April 12, 2012

Fireman's Hold 4 Sheet

So this may not seem anything special, but it IS to me:-)

I can't remember the last time a mere 52-ring chainmaille patch took me over 5 hours to finish.  It's almost embarrassing to admit it...  But I would have continued on some more if it weren't for the damn tax returns...

The weave is Fireman's Hold 4 Sheet as documented in MAIL's weave library, consisting of 4 units of Fireman's Hold 4.

A single unit of Fireman's Hold 4 is not too bad.  But when I got to the 16th cell, it nearly bit my head off!  Yes, that's how tough it is!

But the end result is quite lovely:-)  Rigid enough to be a sculpture, it can be turned into a pin, a pendant, or a hair clip; but probably not a button... (I've been somewhat obsessed with chainmaille buttons lately:-)

More views here.

6/11/2014 update:  I received an email from Sharon inquiring on this weave; so I thought it would be helpful to add some links to the original documented entries of this weave and a tutorial on MAIL library; these are where I learned how to make it; have fun!!

Fireman Hold 4 Sheet weave: http://www.mailleartisans.org/weaves/weavedisplay.php?key=626

And a tutorial by MaxumX on how to make it: http://www.mailleartisans.org/articles/articledisplay.php?key=483



  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, 925! It was a tough one for me, but I'm hoping to make more if I can figure out a more logical way to weave it:-)

  2. What ring size(s) did you use?

  3. Hi Jack,
    Those are BA rings, 18swg, 9/32" mandrel.
    Thanks for visiting!

  4. Wow! I think if I tried this it would look like a tangled mess! Very cool!

    1. Thank you, Heather! I had a crazy hard time with this one too, LOL!