Whether you’re just getting into chainmaille, or are an experience ‘mailler, aspect ratio is key in so many designs. Some patterns are a lot more picky than others (I think Jens Pind takes the cake on the picky side, while you can use just about anything for a classic Shaggy Loop). I got some interesting results when I messed up converting the aspect ratios for this pendant.
In fact, I liked the results so much that I made the same “mistake” in my lotus flower earrings.
The original pattern I found for the Celtic Visions pendant was in the Fall 2012 issue of Wirework Magazine. Here’s a chart of their original ring sizes and gauges, and what I converted. I did some rounding for the numbers to work with the set of mandrels I have (aka knitting needles).
|Original Ring Sizes||Converted Ring Sizes|
|16 guage 7.0mm||18 gauge 5.5mm|
|16 guage 5.5mm||18 gauge 4.5mm|
|16 guage 4.0mm||18 gauge 3.25mm|
|18 guage 3.5mm||20 gauge 2.75mm|
For those mathematicians out there the formula for calculating aspect ratio is AR = ID ÷ WD (inside diameter divided by wire diameter). Want to learn more about aspect ratio? Check out my post here.