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Photo Tutorial Graduated Elf Sheet Cuff

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Graduated Elf Sheet Cuff

By using different sized jump rings of a similar aspect ratio, you can make a graduated weave. (Elf weave was originally created by Nadrendion).

This is an extension of the graduated elf weave bracelet.

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Materials

For an 18.5cm bracelet, you will need:
  • 82 small champagne saw cut anodised aluminium jump rings, ID 3.6mm, WD 0.81mm - A
  • 60 medium champagne saw cut anodised aluminium jump rings, ID 4.3mm, WD 1.00mm - B
  • 47 large champagne saw cut anodised aluminium jump rings, ID 5mm, WD 1.2mm - C
  • 64 small lavender saw cut anodised aluminium jump rings, ID 3.6mm, WD 0.81mm - D
  • 84 medium lavender saw cut anodised aluminium jump rings, ID 4.3mm, WD 1.00mm - E
  • 60 large lavender saw cut anodised aluminium jump rings, ID 5mm, WD 1.2mm - F
  • antique brass plated 2-strand clasp - 16mm
Tools:
  • two pairs of smooth jawed chain nose, flat nose, or bent nose pliers


Instructions

Note: Elf Sheet is a more difficult weave than Elfweave chain.
  1. Make an Elfweave chain as in the Graduated Elfweave project using the following quantities of rings to make the 1-in-1 chain:

    Using small rings (A), make a 1-in-1 chain twenty three rings long. Add a second ring on the twelfth ring of the chain. Do not attach a clasp.

    • Add ten medium rings (B) to each end of the chain.​
    • Add sixteen large rings (C) to each end of the chain.​
    • Add ten medium rings (B) to each end of the chain.​
    • Add eleven small rings (A) to each end of the chain.
    You will need to make a slightly longer chain than you did for the Elf weave bracelet as the chain will shorten as you widen it into a sheet. For ease of following these instructions, to lengthen or shorten the initial Elf weave chain, you need to increase/decrease the number of small rings (A) used above by an even number. This will give you a finished chain that should match up in ring orientation to the pictures in the instructions.

    Note: For the instructions for Graduated Elfweave, click here.
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  2. Lay out your Elf weave chain so that the rings flow in the same direction as the picture.

    The rings added in steps 2-4 should be your contrasting colour if you are using two colours, but are shown in red for clarity. Link one small lavender ring (A) through the first two lower champagne edge rings.
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  3. Continue linking lavender rings (A) through the pairs of champagne edge rings, changing to rings (B) and rings(C) as the edge rings change in size - also refer to step 4.
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  4. At the point where two different sizes make up a pair of rings, connect using the smaller size lavender ring (shown in red).
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  5. Turn the chain over and you will see that you have more champagne edge rings.

    The rings added in steps 5-6 should be your contrasting colour if you are using two colours, but are shown in red for clarity. Link one small lavender ring (A) through the first two upper champagne edge rings.
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  6. Continue linking lavender rings (A) through the pairs of upper champagne edge rings, changing to rings (B) and rings(C) as the edge rings change in size, as you did in steps 3-4.
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  7. Turn over your chain so that the rings added in steps 2-6 are now at the bottom. Check that the chain is laid out so that it matches the picture.

    The rings added in steps 7-11 should be your contrasting colour if you are using two colours, but are shown in red for clarity. Link one small lavender ring (A) through the first lavender ring and orientate it as shown in the picture.

    Tip: Until you have an understanding of this part of the weave, the next few steps can be particularly tricky. If you are struggling to get the first few rings in place, try pinning the chain to a cushion or a piece of foam.
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  8. Weave one small lavender ring (A) down through the ring added in the previous step and up through the intersection of the first two lavender edge rings.
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  9. Weave one small lavender ring (A) down through through the ring added in the previous step and up the next intersection of two lavender edge rings.
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  10. Weave one small lavender ring (A) down through the ring added in the previous step and up through the next intersection of two lavender edge rings.
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  11. Continue adding lavender rings, alternating the way you weave the rings as in steps 9 and 10. Change to rings (B) and rings (C) as the edge rings change in size. Where two different sizes make up the intersection of two rings, use the smaller size ring to link the rings (shown in red).
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  12. Repeat steps 2-6 to add the first layer of lavender rings to the other side of your chain. Turn your chain round so that the newly added edge rings are along the bottom of your work (see the picture for step 13).

  13. The rings added in steps 13-16 should be your contrasting colour if you are using two colours, but are shown in red for clarity. Link one small lavender ring (A) through the first lavender ring and orientate it as shown.
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  14. Weave one small lavender ring (A) down through the intersection of the first two lavender edge rings and up through the ring added in the previous step.
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  15. Weave one small lavender ring (A) down through the next intersection of the two lavender edge rings and up through the ring added in the previous step.
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  16. Weave one small lavender ring (A) down through the next intersection of two lavender edge rings and up through the ring added in the previous step. Continue adding lavender rings, alternating the way you weave the rings as in steps 15-16 and changing the ring size used as before.
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  17. At each end of your cuff, link a second lavender ring as shown by the red rings. You may need to remove the starter pair of champagne rings at one end, as shown by the arrow.
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  18. Using two small lavender rings (A) each time, attach the clasp to the pairs of lavender rings created in step 17 (shown in red).
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Variations

  • Use a single colour or a different metal, such as copper, throughout.
  • Widen the cuff further by following steps 2-16.
  • You can also make an Elf Weave cuff using just one ring size - (AR approx 4.2 to 4.4)

    • ID 6.8mm, WD 1.6mm for a chunky weave
    • ID 5mm, WD 1.2mm a larger medium weave
    • ID 4.3mm, WD 1.00mm for a medium weave
    • ID 3.6mm, WD 0.81mm for a fine weave


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