Confused by Aspect Ratio?
I thought you said it could be incorrect? Why don't I ever see it listed in your shop?
The aspect ratio of a chainmaille weave is generally considered to be a range of values describing the range of jump rings with which it is possible to make that particular weave. For example, European 4 in 1 will generally work when made with rings that have an aspect ratio between 3 and 5. In a perfect world those numbers are exact and scalable.
I do not run my shop in a perfect world. In my shop suppliers sometimes give me wire that is not precisely the right gauge. Because of this and other errors I find it to be too risky to rely on numbers for your products. I test every weave I offer and make sure that it works in the ring size I list, plus a margin of error. I work hard to ensure that my products never come to you in a size that "works on paper". My products are tested and proven.
For all the ladies out there my wife has another point to help you understand why I don't use aspect ratio in my shop.
You know your dress size right? Is it the same at every store? Just like your jean size I'm sure you rely heavily on the knowledge that your dress size will be the same in every brand, and at every store. I joke of course. I know that sizing changes between brands, and even between different product lines. Aspect ratio is a little bit like that.
That did help me understand but I think I’ll have to read and study it a bit more than just a straight read. I appreciate the description of how to do it. More importantly I want to thank u for sharing your knowledge!! Rona
Aspect ratio is a magic number. The ideal aspect ratio of a weave will tell you what rings will work for that weave. It is not confusing at all, but some people like to make it seem difficult. BTW 18 gauge wire is not necessarily 1 mm. Most of the world does not use AWG.