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Learn a Weave

Micro Maille European 4-1

Micro maille is made using very small jump rings. This may seem challenging (especially on the eyes) but is worth a go, especially if you are experienced in a weave or with chain maille in general - the effect is stunning.

Micro maille European 4-1 creates a beautiful close mesh that flows like silky fabric.



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You will need:

The anodised rings come in lots of different colours and can be used with other metals such as copper, bronze or jewellers brass. The best effect is created using contrasting colours.

Tools:

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1.
Link one silver ring through two silver and one pink closed jump rings. Position the rings so that they are sitting in the same orientation as shown in the picture.

Weave one silver ring up through the lower left-hand ring, down through the lower right-hand ring and link two closed silver rings before closing. Lay out the rings as shown.

step 1

2.
Continue adding rings in this way until you have six silver rings down the centre column.

Weave one more silver ring at the bottom of the centre column of rings and add one closed purple ring before closing. Lay out the rings as shown.

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3.
You will be increasing the width of the cuff for the next five rows and so will be adding one ring to a single ring at each end of a row. At the same time, the numbers of ice pink, purple and silver rings will be increasing and decreasing to form the diamond pattern.

Link one ice pink ring to the top ice pink ring.

Weave one ice pink ring up through the silver ring below (ie the second ring) and the top ice pink ring and close. This ring should lay on top of the previous ring added.

Continue adding rings in this way until you have linked 2 ice pink, 5 silver and 2 purple rings. Note that the last purple ring added is linked through one ring only.

step 3

4.
Rings are added in the same way in subsequent rows with the rings added lying either on top or beneath the previous ring added. The number of rings linked on each row are detailed below:

Link 3 ice pink, 4 silver and 3 purple rings.

Link 4 ice pink, 3 silver and 4 purple rings.

Link 5 ice pink, 2 silver and 5 purple rings.

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5.
Link 6 ice pink, 1 silver and 6 purple rings.

Link 7 ice pink and 7 purple rings. This is the widest point of the cuff with fourteen rings in the row.

You will now be decreasing the number of rings in a row. To do this you will link every ring added through two rings.
Link 6 ice pink, 1 silver and 6 purple rings.

step 5

6.
Link 5 ice pink, 2 silver and 5 purple rings.

Link 4 ice pink, 3 silver and 4 purple rings.

Link 3 ice pink, 4 silver and 3 purple rings.

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7.
Link 2 ice pink, 5 silver and 2 purple rings.

Link 1 ice pink, 6 silver and 1 purple rings.

Link 7 silver rings. This is the narrowest point of the cuff with seven rings in the row.

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step 7

8.
You will begin increasing the width of the cuff again with the pink and purple diamonds swapping sides. Link 1 purple, 6 silver and 1 pink rings.

step 8

9.
Steps 3-8 detail the number of rings needed in each row to create the diamond pattern. Repeat steps 3-8 to increase and decrease the sides of the cuff altering the numbers of ice pink, purple and silver rings to form the diamond pattern. The pink and purple diamonds swap sides down the length of the cuff with the silver diamond remaining in the middle.

step 9

10.
The cuff needs to end with six silver rings in the last row. If you need to make the cuff a little longer, but not an entire pattern repeat, add extra rows of six silver rings equally to each end of the cuff.

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11.
To join the clasp: link one silver ring through the top loop of the clasp and the top two silver rings at the end of the cuff. Link the centre clasp loop to the middle two rings and the bottom loop to the bottom two rings. Repeat at the other end to join the other half of the clasp.

step 11

Variations

  • Make a classy coloured cuff to go with any outfit using ice black, champagne and matt silver.
  • Use more colours either with one colour like silver down the centre and different colours down the sides or choose a group of colours and alternate them. If you choose to make a multi-coloured cuff, you may find it helpfull to draw a basic colour chart plan before you start.
  • Use two colours - one down the centre and the other contrasting colour along the sides.