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stu_clouds
17-12-2011, 11:32 AM
Hi,

I am fancying adding some Maille work to my jewellery ranges and would like to just ask what sizes and thickness of jump rings you would recommend to use, i am looking to make bracelets and necklaces approx inch wide. Help is greatly appreciated.

Regards

Stuart

mizgeorge
17-12-2011, 12:07 PM
The gauge of wire and ID of rings depends entirely on the weave you want to try.

There are some great resources to try, including

www.cgmaille.com
www.mailleartisans.org

A good starting point for a flat wide weave would be Euro 4-1, which is pretty forgiving in terms of aspect ratio (the relationship between gauge and inner diameter), but rings made from 1mm wire with a 3.5mm ID would be a good starting point. These can be used for dozens of other weaves as well, including the basic byzantine chain that most people start out with.