Moorish Rose is a chainmaille weave that directly connects 6-ring mobius in sheet form, as first recorded by djgm on MailleArtisans.org.
A relatively straight forward idea, linking mobi to mobi, what's so difficult about it? Not much, that's if you have a full understanding of mobius weave, which I don't...
But it's so pretty, and there's the detail, step-by-step, fantastic tutorial by Xander; I got to give it a try. And that's over 5 days ago...
Here's what I ended up with, my first Moorish Rose cuff, with a red drop bead set in the center of every mobius. Four-row, 1" wide, 7 1/2" long, closes with a 4-ring tube slider.
Not many other chainmaille bracelets took me this long to do. Granted, a large part of the 5 days was about reading the tutorial, testing rings of various AR's and materials, taking rings apart, fixing mistakes, scouting the net for tips and tricks; but the tough part was the fact that there isn't many Moorish Roses out there; I literally had to piece clues together.
Ahh, but the result is worth it! I like the red beads, they always remind me of pomegranate seeds:-)
Under bright lights, doesn't it look just like a work of stained glass?!
Main body: TRL BA rings, 19 swg, 1/4" ID, actual AR is close to 6.9; a tad too big on their own, but perfect with inset beads; total of 20 columns, over 450 rings.
Clasp point: TRL BA, 19 swg, 3/16" ID, to even out the ends before attaching to the tube slider.
Beads: Glass beads, drop shape, top drilled hole, red with light AB coating, strung on SoftFlex wire.
OK, now that the prototype is done; next will be in stainless steel or niobium. To be honest, BA is just too weak at this AR, but for testing purpose, works out just fine.
More pictures of the cuff? Check them here.