In addition to being able to protect the wearer from sharp objects, it is also useful for protecting against high voltage electricity. Many people who work with high voltage devices such as Tesla coils use chainmail as a wearable faraday cage. The metal is very conductive and it is able to safely redirect electricity around their bodies.
Chainmail is also commonly used as a decorative element. The simple elegance of interwoven rings makes it ideal for jewelry making.
In this project, I am going to give you a basic introduction to the art of making chainmail in its various forms.
Step 1: Materials
You will also need some basic tools. You need a dowel to wrap the wire around. You need wire cutters or bolt cutters to cut out the individual rings. Then to bend the wires into their final shape, you will need two pairs of needle nose pliers.