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Chainmail Rings and Supplies

West Coast Chainmail is bringing the same jeweler's saw quality cut links to you that we use in our own products. These links are cut with a 0.010" (0.25 mm) or thinner saw to ensure that the minimum amount of material is removed from each ring, preserving the shape of the ring while giving a smooth closure. Following the cutting process, we tumble each batch of rings to remove any errant burrs. Chainmail made from these rings is a real pleasure to roll through your hands or wear as it will not snag, chafe, or scratch.

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We offer a number of different materials and sizes here, but if you want a material or size that you don't see here, please ask - chances are that we can make it for you. Links are priced by the hundred (so you can get the small quantities you need) with discounts at 300, 500, 1000, and 2500 or more links (3, 5, 10, and 25 or more units of 100) of a given size, material, and color (to give you the best price when working on those large projects). Ring counts are calculated using the measured density, measured wire diameter, and measured link diameter and have tolerances of +/- 3%. In pictures of individual links, the link on the left is in the "as cut" condition, while the link on the right is closed to show the quality of the closure when using our links.  We do our best to reduce your shipping costs through the use of USPS flat rate boxes.  Whether you are in the US or overseas, this can save you quite a bit on shipping!

Listed link diameters are all inside diameters.  The nominal link inside diameter (ID) is the mandrel diameter.  Please note that due to the phenomenon known as "springback," the actual link inside diameter is typically larger than the mandrel diameter - please see the data for each individual link for the actual link inside diameter as well as the aspect ratio (the ratio of link inside diameter to wire diameter, often abbreviated 'AR') of each link.

All wire gauges are listed in Standard Wire Gauge for simplicity's sake. Typically, SWG is used for ferrous materials and AWG is used for non-ferrous materials. In the past, I found that the different scales can cause confusion. Note that the actual measured wire diameter is noted along with the approximate Standard Wire Gauge. For reference, the tolerances of SWG on this site are as follows:


SWG Diameter (Inches)
14 0.078 - 0.081
16 0.058 - 0.064
18A* 0.049 - 0.051
18 0.045 - 0.048
19 0.039 - 0.041

*Note - 18A is really the same as 16AWG.  We used to classify all wires from 0.045" - 0.051" as 18SWG, but since we now carry stainless steel in both 0.048" and 0.051", we needed to differentiate.  


Please see the table in each ring item for specific data on that ring. Missing data will be filled in as soon as it is available - if you need a particular measurement, please do not hesitate to drop us an email and we will get it for you!  Also, please note that there may be small variations in link dimensions due to variations in wire supply from batch to batch.

Regarding Photographs of Rings:  Note that photographs show rings of the same material and wire size as the specific product, but not necessarily the same inside diameter.  The photographs are intended to show the qualities of the rings, but not their exact size.  Rings shown on a gray background were photographed outdoors in cloudy conditions on an 18% gray card.  Please refer to the table in each specific item for data on any given ring.


 

Galvanized Steel
Galvanized Steel
Dark Annealed Steel
Dark Annealed Steel
Dull Aluminum
Dull Aluminum
Aluminum 5356 (Bright Aluminum)
Aluminum 5356 (Bright Aluminum)
Red Brass
Red Brass
Yellow Brass
Yellow Brass
Bronze
Bronze
Copper
Copper
Nickel Silver
Nickel Silver
Anodized Aluminum
Anodized Aluminum
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Clasps
Clasps