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European 4in1 Bracelet Tutorial

 Apr 1, 2013    Maille Tutorials

European 4in1 is a great place for beginners to start. This weave although best done with rings that have an Aspect Ratio of 3.5, it is very forgiving and you can use much larger rings and still get a nice looking piece.  

Suggested Supplies List (20cm or 8” chain):

0.8mm(20AWG)2.75mmID x 224 rings OR
1.0mm(18AWG)3.50mmID x 192 rings OR
1.2mm(16AWG)4.50mmID x 160 rings
1 clasp
2 pairs of pliers (any combination of chain, flat or bent nose)

 
1.
Begin by opening up some of your rings, and closing others.
Hint: for the first part of your bracelet you will need twice the amount of closed rings to open ring
2.
Form a simple chain to give you something to hold onto while weaving. Make this as long as you like.
3.
In the end of the chain attach two jump rings as shown in the image. You can see that the 3 rings now form “mouse ears”.
This is the correct position of the rings with the mouses “forehead” facing you. If you do not see the forehead, flip the rings around
4.
Pick up an open ring and feed it through the right ear, around the back and through the back of the left ear.
5.
Before closing the ring, add two of the closed rings.
Now close.
6.
Position the new rings to form the mouses head.
Pick up an open ring and feed it through the right ear, around the back and through the back of the left ear.
Remember to have the “forehead” facing you.
7.
Before closing the ring, add two of the closed rings.
Now close.
8.
Continue in this fashion until you have a strip of European 4in1 long enough for your bracelet.
This makes a perfectly useable bracelet that is 3 rows wide, but for this project we are going to add an additional two rows
9.
Hold your work as show in the image. Your rings should lie behind each other.
10.
Take an open ring and pass it through the backs of the second and first rings.
Close the ring.
11.
Continue like this down the side of your bracelet always putting the opened ring through one new ring, and one ring in the previous pair.
For example...1st open ring goes through rings 1&2, 2nd open ring goes through rings 2&3, 3rd open ring (as pictured) goes through rings 3&4.
12.
Flip your piece over and do the same down this side of the bracelet – this time entering through the front of the rings.
13.
Continue like this down the side of your bracelet always putting the opened ring through one new ring, and one ring in the previous pair.
For example...1st open ring goes through rings 1&2, 2nd open ring goes through rings 2&3, 3rd open ring goes through rings 3&4.
14.
Attaching the clasp. Lobster: After adding extra rows, return to the working end of your piece, continue with the pattern by putting a ring into the ears of the mouse, but instead of attaching two closed rings, slip your lobster clasp over the ring.
Close it.
15.
At the other end, remove your starting chain leaving one ring, this ring will become the point that you anchor your lobster clasp on
16.
Alternate Clasp Tube Clasp: To attach a tube clasp you will need to open up 4 smaller rings. Hold your piece like in the image so you have access to the original mouse ear rings.
17.
Take the smaller ring and put through the front of one of the ears and before closing slip one ring of the tube clasp over the ring, close.
Repeat this for the second ring.
18.
Remove the starting chain from the other end so you are left with two mouse ears. Do the same as before.

These kits are available in our kits section from $6.60.

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