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Barrel Weave Tutorial

Barrel Weave Tutorial
By Aislyn Bryan March 23, 2003 28115 Views No comments

Barrel Weave is easy enough for a beginner and uses all the same round ring sizes as Byzantine. It's my absolute favorite weave for charm bracelets and any time I want perfectly spaced dangles.


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Use the numbers below to navigate this step by step tutorial for Barrel Weave.
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2. This is a single unit of Barrel Weave. Note the way the rings are named so the references will make sense throughout the tutorial.
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3. Pick up an open ring, scoop 3 closed rings onto it, and close.
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4. Pick one of the closed rings (it doesn’t matter which one) and put a twisty tie or some other type of marker on that ring. This is now your top ring. Hold the unit by this ring.
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5. Pick up an open ring with your pliers and slip it through the paired rings from the left side.
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6. Pull the open ring to the right so the paired rings are oriented horizontally.
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7. Use the thumb of your non-dominant hand to prop the paired rings in place for stability, then slide the open ring to the left, on top of the left ring, bunching the paired rings until you can hook the open ring through the top ring from the left.
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8. When you have the open ring through the top ring, close it. It’s now the right ring, as you can see here. Hold the chain unit by the twisty tie and arrange it as shown.
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9. Pick up another open ring with your pliers and insert it through the intersection at the bottom of the left and right rings so that its position mirrors the top ring, as shown here.
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10. Close the open ring. If you’re making a charm bracelet, you might want to add a charm to the bottom ring before closing it. If you’re making a single unit of chain, it’s finished once the bottom ring is closed.
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11. If you’re making a length of chain, pick up an open ring, scoop two closed rings onto it, then add it to the unit’s bottom ring, as shown. Close the open ring. Repeat steps beginning with slide 5.
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12. When the open ring is inserted left to right, as shown in these steps, the finished chain looks like this. If that ring is inserted right to left instead, the chain looks the same except that the left ring is on top of the right ring rather than beneath it.
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13. In this variation, the orientation of the segments is alternated; left to right, right to left, left to right, etc. The result is a finished chain that appears to spiral. When making single units for earrings, orient them in opposite directions so they’ll mirror each other to better frame the face.
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14. A complete unit (for use between jewelry components, for earrings, etc.) requires 6 rings. Multiply the number of units you want to make by 6 to determine the number of rings you’ll need.
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15. Segment: (shown between the arrows) Each segment of chain requires 5 rings plus the one additional ring needed to complete the last segment in the chain.
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