Dragonback

CGI Tutorial Dragonback

Author's Note
I wanted to contribute my tutorials to Chainmaillers.com to help ensure that the entire chainmaille community has access to them. The tutorials are presented here with the same images and text from my old site CGMaille. I hope they continue to help inspire you to learn and create many amazing pieces!
-Phong


Weave Background
Dragonback is a weave by Fenrir. It's very similar to Persian Dragonscale in that it's two chains of Half Persian 3-1 connected with European 4-1. However, the two chains differ in where they connect the HP3-1 chains. If you stare at it long enough, you'll see the difference.
I'll be describing this tutorial in terms of 'eyes.'

Aspect Ratio & Ring Sizes
Dragonback can be made with rings with AR's down to 5.0. Stainless 18swg 7/32" rings work; other metals in that size might not have enough springback to reach a sufficient AR.
Metric sizes - approximately 1.2mm wire with a 6mm inner diameter.

Tutorial Color Scheme
New rings are gold-ish and old rings are aluminum-ish.


Step 1:Make a strip of E4-1. It should be somewhat longer than you want the final chain to be.

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Step 2: Put a ring through two edge rings. This is a "Through Eye" (TE) connection. Subsequent rings will have both TE and Around Eye (AE) connections.

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Step 2a: A closeup of how the rings should be arranged.

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Step 3: Add another ring, above the ring added in the previous. This time, there will be a AE connection on the left, and a TE connection on the right.

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Step 3a: A closeup of how the rings should be arranged.

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Step 4: Continue all the way across the side. Note that the last ring should have only an AE connection.

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Step 5: Do the same thing on the other side...

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Step 6: Adding rings all the way across...

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Step 7: To the end of the side.

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Step 8: Now we can start adding E4-1 rings to the top to finish up the chain.

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Step 9: All the way across...

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Step 10: To the end of the chain.

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