jump rings This page is not being updated currently, but we're leaving it here for our die-hard fans, and those that are used to coming here for ring counts. Eventually, we will re-work this page and include much more information, but for now, please pardon its dust, and visit our stats page to find out which common weaves work for our ring sizes.

This page will help you calculate how many base metal rings you'll need for specific weaves. We're working on filling in the blank spaces as we complete more sample pieces. In the meantime, if you want a ring estimate for base metal weaves, or for sterling weaves not listed, let us know and if we can, we'll figure it out for you.

Note: This is very much a work in progress, and you'll notice a lot of gaps. We're working on it!


Example Chart (recommended Aspect Ratio range listed here)
If the weave is known by multiple names, they'll be listed here.
RING
NAME
fractional inch
mm
(Average)
Aspect
Ratio
rings per
inch
rings for
7.5"
(women's
bracelet)
rings for
18"
(short
necklace)
Additional comments found here.

Note: all gauges on this page are SWG. You can click on a ring name to pull up the exact measurements (inch and mm) for the wire diameter and the ID after springback. The AR listed is the average for aluminum, copper, brass, bronze and steel rings in that size, so the actual AR of the ring you're using may differ.


Rings are listed in order of increasing inner diameter (and hence, usually increasing wire thickness).
For more details on using the charts, please read the notes at the bottom of the page.


Select a weave (Aspect Ratio in parenthesis):
Box (4.6 - 5.5)
European 4-in-1, 3 rows (3.7 - 5.0)
European 4-in-1, 5 rows
European 4-in-1, other row counts

Box (Aspect Ratio 4.6 - 5.5 for standard Box; 4.1 - 4.3 for flattened box)
also known as Queen's Chain, Queensmaille
D20 20g 1/8"
20g 3.2 mm
4.2 44
inch
330
bracelet
792
necklace
This size yields a flattened box. The weave still works, but because the aspect ratio is so low, the rings don't have enough space to fully expand into a square shape, and the weave looks more like a rectangle. This "smooshing" of the weave makes it sleek and dense.
F20 20g 5/32"
20g 4.0 mm
5.2 32
inch
240
bracelet
576
necklace
 
H18 18g 3/16"
18g 4.8 mm
4.2 24
inch
180
bracelet
432
necklace
This size yields a somewhat flattened box, especially in copper. The weave still works, but because the aspect ratio is so low, the rings don't have enough space to fully expand into a square shape, and the weave looks more like a rectangle. This "smooshing" of the weave makes it sleek and dense.
J18 18g 7/32"
18g 5.6 mm
5.0 20
inch
150
bracelet
360
necklace
Ring counts to come.
L18 18g 1/4"
18g 6.4 mm
5.5 18
inch
135
bracelet
324
necklace
Ring counts to come.
P16 16g 5/16"
16g 7.9 mm
5.5 16
inch
120
bracelet
324
necklace
Ring counts to come.

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European 4-in-1, 3-rows (Aspect Ratio 3.7 - 5.0 for traditional weave; AR 2.9 - 3.6 for tight version)
also known as Mesh
Because this is a flat weave, keep in mind that the weave may not lay as you want for necklaces (chokers and short necklaces are better). Generally European 4-in-1 is done in 5 rows or more, and 3-row ribbons in the smaller sizes can be somewhat weak, so be extra gentle! See below for for a 5-row chart and instructions on how to calculate for more rows.
AAA24 24g 1/16"
24g 1.6 mm
2.9 --
inch
--
bracelet
--
necklace
Ring counts to come. Very difficult - small rings, and a snug weave.
B22 22g 3/32"
22g 2.4 mm
4.0 36
inch
240
bracelet
576
necklace
Tiny rings; can be difficult to weave, and probably not suitable for beginners!
D20 20g 1/8"
20g 3.2 mm
4.2 24
inch
180
bracelet
432
necklace
 
F18 18g 5/32"
18g 4.0 mm
3.5 21
inch
158
bracelet
378
necklace
Very snug.
H18 18g 3/16"
18g 4.8 mm
4.2 18
inch
135
bracelet
324
necklace
 
J18 18g 7/32"
18g 5.6 mm
5.0 --
inch
--
bracelet
--
necklace
Ring counts to come.

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European 4-in-1, 5-rows (Aspect Ratio 3.7 - 5.0 for traditional weave; AR 2.9 - 3.6 for tight version)
also known as Mesh
Because this is a flat weave, keep in mind that the weave may not lay well for long necklaces (chokers work best). My favorite way to clasp 5-row and wider bracelets in this weave is with a slide clasp. See above for ring counts for 3-rows, and below for instructions on how to calculate for more rows..
AAA24 24g 1/16"
24g 1.6 mm
2.9 --
inch
--
bracelet
--
necklace
Ring counts to come. Very difficult - small rings, and a snug weave.
B22 22g 3/32"
22g 2.4 mm
4.0 60
inch
450
bracelet
1080
necklace
Tiny rings; can be difficult to weave, and probably not suitable for beginners!
D20 20g 1/8"
20g 3.2 mm
4.2 40
inch
300
bracelet
720
necklace
 
F18 18g 5/32"
18g 4.0 mm
3.5 35
inch
263
bracelet
630
necklace
Very snug.
H18 18g 3/16"
18g 4.8 mm
4.2 30
inch
225
bracelet
540
necklace
 
J18 18g 7/32"
18g 5.6 mm
5.0 --
inch
--
bracelet
--
necklace
Ring counts to come.

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European 4-in-1, other row counts (Aspect Ratio 3.7 - 5.0 for traditional weave; AR 3.2 - 3.6 for tight version)
also known as Mesh
Especially if you're using smaller rings, you may want a bracelet or choker with more than 5 rows. Note: I prefer doing odd-numbered rows (ie 7, 11 or even 23) because the weave is then symmetrical on both sides, but this is just a matter of preference.

To determine how many rings you'll need, follow these instructions:
1) find your ring size on the chart below,
2) multiply the base number listed by the number of rows you want
(this will give you the per-inch estimate),
3) multiply that number by the total length you'd like.

For example: I'd like a 7-row bracelet using D19 rings. I have a small wrist, and only need 6 inches of material, because my clasp will take up an additional 0.5 inch.

Formula:
8 (base number) x 7 (number of rows) x 6 (length of weave in inches) = 336 rings needed.

AAA24 24g 1/16"
24g 1.6 mm
2.9 --
base number
Weaving Euro 4-1 in this size is not suitable for beginners! But, once you've mastered the weave and have worked your way down to smaller and smaller rings, this size is absolutely stunning, especially with cuffs that are 12 or more rows wide. Like metal silk.
B22 22g 3/32"
22g 2.4 mm
4.0 12
base number
 
D20 20g 1/8"
20g 3.2 mm
4.2 8
base number
 
F18 18g 5/32"
18g 4.0 mm
3.5 7
base number
Makes a great cuff with 7 rows.
H18 18g 3/16"
18g 4.8 mm
4.2 6
base number
My favorite size for a 7-row choker.
J18 18g 7/32"
18g 5.6 mm
5.0
base number
  Ring Counts to Come.

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To use the charts:

Each chart begins by listing the ring name. For my ring names, the number is the gauge (in sterling's case, AWG) and the letter represents the inner diameter, which is defined in mm and inch terms in the next box. Clicking on a ring name will bring you to the stats page, which lists exact measurments for each metal along with a few other weaves that work well with that ring. (You can also read more about the ring sizes in the Resources section.)

The next box gives the average Aspect Ratio of the ring. The subsequent three boxes show:

  • the approximate ring count per inch
  • ring count for 7.5 inches (women's bracelet)
  • rings for 18 inches (short necklace)

Note that the 7.5- and 18-inch estimates are for exactly that amount of weave, without consideration for space taken up by clasps, beads, etc. I have rounded the per-inch figures up to the nearest whole ring, and you may want to round up even higher when ordering rings. (In general, rounding up is highly recommended; it is always better to have 20 rings too many, than to be 1 ring short! And no one wants to spend 20 minutes on the floor looking for that elusive ring that flew across the room...)

If you want to create a piece that is not 7.5 or 18 inches, simply multiply the per-inch estimate by how many inches you want the finished piece to be.

The final box gives additional information (if any) specific to that size ring for that particular weave.

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Still have questions about your project? Let me know and I'll try to help.