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Looking for a pattern

A friend has asked me to make a chain maille head dress for her.  She wants netting on the top, a band around her head, then netting and beads to form a veil.  Does anyone know where I can find a pattern for a piece like this?  It is not being done…

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  • Hello... I am new to Maillers Worldwide and love all the beautiful jewelry. I am excited about getting started and making my own work.
    • Welcome, Tanna... have a great time browsing the gallery and ask questions anytime!
  • Hi everyone I just started working with maille a few days ago and am having trouble finding the right size jump rings I need to make a wallet chain for my boyfriend for Christmas. I know i want to use 14 gauge stainless steel...YES I know it will be hard to work with but my boyfriend puts everything through hell so I need it to basically be bulletproof. My question is what ID do I need for that gauge to keep the AR between 3.2 to 4.2? Thanks in advance!
    • Hi Tiffany. I use 16 ga rings from the ring lord. Since there are two different gauges you do need to go by wire dia. 14 would be very heavy and very hard on the hands. I have done them in Sweet Pea, Byxantine, and Barrel and all hold up to stress.
    • Hi Tiffany! Start with determining what gauge measurement your rings' vendor is using: AWG or SWG. It's most likely the latter but don't take my word on it: measure your wire or contact your vendor. You can also use this chart: to help. From there you can reverse calculate the AR you want. Look here: and scroll down to "chainmaille in general" which describes how to calculate, and reverse-calculate, Aspect Ratio. The thing is, the only way to be accurate is to measure your wire's ID. Let us know if you need more help! Celeste
      • Ok thank you so much. I am just starting out so at this point I don't have a specific vendor. Just trying to find the best price for the gauge and material I need to use. Thanks so much for your help Celeste!
        • I have made a few wallet chains out of stainless steel and found that 16 swg 5/16" rings make a good half persian and full persian the full persian is chuncky and very strong.
  • A little more info I saw over there.
    I have never been active on that forum, so I don't know as much as someone who is active over there, but I hope that gives you idea of where to start. Maybe ask some of the people who are in one of the threads I pointed to if anyone is messing with it these days. Good luck!
  • I haven't seen mention of the Chainmaille Book Project in many years, Debbie. The only real info that popped up on a Google Search was this post on M.A.I.L. from 2007:
    So I am guessing it probably didn't get finished. (Tho that's just a guess.) I would ask on the forum over at M.A.I.L. if you are very interested. This forum is not frequented by very many people these days.
  • How do you join the The Chainmaille Book Project? Thanks
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