CGI Tutorial Ruffles

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
Ruffles is a weave by PrairieGal of Beaded-Baubles. It is a variant of Helm Chain that adds side rings to give some extra pizzazz.

Aspect Ratio & Ring Sizes
Ruffles takes 3 ring sizes. Two ring sizes to make Helm Chain, then additional, smaller rings for the sides. 20awg 3/16", 20 or 22awg 1/8" and 20awg 3/32" work, though the sides will be scrunched together somewhat.

Metric sizes - approximately 0.8mm wire/4.8mm ID; 0.6mm or 0.8mm wire/3.2mm ID; and 0.8mm wire/2.4mm ID.

Tutorial Color Scheme
New rings are gold, old rings are silver.

Step 1: Make a 2-1 chain as long as you want the final piece to be. The large single rings are 20awg 3/16" and the small doubled rings are 20 or 22awg 1/8".


Step 2: Place 20awg 3/16" rings around the doubled 1/8" rings. The new large rings should not pass through any rings at this point.


Step 3: Pass open 3/16" rings through the doubled 1/8" rings, trapping the rings from the previous step. This makes Helm Chain.


Step 4: Put 20awg 3/32" rings through the 3 layers of 3/16" rings, in the eye formed by the top/bottom and middle layers.


Step 5: Put a 3/32" ring through each of the rings added in the previous step.


Step 6: Connect two of the rings from Step 5 with 2 more 3/32" rings.


Step 7: Repeat Step 6 for the rest of the horizontal 3/32" rings.

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