Interwoven 4-1

CGI Tutorial Interwoven 4-1

Author's Note
I wanted to contribute my tutorials to 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!

Weave Background
Interwoven 4-1 is a weave I developed while trying to make Elfsheet for the first time. I originally wrote this tutorial based on constructing Interwoven 4-1 the same way as Elfweave; but that was a very confusing way to go about it. So I wrote this version, which should be much more intuitive. Since Interwoven 4-1 is two sheets of European 4-1, you can just build one sheet of European 4-1, and weave the second sheet into the first.
The properties of Interwoven 4-1 mesh those of the European family and the Persian family. Interwoven 4-1 can be thought of as Half Persian 2-1 connected by dual European 4-1 connectors. However, since Half Persian 2-1 is identical to a simple 2-1 chain, the real connection to the Persian family comes from how the 2-1 chain is arranged within the Interwoven 4-1 weave. If one connects the European 4-1 rings to Half Persian 3-1 instead of 2-1, you get either Persian Dragonscale or Dragonback.

Aspect Ratio & Ring Sizes
Interwoven 4-1 requires rings with an aspect ratio of around 5. 16swg 5/16", 18swg 1/4" & 7/32" and 20awg 3/16" rings work. With a high-springback metal (such as stainless steel or titanium) 18swg 3/16" can work as well. With a larger AR, Interwoven 6-1 is possible; it's a closer variant of Persian Dragonscale. Using ridiculously large AR's, Interwoven 8-1 might be possible.

Metric sizes - approximately 1.6mm wire/8mm ID; 1.2mm wire/6.4mm or 5.5mm ID; 0.8mm wire/4.8mm ID.

Tutorial Color Scheme
Silver rings are old rings, gold rings are open rings added in the current step and bronze rings are preclosed rings added in the current step.

Step 1: Make a strip of European 4-1that is slightly longer than what you want the finished I4-1 chain to be. I added an extra ring to the end so that the final chain will be even.


Step 2: Close 2 bronze rings and place them on an open gold ring. Put the gold ring through the near two edge rings on the E4-1 patch. The gold ring should make a quasi-Persian connection. The bronze rings should go on top of the middle row of rings in the E4-1 patch.


Step 3: Add a ring to the other side, connecting the closed rings added in Step 2 and the far two edge rings.


Step 4: Close a bronze ring and place it on an open gold ring. Put the gold ring through the next two edge rings and the second preclosed ring from Step 2. The gold ring should go above the other ring in its row.


Step 5: Add a ring to the other side, connecting the two middle-row rings, making sure to put it above the ring added in Step 3.


Step 6: Continue all the way across.


Step 7: Add the ring to the other side.


Step 8: When you get to the end of the E4-1 chain, add one ring. You don't need to add any bronze rings.


Step 9: Connect the other side.

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