Jump Rings vs. Split Ring Construction

Jump Ring Construction

Scale maille made with single loop jump rings have a looser, more liquid feel than split rings.

Jump rings are of lighter durability than split rings and may require light maintenance from time to time.

Jump rings are available in many colors, materials, and sizes.

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Split Ring Construction

Scale Maille using split rings gives a quieter, tighter weave than jump rings.

Split rings are overlapping keychain like rings that are wound on with specialized pliers.

While much slower to construct, split rings rarely if ever require maintenance and are intended for actual physical use.

Meant for longevity and practicality split rings are uncoated and will create rub marks on the fabric it is installed on.
Fabric lining is available for an additional fee.