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Sample Weaves Sample Weaves
These samplers are intended for visual learners. You will recive a small piece of the weave you purchase.
You may not choose the material or ring size you wish to see. These are pre-made
In the case of some weaves - like the persian family - starting from a small sample makes learning much easier!
AR: Aspect Ratio = ID/WireDia. Used as a way to compare ring sizes for weaves.
We have a detailed page on how to use AR - just click here
We have not tested all of the data collected for this page - some are partially tested / educated guesses. If you have any input or concerns about a ring size please email. Other sites with weave AR info
Chainmail Basket Weave AR chart
Zlosk's Aspect Ratio Chart
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Scale Flower
Price: US$6.45 /Each
SMScaleFlower
The Scale Flower is a great ornamental weave useful in jewelry, as a pendant or as an accent. It is rigid.
This weave takes 3 ring sizes.
With small scales the rings are 18g 1/4" OR 16g 1/4", 18g 3/16" and 19g 9/64".
With large scales the rings are 16g 3/8", 18g 1/4" and 19g 9/94". For sizes for triples and doubles see our kits area.
This sample is 1 flower made from the materials of our choice - likely aluminum.
Instructions are sold in the PDF area

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Combining European 4 in 1 & 6 in 1
Price: US$5.45 /Each
SM4AND6 The technique of using 6 in1 connected to 4 in 1 is useful to connect a denser piece of maille to a looser one. Examples of uses are to reinforce the chest on a shirt with 6 in 1, to make the underwire on a bra or to make a border on banner.

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AR for a tighter weave: 4.3
AR for a looser weave: 5.7
Best around AR: 5
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European 4 in 1
Price: US$3.25 /Each
SM4IN1 The most common weave of chainmail
Instructions are sold in the PDF area

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AR for a tighter weave: 2.8
AR for a looser weave: 6.5
Best around AR: 3.3
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European 4 in 1 45 deg seam
Price: US$6.60 /Each
SM4IN145 Making a 45 degree seem in Euro 4 in 1 is useful in attaching sleeves, making non-circular style coifs and bags and in making bikini cups.

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European 4 in 1 double (Kings mail)
Price: US$6.60 /Each
SM4IN1D Although Kings Maille (Euro 4 in 1 Double) looks like a good choice for armor it has negative qualities that make it a fairly poor choice. It is best used for ornamental applications as it doubles the weight of the finished piece. It can be used for armor with the main benefit that it is harder to have one of the butted rings open during use as the force would have to pull open 2 rings at a time.

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European 4 in 1 Riveted Mail
Price: US$6.60 /each
SM4IN1R This is a sample of Euro 4 in 1 with pin rivets.

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European 4 in 1 seam
Price: US$5.00 /Each
SM4IN1-seam This weave is used to seam 2 pieces of euro 4-1 together that are woven at 90 degrees to each other.

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AR for a tighter weave: 2.8
AR for a looser weave: 6.5
Best around AR: 3.3
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European 4 in 1 Triple
Price: US$8.70 /each
SM4IN1T Euro 4 in 1 Triple gets the same comments as Double: it looks like a good choice for armor, but its very heavy. It is best used for ornamental applications. It can be used for armor with the main benefit that it is harder to have one of the butted rings open during use as the force would have to pull open 3 rings at a time.

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Sample Piece of 22G 5/32'' Machine Welded Mail
Wire Dia.: 0.025" (0.635mm = 22g AWG)
Price: US$2.20 /each
~6500 pieces/each (by wt)
SM4IN1W Piece varies but is approx. 3" x 3"
You can specify any instock fabric - we may ship smaller pieces for more expensive materials.
~6500 pieces/each (by wt)
Actual ID: 0.15" (3.8 mm)  -->  AR: 6
Approx. Rings Per Sq Ft: 8395
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European 4 in 1 expanding (common way)
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SM4IN1X This technique is very useful and has many applications. Basically if you want to taylor Euro 4 in 1 you will want to know this weave.

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European 4 in 1 expanding (other way)
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SM4IN1X-other There are 2 ways to expand euro 4-1, this is the 2nd and less common way. Basically if you want to taylor Euro 4 in 1 you will want to know this weave.
Typically when euro 4-1 is "hanging open" rows are left-right and expansion is done by adding an extra row. This weave is for adding an extra column by this definition.

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European 6 in 1
Price: US$4.35 /each
SM6IN1 This weave has many uses. It is denser than 4 in 1 and can be a better solution when you're thinking about using King's Maille. It is a good structural weave and can be used in applications like baskets. In order to make armor with this weave the rings need to be tight - this makes it too dense and not very flexible. If the rings are larger they can become too loose and weak.
The higher the AR the looser and more open the weave - it will still work but it will start to separate with larger AR and hang in pairs of rings if hung open. Lower AR makes it tight and stiff. AR: 3.9 is very stiff.

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AR for a tighter weave: 4.3
AR for a looser weave: 5.7
Best around AR: 5
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Persian 6 in 1 Mail
Price: US$9.80 /Each
SM6IN1PM
This is an ornamental weave, most commonly seen in jewelry. It can be stiff and dense.

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Works around AR: 5.3
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European 8 in 1
Price: US$5.45 /Each
SM8IN1 This weave as similar, but worse, draw backs as Euro 6 in 1. For strength, the rings need to be tight, which makes it too dense and not very flexible. If the rings are larger they can become too loose and weak. With this many rings, the weave is also very heavy.
The higher the AR the looser and more open the weave - it will still work.

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Box Chain
Price: US$4.35 /Each
SMBOX Box is mainly used for ornamental and jewelry applications.

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AR for a tighter weave: 4.2
AR for a looser weave: 5
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Byzantine
Price: US$3.25 /Each
SMByzantine
Byzantine is a strong chain that is mainly used for ornamental and jewelry applications.
The tighter the AR the fewer connectors you can use between segments. An AR of 3.1 can only use one connector between segments whereas a large AR can use multiple connectors.
Instructions are sold in the PDF area

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AR for a tighter weave: 3.1
AR for a looser weave: 4.2
Best around AR: 3.5
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Byzantine Square Web Mail
Price: US$10.85 /Each
SMByzSQWEB This is byzantine made into a square web. The finished mesh only stretches on the diagonal.
It is a light, ornamental weave that is time consuming to make, but good for women's clothing or applications like plant holders.

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AR for a tighter weave: 3.5
AR for a looser weave: 4.2
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Byzantine Web Mail
Price: US$13.05 /Each
SMByzWEB This is byzantine made into a hex web. The finished mesh has more stretch than the square version.
It is a light, ornamental weave that is time consuming to make, but good for women's clothing or applications like plant holders.

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AR for a looser weave: 4.2
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Captive Inverted Round Mail
Price: US$8.70 /Each
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Celtic Star
Price: US$5.45 /Each
SMCelticStar
The Celtic Star is a great ornamental weave useful in jewelry, as a center piece in a circular weave or as an accent. It is rigid.
This weave takes 2 ring sizes. With a large ring AR 4.7 the small should be 4. Other AR combos work, however the wider the AR range the more likely the rings will overlap and spiral.
The large ring shown is 16g 5/16" and the small is 18g 3/16". You can also add little rings on the tip of the outter small rings to join them - if you do the size to use is 18g 1/8"
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Corduroy Hybrid Mail
Price: US$5.45 /Each
SMCOURDH
This is mainly an ornamental weave.

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Dragon Scale
Price: US$8.70 /Each
SMDRAGON This weave isn’t as strong as it looks - its only as strong as the weaker of the 2 ring sizes used. When made tight it can be quite heavy and not very flexible. This makes it difficult to use as armor but great for sculpture or structure. It is mainly an ornamental weave.
This weave takes 2 ring sizes. Some data shows that ratio of ring AR's works around 1.5. So if the small ring has an AR of 3.5 then the large is 3.5 x 1.5 = 5.25. Other AR ratios will work though.
The best guideline is that the small ring must always fit inside the larger. You can check this by finding the OD of the smaller ring and seeing if its less than the ID of the larger ring. OD=(ID in inches) + (wire size in inches) x 2

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Elf Weave Sheet
Price: US$10.85 /Each
SMELF Elf weave is a good chain and makes good jewelry. It can also be used as an ornamental seam in Euro 4 in 1.

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AR for a tighter weave: 3.5
AR for a looser weave: 4.8
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Sample Piece of 21G 7/32'' Machine Welded Mail
Wire Dia.: 0.025" (0.635mm = 22g AWG)
Price: US$3.00 /Each
~6500 pieces/Each (by wt)
Piece varies but is approx. 4" x 4"

~6500 pieces/Each (by wt)
Actual ID: 0.15" (3.8 mm)  -->  AR: 6
Approx. Rings Per Sq Ft: 8395
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Sample of INDUSTRIAL Machine Welded Mail
Wire Dia.: 0.021" (0.53mm = 24g AWG)
Price: US$3.00 /Each
~14400 pieces/Each (by wt)
Piece varies but is approx. 4" x 4"

~14400 pieces/Each (by wt)
Actual ID: 0.108" (2.7 mm)  -->  AR: 5.1
Approx. Rings Per Sq Ft: 16869
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Sample Piece of 24G 3/32'' Machine Welded Mail
Wire Dia.: 0.021" (0.53mm = 24g AWG)
Price: US$2.75 /Each
~14400 pieces/Each (by wt)
SMSS24332 Piece varies but is approx. 3" x 3"
~14400 pieces/Each (by wt)
Actual ID: 0.108" (2.7 mm)  -->  AR: 5.1
Approx. Rings Per Sq Ft: 16869
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Mobius Ball
Price: US$5.45 /Each
SMMOBIUS
Mobius balls are ornamental and make great accents. They are commonly used in jewelry and as the center piece in a circular weave.
The looser the ring used (higher AR) the more rings you can loop thru to make the mobius.

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AR for a tighter weave: 5.4
AR for a looser weave: 10
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Oriental 3 in 1
Price: US$8.70 /Each
SMOR3IN1 OR 3 in 1 is an open and loose weave that is extremely fast to weave. It drapes very well and is form fitting, making it an excellent choice for costumes and dance wear.

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Oriental 4 in 1
Price: US$6.60 /Each
SMOR4IN1 OR 4 in 1 can be open and loose and fast to weave. It drapes well, is form fitting and can be used for costumes like bra cups. It is not flexible when hung in a square - it has a bias. It can be made tight enough to use for armor.

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Oriental 6 in 1
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SMOR6IN1 OR 6 in 1 can be used for jewelry, costume wear, bra cups or the base for a circle. It drapes well, but has no stretch. It combines well with OR 4 in 1 and 3 in 1.

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Oriental 8 in 1
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Oriental Cube
Price: US$13.05 /each
SMORCUBE Great weave to make a toy, a structural element in a design, a hacky sac or a juggling "cube". It can also be used as an accent like a mobius ball.
The ring size to make this weave is very finicky.

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Works around AR: 2.5
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Persian 3 in 1
Price: US$3.25 /each
SMP3IN1
This is a good weave for jewelry. It can be used as a strap. It also works as an edge on Euro 4 in 1.

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AR for a tighter weave: 3.75
AR for a looser weave: 4.8
Best around AR: 4.1
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Persian 3 in 1 - Double
Price: US$5.45 /each
SMP3IN1D

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AR for a tighter weave: 5.9
AR for a looser weave: 7.6
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Persian 4 in 1
Price: US$3.25 /Each
SMP4IN1
This is a good weave for jewelry. It can be used as a strap.

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AR for a tighter weave: 4.3
AR for a looser weave: 5.5
Best around AR: 5
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Persian 6 in 1
Price: US$3.25 /Each
SMP6IN1
This is a good weave for jewelry and ornamental applications. It can be stiff and is weaker than other persian weaves

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AR for a tighter weave: 4.9
AR for a looser weave: 6.3
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Grizzly 8 in 1
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SMP8IN1 This is a complex weave that can be used as a chain.

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Persian edge on 4 in 1
Price: US$6.60 /Each
SMPEDGE
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Persian One and a Half
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SMPONEHALF
This is a good weave for jewelry.

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Persian 3 in 1 Rib
Price: US$6.60 /Each
SMPRIB This technique can be used to add a structural element to Euro 4 in 1. Examples are as the underwire in a bra or as boning in a corset.

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AR for a looser weave: 4.8
Best around AR: 4.1
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Ringmail
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Round Mail Chain in a Spiral
Price: US$6.60 /Each
SMRNDSP Typically used as a chain for jewelry.

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Round Mail Chain
Price: US$6.60 /Each
SMROUND Round mail is used for jewelry. The resulting chain is typically 'smushy'.

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AR for a tighter weave: 3
AR for a looser weave: 4.1
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Inverted Round Mail
Price: US$5.45 /Each
SMROUNDINV This is an ornamental weave.

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AR for a tighter weave: 4
AR for a looser weave: 4.3
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Scale Maille Sample
Price: US$10.85 /Each
SMSCALE
For large scales the 16g 5/16" ring is used for small scales the 18g 3/16" ring used

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Snake skin
Price: US$6.60 /Each
SMSNAKE This is Euro 4 in 1 with 2 ring sizes.

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Spiral Chain
Price: US$4.35 /Each
SMSPIRAL This is an ornamental, but strong weave. It will unwind its spiral. This weave works best in an AR close to 4.0 and not smaller

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