I usually list my byzantine (and other chains) by wire or ring gauge -- what this means is the diameter of the wire used to make the rings that are woven together to make the finished chain. Each chainmaille weave has a ring size (wire gauge to inner diameter of the ring) that is ideal for creating that weave, so in essence, each weave can be made in different sizes depending on the wire gauge of the rings! Confused yet? Let's take a look at some photos.
|steel & 10k gold byzantine chain|
|bronze & half-round sterling silver byzantine chain|
Here's a photo I took recently to show the size difference in byzantine, starting with the thickest one I make (14 gauge). The order is this: 14 gauge, 16 gauge (shown in a hybrid barrel form), 18 gauge, and 20 gauge.
|Byzantine size comparison (14 gauge, 16 gauge, 18 gauge, 20 gauge)|
So, the next time you're about to buy a handmade piece of byzantine chain, you might want to stop and make sure it's the thickness/size you want! ^_~