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We often watch "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" while we eat lunch. Well, really almost everyday. Today one of the questions was very interesting. Paraphrased  -



Given these choices,

                   which one means "Complicated"


1) Macedonian, 2) Assyrian, 3) Byzantine, or 4) Caledonian ?


I suppose because I'm the one asking, the answer is easy. It is 3) Byzantine.


I checked with a dictionary and found, though it was the 3rd meaning:


Byzantine - highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious... complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts;


Byzantine is one of my favorite patterns of Chain Maille. It looks complicated but it really isn't (when you know how). I have a book that has lots of variations of Byzantine and I was asked to teach one of them. It is called "Side Knot Design" by Scott David Plumlee.





So, I ordered the appropriate rings and started to make a bracelet. New designs usually present a problem getting started but this one ... The easy part was the Byzantine sections. The complicated part was the Side Knot. Byzantine, indeed!


I even asked for help from by buddy Scott at pflora beads. It was just trying to understand the instructions while holding what I had put together already without the rungs falling out of order or dropping rings etc. Many times just another pair of eyes helps and it did.


Now, I understand and it is not as Byzantine as it seemed in the beginning.


Here is a close up picture of the Side Knot.




All of which proves how hard it is to get a good picture of shiny silver rings. The paper clips are just aids to keep the pattern together until more rings can be added. It does lend a bit of size comparison though.



The finished bracelet really looks nice.






What do you think of the new design? I think I should add it to my website. This one is made with Argentium sterling Silver (as I usually do - for tarnish resistance)


Bev, I think ...



Until next time,




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