My Chain Mail Projects

Chainmail Shirt

The very first project that I attempted is making a chainmail shirt. The way that I accomplished is by creating chains of European 4 in 1 that were long enough to go around my shoulders, and then connecting them lengthwise up my torso until I got to my armpit. I created this chainmail shirt with rings that are 1/4 inch in diameter, made out of a 16 gauge (.0508 inch diameter)  wire. I don't know how many rings a longer chainmail shirt might take, but this chainmail shirt was made out of about 20,000 rings. It weighs about 17 pounds.

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Chainmail Glove

One of the projects that I have undertaken, and completed, is making a chainmail glove. Because of the lack of good instructions online, I had to troubleshoot my way through the entire process.  I started by making all five fingers, checking my progress to make sure each finger fit. I then proceeded to connect all of the fingers together and fill in the rest of the glove.  I used about 3,000  rings for the glove, 

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Chainmail Juggling Ball

This project was the easiest one to date. Using a half-inch diameter ring to form the top of the ball, I then proceeded to expand the European 4 in 1 weave with 1/4 inch diameter stainless steel rings in a circular fashion until they formed exactly half the ball. Once I made the second half, I connected them in the middle and stuffed a cloth in the center to act as stuffing for the ball. I colored some of the rings gold by heating them in a flame. 

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Dragonscale Chainmail Bracer

I have always loved the way that dragonscale chainmail looks, so I decided to make something from it. Since dragonscale requires two different size rings, I used 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch 16 gauge galvanized steel rings. Technically it isn't quite finished, as I still need to find a way to hold it to my arm, but the chainmail part is finished. Although it does look cool, dragonscale is such a dense weave that it becomes very heavy when you try to use it as armor. But that's just a minor detail. Dragonscale Tutorial.

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Chainmail Heart

I made this chainmail heart one weekend when I was bored. Since it turned out so well, I decided to make a tutorial for it and sell it on Etsy.

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