Step-by-Step - How to make Micro Byzantine Bracelet

Step-by-Step - How to make Micro Byzantine Bracelet

1) Open a small pile of rings and close a small pile of rings. Continue to open and close rings as needed while building the chain.

 

2) Place a wire tie or piece of craft wire through two of the closed rings and twist the ends of the wire closed (a).

 

3) Run an open ring through the two closed rings and close the ring. Run a second open ring through the same path and close the ring. You now have a 2-2 chain (b).

4) Run two more open rings through the end set of rings and close them. You now have a 2-2-2 chain (c).

 

5) Grasp the chain and the wire tie in your nondominant hand and flip the two top rings out to the sides of the chain like bunny ears. (These will be called bunny ears throughout the pattern.) Life your fingertips away and pin the ears with your thumb and first finger to the outside of the chain. Push the flipped rings up a litte to position them flat against the sides of the chain (d).

Tip: Don't hold the rings too tightly against the chain, as this will make it harder to weave the next two rings.

6) Split the top two rings and insert an open ring between the top two rings and through both rings (the bunny ears) beneath them. Close the ring.

7) Run another ring through the same path. This locks the bunny ears rings in their flipped down position. This placement of rings is called "locking the fold in place." The last two rings you placed are called the "locking rings" (e).

8) Pick up two closed rings with an open ring and run the open ring through the two rings just added to the chain. Close the ring. Run a second ring through the same path and close it. (An alternate method of performing this step is to run an open ring through the end two rings and close the ring. Run a second ring through the same path. Then run a ring through the end two rings and close the ring. Run a second ring through the same path.)

9) With your chain hanging down, you will see that you now have a 2-2-2 chain hanging from the end (f). This includes the two rings that locked the fold in place in steps 6 and 7. This is your signal to go to step 5 to perform the "bunny ears" step again.

10) Continue repeating steps 5 - 9 until the chain is the desired lenght. End the chain with the two rings that locked the final fold in place.

 

11) Attaching the clasp: Run an open ring through the last two rings in the chain and also through your clasp. Close the ring. In the photo you will see that I did this with the loop end of the toggle clasp. You can also use a second ring through the same path if the clasp will accommodate a second ring. Remove the wire tie at the beginning of the chain, run an open ring through the end two rings, and attach the ring to the other end of the clasp. In the photo, you will see that I added two additional rings to the bar end of the toggle clasp. I did this because I needed just a little extra length. (Adding single rings to the weave also makes it easier to fasten clasp.) You can add length in this manner to almost any of your bracelets if you desire (g).

Tip: Add more rings to the chain to make a necklace.

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