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Stabilizing Thunderbolt
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Posted on Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:18 am
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I was making a bracelet out of Thunderbolt and it was driving me bonkers, because the rings would keep on twisting around, so that my nice zig-zag would get all kinked up. This happened of course because the nature of the weave is that the obital-on-orbital rings are completely free to twist around. But that's no good for a bracelet that one wishes to wear.

So after much trial and error, I came up with a way to stabilize the weave: put a smaller ring around four rings at the top and the diagonally-related four rings at the bottom (no, it isn't easy to explain). Here, have some pictures:





Rings:
Copper: WD=1.6mm, ID=10mm AR of 6.25
Bright Aluminium: WD=1.6mm ID=10mm AR of 6.25
Bright Aluminium: WD=1.0mm ID=5mm AR of 5

I initially tried it with smaller rings around just two of the intersecting rings, but that didn't work because the small rings wouldn't stay where they were put. Putting the small rings around four of the rings ensures that they don't slip down into the centre of the weave. And it looks nice.

So, what do y'all think?


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Posted on Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:52 pm
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Very nice solution for your problem. What does it look like worn on the wrist?


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