Tiny Scale Comparisons (Part 2)
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.