I first found Instructables.com when I was looking for instructions on making a chain maille shirt. It is therefore appropriate that this weekly challenge is the first I enter and is simply put "Wire."
16 Ga. galvanized steel wire
2 pairs of pliers
Extras I used to make things easier:
Home made mandrel
TURNING WIRE INTO RINGS CAN CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR HANDS. PLEASE USE SAFETY GLOVES!
Step 1: Making the rings
I used my mandrel and some hose clamps to create my sp-rings.
Pull a few rounds of wire from your spool. Enough to make a nice foot long spring or so. I use about 15-20 feet at once.
Straighten out your wire to the best of your ability. Clamp one end onto the dowel rod.
Hold the wire in a gloved hand loosely but firmly. With the other hand activate the drill. Hopefully yours is speed sensitive.
Turn the dowel with the drill slowly until you have a spring of wire.
Remove your springs and stand proudly.