Best online vintage store

Two cute buterfly's

Skip to Main Content »

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Shopping bag

Swipe to the left

Byzantine, Tutorial

Byzantine, Tutorial
By Aislyn Bryan March 23, 2003 12860 Views No comments

Byzantine looks so ornate and complex that people never fail to be surprised at how easy it is to weave. It's among the most versatile of all chain weaves. There are so many ways to use it and so many variations based on it that learning Byzantine really opens up a lot of options for the projects to follow.

Byzantine is known by a variety of other names including Birdcage and Idiot's Delight.

Specifics Regarding Aspect Ratio

If the aspect ratio of the rings is slightly too large, the chain looks airy, it isn't as strong and the folded rings are floppy. If it's much too large, the chain loses structural integrity.

If the aspect ratio is slightly too small, the folded ring sets will encroach on one anothers' space and each unit will develop a slight kink to one side as shown in this photo.

Notebook Pages

Rings by the Inch
1. Would you like to learn to weave Byzantine? Use the numbers below to navigate this step-by-step tutorial.
2. Pick up an open ring with your pliers and scoop four closed rings onto it, then close the open ring. Focus on closing the ring as perfectly as possible.
3. Pick up another open ring and put it through the same four rings, alongside the ring you just closed, then close it.
4. Shake it out and you’ll see that you’ve made a 2-2-2 chain. Put a twisty tie (or piece of string, wire, etc.) through the pair of rings on one end of your chain and twist the ends together. This will give you something to hold onto for stability while your chain is small.
5. With the twisty tie tucked into the palm of your non-dominant hand, hold the free end of your little chain between the fingertips of that hand and let the first pair of rings separate and fall to the sides.
6. The parted rings are the first pair; the middle rings are the second pair; the rings held by the twisty tie are the third pair. Shift your fingertips and use them to hold the fallen first pair of rings pinned to the sides of the third pair, as shown.
7. Push the outside rings that you’re holding, the first pair, upward as far as they’ll go, so they form a loose V shape within the second pair above them.
8. Same position from a different angle.
9. Part the second pair of rings that are now on top. Notice that this exposes the bottom of the first pair of rings, the same rings that you’re holding, between those you parted.
10. With your dominant hand, pick up a pair of pliers and use them to pick up an open ring. Hook that open ring through the exposed bottom part of the first pair, the rings you’re holding. The new ring goes into the spot marked by the red arrow in the photo.
11. Once in place, the chain will look like this.
12. ...and this. (Same position from a different angle.) Once you have the new ring in place, you can let go of the chain with your non-dominant hand, pick up your other pair of pliers and close the ring.
13. Pick up another open ring and put it through the same spot, alongside the one you just closed, and close it, as well.
14. Let's review....
15. Pick up an open ring with your pliers, scoop two closed rings onto it...
16. ...and add it to the pair of rings that are locking down the fold.
17. Pick up another open ring and run it through the same four rings the last one passed through and close it.
18. You now have another 2-2-2 base chain in which the initial pair of rings is locking down the fold of the first byzantine unit.
19. Tuck the twisty tie into the palm of your non-dominant hand and let the pair of rings at the end part and fall to either side of the chain.
20. Press the fallen rings to the sides of the chain and push them up so they form that loose V shape within the pair of rings above them.
21. Part the rings that are now at the end of the chain, exposing between them the bottom part of the rings you’re holding pressed to the sides of the chain. You’ve now made the fold.
22. Pick up an open ring with the pliers in your dominant hand and hook it through the exposed bottom part of the rings you’re holding. Once you have it hooked through them, let go of the chain and close the ring.
23. Pick up a second open ring and hook it through that same pair, alongside the ring you just closed, and close it.
24. This is a single byzantine unit. To help you remember the pattern, try thinking of it as 2-2-2-Fold-2-2-2-Fold-2
25. Continue, using the last pair of rings in this unit as the first pair in the next unit.
26. Tip -- Arrange the rings for the fold using the sharp tip of an awl, like the Rocket Tool. (If you don’t have an awl, use a toothpick.) To make the fold, let the rings part and fall to the sides, pin them and push them up, then use the awl to simultaneously part the top rings and poke a space for the locking rings.
27. 16g byzantine bracelet in sterling
Contact Us