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Warning!: attempting to start this weave may cause serious damage to walls or injuries to passersby due to flying pliers.
Water Dragon requires two ring sizes.
(I apologize for any slightly blurry pictures)
When making this weave I used 20ga wire (I believe it was 20 awg (0.813mm))with the following inner diameters:
3.25mm ID rings (small rings)
5.75mm ID rings (big rings)
(Note: the patches in some of the last pics may have been flipped around.)
Step 1: put 2 big rings through one big ring. Then connect one small ring to the outer big rings so that it sits inside the middle ring. Also attach a small ring on either side of the middle big ring. (Just as you would when making Dragonscale.)
Step 2: put one big ring through the outer small rings (this ring must lie underneath the outer big rings). Then attach another small ring to the outer big rings so that this ring also sits inside the middle big ring as pictured above. Add two more big rings to the small ring you've just added and attach two small rings to the previous middle big rings. After the new small rings have been added attach to them one big ring. This ring should also go through the two big rings it appears to lay on top of.
Step 3: attach more rings in the same manner as in step 2.
Step 4: Add three more small rings in the following manner: put one small ring through the most recently added outer big rings so that this ring lies inside the previous middle big ring. Then attach 2 more small rings two the middle big ring as seen in the picture above. (This is the same thing that you did back in step 2, I just realized that it might be a good idea to break that step down a bit as it seemed a bit to long.)
Step 5: Put one big ring through the two small rings you just added.
Step 6: Now put two big rings through the middle small ring. These two rings must come in from underneath the middle big ring and end up on top of that ring.
Step 7-9: Repeat the break down of step 2 given in steps 4-6.
For a three row Water Dragon chain: continue the break down of step 2 given in steps 4-6 until the chain is the desired length.
For a wider Water Dragon follow the steps below foe expanding:
Step 1a: put one big ring through the two outer small rings pictured above and then add one small ring to the two outer big rings.
Step 2a: add another small as pictured above. (The outer small ring of the three row patch should be sandwiched between the two new small rings.) Then add two big rings through these newly added small rings. The first of these rings should go through both small rings and also through the big ring you added in step 1a. The second of these rings should only go through one of the small rings. Then add a small ring to the big ring you added in step 1a. This ring should lie between the two small rings you added in this step and step 1a as pictured above.
Step 3a: Now put a big ring through the newly added small ring and through the small parallel two it in the original three row patch. This will even out the new row of Water Dragon with the already existing row. Then add a small ring to the second big ring in the new row of the weave.
Step 4a: Now add another big ring. This ring should go through (from the top) the two small rings on the outer edge of the new row of the weave and also the two big rings that these small ring lie inside of. Then add two more small rings. The first should go through two big rings (on the outer edge) from the original weave patch and the through the the last-added big ring on the outer edge of the new row. The second small ring should go through the big ring that is in the middle of the new row (the ring you just added at the beginning of this step).
Step 5a-6a: repeat the previous two steps, and add rings as seen in the above pictures.
Continue to add rings in the manner described in steps 3a and 4a until the new row is now completely even with the original three row patch as seen in the above image. Now that you have an expanded patch of water Dragon you may go back to using steps 4-6 at the beginning of this tutorial to lengthen the weave only taking into account the new width.
Finishing the ends:
To finish the ends of the weave so that none of the outer edge rings flop around add a some more rings to either end of the weave length. Put a big ring through the small rings in the 2nd and 4th rings in the last row of small rings on either end making certain that they also intersect with the the last two big rings on either end of the weave length in accordance with the pattern of ring interaction of the middle row of big rings.
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