Chain Maille Sizes


 

CHAIN MAILLE SIZES AND INFORMATION

CHAIN MAILLE STARTED IN THE 5TH CENTURY AS A FORM OF ARMOUR AND OVER TIME WITH THE CHANGES OF WEAPONS THEY SOON BECOME INEFFECTIVE AGAINST THE GUNS AND OTHER NEW INVENTIONS OF WAR. THE USES FOR CHAIN MAILLE WAS LEFT TO MORE DECORATIVE USE, WITH ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE PAST TIMES BEING JEWELLERY MAKING. OVER THE YEARS DESIGNS HAVE BECOME MORE COMPLEX AND CREATIVE, THERE ARE SOME STUNNING HANDMADE PIECES AROUND TODAY, TRY RESEARCHING AND SEEING SOME OF THESE DESIGNS FOR YOURSELF, YOU WILL BE AMAZED HOW AMAZING AND TIME CONSUMING SOME OF THESE STRUCTURES OR PIECES ARE. FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO GIVE THIS TECHNIQE A TRY HERES SOME GENERAL INFO TO HELP YOU DECIDE WHETHER CHAIN MAILLING IS FOR YOU. THERE IS A COMPANY CALLED 'ARTISTIC WIRE' THAT HAVE ALL THE SIZES PROPERLY MADE WITH THE ACURATE INSIDE DIAMETERS AND THE PRECISION CUT  THAT MAKE THESE RINGS IDEAL FOR CHAIN MAILLING BELOW ARE THE SIZES USED. YOU CAN USE NORMAL JUMPRINGS TO DO YOUR DESIGNS BUT ENSURE THE JUMP RING HAS A PRECISION CUT AS THIS WILL HELP GIVE YOUR PIECES A PROFESSIONAL LOOK AND TIGHT FINNISH. THE OTHER THING IS TO BE CAREFUL AS NOT ALL JUMPRING PACKS THAT ARE FOR SALE ON THE MARKET ARE CREATED EQUAL SIZING SO WILL MAKE WORKING WITH THEM DIFFICULT. WHEN BUYING THERE ARE MANY FACTORS YOU NEED TO CONIDER WHEN PURCHASING A JUMP RING PACK AIMED FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING CHAIN MAILLE PIECES, THEY ARE ACCURATE INSIDE DIAMETER, CONSISTENT SHAPE AND COLOUR OF THE RING AND MOST IMPORTANTLY A PRECISION CUT. 

SIZE OF 18 GAUGE (1.0MM) RINGS SIZE OF 20 GAUGE (0.8MM) RINGS
1/8" (3.1MM) 3/32" (2.4MM)
9/64" (3.5MM 7/64" (2.8MM)
5/32" (4MM) 1/8" (3.1MM)
11/64" (4.3MM) 9/64" (3.5MM)
7/32" (5.5MM) 11/64" (4.3MM)
15/64" (5.9MM) 3/16" (4.7MM)

ITS ALWAYS HELPFUL TO START ALL PROJECTS THAT INVOLVE JUMPRINGS BY MAKING A PILE OF OPEN AND A PILE OF CLOSED RINGS, THIS WILL MAKE IT EASIER AND SPEED UP ALL YOUR CHAIN MAILLE PROJECTS. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER WHEN HOLDING A JUMP RING IS NOT TO HOLD IT TO TIGHT, THIS WILL LEAVE SEVERAL MARKS AND ON A FINNISH PIECE WILL PUT ALL YOUR HARD WORK TO SHAME AS IT WILL TAKE AWAY THE NICE SMOOTH SHINE TO THE PIECE. SIMPLY HOLD THE PLIERS FIRMLY BUT GENTLE TO AVOID MARKING. IF YOU EVER LOOSE WHERE YOU LAST WAS ON A PIECE ITS ALWAYS HANDY TO MARK YOUR FIRST RING, I USUALLY CLIP A CLASP ON OR ADD A PIECE OF COLOURED WIRE ( SIMPLY WRAP A SMALL PIECE ONCE AND TWIST THE ENDS ) ITS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO ENSURE YOU CLOSE EACH JUMPRING FIRMLY AND PROPERLY OR IT WILL AFFECT THE LOOK OF YOUR DESIGN.