European 4-in-1 is a sheet weave and so lends itself naturally to making squares, rectangles, triangles and ribbons. Ribbon shapes make excellent bracelets, but not such nice necklaces unless the necklace is a choker, worn high on the throat. European 4-in-1 doesn't curve without bunching, so you generally don't see smooth collars made of it. It's a beautiful weave for a collar, though, so we've spent weeks working out a European 4-in-1 pattern that curves like a dream. It's beautiful on its own, but the possibilities for embellishment are endless.
This kit contains ten ring sizes and weighs over 5 troy ounces. Though it's a substantial and ambitious project, it's really not difficult to put together as long as you're comfortable weaving European 4-in-1.
The ringpack makes a necklace up to 20 inches long. This necklace requires a strong, 4 strand clasp. The clasp we carry, the only suitable one we've found, is only available in sterling.
The items that make up the full kit are available individually.
- Graduated European 4-in-1 Collar Instructions
- Graduated European 4-in-1 Collar Kitpack
- 4 Strand Pinch Clasp
Camelot is an embellished version of our European 4-in-1 Collar Kit. The draping chains are single spiral and the stones are London Blue Topaz from Migem.
Venus Rising is an embellished version of our Graduated European 4-in-1 Collar. The stones are aquamarine heishi and white pearls, both from MiGem. Several people have asked for some direction on how to embellish the European 4-in-1 Collar similarly, so I thought I'd write a bit about it here. It's all headpins and eyepins and tiny little rings. I'm not positive about the ring size, but they were most likely 22g/2.25mm or 2.5mm. The wire for the headpins and eyepins is 24g because pearls have tiny little holes. There are no specific instructions available for this project but if you have some chainmaking and wireworking experience, you should be able to get pretty close with the kit, the photo, and and these notes.
If you're inspired to something similar, send us a photo, we'd love to see it.