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European 6 in 1: 45 Degree Seam
Article © MAIL User: JDanks
For this example I'll be using 14 gauge (1.6 mm) galvanized steel rings with an inner diameter of 3/8" (9.5 mm).
This is probably not the only way to do a 45 degree seam with the European 6 in 1 weave,
but it's the way I figured out and it seems to work well enough. If you have any comments or questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description and Preparation
The goal is to take these two triangular pieces, and make them look like this (almost) square piece:
To do this it is very important that the edges of the triangular pieces looks like this:
In the picture above I have highlighted the center ring of a 6-1 unit with red, and the other rings in the unit with blue. As you can see, it's just like a normal 6-1 unit, but one side has only 1 ring while the other side has the usual 3 rings.
In addition to the construction of the edges, it is also important that the direction of the rings is correct. One easy way to determine this is to arrange your pieces as shown below.
If the direction of the rings in the two top rows match then all is well. If they're going in opposite directions, simply pick one of the triangular pieces, remove all the rings in the top row and add one of the removed rings to every remaining row (and one ring at the tip).
Push the two triangular pieces together and you should notice that the rings sticking out from one side of the seam fit between the rings sticking out from the other side.
From this point I will highlight the ring to open with red and the ring it goes through with blue.
Start working at the bottom of the seam and move up. Open the bottom ring on the left and thread it through the bottom ring on the right. When you get farther up the seam and the weave is denser, it helps to hold the open ring with one plier and the closed ring you're putting it through with the
Move on to the next ring. Open the upper ring that goes through the closed ring in the last step and thread it through the closed ring next to it on the left side of the seam.
Continue working your way up the seam until it's finished. I've illustrated the next step for your convenience.
The last row may look a little harder, but it's done just the same as all the others.
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