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By the way ... "Bydand" is the motto of the Scottish Clan Gordon and of the Gordon Highlanders, a British infantry regiment that existed from 1881 to 1994.
I have used two ring sizes:
- 1.0 mm / 3.5 mm (AR of 3.5) (brass)
- 1.0 mm / 5 mm (AR of 5) (V2A)
I will show you two ways of weaving bydand:
- A - Connecting byzantine chains
- B - ring by ring
A - Connecting byzantine chains
- Start with a 2-2-2-2-2 chain like in the picture.
- On one end of the chain flap the rings backwards. One to each side.
- Now slide the rings of the second pair to the side.
- The next two rings have to be pulled through the eye (green).
- Pull one small ring through the eye, close it and double it.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the other end of the chain.
- Now you've made a small byzantine chain with two cages.
- Make at least one more of those small chains.
- Now we have to connect the two byzantine chains with the rings in the middle of the picture.
- Pull a large ring through the two small rings (marked with green dots) - don't close it..
- Add two closed small rings.
- Now you have to pull the large ring through the two corresponding small rings (marked with green dots) of a second piece of byzantine chain.
- Close the large ring and double it.
- Repeat steps 6 & 7 on the other side, but this time you don't have to add two small rings. Just pull the large rings through them.
- Add as many byzantine chains until you reach the desired length.
B - ring by ring
- On the right side you can see four small rings. Two at the bottom and two at the top of the weave.
- Pull a large ring through the two rings at the bottom. Close it and double it.
- Repeat this at the top and connect the large ring pairs with two small rings.
- Now add two small rings to every large ring pair.
- Add a large ring to the small rings in the middle. Close it and double it.
- Pull a small ring through each pair of brass rings from step 3.
- Turn the work piece around and repeat this step.
- As you can see the small rings and the large rings form eyes (marked red and green). You have to pull a small ring through every eye.
- From my experience it is better to start with the inner (green) eye. Afterwards pull a ring through the outer (red) eye.
- Repeat this with the other two eyes.
- Now you've added a new element to your chain.
- If you want to weave the whole chain with this method, it may be better to start with the right picture of step 2.
Weave long and prosper!
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