April 8, 2008

Byzantine - My Favorite Weave

Byzantine is a very well know chainmaille weave. In fact, it is the first one that a lot of mailers learn to make. I know it was my first. Byzantine quickly became a favorite of mine because of its versatility. It lends itself well to earrings, bracelets and necklaces as well.

Below you can see some examples of how different Byzantine can look.


These earrings are made from the Byzantine weave with Jasper beads dangling from the bottom.











This bracelet is a weave known as Beez to Butterflies. It is made from linking vertical sections of Byzantine together.











This shows another way to link Byzantine together. Full Byzantine segments are connected by rings in the middle.











Here is an example of Byzantine segments that are connected with larger rings instead of being connected directly to each other.











This version of Byzantine is known as Romanov. Segments of Byzantine are used to surround a bead or gemstone and are then connected with larger rings.










And lastly, this necklace shows Byzantine in its purest form. Byzantine segments are connected to make a long Byzantine necklace










If you are interested in chainmaille make sure you learn Byzantine. From there it is easy to let your imagination take over.

5 comments:

Sarah McBride said...

I love the romanov.
Byzantine(chain maille in general) looks very time consuming and technical. I dont think i could have the patience. You do beautiful work!

High Desert Diva said...

I commend you for your patience. Chain maille is truly an art.

Karma by Morgan said...

those look beautiful! I am always amazing with chain mailers - you do beautiful work

Mary Ann said...

Thank you all for your comments. Yes, patience does come in handy. Sometimes I just have to put it down and walk away.

Rosebud Collection said...

Each one is more beautiful than the other..Wow, what a job.