I discovered that my favorite weave in the mailling world is Half Persian 3-in-1. It's simple, it's feminine, and it goes with everything.
Learning how to make it, on the other hand, was the hardest thing about it for me. My boyfriend, who still has trouble with the most basic weave, figured it out and I had him teach me. It turns out that I messed up at the very beginning.
I'm going to attempt to make a simple tutorial on how to make this amazing weave.
Open and close a bunch of rings. I usually open X number and close X number, where X=X.
Enough math, now. Let's get to some metalwork.
Put three closed rings on one open ring and close the open ring.
Arrange the rings like this. See the to help you see what they look like.
You now have the top row and the bottom row. The top row are the rings that you add that are closed. The bottom row are the rings you add that are open.
Pick up an open ring and pass it through the second 2 rings (the two on the right) on the top row. Don't close it yet.
Put a closed ring on the open ring (the one you just passed through the two top rings) and then close the open ring.
Arrange your short strand to look like the picture.
Pick up another open ring. Pass it through the last two top rings (again, those on the right). Don't close it. You are repeating step 4.
Put a closed ring on the open ring you just added. Now close the open ring. You're repeating step 5.
Arrange your strand to look like the one in the picture. You're repeating step 6.
By now, you should be able to pick up your strand of Half Persian by the end with it keeping its shape. If it unravels, you probably messed up where I did. Go back to step three and make sure you laid out your first 4 rings correctly.
If it doesn't lose its shape, just repeat steps 7-9 to make the chain as long as you like it. Mine's going to be a bracelet.
You've been making your chain upside down. Don't worry. All you have to do is flip it over and it'll be OK.
Here's a picture of what the top looks like. Kinda like a metal braid, huh?
To finish, I like to take of the random, dangly ring from both ends. You don't have to do this, but I think it makes it look a little more finished.
These steps are optional. You can use a store-bought hook if you like. I'm cheap, though, so I'm making my own. Here's how you can, too!
Take a ring and, using both pairs of pliers, wrench half of the ring around so that you make an "S".
Holding one end in the flat-nose pliers, use the needle-nose pliers to wrap one end of the S into a loop.
Swap ends and hold the hoop end in the flat-nose. Use the needle-nose pliers to make a hook. Add it to the end of your chain.
At the other end of the chain, add a ring. This is the other half of your "latch."
Ta da! You're done.