The aluminum scales of these dragon scalemaille earrings are weaved together with stainless steel rings (made with square wire). I painted the dragon on the top scale with red acrylic paint, and is topped with a clear layer of paint for a bit of protection. The ear wires up top are made with hypoallergenic silver plated surgical steel.
The length of these drop earrings, starting right below the ear wire, is 1 3/4 inches.
Scalemaille is a centuries old practice and has developed among many cultures. It came to use primarily for making armor. Modern 21st century use includes jewelry and clothing, in addition to cosplay and historical reenactments.