Ring and Wire Size

The wire type, wire size (Wire Diameter) and the bar size (Inner Diameter) used to create rings will depend on the purpose for the maille.

In mild steel a 1.57mm diameter wire around an 8mm bar is a good size for maille armour. 2mm wire around a 10mm bar will give about the same strength.

For jewellery, other sizes will be better, a .9 mm stainless steel wire around a 4mm bar gives a fine light mesh. 1.2mm aluminium wire around a 4mm or 6mm bar will produce a light mesh.

For bigger jewellery a stainless steel wire of about 1.2 to 1.5mm around a 6mm or 8mm bar is good.

Inner Diameter mm

Wire Diameter mm

Aspect Ratio

4in1

6in1

8in1

1.57

.3

5.23

yes

no

no

4

.9

4.44

yes

no

no

4

1.2

3.33

yes

no

no

6

1.2

5

yes

yes

no

8

1.57

5.1

yes

yes

no

10

1.57

6.36

yes

yes

yes

10

2

5

yes

yes

no

25

3

8.33

yes

yes

yes