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Photo Tutorial Byzantine Quatrefoil Cuff

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Byzantine Quatrefoil Cuff

Use this chain maille component doubled to make a cuff to match a v-shaped necklace, earrings and a belt.​

You can make this weave into a v-shaped necklace using anodised and bright aluminium jump rings. For instructions, click here.

Make a belt with a long chain of the quatrefoil components. For instructions, click here.



For a 19cm cuff, you will need:
  • 72 small bright aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 4.2mm, WD 1.29mm - A
  • 106 small bronze saw cut jump rings, ID 4.1mm, WD 1.29mm - A
  • 48 medium bright aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 5mm, WD 1.29mm - B
  • 64 medium bronze saw cut jump rings, ID 4.9mm, WD 1.29mm - B
  • 28 large bright aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 6.9mm, WD 1.29mm - C
  • 14 extra large bright aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 17.1mm, WD 2.00mm - D
  • 28 joining bright aluminium saw cut jump rings, ID 7.7mm, WD 1.29mm - E
  • copper plated 5-strand clasp
Each component measures 2cm in diameter. Each component with one pair of joining rings C measures 3cm long.​

  • two pairs of smooth jawed chain nose, flat nose, or bent nose pliers


  1. Close eight small jump rings (A). Link two closed small rings (A) with two small rings (A) so that you have four sets of joined rings.

  2. Join the four sets of joined rings from step 1 by linking two large rings (C) through two of the small rings from each set. The centre large rings (C) will now have four arms (left hand picture).

    Fold back the end two rings on one of the arms, as shown in the centre picture.

    Open out the two arm rings that are attached to the centre rings (C) to create a pathway through the four arm rings as denoted by the arrow (right hand picture).

  3. Close one extra large bright aluminium ring (D) - you may find this easier to do with your fingers rather than with pliers.

    Weave one medium ring (B) through the pathway created in step 2 and link to the closed extra large ring (D) (left hand picture).

    Repeat with a second medium ring (B) (right hand picture).

  4. Bring the large centre rings and their four arms inside the closed extra large ring (D). Repeat steps 2-3 to join the second arm to the closed extra large ring (D).

  5. Repeat steps 2-3 to link the third and fourth arms to the closed extra large ring (D).

  6. Repeat steps 1-5 to make six components in bright aluminium.

    Repeat steps 1-5, using bronze rings A and B with bright aluminium rings C, to make eight components in bronze.

  7. You will now join the components to make a doubled chain. Weave one joining ring (E) through the attaching rings of the three o'clock spoke of one bronze component, the twelve o'clock spoke of one bronze component, and the nine o'clock spoke of one bright aluminium component. The linking ring will overlap the extra large rings (D). Repeat on the underside of the components so that they are linked with two rings (E).

    Referring to the picture, continue to link three components at a time with two rings E.

  8. At each end of the cuff and using two joining rings E each time, link the two end components.

    Using three bronze rings (A), link the middle three loops of a 5-strand copper plated clasp to two joining rings E. Link one bronze ring (A) to each first and fifth loop of the clasp and the end extra large rings (D).


  • Mix your metals and alternate with jewellers brass, bronze or copper, and bright aluminium spokes.
  • Make a coloured cuff using anodised aluminium for rings A and B for the spokes.

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