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Photo Tutorial European 6-1 Bracelet

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-Sarah Austin

European 6-1 Bracelet

European 6-1 is very similar to European 4-1 in its construction and produces a dense slinky weave. Our instructions show how to make a single strip of European 6-1 and, in the Double Strip Bracelet, how to add to this to make wider pieces of European 6-1.

Single Strip Bracelet

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Materials

You need a high aspect ratio for this weave of no lower than 5 – any less and you will struggle to link the rings and the final result will be too stiff. The higher the aspect ratio, the looser the weave.

For an 18cm bracelet, you will need:
  • 98 bright aluminium jump rings ID 6.9mm, WD 1.29mm - A
  • 49 pink anodised aluminium jump rings ID 6.7mm, WD 1.29mm – B
  • 12mm silver plated lobster clasp
  • optional: 4 bright aluminium jump rings ID 3.2mm, WD 1.29mm - C
Tools:
  • Two pairs of smooth faced chain nose or flat nose pliers


Instructions

  1. Close all the bright aluminium jump rings (A). Open one pink jump ring (B), link six bright aluminium jump rings (A) and close. Lay the rings on your work surface as shown.
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  2. Link one pink jump ring (B) through the last two pairs of bright aluminium rings (A) from step 1 and add two closed bright aluminium rings (A). Close.

    Tip: Link the pink jump ring whilst your work is laying flat. Once you have linked the pink ring, lift the ring with your pliers to add the closed rings and to close the jump ring. Lay your work down and pat gently to reposition the rings. If your work does not lie properly, it is probably because a ring is incorrectly linked.
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  3. Repeat step 2 until your bracelet is the right length.
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  4. When your bracelet is the correct length, link one pink ring (B) through the last two pairs of bright aluminium rings (A) added. Link your lobster clasp and close.

    Optional: Link one bright aluminium ring (C) through the last two pairs of bright aluminium rings.
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  5. At the other end of the bracelet, link one pink ring (B) through the last two pairs of bright aluminium rings (A), as in step 4. The lobster clasp attaches to the last pink ring (B).

    Optional: Link one bright aluminium ring (C) through the last two pairs of bright aluminium rings.
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Double Strip Bracelet

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Materials

For an 18cm bracelet, you will need:
  • 147 bright aluminium jump rings ID 6.9mm, WD 1.29mm - A
  • 98 pink anodised aluminium jump rings ID 6.7mm, WD 1.29mm – B
  • 12mm silver plated lobster clasp
  • optional: 4 bright aluminium jump rings ID 3.2mm, WD 1.29mm - C
Tools:
  • two pairs of smooth faced chain nose or flat nose pliers


Instructions

  1. Make a length of European 6-1 to the desired length following steps 1-3 of the Single Strip Bracelet above.

    Link one pink ring (B) through the first three bright aluminium rings at one end of the Single Strip Bracelet and add three closed bright aluminium rings (A). Close.
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  2. Link one pink ring (B) through the next bright aluminium ring (A) on the Single Strip Bracelet and the last two pairs of bright aluminium rings joined in step 1. Add one bright aluminium ring (A). Close.
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  3. At the end of your bracelet, link one pink ring (B) through the last two pairs of bright aluminium rings (A) added. Open the centre bright aluminium ring, attach the lobster clasp and close.

    Optional: Link one bright aluminium ring (C) through the last two pairs of bright aluminium rings on each edge of the bracelet.
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  4. At the other end of your bracelet, link one pink ring (B) through the last two pairs of bright aluminium rings (A), as in step 4. The lobster clasp attaches to the centre bright aluminium ring (A).

    Optional: Link one bright aluminium ring (C) through the last two pairs of bright aluminium rings on each edge of the bracelet.
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Variations

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Experiment with different colour combinations. Made using turquoise, green and purple anodised aluminium joined with gold saw cut anodised aluminium, ID 6.7mm, WD 1.29mm.


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