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Sterling and Copper Half Persian 4-1
Sample from Urban Maille
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Sterling and copper half Persian 4-1 by MBOI
Silver and Rubber Half Persian 3-1 by Dragoon Armory

Half-Persian 4-1 Chain

Half Persian 4-1 makes an incredible chain - good for bracelets, belts, chains or necklaces. It is a tricky weave until you get the hang of it, but quite easy once you know how to weave the rings. Fun weave to play with as it expands an contracts and moves uniquely.

Aspect Ratio & Ring Sizes

Make sure your rings have the right aspect ration or it will not work.

Half Persian 4-1 takes an AR of 5 or higher. With smaller ARs, the weave will be too tight, tending to spiral. This weave retains its shape and beauty through a range of ring sizes until it becomes very loose, so when in doubt, it's safest to go with a larger aspect ratio.

  • Recommended sizes are: 22awg 1/8", 20awg 3/16", 18swg 1/4" and 16swg 5/16" work.
  • In metric sizes this is approximately 0.6mm wire/3mm ID; 0.8mm wire/4.8mm ID; 1.2mm wire/6.4mm ID; and 1.6mm wire/8mm ID.

Making the chain

Figuring out how to do takes a bit of practice - you have to work in three dimensions, while most diagrams operate in 2-D.

Theosebia tried several tutorials, failing miserably until she found this video showing how to interlock the rings using hug rings like for a shower curtain.

This is a summary of the video - watch it carefully and this text should make sense.

  1. Close 3 rings, attach them to a fourth ring. Flat rings are "1-2-3" Angled ring passes through Open area of ring 1, and into the eye of rings 2-3.
  2. The new ring will go from the bottom into the eye of rings 1-2, then return down through the non-eye part of ring 3. Just before closing add a closed ring.
  3. The closed ring will become the next ring in the flat plane.
  4. The next angled ring goes up through the eye of 2-3, down through ring 4. The first angled ring is in the same eye. The new ring goes in front (on top) of the old one on the left side. Each ring will eventually have 4 rings passing through it. Note that angled rings are only attached to flat plane rings, and flat plane rings are only attached to angled rings.
  5. At first this is very awkward until you figure it out, then it goes quite quickly. Look at images or videos for visuals.

Half Persian 4 in 1 chain
by Cresent Maille
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This is easier to see in two color aluminum chains
Chainmaille By MBOI
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Checking your work

When you lay the chain on a table, like the image above
  • The closed rings you added are the most visible rings on the bottom part of the chain.
  • The rings you are weaving through make the most visible rings on the top part of the chain.

For some it is easiest to work from a starter chain - work make a stable patch one-2 inches long, - make the chain about 2 inches longer than you want it, then save the initial 2 inches to get you started next time. That first few inches is most difficult, don't put it down until you have a stable section.

  • This requires knowing how to thread the new ring. It is difficult to figure out just by observation.
  • Not everyone has the same difficulty that Theosebia did.



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