When Mark crashed his bike (ow!) his bracelet got torn apart. He really wanted to repair the bracelet but couldn’t find all the pieces so he contacted me for help figuring out what sizes to use. In situations like this it’s much easier to have confidence in the size match if I can actually hold the piece. Mark mailed me a small snippet of the “injured” bracelet, which turned out to be a 16ga Vertebrae weave. I can see why he’s rebuilding this bracelet. It’s a lovely weave in a lovely size!
A few days later, my assistant saw the sample chain that I’d made to test the sizes and she really liked it. I taught her the weave and when she brought her first Vertebrae chain to me for inspection I saw that she had “flipped” a unit. Technically, it’s a mistake…
…but I liked it so much that I asked her to make a chain of nothing but flipped units. (If you know an official name for this variation, please let me know.)
The moral of the story? A mistake is just an excuse for a new design.