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Chain mail / Chainmaile Weave instructions

Okay, I guess I still had my chainmalle weaves (aka patterns)how to instructions posted on an old domain, but here they are… Depicting the European 4 in 1, 6 in 1, and 8 in 1 weaves, Oriental 4 in 1 and 6 in 1 weaves (these are really cool, time consuming, but cool). Also what was known as king’s maille, and the spiral weaves.

Take a look at Dakar’s Armory.

I’ll post my how-to’s for making the rings themselves. Not sure how the price of metal these days will impact this fascinating hobby. Although I did make a few thousand bucks selling them in bulk on eBay a while back over a year or so, the workload trying to actually turn a profit was enormous. I do have the 4 in 1 chainmaille shirt that I made from 14ga galvanized steel in storage, dang thing weighs around 50lbs! Have to dig that out sometime and get some pics.

More Chainmail

Oh so true……

chainmail_poster

I didn’t think there would be any arguments on that one.

Chainmail, a pleasant distraction

As the image states, what it lacks for in deflection is MORE than made up for in distraction.

Very easy on the eyes…

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Oriental 6in1 Dice Bag

Here is a couple of images taken of an example of Oriental 6in1 chainmaille, this handy little dice bag sold like hotcakes in kit form.  As soon as I run across the .pdf I created for the construction of this I’ll post it as well.

Made from 3/8″ and 3/16″ galvenized steel rings.

Traditional 4 in 1 Maille

Just some pics I took when I was producing chainmaille rings for sale and weaving part time.

Chain Maille designs

Just need to store these pics in a safe place… one day I may get back into weaving steel and aluminum again.

 

Dakar’s Armory

Okay, I guess I still had my chainmalle weaves (aka patterns)how to instructions posted on an old domain, but here they are… Depicting the European 4 in 1, 6 in 1, and 8 in 1 weaves, Oriental 4 in 1 and 6 in 1 weaves (these are really cool, time consuming, but cool). Also what was known as king’s maille, and the spiral weaves.

Take a look at Dakar’s Armory.

I’ll post my how-to’s for making the rings themselves. Not sure how the price of metal these days will impact this fascinating hobby. Although I did make a few thousand bucks selling them in bulk on eBay a while back over a year or so, the workload trying to actually turn a profit was enormous. I do have the 4 in 1 chainmaille shirt that I made from 14ga galvanized steel in storage, dang thing weighs around 50lbs! Have to dig that out sometime and get some pics.

Chain Mail design idea pix

Just some pix of things made in chainmail that I found on my hard drive…  I’ve mastered all of the weaving techniques to replicate them, some I’ve replicated in the past and others I hadn’t even started on.  There are a number of posts from years ago (mostly salvaged from old webpages I had up at some point) located under the chainmaille category.  One of these days I’ll find the rest of my archived pages and pics to make them into real WP pages.  I created detailed weaving instructions for most of the popular weaves to share with all you would be steel and aluminum weavers out there!

Chain Mail Dice Bag

Still digging pictures off an old file server and finding more and more chain mail projects that I created. Here is a Dice Bag that I created and actually sold a few dozen ‘kits’ and a number of pre-made, the Dungeons and Dragons fans went crazy over them. As well as a school in Colorado that I supplied a few hundred bucks worth of rings to for the kids for Renasance Fairs. I was never able to gain permission from the all of the kids parents that were photgraphed at the fair making them so I can’t post them. But the kids had a great time so it was time and effort very well spent.

I’ve still got the instructions for assembly around somewhere and may post them when I can find them.

These were created using the Oriental 6-in-1 weave (my instructions page)

Dicebag
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dice bag with a pop can in it
With a pop can inside to demonstrate the interior space (yeah I know it’s unleaded pop)

Chain mail cross inlay

Found a scan of an inlay of a celtic cross I’d created to add to my chainmail shirt and thought I’d share a picture of it to share.
Cross inlay

I still need to make a few hours to weave it into my shirt. This was created using 14ga brass rings to outline the black rings, these were created from 14ga galvanized steel rings painted with high temp grill paint, so far with the amount of handling it has received the painting has stood up very well. My daughter has enjoyed showing off my work at school for a teacher who does a semester on the Dark Ages (Jr. High) and even after she has long since moved on the teacher requests samples of my work each year for demonstrations for her current class.

She gets a kick out of having a dad who’s a total redneck, rides a 30 year old Goldwing in spring and summer, but generally is a shirt and tie to work as a network engineer, but still makes time to learn and do strange things like creating chainmaille. Go figure. Though my plans to build a forge out back sort of got nixed by Angel as going a bit too far, I wanted to try my hand at learning how to forge my own swords and plate mail armor. For now I’ll settle for those I’ve collected thus far. But still on the lookout for a full suit of plate mail just for fun.