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The byzantine weave is also known as birdcage, idiot box, fool's dilemma, and many other names. It makes a nice jewelry weave in 1/4" ID 14 gauge, 3/16" ID 16 gauge, or 1/8" ID 20 gauge rings. It can also be turned into a sheet weave via the "hex" method (essentially, connecting byzantine chains at 120 degree angles and making hexagons that then connect to each other).

Step 1: Make a 2-2-2 chain as shown.

Step 1

Step 2: Fold the rings on one end of the chain back.

Step 2

Step 3: Connect another 2-2-2 chain to the folded-back part of the previous one.

Step 3

Step 4: Fold the end of that chain back as well.

Step 4

Step 5: And lock the folded-back rings into place with a new pair.

Step 5

That's it! Just repeat steps 4 and 5 to lengthen the chain. Not too bad, eh?

Step 6

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