Colorful Jump Ring Mixes for Chainmaille Jewelry

Mix Multiple Hues of Brilliant Anodized Aluminum to Create Fashionable Color Palettes

For many years we sold pre-made mixes of our Anodized Aluminum jump rings. Now, we’re sharing our exact “recipes” with you, so you can make your own mixes. Feel free to play adjust color quantities to make the palettes more pleasing to you!

If you’re not sure how to use the “percent” and “ratio” columns, see the explanation at the bottom of this post. Math is fun! Math is useful! :-)


berry anodized aluminum jump ring mix Color Percent Approx Ratio
violet 31 4
turquoise 31 4
purple 15 2
blue 15 2
pink 8 1



dragon jump ring mix Color Percent Approx Ratio
aluminum 10 1
black 15 1.5
green 30 3
iridescent gunmetal 15 1.5
lime 30 3



earth mix Color Percent Approx Ratio
blue 22 5.5
turquoise 22 5.5
green 32 8
brown 20 5
gold 4 1



Color Percent Approx Ratio
red 34 2
orange 34 2
gold 16 1
yellow 16 1



metallic jump rings Color Percent Approx Ratio
aluminum 20 1
black 20 1
iridescent gunmetal 20 1
brown 20 1
gold 20 1



Color Percent Approx Ratio
purple 33 2
violet 33 2
iridescent gunmetal 17 1
gold 17 1


Peacock Feathers

peacock jump rings Color Percent Approx Ratio
turquoise 38 3
violet 18 1.5
green 18 1.5
purple 13 1
gold 13 1



Color Percent Approx Ratio
red 38 3
orange 18 1.5
gold 18 1.5
brown 13 1
black 13 1


Rock On!

Color Percent Approx Ratio
pink 29 2
black 29 2
violet 14 1
iridescent gunmetal 14 1
aluminum 14 1



Color Percent Approx Ratio
blue 22 1
turquoise 45 2
aluminum 33 1.5



Color Percent Approx Ratio
blue 38 1.5
turquoise 38 1.5
purple 24 1

How To Use Percent and Approximate Ratio Columns To Determine How Many Rings You Need

You can approach making mixes in two ways, either using percent or ratios.

Percent – Use percent when you know the final quantity of rings you need. If you need 100 rings total for your piece, then you can simply use the numbers in the percent column as-is, because they add up to 100. If you need a different number, whether that is fewer or more, then multiple the total number needed by each percent. If your calculator doesn’t have percent function, then put a decimal in front of the number in the percent column.

Example: You need 230 colored rings to make a Rondo a la Byzantine bracelet and you’d like to use Peacock Feathers mix. Look at the percent figures in the table above. The first color is turquoise, which is 38%.

turquoise = 230 x 0.38 = 87.4

therefore, you need 87 turquoise rings. (You can follow normal rounding rules to eliminate fractions of rings … but honestly, 1 or 2 rings more or fewer in one particular color isn’t going to make a noticeable difference)

violet = 230 x 0.18 = 41.4

and so on, to determine the rest of the color quantities:

green = 41
purple = 30
gold = 30

Ratio – Using ratio is sometimes more straightforward for people who don’t like dealing with percentages. With this formula, you start with the color you need the least of (designated by a “1” in the Approximate Ratio column). Your starting color is your base. For other colors, multiply the ratio number by the base to determine how many to use.

Example: Let’s say you want to make Peacock Feathers mix. You only have 20 gold rings remaining in your stash, and you’d like to use them all. Gold is “1” in the ratio column, therefore, 1 = 20, and you’ll multiply other colors’ ratios by 20.

Purple has the same ratio (1), and so you need 20 purple rings as well.

Green and violet are each 1.5
1.5 x 20 = 30
therefore you need 30 of each green and violet rings

turquoise is 3
3 x 20 = 60
so you need 60 turquoise rings


We hope these recipes are useful to you so you can continue to create Blue Buddha color mixes for your jewelry!

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Barb Arnold
1 year 5 months ago

Thanks for the ratios. What about Unicorn mix? You will definitely be missed!!