Tiny Scale Comparisons (Part 2)

Click here to read Part 1 of my Tiny Scale Comparisons blog.

First, I decided to take the Fire Mountain Gems (FMG) tiny scales out for a spin.  The tiny scales sold by FMG are made in Korea.  Since they are so different from the others, I was curious to see what I could do with them. 

I like the range of colors available and the soft satin finish of the FMG scales.  I also like the smaller size – so adorable.  These tiny scales, however, are very thick with very small holes.

The first thing I tried to do was to make basic staggered and linear scale maille weave samples. I was unable to use the usual size jump rings for weaving with these tiny scales.  Due to the smaller hole size, I needed to use jump rings in a thinner gauge with a larger inner diameter, sacrificing jump ring strength.  I used 22g 1/8″ id jump rings.

I could not weave more than a handful of scales in a staggered fashion without the weave locking up on me (above left).  When weaving a basic linear scale chain, I was unable to get past the first 2 scales (above right). 


I was able to successfully construct the Shaggy Scales weave with the FMG tiny scales (above), and I was able to accomplish this with the usual 20g 7/64”id jump rings!

In my opinion, these scales are best suited for use as decorative embellishments, much like you would use a bead or a charm. 

I have successfully knitted and crocheted with the tiny original scales.  I was curious so see if I could knit and crochet with the FMG tiny scales, as the holes are only half the size of the originals. 

I was able to crochet using a very thin steel crochet hook (size 8) and cotton thread (above top).  I even managed to knit a small swatch using cotton thread and 1.5mm sock needles (above bottom). The knitting was very difficult.  The small knit swatch pictured took a couple of hours to make!

Next, I’m going to experiment with the new pink and yellow tiny scales.  I’ll present my findings in my next blog post.


  1. Hazel McSweeney

    March 27, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks for the info. Karen. Saves us a lot of mistakes

    1. Karen Karon

      March 27, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      You’re welcome, Hazel!

  2. Sherry

    March 27, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Very nice

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