These gold filled jump rings are saw cut and polished to a high gleam. Spiderchain specializes in precious metal jump rings, and we take pride in the quality of our products. These rings are cleanly cut, consistently sized, and free of partial or mangled rings.
18ga Jump Rings – inch
|Inner Diameter||Rings per Troy Ounce|
Please note that the inner diameter listed is the size of the steel rod that we use to wind that ring size. The finished size will be a tiny bit larger (especially for big/thin rings) because the wire springs back a bit after being wrapped around the rod. And if you want rings with even larger inner diameters than are listed here, please visit the Large Aspect Ratio section of the site.
The rings/ozt numbers in this chart will be closest for sterling silver jump rings. The other metals that we use are slightly less dense than sterling silver. If you’re buying gold filled, brass or copper rings you will get a few more rings in an ounce than you see in the chart.
General Info About Goldfill (Yellow)
These rings are made with 14/20 gold filled wire. This means that the gold portion is 14 karat (14 parts pure gold, 10 parts other metals), and the gold portion is 1/20th the total weight of the wire. Unlike gold plating, which is often only a few atoms thick, gold fill is much thicker. As a result, the lifetime of gold fill items is measured in decades, not weeks. Additionally, gold filled jump rings are resistant to tarnishing. To remove dirt and oils, simply soak your chainmaille jewelry in soapy water, then rub briskly with your fingers or palms before rinsing and air drying.
The alloy of 14K gold used for these rings is the most common industry standard for yellow 14K. These rings should be a good color match for any 14/20 gold fill or solid 14 karat findings and components that you want to use.
For more information on the various colors of gold alloys, check out Ganoksin’s in-depth article on the topic. While you’re there, be sure to explore their vast range of information for jewelers.
Working with 18 Gauge Jump Rings
For the beginning chainmailler, 18 gauge is the Goldilocks of ring sizes. The rings are large enough to manipulate into place, yet thin enough to bend without too much struggle. The resulting jewelry is also a nice medium size: big enough to be substantial, yet small enough to look “intricate” rather than “bulky.” The student kits that accompany my first and second DVDs are based around 18 ga rings for just this reason. Once you get comfortable with chainmaille techniques, you may find that you prefer smaller or larger gauges, but this is a great place to start!
I am most comfortable using mismatched pliers for 18 gauge: flat-nose in my dominant hand and chain-nose in my off hand. Your technique may vary!