Half-Persian 4-1 ChainHalf 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.
Making the chainFiguring 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.
Checking your workWhen you lay the chain on a table, like the image above
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.
Last edited April 21, 2013 (history)
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