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The Triumvirate unit uses only 29 rings.
The following ring types were used:
|18||bright aluminum||.062" (1.57mm/~16SWG)||1/8" (3.175mm)||AR of 2.2||These rings have a low AR. This makes them tricky to make and more difficult to weave than more standard ring sizes.|
|8||copper, soft||.080" (2.03mm/14SWG)||1/4" (6.35mm)||AR of 3.3||2 pre-closed for the central rings.|
6 pre-opened fairly wide for the rings that orbit the smaller, 1/8" rings.
The inner diameter of these rings must be greater than the outer diameter of the small rings.
|3||bright aluminum||.062"||1/4"||AR of 4.4||Corner rings. These can vary in size quite a bit.|
*AR values taken from measured inner diameter, not mandrel diameter.
Connect 11 small rings in sequence as a 2 in 1 Chain.
The 12th ring will connect the first and last. Be sure not to twist the 2 in 1 Chain before connecting it. This is also the first step to making Japanese 3 in 1. Two pre-closed copper rings are on deck for the next step.
The two pre-closed copper rings will rest inside the J3-1 construct, one on each side, making a sandwich of sorts. It doesn't want to stay this way on its own, but it can be held in place with your thumb and index finger.
Add one of the pre-opened copper rings through the two copper rings added in the last step. This ring will also have to orbit around a ring in the J3-1 section. It doesn't matter where you add this ring. You will notice that what you have made will flop around, but can be manipulated back into its proper fashion for the next step.
Add another ring on the opposite side. This will give the unit some stability.
Add the remaining four copper rings. This on its own makes a really neat unit.
Add six more small rings, one to each horizontal ring.
Now add the three corner rings. Each one passes through two rings added in the last step, plus a copper ring. Depending on the exact ring size used, these rings might want to shift to one side of the horizontal rings in the Japanese 3 in 1 part. Be sure to place all three on the same side.
Now you have finished the Triumvirate unit.
As mentioned above, a way to get around the need for very low AR rings is to double most of the rings in the weave.
I used the following ring sizes in this version, all bright aluminum.
|12||.062"||7/32" (5.6mm)||AR of 3.9||Horizontal rings.|
|24||.062"||3/16" (4.76mm)||AR of 3.3||Vertical rings.|
|6||.062"||1/4" (6.35mm)||AR of 4.4||Corner rings.|
|2||.080"||13/32" (10.3mm)||AR of 5.6||Large central rings.|
|6||.080"||5/16" (7.9mm)||AR of 4.3||The rings that orbit the vertical J3-1 rings and intersect the central rings.|
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