Turkish Orbital

CGI Tutorial Turkish Orbital

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!

Weave Background
I invented this weave while playing with Tetra-Orbs. This weave combines elements of Turkish Round, Inverted Round and orbital rings. It is recommended that you be familiar with these, or at least take a look at how they're constructed.
'Orbital rings' encircle other rings without having any rings directly linked to them.

Aspect Ratio & Ring Sizes
Turkish Orbital requires rings with an aspect ratio of around 6.6. The prototype used 20awg 3/16" rings.

Metric sizes - approximately 0.8mm wire/4.8mm ID.

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

Step 1: Connect 2 rings to a third, with an orbital ring encircling them.


Step 2: Connect 2 more rings to a third, using one of the rings from Step 1, with another orbital ring.


Step 3: Connect a ring to the remaining two rings, being sure to include an orbital ring. This is the repeating unit in Turkish Orbital.


Step 4: Repeat Steps 1-3 to make another unit. Turn the new unit around and rotate it 60°.


Step 5: Connect the two units in Roundmaille fashion.


For ease of connecting the segments, we'll add the next section directly to the existing chain, rather than making it separate and then attaching the two.

Step 6: Add 2 rings to the end of the chain in Inverted Round fashion.


Step 7: Place a ring through these, with an orbital ring.


Step 8: Repeat on the other side.


Step 9: Repeat on the top.


Step 10: Repeat steps 1-3 to make another unit.


Step 11: Connect in Turkish Round fashion.


Step 12: Continue to extend the chain to the desired length.

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