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Vortex Medallion, Tutorial

By Gary Bryan February 26, 2015 96842 Views 8 comments

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













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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 above to see the kits. Happy weaving. :)

Intro
2. The medallion is a strip of Parallel Chain joined into a circle with a mobius rose woven into its center.
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3. Although this tutorial doesn't actually teach Parallel Chain, the next few photos will remind you of how it goes together if you've made it before.
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6. Note that this version of Parallel is woven with 3 connector rings rather than the usual 2.
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7. Begin your medallion by weaving a strip of 3 connector Parallel Chain, four units long.
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8. Add the 5th and final connector set to the end of the strip. To join the ends, thread one of the larger rings through the last connector set...
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9. ...then loop the chain around and hook the first connector set onto this same ring.
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10. Thread the last captured ring around that final connector set.
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11. And finally, thread the very last outside ring through the last two connector sets.
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12. The closed Parallel circle provides the structure for weaving the mobius into place.
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13. We're using copper rings in the center so it's easier to see the layout. Open these rings a littler wider than normal.
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14. Each of the 5 mobius rings will be positioned like the ring highlighted in pink above. Note that it passes through the Parallel Chain's captive ring as well as the right ring in front of it and the left ring in back of it, all beneath the connector set.
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15. Begin the mobius by placing the first open ring inside the circle, ready to hook into the Parallel Chain from behind.
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16. Flip the circle over and guide the end of the ring into the space just below and to the right of one of the connector sets, any one is fine to start.
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17. Flip the circle back over and rotate the ring so that it comes out of the chain in the same position on the other side, just below and to the right of the connector set.
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18. Close the ring and check to see that it lays at about a 45 degree angle through the opening. The ring should look the same on both sides, appearing to the right and just below the connector set.
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19. Because the mobius links 'corner to corner' through the Parallel set, it's possible for the vortex to spiral in either direction.
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20. For earrings, make one medallion with the mobius rings piercing the Parallel Chain on the right like these, and the other with the opposite spiral by placing the mobius rings to the left and below the connector set, instead.
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21. Now that the first ring is in place, the direction of the mobius is established. Remember that in a mobius, each ring passes through every other ring, so be sure each of the mobius rings to come passes through this one and the others already here before threading through the Parallel circle.
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22. Guide the 2nd mobius ring through the 1st, then flip the circle over and guide the end through the underside of the Parallel circle just below and to the right of the next set of connectors.
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23. Flip the medallion back over and rotate the ring through the front of the 2nd connector set.
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24. The pendant will continue to tighten with each addition. Weave the mobius rings in order, placing each ring next to the previous. If you skip one, it will be very difficult to go back and fill in the space. Repeat steps 22 and 23 for rings 3 and 4.
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25. The 4 ring mobius is now rigid enough to hold the design and it's pretty easy to see where the 5th ring goes.
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26. The design is now too tight to just pass the end of the rings through the middle like you did on rings 2, 3 and 4.
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27. The trick to getting it in place is to open the ring about 35 to 40 degrees and from the top, sort of screw it into position.
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28. You'll have to be patient and work with it a bit. If you open the ring too much (or too little) it will lock before it can pass through both sides.
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29. But once you find the sweet spot, it will rotate (screw) into place very easily. Press the ring just inside the 4th ring (top ring) in the mobius and use it to help you guide the ring as you screw it through the center.
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30. When you get the end of the 5th ring to poke through the final connector set, you'll have just enough room to hold onto the tip. At this point, the medallion will be almost completely rigid.
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31. Reposition the medallion and make sure you get a good grip on the protruding ring end. For the last ring, chain nose pliers will give you the best grip in this tight space.
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32. Be careful not to grip the ring too tightly here. Focus on bringing the ends of the open ring closer together, but don't try to do a full closure on the ring in one go, at least not on your first medallion.
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33. Close the final ring, and...
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34. Viola, your Vortex Medallion is complete.
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35. And here's one all in sterling. Happy weaving!

Matthew Moggridge February 27, 2015 at 2:21 PM
What are the ring sizes for the Vortex Medallion?
Aislyn Bryan August 10, 2015 at 3:18 PM
The ring sizes for every gauge are now shown on the order page. Initially, we couldn't get the cart to lay it out this way, which is why you couldn't see the ring sizes before, but thankfully it works as intended now. :)

http://www.urbanmaille.com/vtxrd.html
Karen Riecke March 31, 2015 at 12:35 PM
Do you have any recommendations on ring sizes for Vortex Medallion?
Aislyn Bryan August 10, 2015 at 3:11 PM
The ring sizes for every gauge are now shown on the order page. Initially, we couldn't get the cart to lay it out this way, which is why you couldn't see the ring sizes before, but thankfully it works as intended now. :)

http://www.urbanmaille.com/vtxrd.html
Birgit Charter January 3, 2016 at 2:39 AM
:-( why can´t I see the step-by-step Tutorial ? If I click the single numbers above, nothing happens.....
Aislyn Bryan January 18, 2016 at 8:48 AM
Birgit, I'm sorry to have kept you waiting for this tutorial. We made a series of upgrades to our website after Christmas and then none of our sliders were functioning correctly and it took awhile to figure out why. Anyway, they're working now, with navigation arrows rather than numbers, but working. -- Aislyn
Jennifer Roberson January 14, 2016 at 4:30 PM
No matter what browser I use (and on different machines as well) I cannot get your tutorial to show up. It doesn't matter which number I click on, nothing happens. And today not even the numbers are showing up on the page. Any suggestions? I would really like to try making this medallion.
Aislyn Bryan January 18, 2016 at 8:49 AM
Jennifer, I'm sorry to have kept you waiting for this tutorial. We made a series of upgrades to our website after Christmas and then none of our sliders were functioning correctly and it took awhile to figure out why. Anyway, they're working now, with navigation arrows rather than numbers, but working. -- Aislyn
 
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