Chain Maille ... No Longer Just For Knights


To keep the rings round, you will need to twist the ends open; never simply pull them apart. If you do pull the ends away from each other, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to get the ring to lie flat.

You will need to hold the ring with the cut ends in the 12 o'clock position and have the ring firmly grasped on either side. Try and cover as much of the ring with your pliers as possible to avoid twisting the ring out of shape. One end of the ring is pulled toward you

The shaggy weave is a fun weave that you can use just rings, beads or scales like in this tutorial.  You can make earrings, bracelet or's a great weave to start with.

Most importantly, have fun with it.

Required Materials:
14G (1.6mm) 6.35mm(1/4”)ID Anodized Aluminium Jump Rings x 8
Small Anodized Aluminium Scales x 16
1 pair of ear wires

Before you start: open all your jump rings.

Thread 2 scales onto an open jump ring (make sure

Japanese 12 in2 is a fabulously versatile weave.Although not difficult it can be fiddly for a beginner to take on.Keeping this in mind we have made available to you an easy to do project. This tutorial uses bright and anodised aluminium jump rings, but it looks as stunning in any metal.

Suggested Supplies:

14 G(1.6 mm) x7.94 mmID– 8(approx)**
14 G(1.6 mm) x6.35 mmID - 8(approx)**
16 G(1.2 mm) x3.97 mmID - 24(approx)**
** sizes used in tutorial images

1 pair ear wires
2 pairs

European 4in1 is a great place for beginners to start. This weave although best done with rings that have an Aspect Ratio of 3.5, it is very forgiving and you can use much larger rings and still get a nice looking piece.  

Suggested Supplies List (20cm or 8” chain):

0.8mm(20AWG)2.75mmID x 224 rings OR
1.0mm(18AWG)3.50mmID x 192 rings OR
1.2mm(16AWG)4.50mmID x 160 rings
1 clasp
2 pairs of pliers (any combination of chain, flat or bent nose)

Begin by opening

There are a lot of different reasons why people choose the metals they do...price point, allergies, colours. And the combinations are endless.

Just to help you decide which metal might be best for you project we have a small run down all the metals we use/sell at Aussie Maille.

  • Bright Aluminium
  • Anodized Aluminium
  • Anodized Niobium
  • Bronze
  • Copper
  • Stainless Steel
  • Sterling Silver



Bright Aluminium (BA)

Colour: Silver, very bright and shiny. (Be carful not

I am sure you will find this table useful to you when converting gauge systems. At Aussie Maille we try and keep the listed rings in one gauge system (AWG), but we also list both the gauge name and measurements so you can be sure of what the diameter of the wire is.


inches mm's Gauge inches mm's
0.128 3.25 10 0.102 2.59
0.166 2.95 11 0.091 2.3
0.104 2.