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Vertebrae -- Closing the Loop

Vertebrae -- Closing the Loop
By Gary Bryan June 29, 2013 24030 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.

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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. As always, we suggest reading all the way through before beginning work on your project.
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2. Pick an end and arrange the rings as if you were about to do another row.
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3. Use an extra connector ring (a) and just attach it to the last set (b) & (c). This keeps the connector rings at the end from sliding out of place. I usually use a scrap ring; in these photos I've used a copper ring so that you can easily see it.
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4. At the opposite end, open one connector (a) and hook it through the set (b) & (c), just as if you're about to make another row. Hold the whole weave by the open connector ring and let it hang.
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5. Straighten the weave with your other hand, give the chain a half-twist (to match the next photo) then hook the set (b) & (c) onto the open connector held in your pliers.
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6. I do it by swinging the bottom out and away from me, put in the half twist, then bring it back to the top in front of my pliers and hook it onto the open connector ring.
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7. Close the connector ring, then remove the extra connector ring (copper in this photo) whose only purpose was to hold the ends in place until this point.
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8. Drape the chain over your finger and arrange the ends so the pattern is complete except for the last connector ring.
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9. You might need to play around with it a bit to work it into position, as shown in these photos.
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10. I do it by pushing the one connector ring all the way to one side and then folding the pattern into place, which removes the little half twist we put in earlier.
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11. This is the folding bit.
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12. When it looks like this, you're ready to add the last ring.
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13. Open your last connector ring as wide as you can, wider than all the rings that came before. Then hold the ring at the 6 o'clock position – this will give you better control for inserting the ring into place.
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14. You can put the last ring in from either side, but I find it easiest to turn the weave around so the last connector ring gets inserted from the open side.
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15. I like the ring overlaps facing me so I can more easily see between the folds to guide the last connector ring into place. From inside the loop of chain, hook the connector ring up through the bottom set of rings, rotating a little to bring it through the top set of rings, as well.
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16. Keep hold of the connector ring with your pliers and let the weave hang while all of the rings stay in place.
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17. With the last connector ring open so wide, it's a little tricky to close. What I do is keep my grip and close the ring enough to hold everything together, then I get a better grip and pliers placement to make the final close.
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18. The last ring is very tight and the smaller the gauge, the less room you'll have to work. Turn that ring so the opening is as far out to the edge as possible. You might find it helpful to use smaller pointy nose pliers, as well.
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19. That's it, you're done! Your Vertebrae is joined to itself in a continuous loop and you have a valuable new skill. Congrats!

 
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