You can find pictures of individual chains on the size charts page, but when you’re trying to choose between sizes for a specific weave, it’s helpful to have a “family portrait” for that weave: a picture of all the good sizes side-by-side so you can see more clearly how they compare.
These family portraits were all photographed on my hand, which is a very medium hand-sized-hand. (I’m a woman, but I’m 5’10” with proportional hands.) I might someday add family portraits on a ruler, but I think it’s easier to choose sizes with a person for comparison, rather than a ruler.
Most of the family portraits that I have are for inch-size rings. The weaves are all listed alphabetically, so just scroll through to find the one you want. Many of the family portraits date from a time when I only offered 21ga through 14ga rings. I’ll be coming back to re-photograph those families with all the members (22ga through 10ga) present, on a nice white background.
This photo album is still pretty empty. I’ve been making millimeter rings since 2006, but I always reach for the inch rings first (I’m a creature of habit!) so the poor millimeter sizes don’t get nearly as much testing as they deserve. Happily, you can “cheat” by looking at the inch family portraits to find a gauge that you like for your weave, and then check the size charts page to see what millimeter ring size to use for that gauge. It’s a clunky workaround, but rest assured that I am working on the real thing.
Below this line there be dragons!
I am (slowly) working on separating the family portraits by weave instead of by measurement system. For some weaves I’ll also have some comments and examples. Other weaves will be shown with “just the facts” of comparison pictures and ring counts. I know it will take a while to get through all of them, but I do have a few finished, so thought I’d share. Please let me know what you think about this new format. Happy chainmailling!