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Hi there, they look like individual rings, packed tightly because of
the ring size/wire thickness ratio

Erhard


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        Hi there, they look like individual rings, packed tightly
because of the ring size/wire thickness ratio Erhard 

I used to work for an old Armenian jeweler a couple dozen years ago.
He taught me to make that kind of mesh. We used to make gold watch
bands that way. Here’s a brief description. Imagine making jump
rings. You coil a wire around a mandrel. Now cut lenghts of that
coil, say, an inch or so long. Stretch the coil until it opens to
become a spiral. You can put one spiral along side another and
actually get them to interlock a bit. If the interlock is
sufficient, a wire can be threaded into the overlapping of the coils
and coil can be added to coil to make a band. There’s a lot more to
it than that, and a few tricks you need to know or it won’t work, but
that should give you a basic understanding of how it works. Some day
I’ll get the time to work up a few steps and take photos I can share
with you all. Meanwhile, doesn’t Mary Lee Hu have some interesting
work using these kinds of techniques? There has to be some
literature on these things, I’ve just never pursued it.

David L. Huffman