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Full Persian Variations
Article © MAIL User: Pfeiffer

Full Persian Weave Variations

This article illustrates a progression of Full Persian weaves, shows them side-by-side in a continuum. The purpose of the article is to discuss weave theory, rather than a "how-to" tutorial. To get the most out of this article, the reader should be familiar with the basic Full Persian 6 in 1 weave, understand "arrow direction" as it pertains to FP weaves, and the concept of Through-the-Eye (TE) and Around-the-Eye (AE) connections as it pertains to Persian weave technique.

Image: fullpersianvariations.jpg

Material Data: 16 SWG (0.063") Bright Aluminum, 3/8" mandrel,
Aspect Ratio ~ 6.0

Description (from left to right):
Tight Full Persian 6 in 1 Grizzly (arrows facing same direction),
Connecting Link (flips arrow direction on side view),
Loose Full Persian 6 in 1 (arrows opposite direction),
Full Persian 6 in 1 Gridlock (side is alternating, top is still FP),
One Hour Less Sleep (both sides alternating)

The basic Full Persian 6-in-1 (FP6-1) weave is a personal favorite, and a weave that every chainmailler should master because it is the basis for an entire family of chain and sheet weaves. In its basic form, FP6-1 is a beautiful, fluid chain with a texture that resembles rope. Wallet chains for men, and necklaces are some of my favorite
applications for this weave.

Get a piece of FP6-1 and study it in your hand. Notice there are 4 faces on the chain, with the top and bottom being similar, and the two side faces also being similar to each other. At this point, you should be able to recognize the angled rings that make like "arrowheads" pointing to the right like >>>>> or to the left like <<<<<<. This is also easily visible in the illustration photo above. Notice how the arrows point in opposite directions for FP6-1.

Now lets consider Full Persian Grizzly. Looking at the left side of the illustration, you can now see that the arrows are pointing to the left on both the top and side. Grizzly is a stiffer weave for the same ring size, which is great for sculptural applications, such as a cross.

Now let's look at the illustration again. Between Grizzly (on the left) and FP6-1, there is a connecting ring, which is visible on the SIDE view. You should be able to see the arrows change direction: <<<<<=>>>>> where = is the connecting rings.

Looking further to the right, we now come to Full Persian Gridlock. FP Gridlock has a series of connecting rings staggered middle-outside-middle-outside and so on. However, this occurs only on the side view, while the top view remains the same <<<<<<< as for the
regular FP 6-1.

Finally, we come to "One Hour Less Sleep", which is a weave by Thexnihil. Looking at the illustration, we can see the staggered pattern now occurs on both the top/bottom and side views.

It is at this point, that we are ready to understand Through-the-Eye (TE) and Around-the-Eye (AE) ring interaction, which is one of the hallmarks of the Persian family of weaves. To find the "eyes" look at the rings which are circles. Where the circles overlap you get a pattern that looks like (). This is an "eye".

Look at the TOP view of the illustration, specifically the "One Hour Less Sleep" segment on the right. Notice the staggered rings, which you are looking at end-on (they look like lines, not circles). Each of those staggered rings are TE on the left,and AE on the right. Now look at the SIDE view and notice that this changes: AE on the left, and TE on the right.

By understanding TE and AE ring interaction, we can clearly see that these weave variations are all of the "Persian" style.

This is a complex topic, and a long article. Don't be discouraged if you didn't follow all of it completely. The article will remain in the M.A.I.L. Library, and you may find it makes more sense if you re-read it again later after practicing your Persian. If you did get through this whole article without confusion, then pat yourself on the back - you have a good grasp on a fantastic family of chainmaille weaves.
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