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Foxtail
Article © MAIL User: Aderamelech

This design, and others that used a similar theory, are sometimes called "loop in loop". These designs require all closed or solid rings. As such, you will need to use either rubber O-rings or metal rings which are soldered or welded closed. This demonstration uses 1/2 inch ID, 16 gauge rubber rings. The smallest ratio that will work for this weave is that which is equal to 5/16 inch ID, 16 gauge rings. I find rings which are as close as possible to this ratio make the most attractive foxtail, as larger ratios make a chain which tends to bunch up a bit.

1) Fold a ring in half as shown. A pair for round, needle, or tweezer nose pliers are useful for holding this first ring.
Image: fox1.jpg

2) Insert another ring through one side of the first ring.
Image: fox2.jpg

3) Insert the other side of the second ring into the other side of the first. This new ring will now have the same basic shape as the first ring did in step one.
Image: fox3.jpg

4) Insert another ring in the same manner.
Image: fox4.jpg

5) After a few rings are in place you can take the chain out of the pliers. A ring added to one end will hold that end of the chain steady while you expand it.
Image: fox5.jpg

You will eventually need to introduce at least one open-able ring into the weave if you intend to join the two ends of the chain together. This weave can be assembled by hand, but I find with the tighter chains having a couple of slim knitting needles (around 2mm) is useful for holding and stretching the rings, as one's fingers or even pliers tend to be too large to work around.
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