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1-in-1 Chain

 Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI 1-in-1 Chain, Round 12g RD 12 5.000 5 1-in-1 Chain, Round 14g RD 14 4.000 6 1-in-1 Chain, Round 16g RD 16 3.000 7.8 1-in-1 Chain, Round 18g RD 18 2.000 12 1-in-1 Chain, Round 20g RD 20 1.500 14.6 1-in-1 Chain, Round 22g RD 22 1.500 15.4 1-in-1 Chain, Round 24g RD 24 1.250 18 1-in-1 Chain, Half Round 18g HR 18 2.000 18 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

2-in-2 Chain

 Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI 2-in-2 Chain, Round 12g RD 12 5.500 9.8 2-in-2 Chain, Round 14g RD 14 4.500 12.6 2-in-2 Chain, Round 16g RD 16 3.500 15.6 2-in-2 Chain, Round 18g RD 18 2.750 20.2 2-in-2 Chain, Round 20g RD 20 2.250 25.2 2-in-2 Chain, Round 22g RD 22 1.750 31.6 2-in-2 Chain, Round 24g RD 24 1.625 43 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

3-in-3 Chain

The 3-in-3 has a masculine, motorcycle chain feel that makes it a favorite with men. Like all masculine chains, it makes a woman's wrist look delicate by contrast. 3-in-3 is a simple pattern but it looks good only with perfect closures and no pringling at all. Hence, weaving 3-in-3 adds significantly and rapidly to a mailler's vital skill set. When you hear 3-in-3, this is the chain that comes to mind so that's the best name for it but technically, this is a 6-in-3 chain because 6 rings pass through each set of 3.  Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI 3-in-3 Chain, Round 12g RD 12 7.500 12 3-in-3 Chain, Round 14g RD 14 6.000 15 3-in-3 Chain, Round 16g RD 16 5.000 18.3 3-in-3 Chain, Round 18g RD 18 3.750 25.6 3-in-3 Chain, Round 20g RD 20 3.000 29.3 3-in-3 Chain, Round 22g RD 22 2.500 35 3-in-3 Chain, Round 24g RD 24 1.875 45 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Barrel Weave

Barrel Weave is easy enough for a beginner and uses all the same round ring sizes as Byzantine.  Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Barrel Weave, Round 12g RD 12 7.000 10 Barrel Weave, Round 14g RD 14 5.500 13 Barrel Weave, Round 16g RD 16 4.500 16 Barrel Weave, Round 18g RD 18 3.500 19 Barrel Weave, Round 20g RD 20 2.750 25 Barrel Weave, Round 22g RD 22 2.250 31 Barrel Weave, Round 24g RD 24 1.750 40 Barrel Weave, Square 16g SQ 16 5.250 16 Barrel Weave, Square 18g SQ 18 4.250 19 Barrel Weave, Square 20g SQ 20 3.250 26 Barrel Weave, Square 22g SQ 22 2.625 31 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Box Chain

Box Chain is Byzantine with a step left out. While Byzantine's pattern is 2-2-2-Fold, Box Chain is 2-2-Fold. That little tweak completely changes the way the rings fit together, though, so Box Chain requires rings of a higher aspect ratio than Byzantine. We teach Box Chain as a variation of Byzantine, so you must already know Byzantine for our instructions to make sense.  Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Box Chain, Round 14g RD 14 6.500 22 Box Chain, Round 16g RD 16 5.250 26 Box Chain, Round 18g RD 18 4.250 29.6 Box Chain, Round 20g RD 20 3.500 32 Box Chain, Round 22g RD 22 2.750 40.8 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Byzantine

Byzantine looks so ornate and complex that people never fail to be surprised at how easy it is to weave. It's among the most versatile of all chain weaves. There are so many ways to use it and so many variations based on it that learning Byzantine really opens up a lot of options for the projects to follow. Byzantine is known by a variety of other names including Birdcage and Idiot's Delight.  Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Byzantine, Round 12g RD 12 7.000 14 Byzantine, Round 14g RD 14 5.500 18 Byzantine, Round 16g RD 16 4.500 20 Byzantine, Round 18g RD 18 3.500 27 Byzantine, Round 20g RD 20 2.750 33.4 Byzantine, Round 22g RD 22 2.250 37.4 Byzantine, Round 24g RD 24 1.625 50 Byzantine, Square 16g SQ 16 5.000 18 Byzantine, Square 18g SQ 18 4.000 24 Byzantine, Square 20g SQ 20 3.000 28 Byzantine, Square 22g SQ 22 2.500 36 Byzantine, Diamond 16g DI 16 5.000 ? Byzantine, Diamond 18g DI 18 4.000 26 Byzantine, Diamond 20g DI 20 3.000 34 Byzantine, Diamond 22g DI 22 2.625 38.8 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Byzantine Rose

Such a simple combination of two weaves (Byzantine and Flower Chain) might not normally get a weave name of its own, but this one is so lovely and elegant and neverendingly useful that it warrants a name of its own, if only for expediency in frequent reference. These are the instructions for Byzantine Rose. They'll only make sense if you already know Flower Chain and Byzantine, so tackle both of those first.  Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Byzantine, Round 16g RD 16 4.500 14 RD 16 7.000 3 Byzantine, Round 18g RD 18 3.500 16.8 RD 18 6.000 3.6 Byzantine, Round 20g RD 20 2.750 24 RD 20 4.5 4.8 Byzantine, Round 22g RD 22 2.250 28 RD 22 3.5 6.3 Byzantine, Round 24g RD 24 1.75 32 RD 24 2.75 7.3 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Chainmaille In Print

Hey, everybody, Aislyn here. I'm building out this section now, so everything is changing from one day to the next. I've just put up the clothing in our first style, DarkMaille, but everything else is still in process. I'll make an announcement when it's all ready for primetime. Thanks for your patience, meanwhile. It's gonna be fun! Knight Wear Men's Clothing Women's Clothing Kid's Clothing Accessories Bags Housewares ArtWork

Dark Knights

Urban Maille's dark European 4-in-1 chainmaille print collection. Mix and match pieces for the perfect dark knight costume, or just winterize your favorite ripped jeans with a pair of chainmaille leggings underneath.

Double Spiral 4-in-1

 Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Double Spiral 4-in-1, Round 12g RD 12 9.000 10 Double Spiral 4-in-1, Round 14g RD 14 7.500 14 Double Spiral 4-in-1, Round 16g RD 16 6.000 17 Double Spiral 4-in-1, Round 18g RD 18 4.750 22 Double Spiral 4-in-1, Round 20g RD 20 3.750 28 Double Spiral 4-in-1, Round 22g RD 22 2.750 36 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Dragonscale

When I began developing this project, it was my intention to graduate this collar, similarly to my European 4-in-1 Collar. But as I came to really know Dragonscale, I realized that graduation isn't necessary to get this perfect curve, it's simply a characteristic native to the weave. It was also my intention to make a kit of this project but when I realized it would be just a simple strip of Dragonscale with nothing fancy required to make that perfect curve, I decided to post it here as a free project idea so all you'll need to make this collar is the rings and a clasp and knowledge of Dragonscale, everything else is on this page. Since we don't yet have a kit to teach Dragonscale, I recommend choosing from among the many free tutorials available online: Google results for dragonscale chainmaille tutorial, while using our ring size recommendations for best results. In addition to flex, which is the inside diameter of the smallest circle into which a given chain can be curled, Dragonscale can also be measured for fan, the inside diameter of the smallest circle into which a given chain can be fanned. That measurement is determined by the sizes of rings used, of course, but also by the width of the chain. There are countless possible combinations and you might want to do some experimenting of your own but for this project, the rings are 18g/6.0mm and 18g/3.75mm sterling. All the other sterlings should work out the same but I'm not sure about copper or any combination of copper and sterling. There are 5 columns in the chain, the flex is about 1 inch and the fan is about 4 inches. In other words, this collar will fan into a circle with an inside diameter of no smaller than 4" across. A fan diameter of 4" will fit a neck as small as 12.5" around. To make a smaller fan, you'd have to go with fewer rows with a narrower collar resulting. The collar can be made wider with more rows if the inside diameter of the fanned circle can be larger but experimentation will be required to work out the ratios. To determine how many rings to order, enter the neck measurement into the circumference box inthis calculator and click Solve Others to get the inside diameter of the fanned circle you'll need to make. For example, a 16 inch neck measurement equals a fanned circle with a 5 inch inside diameter. Because the collar is wide, it requires extra length to lay flat. Add two inches to the diameter shown in the calculator and click Solve Others to see the actual length of chain you'll need to make. Using the example above, the diameter shown in the calculator is changed from 5 inches to 7 inches, recalculated, and the resulting circumference shown is almost 22 inches. This collar is 1.75 inches wide, there are 14 rows per inch of length and 5 rings of each size per row for a total of 70 rings per inch needed in each of the two recommended ring sizes. To make the 22 inch chain needed to fit a 16 inch neck, multiply 70 rings by 22 inches to see that 1540 rings of each of the two ring sizes will be needed. In sterling, that's 6.3ozt of 18g/3.75mm and 9.2ozt of 18g/6.0mm. As you can see, this is a weighty and luxurious collar when made in a full circle. To reduce overall weight, you might choose to weave a partial circle completed with a length of (sturdy) chain at the back, narrow the collar's width, or both. This is a design concept with a lot of room for taking off in your own direction. I've yet to find the perfect clasp for this collar. A slide clasp would work beautifully, if the spacing is right on the clasp rings and the ends are angled to meet nicely. Another option is to use a hook and eye clasp with a chain, attached at the top of the collar in back. That could be particularly effective with a dangle of some sort hanging at the back of the neck. If you come up with a clasp solution you love, I hope you'll share it with us.

Elfweave

I've been wanting to learn Elfweave for awhile now and I had some time over the holidays to sit down and get to know the weave. All the directions I found recommend sizes for making the sheet version of the weave, but I wanted to tighten that up a bit to make the single row, rope version. Aislyn pointed me to 4 sets of instructions and I settled on these from Wahnsinnig on MAIL as being the easiest to learn, but these from Derakon, Quizad Saderack on MAIL, and cohort on MAIL were also helpful. After several tests, I found 3.7 to be the best aspect ratio for a single row. However, when I got to testing 20g I found that my closest ARs didn't really work -- 20g/2.875mm was a little too tight and 20g/3.0mm was too loose. So for 20g, I used the 20g/2.875mm for the outside rows and 20g/3.0mm for the inside and it works perfectly. Also, using a different metal for the inside row makes a beautiful mixed pattern, so we've listed all of the sizes as 2 packs - (a) outside rows and (b) inside row - to give you the option of mixing and matching. All of the metals and combinations I've tested so far work perfectly and should be completely interchangable. Another neat thing I discovered is that you can taper from one size to another easily just by starting with the center ring. So, for example to taper from 16g to 18g, just use the center ring from the next size down as your last locking ring. For 16g, use an 18g/3.75mm for the last ring (the point) and weave 18g from then on. Sizes for the sheet weave will most likely need to be a bit larger and I'm hoping to find the time to work on that next. Have fun and let me know if you want any other sizes or metals combinations tested. -- Gary

European 4-in-1

European 4-in-1 is a sheet weave, most often used for weaving items of clothing, such as medieval armour.  Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI European 4-in-1, Round 12g RD 12 6.000 25 European 4-in-1, Round 14g RD 14 5.000 31 European 4-in-1, Round 16g RD 16 4.000 36 European 4-in-1, Round 18g RD 18 3.000 72 European 4-in-1, Round 20g RD 20 2.750 100 European 4-in-1, Round 22g RD 22 2.000 160 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Flower Chain

The flower is a three ring segment of single spiral (aka a three ring mobius unit), which is the most basic unit of spiral chain. When the flowers are joined together by connecting pairs, the result is Flower Chain. When the flowers are joined together by byzantine segments, the result is Byzantine Rose. Flower Chain spirals gently over the length of the chain so when used for earrings, it's nice to spiral the flowers one way for one earring and the other way for the other earring, so that the earrings frame the face symmetrically. Video tutorial below.  Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Flower Chain, Round 12g RD 12 7.000 3.2 RD 12 10.000 5.1 Flower Chain, Round 14g RD 14 6.000 4.2 RD 14 8.500 6.6 Flower Chain, Round 16g RD 16 5.000 4.6 RD 16 7.000 7.8 Flower Chain, Round 18g RD 18 4.000 6.2 RD 18 5.000 10.2 Flower Chain, Round 20g RD 20 3.000 7.6 RD 20 4.000 12.3 Flower Chain, Round 22g RD 22 2.500 12 RD 22 3.000 18 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Garter Belt

 Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Garter Belt, 18g RD 18 3.000 8 RD 18 5.500 8 RD 18 7.500 8 Garter Belt, Round 20g RD 20 2.625 10 RD 20 4.500 10 RD 20 6.000 10 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Half Persian 3-in-1

These are the ring sizes we recommend for Half Persian 3-in-1. Multiply the rpi (rings per inch) figures by the number of inches of chain you want to make, then use the Rings pulldown at the top of the page to order them.  Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Half Persian 3-in-1, Round 18g RD 18 4.000 16.1 Half Persian 3-in-1, Round 16g RD 16 5.250 13.2 Half Persian 3-in-1, Round 14g RD 14 6.500 11.2 Half Persian 3-in-1, Diamond 16g DI 16 6.000 15 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Half Persian 4-in-1

Half Persian 4-in-1 isn't the easiest weave to master, but it's worth every bit of the bother to learn it. The spiral book is very comprehensive and, frankly, the best instructions I've ever written.  Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Half Persian 4-in-1, Round 12g RD 12 10.000 8 Half Persian 4-in-1, Round 14g RD 14 8.000 11 Half Persian 4-in-1, Round 16g RD 16 6.000 15 Half Persian 4-in-1, Round 18g RD 18 5.000 19 Half Persian 4-in-1, Round 20g RD 20 3.750 24 Half Persian 4-in-1, Round 22g RD 22 3.000 28 Half Persian 4-in-1, Square 16g SQ 16 6.500 13 Half Persian 4-in-1, Square 18g SQ 18 5.000 17 Half Persian 4-in-1, Square 20g SQ 20 4.250 22 Half Persian 4-in-1, Round and Multistrand 14g RD 14 8.000 5.5 MS 20 7.000 5.5 Half Persian 4-in-1, Round and Multistrand 16g RD 16 6.000 7.5 MS 22 5.750 7.5 Half Persian 4-in-1, Round and Multistrand 18g RD 18 5.000 9.5 MS 24 4.750 9.5 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Jens Pind's Linkage

 Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Jens Pinds, Round 10g RD 10 7.000 7 Jens Pinds, Round 12g RD 12 5.750 9.6 Jens Pinds, Round 14g RD 14 4.750 10.4 Jens Pinds, Round 16g RD 16 3.750 12 Jens Pinds, Round 18g RD 18 2.875 20.6 Jens Pinds, Round 20g RD 20 2.375 23 Jens Pinds, Round 22g RD 22 1.750 31.8 Jens Pinds, Round 24g RD 24 1.500 42 Jens Pinds, Round 26g RD 26 1.125 50 Jens Pinds, Square 14g SQ 14 5.500 10 Jens Pinds, Square 16g SQ 16 4.500 12 Jens Pinds, Square 18g SQ 18 3.500 16 Jens Pinds, Square 20g SQ 20 2.750 20 Jens Pinds, Square 22g SQ 22 2.250 24 Jens Pinds, Square 24g SQ 24 1.750 32 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Knight Wear

Mix and match these clothing items into the chainmaille foundation of your perfect costume. All are printed with authentic European 4-in-1 chainmaille armour patterns, produced from our original, high resolution 3D models. Chainmaille... it's never been so comfy. Tops Bottoms Onesies Kids Footware Gauntlets and Accessories

Olivia Chain

These are the instructions and ring sizes for Olivia Chain, as well as for the Byzantine Watch. If you're making the watch, all the items that make up the kit are available separately. If you're making Olivia Chain, just get the instructions and the kitpack.  Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Olivia, Round 18g RD 18 3.500 34 RD 18 5.000 6 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Parallel Chain

 Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Parallel Chain, Round 16g RD 16 4.500 4.8 RD 16 7.000 7.2 Parallel Chain, Round 18g RD 18 3.500 6 RD 18 6.000 9 Parallel Chain, Round 20g RD 20 2.750 8 RD 20 4.500 12 Parallel Chain, Round 22g RD 22 2.250 10 RD 22 3.500 15 Parallel Chain, Round 24g RD 24 1.625 13 RD 24 2.875 20.5 Parallel Chain, Square 18g SQ 18 4.250 5 SQ 18 6.5 8 Parallel Chain, Square 20g SQ 20 3.250 7 SQ 20 5.000 10 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Perfect Ring Kit

What makes this ring so perfect? First, it's a ring. Years ago, a well known wire work author asked me to recommend weaves and ring sizes for her to make a series of finger rings to embellish with wire work for one of her books. My recommendation was that she just not do it because I couldn't make a single satisfying ring. By satisfying, I mean a ring that is comfortable, holds up well, and looks good. I could not work out a single unflawed ring design using chainmaille alone. It isn't easy, so it isn't common, which means most people have never even seen a chainmalle ring at all, much less a great one.

Persian

 Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Persian, Round 16g RD 16 6.500 18.5 Persian, Round 18g RD 18 5.250 24.4 Persian, Round 20g RD 20 4.250 30.8 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Romanov

Romanov with Beads This is a particularly beautiful byzantine variation but it can be kind of tricky and requires the ability to make a really good bead link. (I'll have a tutorial available for bead links soon but it isn't ready yet so you might need to search online for instructions in the meantime.) One unit of Romanov consists of two segments of byzantine and one bead link, joined at each end with a larger connecting ring. A segment of byzantine consists of 14 rings (2-2-2-Fold-2-2-2-Fold-2). The tricky part is the bead link. It must have small simple loops, not wrapped loops, and the loop must begin right up against the bead with no visible 'neck', which takes some practice. Once you have two byzantine segments and a bead link made, open your large connecting ring and put on one end of a byzantine segment, one end of the bead link, then one end of the other byzantine segment and close the ring. Open another large connecting ring and put the other end of each piece on it in the same manner. If you have trouble getting it to fit or if the unit won't lay flat once it's put together, chances are good that the bead link is too long and must be remade. This is why it's so important to have the loop right against the bead. Romanov can be made with byzantine segments of any gauge but you might have to play with it to find the right size bead to fit in the center. It's a bit easier if your chain isn't too snug. For your first try, I would recommend byzantine segments made of 18g/3.5mm rings, 16g/5.0 or 5.5mm connecting rings and 6mm round beads. Romanov without Beads Romanov without beads is made exactly as described above but without the tedious hassle of trying to make the bead link fit, so obviously it's easier. For fun, you might want to use slightly larger rings in the center of the byzantine segments. You can also connect those center rings to each other with the small rings for added visual interest. Ring size recommendations for a first try are the same as above, though this variation also looks really nice in smaller gauges. The photo at the top of the page is a simple Romanov without Beads but it looks so striking with copper multistrand rings as connectors. This one is made with 16g/4.5mm sterling byzantine segments. Each segment requires 14 rings so 28 rings for each Romanov unit, which is 3/4 of an inch long when curved as shown. The last pair of rings at the tip of each byzantine segment is 16g/3.75mm. (That's what holds the curve in the byzantine segments.) The copper multistrand rings I used for connectors are 3x18g/10.0mm. I used 8 for an 8" bracelet, so plan on needing 1 per inch for this chain.

Roundmaille

 Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Roundmaille, Round 18g RD 18 3.500 54 Roundmaille, Round 20g RD 20 2.875 65.5 Roundmaille, Diamond 18g DI 18 4.000 43 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Spiral 6-in-1

We don't have a tutorial for Spiral 6-in-1, but you can find one at M.A.I.L.. It will make more sense if you're already familiar with Double Spiral 4-in-1, so I've linked that booklet.  Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Spiral 6-in-1, Half Round 10g HR 10 8.500 8.5 Spiral 6-in-1, Half Round 12g HR 12 7.000 13 Spiral 6-in-1, Half Round 14g HR 14 5.25 14.8 Spiral 6-in-1, Half Round 16g HR 16 4.250 17.3 Spiral 6-in-1, Half Round 18g HR 18 3.5 19.9 Spiral 6-in-1, Half Flat 18g HF 18 3.000 22.5 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Vertebrae

Vertebrae is a single row of Kingscale, which is a sheet weave, anchored by small rings along its length on both sides. It's easy enough for a beginner. Our famous Perfect Ring is a closed loop of Vertebrae.  Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Vertebrae, Round 16g RD 16 4.000 10 RD 16 5.500 5 RD 16 8.000 5 Vertebrae, Round 18g RD 18 3.000 12 RD 18 4.500 6 RD 18 6.500 6 Vertebrae, Round 20g RD 20 2.625 16 RD 20 3.000 8 RD 20 4.750 8 Vertebrae, Round 22g RD 22 2.000 20 RD 22 2.750 10 RD 22 4.000 10 Vertebrae, Round 24g RD 24 1.625 28 RD 24 1.875 14 RD 24 2.875 14 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Vipera Berus

When I set out to figure out the sizes for Vipera Berus, I had no idea how easy and satisfying this weave is to learn. Of course, I've seen the weave several times, but had never tried to make it before. The weave starts out as a simple 1-in-1 chain; 2-in-2 for the kinged version. Once you have at least a dozen or more links of 1-in-1, simply hold one end steady and twist from the other end. This will cause the second ring to lay over the first, the third over the second, the fourth over the third, etc. Then you just link the layers together. I used this tutorial from Maille Artisans to learn. The directions and the illustrations are very clear and easy to follow. It's really not even very difficult to start; just use some twisty ties to hold the first 4 or 5 rings in place and start weaving. I'll refer to the rings in the 1-in-1 starter as the horizontals and the connecting links as the verticals. Once you get the first 2 to 3 rows of the verticals done, placement of the rest of the verticals is almost foolproof. As with a lot of weaves, having the perfect ring sizes makes all the difference and once you get going, as you fold the horizontals, you can clearly see where the next vertical goes. It just lays perfectly and you almost can't do it wrong. (Well, you can, but you'd have to work at it :) The kinged version s a little more challenging because there's more movement in the weave when putting in the first ring of a pair, but it's still really easy to get the pattern and soon you'll be weaving it as fast as you can close the rings. As the weave gets longer, the density feels very satisfying. I liked my 14g test piece so much that I finished it out for a bracelet for myself. I've never made a weave this dense where it was so easy to keep track of your place. My only real caution is that you'll want to make sure that your ring closures are as good as they can be because the weave is so very tight, it's quite difficult to go back and make adjustments to rings in the thick of the weave. Another big advantage of the weave is that it's extremely easy to mix metals. Just make the 1-in-1 in one metal, and connect with verticals in another. The kinged versions offer even more possibilities and I'm working on a couple of other combinations now. Have fun making this weave. Even though the weave itself is easy, the density means you'll still need a bit of time to make a good length. Gary  Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Vipera Berus, Round 20g RD 20 2.625 40 Vipera Berus, Round 18g RD 18 3.250 32 Vipera Berus, Round 16g RD 16 4.250 24 Vipera Berus, Round 14g RD 14 5.250 20 Vipera Berus, Round 14g As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Vipera Berus, Kinged

When I set out to figure out the sizes for Vipera Berus, I had no idea how easy and satisfying this weave is to learn. Of course, I've seen the weave several times, but had never tried to make it before. The weave starts out as a simple 1-in-1 chain; 2-in-2 for the kinged version. Once you have at least a dozen or more links of 1-in-1, simply hold one end steady and twist from the other end. This will cause the second ring to lay over the first, the third over the second, the fourth over the third, etc. Then you just link the layers together. I used this tutorial from Maille Artisans to learn. The directions and the illustrations are very clear and easy to follow. It's really not even very difficult to start; just use some twisty ties to hold the first 4 or 5 rings in place and start weaving. I'll refer to the rings in the 1-in-1 starter as the horizontals and the connecting links as the verticals. Once you get the first 2 to 3 rows of the verticals done, placement of the rest of the verticals is almost foolproof. As with a lot of weaves, having the perfect ring sizes makes all the difference and once you get going, as you fold the horizontals, you can clearly see where the next vertical goes. It just lays perfectly and you almost can't do it wrong. (Well, you can, but you'd have to work at it :) The kinged version s a little more challenging because there's more movement in the weave when putting in the first ring of a pair, but it's still really easy to get the pattern and soon you'll be weaving it as fast as you can close the rings. As the weave gets longer, the density feels very satisfying. I liked my 14g test piece so much that I finished it out for a bracelet for myself. I've never made a weave this dense where it was so easy to keep track of your place. My only real caution is that you'll want to make sure that your ring closures are as good as they can be because the weave is so very tight, it's quite difficult to go back and make adjustments to rings in the thick of the weave. Another big advantage of the weave is that it's extremely easy to mix metals. Just make the 1-in-1 in one metal, and connect with verticals in another. The kinged versions offer even more possibilities and I'm working on a couple of other combinations now. Have fun making this weave. Even though the weave itself is easy, the density means you'll still need a bit of time to make a good length. Gary  Weave Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPI Vipera Berus, Kinged, Round 24g RD 24 2.750 80 Vipera Berus, Kinged, Round 22g RD 22 3.500 64 Vipera Berus, Kinged, Round 20g RD 20 4.500 48 Vipera Berus, Kinged, Round 18g RD 18 5.500 40 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.

Vortex Medallion

Vortex Medallion is the name of our version of this beautiful and much loved design by Norwegian mailler, Kenth Kutschera For instructions, see the photo tutorial below.  Unit Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPU Vortex Medallion, Round 12g RD 12 12.000 20 RD 14 7.500 10 RD 14 7.000 5 Vortex Medallion, Round 14g RD 14 9.500 20 RD 16 6.000 10 RD 16 5.750 5 Vortex Medallion, Round 16g RD 16 7.500 20 RD 18 4.750 15 Vortex Medallion, Round 18g RD 18 6.000 20 RD 20 3.750 15 Vortex Medallion, Round 20g RD 20 4.750 20 RD 22 2.875 15 Vortex Medallion, Round 22g RD 22 3.750 20 RD 24 2.250 15 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes. The Vortex Medallion Tutorial Click the first picture, then use the side arrows to navigate through the tutorial. Then watch the video to learn how to place the final ring, which is tricky.

Wallflowers

In response to several requests, I made a real life version of my wallpaper flower so I could share the specs with you. I hope you like the name. Getting the right size balance between the center ring and its spokes turned out to be surprisingly fiddly; too loose and it was floppy and didn't hold its shape, too tight and the whole flower would torque in peculiar ways. This version, though, is just right. It's tight enough to maintain its shape perfectly even when suspended but not so tight that it torques under its own tension. As mentioned in the comments on the wallpaper post, it's based on the Parallel Flowers design but with more petals and the addition of a center ring and spokes. I made one change between the virtual design and the real one. In the real design, the spokes are connected to the pairs of sandwich rings rather than to the captive rings, as they are in the virtual flowers. That change makes the design more stable and prevents floppiness in the spokes. Each flower is 1 inch in diameter and requires:  18 rings, 18g/6.0mm 12 rings, 18g/3.25mm 6 rings, 20g/3.25mm 1 ring, 16g/4.75mm  To connect them together, you'll need 2 more 18g/3.25mm rings between each pair of flowers. (For greater flexibility, as might be needed for a small bracelet, use 18g/3.5mm rings to connect the flowers to each other.) Connect the sandwich rings to each other, rather than the captive rings, for greater stability and balance in the design. P.S. This post describes our first WallFlower, the 18g round. We now offer ringsets for both round and square WallFlowers in multiple gauges.  This design is very tight and the medallions are rigid enough to stand on edge. The flowers are so stiff they feel like coins in your hand. These elements can be used as pendants, earrings, or joined together in a chain. We recommend 2 pair of flat nose pliers for closing the square rings and 2 pair of chain nose pliers for the tight spaces and especially for connecting to the center ring. if you haven't made Wallflowers before, we recommend you start with the round ring version before tackling the squares. Each 20g Square WallFlower is made with: 1 - 18g/4.25mm Square 18 - 20g/5.0mm Square 18 - 22g/2.625mm Square These are the ring sizes we recommend for WallFlowers. Multiply the rpu (rings per unit) figures by the number of WallFlowers you want to make, then use the Rings pulldown at the top of the page to order them.  Unit Shape Gauge ID (mm) RPU WallFlowers, Round 16g RD 14 6.350 1 RD 16 4.250 12 RD 16 7.500 12 RD 18 3.970 6 WallFlowers, Round 18g RD 16 5.000 1 RD 18 3.250 12 RD 18 6.000 18 RD 20 3.250 6 WallFlowers, Round 20g RD 18 4.250 1 RD 20 2.625 12 RD 20 4.75 18 RD 22 2.500 6 WallFlowers, Round 22g RD 20 2.750 1 RD 22 2.000 12 RD 22 3.750 18 RD 24 2.000 6 WallFlowers, Round 24g RD 22 1.125 1 RD 24 1.625 18 RD 24 2.875 18 WallFlowers, Square 18g SQ 16 5.500 1 SQ 20 3.500 12 SQ 18 6.500 18 SQ 20 3.250 6 WallFlowers, Square 20g SQ 18 4.250 1 SQ 22 2.625 18 SQ 20 5.000 18 As with all of our work, we invite you to make and sell as many of everything as you like, but ask that you don't publish our instructions or ring sizes.