Recommended Jump Ring Sizes for Making Chain Maille Jewelry
Below is a chart for recommended jump ring sizes for making Chain Maille jewelry. The sizes listed below are for BASE METAL Jump Ring's. These jump ring recommendation's have been tested and approved for my jump rings only. I can not guarantee jump rings made by another supplier. If you want to make a 18" necklace, simply multiply the recommended rings per inch times 18 to get the total number of jump rings needed. Remember that the clasp also takes up room in the finished jewelry item. Remember to add a few extra jump rings when ordering for safe measure. It's better to have 10 extra than fall a few short in your design. The recommended BASE METAL jump ring sizes for making Chain Maille are listed below for your convenience with the ideal aspect ratio ( AR ) for that particular weave.
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Recommended Jump Ring Sizes for Making Chain Maille
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Recommended Jump Ring Sizes for making Chain Maille
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20ga
(.80mm)
 18ga
(1.02mm)
16ga 
(1.2mm)
14ga
(1.6mm)
 12ga
(2.0mm)
2.5mm I.D.   3mm I.D.      
22 rpi  18 rpi  r.p.i.  r.p.i.  r.p.i. 
2 in 2 Weave ( AR 3 - 3.5 )
Simple beginners chain pattern.
20ga
(.80mm)
 18ga
(1.02mm)
16ga 
(1.2mm)
14ga
(1.6mm)
 12ga
(2.0mm)
 3mm I.D.  4mm I.D.   6mm I.D.   
 27 r.p.i. 24 r.p.i.  r.p.i. 15 r.p.i. r.p.i. 
3 in 3 Weave ( AR 3.75 )
Simple beginners chain pattern.
20ga
(.80mm)
 18ga
(1.02mm)
16ga 
(1.2mm)
14ga
(1.6mm)
 12ga
(2.0mm)
 2.75mm I.D.or
7/64" I.D.
 3.5mm I.D. or
9/64" I.D.
  5mm I.D.   
 48 r.p.i.
32 r.p.i.  r.p.i. 24 r.p.i.  r.p.i. 
European 4 in 1 Weave ( AR 3.5 - 5 )
Simple beginners chain pattern.
20ga
(.80mm)
 18ga
(1.02mm)
16ga 
(1.2mm)
14ga
(1.6mm)
 12ga
(2.0mm)
 2.75mm I.D.
 3.5mm I.D. or
9/64" I.D.
4.5mm I.D. or
11/64"
5.25mm I.D.   
 32 r.p.i.
26 r.p.i.
24 r.p.i.
 20 r.p.i. 17 r.p.i.  r.p.i. 
Byzantine Weave ( AR 3.5 )
Beginners chain pattern.
20ga
(.80mm)
 18ga
(1.02mm)
16ga 
(1.2mm)
14ga
(1.6mm)
 12ga
(2.0mm)
 4mm I.D. or
5/32"
 5mm I.D. 
 
8mm I.D.   
24 r.p.i.
24 r.p.i.
r.p.i.
r.p.i. 12 r.p.i. r.p.i. 
Double Rope Weave ( AR 5 )
Beginners chain pattern.
20ga
(.80mm)
 18ga
(1.02mm)
16ga 
(1.2mm)
14ga
(1.6mm)
 12ga
(2.0mm)
 4.5mm I.D.
 5mm I.D. or
3/16" I.D.
 
8mm I.D.   
 r.p.i.
r.p.i.
24 r.p.i. 
r.p.i. 16 r.p.i. r.p.i. 
Box Weave ( AR 5 - 5.5 )
Beginners chain pattern.
20ga
(.80mm)
 18ga
(1.02mm)
16ga 
(1.2mm)
14ga
(1.6mm)
 12ga
(2.0mm)
 
 6mm I.D. &
3.5mm I.D.
7mm I.D. &
4.5mm I.D.
5.5mm I.D. &
9.0mm I.D. 
 
 r.p.i.
8.5 r.p.i. &
6.5 r.p.i.
7 r.p.i. &
5 r.p.i.
5.5 r.p.i. &
3.3 r.p.i.
r.p.i. 
Helm / a.k.a. Parallel Chain Weave
* Two sizes needed to assemble this chain pattern.
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