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Awareness Ribbon Tutorial
Article © MAIL User: Evilroboknee

Hello,
I’ve only been doing chainmaille for a few months, and I’ve never done a tutorial before, so please bear with me. I’m doing this tutorial for people with a little bit of experience, if you are brand new, this may not make sense to you.
The rings I used came from craft stores, so they didn’t have proper dimensions. Here are the best approximations I can make.
You will need 2 large rings, 19SWG, 10mm ID. I got these at Michaels Craft store. They’re made of steel.
46 color rings, 19SWG, 5mm ID. The ones I used came from JoAnn Fabric. These are aluminum.
82 small rings, 22SWG, 3mm ID. These came from Michaels as well. These are steel.

Here is a picture of the exact rings I used if you want to try figuring out the dimensions yourself.

Image: Rings.jpg

The small rings won’t need to be opened, so they all can be closed beforehand.
I’m using different colored rings in this tutorial to make it easier to distinguish the different parts.

Step 1: Open a large ring and slide 16 little rings, and then close the large ring. Add the second large ring through the little rings to double the large ring. Thes will be called A. It should look like this.

Image: Step1.jpg

Step 2: Take a color ring and scoop up 10 little rings. Pass the color ring through 2 little rings that are at the bottom of A. Then double the colored ring. This will be called B. It should look like this.

Image: Step2.jpg

Step 3: Take a color ring and scoop up 8 more little rings. Pass the color ring through two little rings that are attached to B. Then double that color ring. This will be called C. Keep in mind that there should be 4 loose rings on either side of B when you are done. It should look like this.

Image: Step3.jpg

Step 4: Take a color ring and scoop up 4 little rings and, where A & B meet, pass that ring through the 2 little rings on B closest to A, and through the 2 little rings on A closest to B. Then double that color ring. This will be called D. It should look like this.

Image: Step4.jpg

Step 5: Take a color ring and scoop up 2 little rings and pass the color ring through 2 little rings on D, and the next 2 little rings on A, leaving 2 little rings on D toward the bottom of the piece. It should look like this.

Image: Step5.jpg

Step 6: Continue adding color rings like in Step 5 going all the way around A. This should be the result.

Image: Step6.jpg

Step 7: Now we begin making the “tails” of the ribbon. Take a color ring and scoop up 2 little rings, and pass it through the loose rings on D, B, and C as seen in the picture. Double that ring. This will be called E. This is what it should look like.

Image: Step7.jpg

Step 8: Do the same on the other side. This will be called F. It should look like this.

Image: Step8.jpg

Step 9: Take a color ring and scoop up 4 little rings, and pass it through the 2 remaining loose rings on E. Double that ring, and it will be called G.

Image: Step9.jpg

Step 10: Take a color ring and scoop up 2 little rings and pass it through 2 little rings on G and on C as seen in the picture below. Double that ring, and this will become H.

Image: Step10.jpg

Step 11: Repeat Step 9 and 10 to make the next row attached to G & H as seen below.

Image: Step11.jpg

Step 12: Add the next row just like the previous row, but you don’t need extra little rings at the bottom. This will be the end of the tail.

Image: Step12.jpg

Step 13: Now just duplicate what was done on the one side to finish off the tails. It should look like this. It’s not the greatest picture, but you can see the weave is a little loose. This is where the eye pins play their part.

Image: Step13.jpg

Note: At this point the ribbon is the same on either side. Pick a side where you want the eye pins to go. The next two images show how the pins go through the little rings on the original piece.

Image: Note1.jpg
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Step 14: To get the eye pin ready, you need to open the eye just a little bit. I used round nose pliers to open it. As seen below.

Image: Step14a.jpg
Image: Step14b.jpg

Step 15: Slide the eye pin through the little rings as seen below. It should go under 4 pairs of rings the whole length of the tail. I know the resolution isn’t great, but you can see how the pin slides in.

Image: Step15.jpg

Step 16: The eye of the pin will hook onto the first pair of rings you went under. Then crimp the eye closed.

Image: Step16.jpg

Step 17: Cut off the excess wire from the pin making sure to leave just enough so the little rings won’t slide off the bottom. And you’re done! How you want to display it is up to you.

Image: Step17.jpg

You can see the pins behind the piece, but they're not very noticable.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and that you had fun making this ribbon.

-ERK
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