This page is partway through a major overhaul. Please pardon our dust…
I’ve barely gotten started with these millimeter sample pictures, and I’ll be updating very (very!) slowly. While you’re waiting for me to fill in some more samples, you may want to refer to the pictures of inch size weaves. If you find a sample there that you like, I’m happy to help you figure out what the nearest millimeter size would be. You can also refer to the size charts for millimeter recommendations.
This is the simplest of all possible chains. I’m including it both because it’s helpful to see the lower size limit for a particular gauge, and because sometimes you do want a really simple, chunky chain.
Also known as Byzantine, this is one of the first jewelry weaves that most maillers learn. My favorite ring sizes for Birdcage are quite tight – large wire gauge when compared to the mandrel size. Ring sizes that do well for Birdcage will also make a nicely snug European 4-in-1.
Please note that my math told me to use size 3.75M17 for a 17ga Birdcage, but it was just a tad too crowded in real life. 4M17 is a better size, and that’s a good reminder to always test before you commit to a size!
This is a really delightful variation of European 4-in-1. The sizes listed here should also work well for the alternating version that my assistant Elizabeth discovered.