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Acute Mandala
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Acute Mandala is a cute little 15 ring unit. Three ring types are present, and at least two sizes are required to make it.

It is rather ring size specific: too low and it will dome, or not be possible to finish. Conversely, if any rings are too large, the unit will be floppy. This tutorial uses two sizes in the same wire diameter. In some cases, such as with the sample picture for the weave entry, different sizes are used for each of the larger ring types. Unfortunately the pictures aren't all that great, but the pattern is easy enough to follow.

.062" (1.57mm) WD bright aluminum
11/64" (4.37mm), and 11/32" (8.73mm) mandrel
.188" (4.78mm), and .378" (9.60mm) inner diameter
AR of 3.0, and AR of 6.1

ARs are post-springback.

Step 1:
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Step 2:
Close one large ring. Close another large ring and attach one small to it:
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Step 3:
Make of the large closed ring an orbital by adding another large ring to the small ring:
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Step 4:
Reposition this four-ring entity as illustrated:
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Step 5:
Make another two-ring unit, one small, one large:
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Step 6:
Position it like this:
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Step 7:
Add another large ring to the small ring as shown:
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Step 8:
Close the ring added in the previous step, and add a small ring to it, and the one on the bottom:
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Step 9:
Insert a large ring between the two large ones, but go completely around (orbit) the small ring added one step ago:
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Step 10:
Close the large ring:
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Step 11:
Make yet another two ring piece of one small and one large:
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Step 12:
Position it like this, as you did in Step 6:
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Step 13:
Add another large ring through the last small ring, similar to Step 7:
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Step 14:
Close that ring:
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Step 15:
Add two small rings, one to each side of the chain:
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Step 16:
Reorient what you have according to this image:
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Step 17:
Start feeding a large ring around one of the small rings:
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Step 18:
Continue to feed it around the other small ring, making sure not to pass through any ring:
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Step 19:
Close the ring, and now you have completed the Acute Mandala.
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If you don't have the exact ring sizes, experiment with different ring sizes for each of the large ring types present. If you use the same wire diameter for each ring type present, the small rings should be kept very close to an AR of 3.0.

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