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The never-ending knot dates way back to the late Roman Empire. Probably even sooner. It can be found in several cultures within their art and architecture. I’m most familiar with it within the Irish, Scottish and Welsh culture. This pendant can be difficult to make but a couple well placed notches makes it possible.
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Step 1: AutoCAD Jewelry Design

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To begin I copied an image from an internet search and pasted it in AutoCAD. I placed 3 arcs right over the image and moved them off. With the help of the trim tool I cleaned it up to just the simple symbol. I used the rotate tool to move each arc back into a circular form. Finally, I marked the circle where the arcs break and overlap.

Step 2: Work the wire into a circle

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The trefoil is made form 14 gauge zinc coated steel wire. You can find it at any hardware store. With a 13/16 Craftsman socket, I formed a coil using a pair of pliers. This size socket made the coil the exact size of the template. I find it works best to wind the wire against the curve. I cut a section of coil so it overlaps according to the lengths of 3 arcs. I then used a triangle file to mark where the bends are going.

Step 3: File the notches

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When it comes time to fold in the pendant, it won't be in a straight line. To get the right offset you have to file in the notches at an angle. I didn’t measure, but my guess between 45 and 90 degrees. I used a square file a notch about 3/4th of way into the wire.
Corinbw3 months ago

what gauge of wire did you use?

Mrballeng (author)  Corinbw3 months ago
Raven811 year ago

I feel your background choices for your photos need to be commended also, very nice project and very nice presentation!

maevins1 year ago
Wow nice job
isn't it called a triquetra?
yes it is a triquetra celtic knot i no im irish
Congratulations on winning second prize!
nate4081 year ago
That Is cool. I'm making one!
daliad1001 year ago
Here's my attempt so far, still needs a fair bit of cleaning up, polishing and mounting.

It's the result of using far too much blowtorch.

Oh well, 49.7 meters of wire to go ;P
beautiful..from start to finish..thanks for sharing
lothoth1 year ago
My little try with silver (first time, took my mother's jewelry tools)
Mrballeng (author)  lothoth1 year ago
Wow. Great job! You got it right on.
robbadooz1 year ago
Beautimous precision work, Mrballeng! I understand why you bent the wires rather than solder them from pieces. I am a metal smith too and I do so appreciate what you have done!
Bowtie411 year ago
Since you're going to be soldering all the joints anyway,next time I would try just cutting the series of arcs and weaving however you want,and then soldering the corners.It would save the hassle of trying to bend and loop upon itself.Also,be careful you don't get the wire too hot when soldering a zinc coated wire,Nasty,nasty fumes!.I think I'm gonna try this with some old pieces of SS TIG rod I got laying around.Still beautiful jewelry,nice job!
jtechian1 year ago
I noticed the drawing and the result are different in that the drawing shows each section under over and the result shows 2 over 2 under. Which is the way the knot goes? Each line over the under or 2 over then 2 under?
I was curious too.All of the ones I saw on Google are like the drawing,not the 'ible.Over one,under one,over one,etc.Still a pretty piece,Hope this helps!
jomaro1 year ago
Your creativity and the way you detail your 'ibles, never ceases to amaze me. Congratulations Mrballeng!
darklotus1 year ago
Very nicely detailed instructible and a lovely result.
ench1 year ago
Very Nice, wonderfully detailed 'ible, will be trying this out after work tonight.
ragu19751 year ago
Awesome work! Nicely done!
Love this instructable and the use of AutoCAD in the designing-phase.
Mrballeng (author)  Rich_Limburger1 year ago
oldmicah1 year ago
Thanks for detailing that. I had seen similar things before, but never knew how it was done. Beautiful work!
Yay for an awesome celtic knot! Just Beautiful!