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Archimedes Tutorial
Article © MAIL User: kerravonsen

Archimedes is a weave where you can't really see the structure just by looking at a completed sample, because the rings hide how they are interlinked. So here's a tutorial showing how it all fits together.

The rings used in this were all WD=1.6mm, mandrel ID=6.35mm (1/4'') and AR of 3.97; black anodized aluminium, brass, and copper. On the large side for this weave, but I wanted big rings so the images would be clearer.

1. Make a 2-in-1 chain. The example here is in black AA.

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2. Add a "shaggy loop" link. That's the brass link.

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3. Turn the chain a quarter turn away from you and add another shaggy loop link. Again, brass.

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4. Another quarter-turn, another link.

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5. And another one... you get the picture?

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6. And keep on adding them all along the chain.

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7. Now we get to the tricky bit: adding the locking rings.
These are copper in the example.
What you want to do is put the link through a shaggy-loop link (brass), through the chain-link (black) which is behind it, through the next chain-link along (black) and out through the shaggy-loop link (brass) which is in front of that link.

See where the copper link is going:

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And here's a version where the copper link is highlighted in blue:
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And here's the copper link when it's closed:
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8. Now, add the next locking link. Start at the link the previous copper link finished at, go brass -> black, next black down -> brass.

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9. Keep adding locking rings until you reach the end.
As you can see, the copper links don't interlock with each other, they just sit next to each other.

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And you're done.
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