The other day, someone messaged me about how to make chainmail. So I created a tutorial and sent it to him. this is that tutorial. I hope that my diminutive knowledge of the maille making craft can at least help some of you who aspire to make some. I found out how to make maille by youtube, and www.mailleartisans.org. I in no way pretend to know a lot about Chainmaille, I just feel that knowledge is best used if it's spread. so here is how to make European 4 in 1 chainmaille, enjoy :)
steel wire (anything 12 gauge and below is too big to work with, and 18 and above is too small.)
two pliers (I find that needle nose work best)
cutting device (there are many, and they all produce different types of cuts, search mailleartisans.org for great in-depth information. for my chainmail, i use a pair of small bolt cutters.)
straight, cylindrical object (most people use wooden dowels, but i had none left around so i used a screwdriver. the reason people use dowels is so they know the size of the inside of the rings. i didnt really care, so i just used a screwdriver. I later found the diameter of it to be 5/16".)
gloves are optional, i wear them because the tip of the wire hurts my fingers.
how to do it:
first, unravel a bit of wire and place it on top of the screwdriver perpendicular to how it's laying like so:
second, proceed to coil the wire around the dowel or screwdriver for however long you see fit.
third, cut off the coil from the spool of wire at the base of where the wire starts to coil around the dowel.
fourth, cut the coil in a straight line (important!) to produce rings
fifth, slightly open one ring with pliers.
sixth, weave two rings inside the open ring, and close all rings.
seventh, repeat steps five and six as many times as desired.
eighth, open a ring that's holding two rings, and weave it into two rings that are attatched to another one ring. so the rings follow a 2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1 pattern.
nineth, repeat step eight until desired length is aquired.
tenth, make a separate chain of 2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1
eleventh, take a single open link not connected to the two chains , and weave it where two of the top "two" rings and two of the bottome "two" rings overlap.
twelfth, repeat step eleven until you have a nice lattice of european 4 in 1 chainmail :)
if you have any questions, contact me, or see youtube and mailleartisans.org
thank you for reading, I hope this tutorial is helpful to at least one of you! :)