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June 9th, 2007, 10:23 AM
As one of my billions of other hobbies, I have also taken up chain mailing.
While I have yet to complete an article of clothing, I have made head pieces, chokers, handflowers and bracelets.
The supplies are relatively inexpensive, and all you need is a good grip and two sets of needle nose pliers to start.
Instead of trying to describe the very visual process, I Will direct any beginners to some sources. :)
They have lovely supplies and some patterns and books on the subject.
This has a relatively complete list of what where and how.
Screwing up while maile-ing is all part of the process, and hey, you can just undo it and try again. or leave the goof in as your personal statement. :)

June 9th, 2007, 12:39 PM
That is a most unusual hobbie Viola!

Question..how long does it take you do complete a project?

Do you have any examples of finished or in the process work? I would love to see that!:winkiss:

June 10th, 2007, 02:36 PM
Here are two pieces that I made for RT 2006. The were given away in the Extasy Books prize basket.



As for how long they take, it depends on the piece. Each one of these took about 9 hours. Just because I was a beginner, and barely had enough hand strength to close the links. :)

June 10th, 2007, 02:46 PM
Beautiful! Those are beautiful! :yes:

Nicole Gestalt
June 10th, 2007, 03:50 PM
The two pieces you have shown here are wonderful. My self and one of my partners are being handfasted some time in 2010 and are making it compulsory that everyone turns up in sword and sorcery/medival clothes. My two brothers are thinking of turning up in chainmail but since we are all a crafty family we're making all our costumes so i'll check out the links you've posted.

June 10th, 2007, 09:43 PM
When chainmailing...keep a tray on your lap, preferably covered with a thick cloth. Like velvet. It keeps the rings from bouncin all over the floor.
A wooden tray from Michael's is a great option. Cheap and light. You drape the fabric chunk over it, and spill your links onto it. If working with steel, you can use regular needle nosed pliers with a gripping ridge. For a more delicate metal, like copper, use flat nosed pliers without ridges.
Or, you can wrap the ridges on the pliers with tape to keep them from marring the softer metal.
Copper is fantastic, it takes on a reddish patina with wear against the skin. A great starter metal.

June 11th, 2007, 12:59 PM
Those are beautiful pieces. I can't believe it only took 9 hours. It looks very time consuming.

June 11th, 2007, 08:16 PM
I use one of the easiest weaves. European 4-in-1.
That means that every single ring runs through four rings. There is a 6-in-1 and any number of other weaves. It is really a hobby that lets everyone find their own comfort zone.

June 20th, 2007, 03:20 AM
Oh i love it! I am already imagining ways to incorporate into some of my existing jewerly designs. thank you so much for the sources. the ones i had tried learning from just got way to complicated for what i wanted.


June 20th, 2007, 07:38 PM
You are quite welcome. I am of the opinion that everyone deserves the chance to learn whatever they want. From the easiest sources. :)
Because all of my crafting is self-taught, I have had to find all these things on my own, list a craft, and I can tell you where to learn it. ;)

Enjoy the rest of the June Jublilee here at Coffee time!

June 23rd, 2007, 09:45 PM
They look great, I'm becoming interested to take up chainmailing myself, thanks for the links

July 15th, 2007, 06:58 PM
Those pieces are beautiful. You have a great talant for chainmailing. :turned: