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Half Persian 4 in 1 Starting Jig
Article © MAIL User: snailmaile

For a nube, Half Persian 4 in 1 can be daunting to start, and all the tutorials leave you holding 4 rings, with your fingers, in perfect alignment, while you add a 5th, then a 6th, then a 7th. It's very hard to hold 4 rings and close a 5th. So I thought there had to be a way to hold the rings in alignment while you start Half Persian 4-1.

After some trial and error, I came up with this design and it has worked well for me. It's pretty straight forward, so I'll let the pics do most of the talking.

The jig consists of a 12" piece of hardwood, with 14 holes drilled - one on each end and 12 in the middle. Then 14 finish nails are tapped in. The nails in the middle will hold the rings. The nails on the ends will hold a rubber band that helps keep the rings in place. Drilling the small holes first keeps the wood from splitting. It should look like this:

Image: 4_1jig1.jpg

The 12 nails in the middle are placed 1/8th of an inch from the edge. The space between the nails equals 1/2 the ID of the rings you plan to use. If you are using smaller rings, you will need to use smaller nails and clip the heads off of them.

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To use the jig, start from the right hand side and and place one ring over two nails, like so:

Image: 4_1jig3.jpg

Move over one nail and place a second ring:

Image: 4_1jig4.jpg

Continue until you have 9 rings in place. As you can see the "eyes" are lined up and ready. Just like in Eli's tutorial:

Image: 4_1jig5.jpg

To hold the rings in place, attach a rubber band to the nails on the far ends of the jig, and you are ready to start:

Image: 4_1jig6.jpg

That's it! For the rest of the instructions on how to do the actual weave, check Eli's most excellent tutorial: Half Persian 4 in 1 (CGI).
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