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1957819 No.1957819 [Reply] [Original] [archived.moe]

Has anyone ever tried to make chain mail? Now that it's winter and I cant spend time outside I'd maybe like to try and make a chain mail shirt. I have lots of heavy guage house hold copper wire to use but that might be too flimsy.


>> No.1957820
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this would be so sic to make

>> No.1957888
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Yes I have, with both aluminium like in your pic and steel like in your vids.
I think the coiling jig in the first vid looks pretty nice,
Copper might be heavy but also quite soft and will distort under its own weight, not to mention turn your skin green (aluminium stains your skin black). Cutting your coil with snip plyers also leaves a pointy end on your ring that will catch even if you close the ring tight (you can see them in your second vid. Some people use a dremel tool or a fine saw to cut the rings instead and get flat ends for this very reason
If I had to do one again today, I would use spring washers

>> No.1957896

I did this for a couple months. Gets tedious and boring very quickly.

>> No.1957897

It's super easy but ultra time consuming. Make your jig, roll a whole bunch of coils, use a fine jewelers saw to cut down the middle of the coil to make a shitton of rings, then sit on the couch and make the rings into little 5-ring patches (arranged like the 5 on dice) while you listen to the radio or something. Make sure you wear gloves or use pliers because the edges of the rings may be sharp.

Also, don't fall into the trap of trying to making riveted chain. Butted is perfectly fine and you can have a metal shop heat treat it once you're finished if you're concered about the malleability of the annealed wire. You can also electroplate if you want, but do powdercoating to the coils before you cut them into rings (stretch them slighly so you get full coverage).

>> No.1957910

I understand this is not the point of the thread but are we really not gonna acknowledge the blood/shit/bloody-shit stained robe in the pic?

>> No.1957913

lol whattttttt i missed that gross

>> No.1957917

Looks like hair dye, women destroy everything with it

>> No.1957926
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It has to be done, sorry.

>> No.1957927

All the blood/shit stains on the robe

What the fuck

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Not real chainmail

>> No.1958084

You may already know this, but there is a channel on Youtube called Cody'sLab and this guy made a chain mail vest out of rings similar to what you have pictured, except made of copper instead of steel or aluminum. Also, nice trips.

>> No.1958093

It's from a mage she killed and looted in battle.

>> No.1958203


>> No.1958313
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>Has anyone ever tried to make chain mail?

OP always good for a stupid question.

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jeez, I remember when I was young and stupid.

>> No.1958329

If you don't mind ancient web... https://www.mailleartisans.org/
Site been around since the 90s. Haven't looked at it over a decade but it was useful when I was into making maille back around the turn of the century.

>> No.1958565

Any more pics op? Need a good reference to start my own

>> No.1958585

I made a chainmail shirt (shortsleeve) about a decade ago. I used galvanize steel wire, which isn't really ideal because the galvanization rubs off. Don't use copper, use steel/iron wire, it's MUCH cheaper.

Make a jig consisting of an iron rod going through two posts with holes in them. On one end, put a crank of some kind (bend the arm, be fancy and make a handle, whatever). Drill a hole in the rod so that the hole is "inside" the posts. Thread the wire through, bend it with pliers, and then spin the rod, carefully guiding the wire so it makes a nice coil. Ideally, you want a second jig to put your spool on. After the rod is full, cut the wire off, cut it free of the hole, remove the rod, and then take your cutters and cut the coil so that you get a bunch of rings. You can use a drill to spin the rod, but I found doing it by hand to work better.

There's three ways to make chainmail: Butted, riveted, and welded. If you just want this for fun or art, butted is totally fine. Hell, if you want it to stop bladed things from cutting you (a carving glove, or an apron), butting works just fine also. In Ye Olden Dayes, the rings were flattened and riveted. Plebbitors will get mad at you that butted and welded mail isn't "real chainmail", you can ignore them as usual. Riveted mail was used to keep the links from busting when stabbed with spears and swords. Anything in a shop that can impale you is going to be tiny and will just duck through the links, so if this is for safety gear there's little use in riveting them. Likewise, anything that is going to bust through mail is going to bust through the tiny rivet, so if you're banking on using this to stop your planer from eating you, think again.

Welded mail is for stuff like diving suits and is done by machine.

>> No.1958623

that's makeup

>> No.1958810

You could make a killing selling this to people from Quebec City these days.

>> No.1958911 [DELETED] 

imagine thinking butted is real mail.

>> No.1958922

Looks like hair dye to me

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