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Three Quarters Persian; and Four Quarters Persian
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This is a tutorial for Four Quarters Persian (FQP). You must know how to weave Half Persian 3 in 1 (HP3-1) in order to follow it. Use one of the many tutorials available for that weave if you don't know it already. This is also a tutorial for Three Quarters Persian (TQP). An alternate way to weave TQP is demonstrated in Aderamelech's tutorial (Three Quarters Persian). If you prefer to use that method for TQP, you can skip to step 6.

Note: Half Persian 3 in 1 can be made in either of two handednesses. What this means is that there is a left and right hand version. Handedness is no longer existent once you convert HP3-1 into TQP, however, it will be easier to follow this tutorial if the HP3-1 you start with is in the same configuration as the one shown in step 1.

Rings Used:

For this tutorial, I have used .048" (1.2mm / 18SWG) stainless steel and bronze wire, wrapped on a 1/4" (6.35mm) mandrel. The rings were pinch cut (stainless) and sheer cut (bronze), and once springback is factored in, they have an AR of 5.8.

Step 1

Start with a piece of HP3-1.

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Flip it over so it's "upside down".

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Step 2

At the top right, add one ring through the last two rings of the top row. This ring goes through the same two rings as the one at the bottom right. Once it's flipped over, it rests beside it.

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Step 3

To the left of the ring added in step 2, add another ring. This ring will go down through two rings, and up through one. You should understand the up/down ratio in Persian weave construction with your knowledge of HP3-1. Be careful not to allow it to pass through the ring added in step 2.

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Step 4

To the left of the ring added in step 3, add another ring in similar fashion. down through two, up through one.

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Step 5

Continue adding rings in this fashion until you reach the end of the row. The last ring added (just like the first) will only pass through two others, except up through one, down through one.

Once this is complete, you will have successfully made Three Quarters Persian. This weave is ideal for coin wrapping, for example, because of the "trough" it creates. The next steps demonstrate how to progress it into Four Quarters Persian by adding a fourth side.

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Step 6

The next row added was done with bronze rings. At the top left, add one ring going down through two rings in the previous row.

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Step 7

Add a ring to the right of the last one added. This ring goes up through one and down through two.

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Step 8

Add a third ring, again going up through one ring and down through two.

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Step 9

Add a fourth ring.

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Step 10

Continue until you reach the end of the chain. The last ring goes up through one and down through one.

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This next image shows the weave from a different angle.

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