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Vortex Medallion, Tutorial

By Gary Bryan February 27, 2015 108668 Views 8 comments

Vortex Medallion is the name of our version of this beautiful and much loved design by Norwegian mailler, Kenth Kutschera.

Use the arrows to navigate the step-by-step tutorial, then watch the video to see how the tricky part is done. Click the link to see the kits. Happy weaving. :)

Elfweave Round

By Gary Bryan January 27, 2015 12480 Views No comments

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.

The Perfect Ring

By Aislyn Bryan September 9, 2014 256944 Views No comments
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.

Vertebrae -- Closing the Loop

By Gary Bryan June 29, 2013 21312 Views No comments

The final step in completing your Perfect Ring is to join the ends of the Vertebrae weave together. This tutorial will show you, step by step, how to connect the weave to itself to make a continuous loop. You'll want to get good at this so you can easily resize your Perfect Ring for a perfect fit.

Closing Rings Seamlessly

By Aislyn Bryan May 14, 2011 9570 Views No comments

When closing a ring, your goal is to create tension in the metal to push the two ends of the ring against each other, ensuring the tightest possible join.

The tension you create in the metal by pushing the ends past one another will keep them pressed tightly together when you've lined them up to meet evenly. If the ends don't line up perfectly the first time, repeat the procedure in smaller increments until they do.

Graduated Double Spiral Earrings

By Aislyn Bryan March 23, 2003 5395 Views No comments

If you know how to make Double Spiral Chain, these earrings are easy to put together. Simply order the rings according to inside diameter from largest to smallest. Beginning with the largest and using two rings of each size, weave Double Spiral Chain. The smallest ring pair isn't part of the spiral pattern and is used only to connect the last set of spiraled links to the earwire.

The Role of Aspect Ratio in Design

By Aislyn Bryan March 23, 2003 9220 Views No comments

An aspect ratio of 3 or less indicates a fat ring with a small inner diameter (ID), like a donut. The smaller the ID, the stronger the ring; the fatter the wire, the stronger the ring... so a small aspect ratio means a very strong ring. A large aspect ratio of 5 or more indicates a....

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