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Purchasing supplies for a small class.
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Posted on Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:39 pm
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I am teaching a group of about 8 how to do Helms Weave bracelets. I am planning on using 18g 5/16" and 7/32" bright aluminum jump rings. But I've never had to figure the amount of supplies to use before. Any suggestions?

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Posted on Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:59 pm
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I would guess you could make 8 helm bracelets with 600 5/16 and 400 7/32" and have lots extra. Though ive never tried those ring sizes.

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Posted on Thu Mar 26, 2015 2:14 pm
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Make one and count out the rings.
You likely able to count out the rings without making one first.
Though teaching a class I try to prep "kits" for the students.
Plan for a few extras and various sized wrists.

Its not uncommon for students to want more or additional people to show up.

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Posted on Thu Mar 26, 2015 8:27 pm
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I agree with losthelm. Create what you want your students to make so you have a accurate example and than count the rings. I also make up kits before class and have them ready for the students with extra rings in to account for the variance in wrist sizes. I also make extra kits just in case more show up.


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Posted on Thu Mar 26, 2015 9:11 pm
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Have you tried those ring sized? I wonder if you would be able to use 3/16 rather than 7/32 and still have enough flexibility for a bracelet. it just seems like it might be kinda tight to fit two 7/32 paired inside a 5/16".

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Posted on Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:39 am
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If by "18g" you mean 18swg = 1.2mm = 0.048" diameter wire, I would suggest using 3/16" and 9/32" ID rings for Helm Chain. You should definitely make several inches of Helm Chain with the sizes you intend to teach with beforehand. This will ensure that the ring sizes will work, that the weave looks good in those sizes, and how many rings are required per inch of chain. Plus, you will have an example to show them what the end result will look like.

Always give people more rings than they will need to finish the project! They may need them due to different wrist sizes, and they may want to make some matching earrings or just practice the weave more. But more importantly, they will have some rings that they can measure in case they want to order more. Smile


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