Tables

**Braids**

P1, P2, and P3

Number | Tenntråd Size | Amount of Tenntråd (cm) | Length (cm) | Height (cm) | Width (cm) | Multiplier | Excess |

P1 | 0.25 | 100 | 13.2 | 0.3 | N/A | 7.6 | 5 |

P1 | 0.3 | 100 | 13.7 | 0.4 | N/A | 7.3 | 5 |

P1 | 0.35 | 100 | 13.7 | 0.5 | N/A | 7.3 | 5 |

P2 | 0.25 | 100 | 3.4 | 0.8 | N/A | 29.4 | 7 |

P2 | 0.3 | 100 | 4 | 0.9 | N/A | 25.0 | 7 |

P2 | 0.35 | 100 | 4.2 | 1.1 | N/A | 23.8 | 7 |

P3 | 0.25 | 100 | 14.5 | 0.25 | N/A | 6.9 | 5 |

P3 | 0.3 | 100 | 15 | 0.3 | N/A | 6.7 | 5 |

P3 | 0.35 | 100 | 14.5 | 0.4 | N/A | 6.9 | 5 |

**Bands**

P9, P10, P12, P14, and P15

Number | Tenntråd Size | Amount of Tenntråd (cm) | Length (cm) | Height (cm) | Repeat Size (cm) | Number ofRepeats | Multiplier | Excess |

P9 | 0.25 | 100 | 8 | 0.6 | 0.7 | 11 | 12.5 | 9 |

P9 | 0.3 | 100 | 8.5 | 0.7 | 0.8 | 10 | 11.8 | 10 |

P9 | 0.35 | 100 | 7.7 | 0.8 | 0.9 | 8 | 13.0 | 13 |

P10 | 0.25 | 100 | 6 | 0.75 | 0.5 | 12 | 16.7 | 8 |

P10 | 0.3 | 100 | 5.7 | 0.9 | 0.55 | 10 | 17.5 | 10 |

P10 | 0.35 | 100 | 5.3 | 1 | 0.6 | 8 | 18.9 | 13 |

P11 | 0.25 | 100 | 4.5 | 1.5 | 1.1 | 4 | 22.2 | 25 |

P11 | 0.3 | 100 | 4.3 | 1.7 | 1.3 | 3.5 | 23.3 | 29 |

P11 | 0.35 | 100 | 4.1 | 1.8 | 1.4 | 3 | 24.4 | 33 |

P12 | 0.25 | 100 | 6.3 | 0.7 | 0.4 | 20 | 15.9 | 5 |

P12 | 0.3 | 100 | 6.4 | 0.8 | 0.6 | 18 | 15.6 | 6 |

P12 | 0.35 | 100 | 6.2 | 0.9 | 0.7 | 15 | 16.1 | 7 |

P13 | 0.25 | 100 | 6.7 | 0.75 | 0.5 | 14 | 14.9 | 7 |

P13 | 0.3 | 100 | 7 | 0.8 | 0.6 | 12 | 14.3 | 8 |

P13 | 0.35 | 100 | 7 | 0.9 | 0.6 | 11 | 14.3 | 9 |

P14 | 0.25 | 100 | 5 | 0.9 | 0.7 | 8 | 20.0 | 13 |

P14 | 0.3 | 100 | 5 | 1 | 0.8 | 7 | 20.0 | 14 |

P14 | 0.35 | 100 | 4.8 | 1.1 | 0.9 | 6 | 20.8 | 17 |

P15 | 0.25 | 100 | 5.5 | 0.9 | 0.75 | 8 | 18.2 | 13 |

P15 | 0.3 | 100 | 5.5 | 1.2 | 0.9 | 7 | 18.2 | 14 |

P15 | 0.35 | 100 | 5.5 | 1.3 | 1 | 6.5 | 18.2 | 15 |

P15: the core line is 6% of the overall tenntråd length.

P12 & P15: Repeats overlap, amount of overlap will influence amount of tenntråd needed.

**Spangles**

P17, P18, P19 and P20

Number | Tenntråd Size | Amount of Tenntråd (cm) | Height (cm) | Width (cm) | Multiplier | Excess |

P17 | 0.25 | 12 | 0.6 | 0.8 | 12 | 5 |

P17 | 0.3 | 13.5 | 0.7 | 0.9 | 13.5 | 5 |

P17 | 0.35 | 16 | 0.8 | 1.1 | 16 | 6 |

P18 | 0.25 | 52 | 1.4 | 1.4 | 52 | 21 |

P18 | 0.3 | 57 | 1.6 | 1.6 | 57 | 23 |

P18 | 0.35 | 65 | 1.8 | 1.8 | 65 | 26 |

P19 | 0.25 | 23 | 0.9 | 1 | 23 | 9 |

P19 | 0.3 | 25 | 0.95 | 1.1 | 25 | 10 |

P19 | 0.35 | 27 | 1.1 | 1.25 | 27 | 11 |

P20 | 0.25 | 48 | 0.85 | 1.8 | 48 | 11 |

P20 | 0.3 | 55 | 1 | 2.5 | 55 | 10 |

P20 | 0.35 | 62 | 1.1 | 2.8 | 62 | 12 |

P20: Height does not include joining knot, width is measured with the piece laid in a single layer, as displayed.

**Finials**

P21 and P22

Number | Tenntråd Size | Amount of Tenntråd (cm) | Height (cm) | Width (cm) | Multiplier | Excess | Tenntråd in each component (cm) |

P21 | 0.25 | 30 | 0.9 | 0.9 | 30 | 12 | Ring 18, Finial 12 |

P21 | 0.3 | 36 | 1.2 | 1.3 | 36 | 14 | Ring 22, Finial 14 |

P21 | 0.35 | 42 | 1.8 | 1.6 | 42 | 17 | Ring 26, Finial 16 |

P22 | 0.25 | 46 | 1.5 | 1.5 | 46 | 18 | Ring 18, Finial 28 |

P22 | 0.3 | 50 | 1.7 | 1.7 | 50 | 20 | Ring 21, Finial 29 |

P22 | 0.35 | 57 | 1.9 | 1.8 | 57 | 23 | Ring 26, Finial 31 |

**Rings and Balls **

P23, P24, and P26

Number | Tenntråd Size | Amount of Tenntråd (cm) | Length (cm) | Height (cm) | Width (cm) | Multiplier | Excess |

P23 | 0.25 | 14 | 0.5 | 0.5 | 0.3 | 14 | 6 |

P23 | 0.3 | 14 | 0.7 | 0.7 | 0.4 | 14 | 6 |

P23 | 0.35 | 15 | 0.75 | 0.75 | 0.6 | 15 | 6 |

P24 | 0.25 | 20 | 0.5 | 0.5 | 0.4 | 20 | 8 |

P24 | 0.3 | 23 | 0.8 | 0.8 | 0.5 | 23 | 9 |

P24 | 0.35 | 24 | 1 | 1 | 0.6 | 24 | 10 |

P26 | 0.25 | 11 | 0.4 | 0.4 | 0.4 | 11 | 4 |

P26 | 0.3 | 12 | 0.5 | 0.5 | 0.5 | 12 | 5 |

P26 | 0.35 | 15 | 0.55 | 0.55 | 0.55 | 15 | 6 |