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Half Persian 3-in-1 weave bracelet

While at a German Renaissance Faire, Rebeca Mojica saw several people wearing chain mail belts. She couldn’t find any place to buy them, so she decided to make one herself. Today she knows more than 100 weaves, including a dozen of her own creation. 

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 7 1⁄2 x 5⁄8 in. (19.1 cm x 16 mm)

  • Sterling silver jump rings
  • 36 14-gauge (AWG 1.63 mm), 3⁄8 in. inner diameter (ID)
  • 4 14-gauge (AWG 1.63 mm), 19⁄64 in. ID
  • 2–5 16-gauge (AWG 1.29 mm), 11⁄64 in. ID
  • 18-gauge (AWG 1.02 mm), 3⁄16 in. ID anodized niobium jump rings
    • 38 color A (spring green blend)
    • 36 color B (daybreak blend)
  • Toggle clasp

Pink/purple variation, as shown in photos (o) through (y)

  • 16-gauge (SWG 1.63 mm) aluminum jump rings
  • 36 3⁄8 in. inner diameter (ID) 
  • 4 5⁄16 in. ID
  • 2–5 11⁄64 in. ID
  • 18-gauge (SWG 1.22 mm), 3⁄16 in. ID aluminum jump rings
    • 38 color A (violet)
    • 36 color B (pink)
  • Toggle clasp
  • Chain mail toolbox
  • Beading mat

INSTRUCTIONS

Base

In photos (a) through (l), all closed jump rings for the base are shown in copper, and all open jump rings are shown in silver. If this is your first time weaving Half Persian 3-in-1, it is recommended that you use different colors or metals for the open and closed jump rings in the base to make the weave easier to learn. You will only attach new rings to rings of the other color/metal.

1. Close 18 3⁄8-in. (large) jump rings and two 19⁄64-in. (medium) rings. Open the remaining large and medium rings with the right side toward you.

Tip!
The instructions are written for someone who is right handed. If you are left handed, weave the bracelet as a mirror image of the instructions, and reverse any references to right or left. For instance, in step 1, open the rings with the left side toward you.
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet a
Photo a
2. On an open medium ring, add a closed medium ring and a closed large ring (PHOTO A). Close the medium ring.
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet b
Photo b
3. Holding the medium ring you just closed, position the large ring on the right side. Place the weave on your beading mat, and position the large ring under the medium ring (PHOTO B).
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet c
Photo c
Flip the large ring over (PHOTO C),
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet d
Photo d
and position the left side of the large ring under the medium ring (PHOTO D).
Tip!
Steps 4–8 are best worked with the weave on your mat so your rings don’t move. To close a ring, rest your hands and wrists on the mat to give you leverage. This technique can be used when closing a ring in a tricky spot when you don’t want to lift up the weave.
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet e
Photo e
4. Slide a large open ring through a large closed ring (PHOTO E).
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet f
Photo f
5. Following the path shown, slide the open ring through the large and medium rings from step 3 (PHOTO F). Close the ring while leaving the weave on the mat.
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet g
Photo g
6. Locate the left side of the large closed ring from step 4 (PHOTO G).
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet h
Photo h
Position the ring under the previous large ring (PHOTO H). All the rings shown in copper should now have their left sides under the previous ring.
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet i
Photo i
7. Repeat steps 4–6 (PHOTO I).
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet j
Photo j
The weave will now be sturdy enough to hold. Pinch the weave to hold the large rings in place as you weave through (PHOTO J). Continue repeating steps 4–6 until the weave is slightly longer than the desired bracelet length, leaving room for the clasp, and allowing for the edging, which can decrease the length by up to 1⁄2 in. (13 mm).
Tip!
The base has a top and a bottom. The top is curved, and the bottom is flat. When adding rings in steps 4–9, the bottom of the weave is facing up. If you drop the weave, position the bottom facing up with the medium rings to the left. Position the end rings on the right until they stack in alignment with the previous rings.
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet k
Photo k
8. Repeat steps 4–6 once more, but in step 4, slide a large open ring through a closed medium ring (PHOTO K).
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet l
Photo l
9. Attach a medium ring as in step 5 (PHOTO L). 
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet m
Photo m

Clasp

10. Open all of the 11⁄64-in. (clasp) rings. Add the toggle loop to one of the clasp rings, and slide the ring through the two medium rings on one end of the base (PHOTO M). Close the clasp ring.

11. Working as in step 10, attach the toggle bar to the other end of the base. Add additional clasp rings to allow the toggle bar to easily pass through the toggle loop.

12. Test the fit of the base around your wrist. It should be slightly longer than the desired length. Add or remove rings if needed.

Color A edging

In photos (O) through (Y), the color A 3⁄16-in. rings are shown in purple, and the color B 3⁄16-in. rings are shown in pink.

13. Open all of the color A and color B rings. Set aside the color B rings.

Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet n
Photo n
14. Position the base on your mat with the top facing up. Locate the angled rings on one edge of the base (PHOTO N).
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet o
Photo o
Slide a small color A ring up through the first angled ring and down through the next angled ring (PHOTO O). Close the color A ring.
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet p
Photo p
15. Repeat step 14 for the length of the base (PHOTO P).
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet q
Photo q
The last color A ring will slide through a large ring and a medium ring (PHOTO Q).
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet r
Photo r
16. Starting with the end you finished at, attach color A rings as in steps 14–15 along the other edge (PHOTO R).
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet s
Photo s

Color B edging

17. Make sure the base is still facing up. Starting with the end you finished at, identify the two color A rings and the large angled ring shown (PHOTO S). 

Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet t
Photo t
18. Slide a color B ring down through the second color A ring (PHOTO T).
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet u
Photo u
Slide the color B ring up through the previous color A ring and the angled large ring that rests between the two color A rings (PHOTO U).
Tip!
Your right palm should face away from you as you approach the color A ring.
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet v
Photo v
Close the color B ring (PHOTO V).
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet w
Photo w
19. Repeat step 18 for the length of the base (PHOTO W).
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet x
Photo x
20. Starting with the end you finished at, repeat steps 18 and 19 for the other edge of the base (PHOTO X).
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet y
Photo y
The color B  rings on this edge will be angled in the opposite direction from the color B rings on the first edge (PHOTO Y).
Half Persian 3 in 1 weave bracelet end
Tip!
Designer’s tip: When the bracelet is worn, it will be slightly shorter than when lying flat, due to the thickness of the rings.

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