Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Full Persian Chain Maille Tutorial

Chain maille is a lot of fun once you get going. However, the beginning is the biggest hurdle. So here is the Full Persian tutorial to learn how to make some great jewelry. All you need are two wire ties besides your tools and rings.

I really do not recommend learning chain maille with small rings. That would discourage most people unless you're into masochism. For the tutorial, I used 18G 1/4" rings and a gay abandon regarding the closing of rings. I'm into instruction here, less so the finesse. I also used two different metals because it's pretty and secondly, it makes it clearer.

I've written the tutorial and illustrated it with still photos below. But this is one weave which is best seen on a video so I've also included my very first video tutorial which I uploaded to Youtube a few days ago. If you like it, please rate it! Was it difficult to do a video? Let's just say I have a whole new respect for actors and retakes!

1. Start with 2 silver (actually bright aluminium here) rings linked to 2 bronze ones. Add twist ties as shown.
2. Take the right twist tie and move it to the left. Hold both twist ties with the left hand. Now open up the bronze rings in a vee.



3. Add 2 more bronze rings within the vee. They should capture both the 2 silver rings.
4. With a pre-opened silver ring, hook through the first pair of bronze and then through the second pair.



5. Bottom left shows the postion of the third ring you just added. Bottom right shows the work turned over so this ring is now at the bottom.



6. Repeat Step 4. Once you have closed this ring, open up the vee of the second pair of bronze rings so you can add the third pair as shown on the bottom right picture. Open up the vee and repeat from Step 3.



Check out my past tutorial on the Byzantine and Box Chain weaves ______________________________ Original Post by THE BEADING GEM Jewelry Making Tips - Jewelry Business Tips 

33 comments :

Laura said...

Awesome Pearl! I watched the youtube video but they told me I had to sign up to comment :S So I thought I'd just comment here instead! Five stars! Great! :)

BetteJo said...

Pearl - nice video - at first it looked easy and then I quickly got confused. But I've never seen anyone do it before. You made me interested - which is good. But I really would have liked you to talk. I imagine that's the next scary step in video making and I would probably never do it, but I think it would help the tutorial. I mean - you don't have to keep up a running commentary or tell jokes or anything, but I know you're pretty experienced in explaining these things. Don't be shy!

The Beading Gem said...

Joining Youtube is free. But I really appreciate you letting me know here, Laura. Thanks!

BetteJo - it's a valid point about voiceovers. That's why I also covered the technique with the text which people can refer to after they see the video.

For beginners, I suggest learning the Byzantine first (see my tutorial in the past post). Then the full persian won't be so daunting.

I found it quite challenging enough to execute the carefully orchestrated manouveres without having to rehearse and be distracted by having to talk.

It was my first experience at video making. If not for my erasing, I would have had enough recorded for bloopers - dropping rings, really blurred shots where the camera couldn't cope, hands moving off camera, tools slipping... the list goes on!

Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry said...

Thanks for the tut! One of these days I planned on trying my hand at chain maille. I'll have to keep this on hand for when that day comes.

Bev's Jewelry said...

Great tutorial! I'm sure there would be some bloopers. Sure would be if I did it. Just learning how to do a video is daunting. Thanks for doing this.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much!! I enjoyed the tutorial and learned a lot!!

kasi1983 said...

I know that this post is more than 8 months old... I stubled upon it when I browsed your chainmaille articles. I have always had problems with the persian weaves. OK, let's say I had only tried half-persian 3-1 before. And I didn't get it even after months of trying. And I gave up and swore I'd never try any persian weave again. Then I saw your tutorial and it look so easy - so I gave the 'persians' another chance. Instead of half - I did full-persian and it worked at once. Thank you for these great easy to understand instructions :)

Klista said...

I came across your youTube video for the two twist tie method for doing Full Persian maille while googleing when I was having trouble following a written tutorial that came with my bracelet kit. I know that it is old, but I had to let you know that it was a god send!!! You have a new fan. I'm glad I found your video and website! I will check you out on esty also!!! Klista

The Beading Gem said...

Thank you all for taking the time to let me know how useful the tutorial has been!

nancy said...

thanks for posting, was having difficult with the Art Jewelry March '06 grad. Persian earring & think this helped me get it right!

Bev's Jewelry said...

Pearl, I have at least two different methods for doing Full Persian. Each one has its good points and bad points. However, after having a bit of a problem getting started on my last class (still don't know what was wrong) I was determined to find an easier way. Well, all along it was sitting right here. Now, "I've got it!!!" So easy. At least for starting which is always the hard part. The pictures helped and the video confirmed each step beautifully. Great job!!!!!!!!!!!

Bev

The Beading Gem said...

Thanks Bev! I am so pleased it helped!

אורלי said...

Thank you very much for the clear and understandable tutorial.
I had a big fight with this type of ring maille.
Orly
BeadsHead.com

Willi said...

This is a great tutorial. I linked to it from today's post. I find the video easier than the pictures. It makes sense now. I am going to try it with different colors of aluminum rings.

Dakotasnow said...

THX so much for the video tut..it made it so much easier to figure out this type of maille..looking forward to other tutorial video's from you :)

Wildcard said...

Great idea, beautiful bracelet but I can't make any sense of it after step 6.

The Beading Gem said...

Try watching the video a few times. That might help. Pearl

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a very well filmed clip that made this so very easy. This is my first try and I am thrilled with the results. I did not mind you not talking as I had to replay a few times and did not have to listen to same stuff over and over.I will definitly watch your other tuts and look forward to more great results.
Penny South Africa

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial!!! Without any words and just simple, slow demonstration you made this weave so easy. First I watched, then I followed with rings stopping the video when I needed to catch up, then watched it one more time to make sure I understood it. I liked my short learning piece and am going adding to the length for a bracelet. (Followed your 18 ga 1/4" rings recommendation in two tones - it makes a looser chain that is easy for learning and also very attractive.) Thank you for sharing this beautiful weave.

Mixed Kreations said...

Great tutorial. I love the look of chainmaille and have made a couple. But some of the weaves are very confusing, so I give up. This tutorial made this weave very clear. I think the twist ties helped a lot, because they helped to hold everything in place. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I'm saving this link.

Thanks

The Beading Gem said...

Yes, using TWO twist ties is the key!

tigerlilly2608 said...

Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. I followed your youtube video and it was very easy to follow. I had been looking for instructions for agaes until I came across your page. Thank you again for sharing. :)

The Beading Gem said...

You are so welcome! Starting chain maille is the trickiest part so I am glad my tutorial helped! Please do check out my blog for more free tutorials - I post all the time. I archive them here in Jewelry Making Tips.

Many thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really do appreciate that!

Pearl

Kelentaria said...

Thank you for posting this!!! It helped me sooo much. :)) I finally figured out how to do it!! So happy!!! I have made so many of these lately. Now I am looking for variants...my next venture the sandworm...please make more tutorials. Oh and one more thing...the full persian is the perfect beaded bracelet, ect. I know its been a long time since anyone has posted on this blog, this is the only weave i know how to do well (other than helm/helmish and brysantine), once again thank you.

Sally Anderson said...

Your first video is a really good one. I had no trouble understanding this and when I go to actually do this, I'll follow along with you. Thanks, Pearl.

Pearl Blay said...

Thanks Sally! You'll find that the twist ties are the key to making this weave start easy.

Cassandra said...

Just wanted to thank you so very much for your video tutorial. I've been struggling with this weave for some time because I just didn't 'get' where the rings that you used that were silver went. I was downright giddy when I finally figured it out! Thanks again!

Pearl Blay said...

Thanks for stopping by Cassandra to let me know that the tutorial helped!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the video! Needed it for a tutorial in a magazine that wasn't clear, you helped me figure it out... Thanks again!

Jeanne said...

I loved the instructions. So easy. I didn't watch the video just the pics and instructions. And they were great.

Yahu Greatday Bey said...

Great tutorial....I really appreciate you taking the time and writing it out... I didn't understand at first, but I analysed the last pic, and it dawn on me. This will help me create some of my own weaving techniques.

BklynVonne said...

Thanks for the silent tute; it was very helpful to see the weave in action; had trouble figuring it out otherwise.

Anonymous said...

I have been trying to learn this weave for months and your is by far the best instruction video and your stills are the best. You have definitely found your calling. Thank you....thank you....thank you!

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