Anodized Aluminum Rings - By The Ounce

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How to find the right ring size:

First, decide the chainmail weave you want to make:

20SWG(0.9mm/0.0354") Anodized Aluminum Guide
Ring Size Aspect Ratio #Rings/unit
of measure
Recommended for:
20SWG 1/8" ID 3.5 ~1250/OZ,
~
5000-1/4LB
Byzantine, Barrel Weave, Vipera Berus, Orc Weave, Celtic Visions(with 20SWG 3/16")
20SWG 9/64" ID 4.0 ~1125/OZ,
~
4500-1/4LB
European 4 in 1, Box Weave, Sweet Pea, Round Mail, Elf Weave
20SWG 5/32" ID 4.4 ~1000/OZ,
~4000-1/4LB
European 4 in 1, Box Weave, Round Mail
20SWG 3/16" ID 5.3 ~825/OZ,
~
3300-1/4LB
European 4 in 1, Box Weave, Half Persian 4 in 1, King's Mail(European 8 in 2), Kinged Vipera Berus, Full Persian 6 in 1, Dragon Back, Candycane, Celtic Visions(with 20SWG 1/8")

 

18SWG(1.2mm/0.047") Anodized Aluminum Guide
Ring Size Aspect Ratio #Rings/unit
of measure
Recommended for:
18SWG 1/8" ID 2.6 ~700/OZ,
~2800-1/4LB
Japanese 4 in 1/Jelly Cubes
18SWG 9/64" ID 3.0 ~625/OZ,
~2500-1/4LB
JPL(Jens Pind Linkage)
18SWG 5/32" ID 3.5 ~600/OZ,
~4800-1/2LB
Byzantine, Barrel Weave, Vipera Berus, Orc Weave, Celtic Visions(with 18SWG 1/4")
18SWG 3/16" ID 4.0 ~500/OZ,
~4000-1/2LB
European 4 in 1, Box Weave, Sweet Pea, Round Mail, Elf Weave, Dragonscale(with 18SWG 5/16"), Helm Chain(with 18SWG 5/16")  USED FOR SCALEMAIL SIZE-SMALL
18SWG 7/32" ID 4.6 ~450/OZ,
~3600/1/2LB
European 4 in 1, Box Weave, Round Mail
18SWG 1/4" ID 5.3 ~400/OZ,
~3200/1/2LB
European 4 in 1, Box Weave, Half Persian 4 in 1, King's Mail(European 8 in 2), Kinged Vipera Berus, Full Persian 6 in 1, Dragon Back, Candycane, Celtic Visions(with 18SWG 5/32")  USED FOR SCALEMAIL SIZE-MEDIUM
18SWG 9/32" ID 6.2 ~350/OZ,
~2800/1/2LB
European 6 in 1, King's Mail(European 8 in 2)
18SWG 5/16" ID 6.8 ~325/OZ,
~2600/1/2LB
European 6 in 1, King's Mail(European 8 in 2), Dragonscale(with 18SWG 3/16"), Helm Chain(with 18SWG 3/16")

 

16SWG(1.6mm/0.063") Anodized Aluminum Guide
Ring Size Aspect Ratio #Rings/unit
of measure
Recommended for:
16SWG 3/16" ID 3.0 ~285/OZ
~2300/1/2LB
JPL(Jens Pind Linkage)
16SWG 7/32" ID 3.5 ~250/OZ,
~2000/1/2LB
Byzantine, Barrel Weave, Vipera Berus, Orc Weave
16SWG 1/4" ID 4.0 ~225/OZ,
~1800/1/2LB
 European 4 in 1, Box Weave, Sweet Pea, Round Mail, Elf Weave
16SWG 9/32" ID 4.5 ~200/OZ,
~1650/1/2LB
 European 4 in 1, Box Weave, Round Mail
16SWG 5/16" ID 5.0 ~185/OZ,
~1500/1/2LB
 European 4 in 1, Box Weave, Half Persian 4 in 1, Full Persian 6 in 1, Dragon Back  USED FOR SCALEMAIL SIZE-LARGE
16SWG 3/8" ID 6.2 ~145/OZ,
~1150/1/2LB
European 6 in 1, European 4 in 1, Box Weave, King's Mail(European 8 in 2), Kinged Vipera Berus

 

14SWG(2.0mm/0.0787") Anodized Aluminum Guide
Ring Size Aspect Ratio #Rings/unit
of measure
Recommended for:
14SWG 5/16" ID 4.0 ~100/OZ,
~850/1/2LB
European 4 in 1, Sweet Pea, Elf Weave, Dragonscale(with 14SWG 1/2")
14SWG 3/8" ID 4.8 ~90/OZ,
~725/1/2LB
European 4 in 1, Half Persian 4 in 1

-Smaller wire gauges like 20SWG come in much smaller ring sizes, and so can be more difficult to weave with since it's hard to see what you're doing.  Big wire gauges like 14SWG come in bigger ring sizes, which makes it easier to see what you're doing but are physically harder to manipulate.  If you're not sure which gauge you should use initially, it's a good idea to pick the middle gauges like 16SWG or 18SWG as they strike a good balance between strength, size, and ease of use for most people.

Aspect Ratio:

-Once you've decided which wire gauge to use, you can pick the ring size(s) you need based on each ring size's Aspect Ratio.  Aspect Ratio(AR) is the most important factor when picking ring sizes because every chainmail weave design has it's own AR number requirements, as well as it's Ideal AR.  The Ideal AR value for each weave is found by trial and error until a weave has both sufficient flexibility and aesthetic “tightness.”

AR=Inside Diameter/Wire Diameter(+Springback - blade kerf)----  For example 16SWG 1/4" ID would be:
(1/4")0.25/0.063(16SWG)=3.97, then we round up to 4.0 after accounting for a very small amount of springback when they are coiled. then minus a tiny amount accounting for saw blade kerf.

The Ideal AR value for each weave is found by trial and error until a weave has both sufficient flexibility and aesthetic “tightness.”  Generally speaking, if a weave is too tight/not flexible with a certain ring size, a higher AR is needed. On the other hand, if a weave is too loose/not holding its shape, a lower AR is usually needed. If you are a beginner, we'd recommend the higher end of the range of AR's as they can be easier to work with.  

You can find each ring size's Aspect Ratio(AR) next to each ring size in the charts above.

  • Ring counts are approximate based on weight, and counts can vary from batch to batch and color to color, so be sure to order plenty for what you need for a single project at a time!
  • If you have any questions feel free to contact us!
    chainmailjoe@gmail.com

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Reviews

  • 5
    18g 3/16

    Posted by Karen on Jul 12th 2024

    Super fast shipping. Quality consistent product. Highly recommend

  • 5
    Anodized Aluminum

    Posted by Scott on Jul 3rd 2024

    I am extremely happy with these rings. Chainmail Joe has my business from now on.

  • 5
    Anodized jump rings

    Posted by Christian Bowman on Jul 1st 2024

    Very good quality and fair prices. I am a beginner at chainmail art and this has helped me get a good start.

  • 5
    Rings

    Posted by Teresa D on Jun 28th 2024

    By far the best materials / rings I have purchased. They are great quality and the colors are so vibrant. Shipping was very fast. I've placed several orders and will keep ordering! Love Chainmail Joe!!!

  • 5
    I just buy anodized rings and am very happy with your products.

    Posted by Bonnie Joyce Lindsay on Jun 24th 2024

    I find a few to break, but the percentage is so low, it's not an issue, well worth the price!

  • 5
    Perfection

    Posted by Krystal Minton on Jun 7th 2024

    That was my third order and as usual, this company never fails to impress me with their products and customer service. They are my Go To for all things chainmail rings.

  • 5
    Excellent quality

    Posted by Sarah Petroff on May 28th 2024

    I’m making my first Byzantine bracelet using the silver rings and my fiancé tried using these gold ones to fiddle with his scale mail he’s had for years, both are excellent quality and I will be buying more from here! Came in the mail when it said it would arrive and I’m happy.

  • 4
    Good rings, but be careful not to over-twist when opening

    Posted by Johanna on May 27th 2024

    This is my first time working with AR 2.6 rings. They are quite tiny, and I inadvertently over-twisted/cracked quite a few before getting the feel for them.

  • 5
    Would buy again

    Posted by aimee doucette on May 22nd 2024

    Absolutely love them!