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Hello, Michael here. This instructable demonstrates my idea for a pseudo-chainmail costume. At this time it is only conceptual, but I'm certain the results will only have minor bugs. 


Materials & Tools:

Black Mesh Cloth (link below demonstrates a laundry bag that would work nicely)
Silver Spray Paint (or other metallic color of your choice)
Needle & thread (black preferably)
Scissors
Measuring Tape

beads, or tiny fishing weights for adornment and the illusion of weighted rings (optional)

Bag:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-Industrial-Strength-Laundry-Bag/19598769


Paint: (might work better than the paint I plan to use because it is meant for fabric.)
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Next-Style-Simply-Spray-Fabric-Paint-Blue-Jay-Lavender-Black/20711975



*Tip #1: The width of the mesh will be a real selling point on the chainmail effect. To my eyes the bag in the link has a really good mesh size.


DISCLAIMER: IMAGES USED IN THIS INSTRUCTABLE ARE NOT MY OWN! THEY ARE FOR VISUAL AID PURPOSES ONLY! THIS IS ONLY A PROP, IT WON'T PROTECT YOU FROM ARROWS, SHARKS, GRUMPY CAT, ETC.

Step 1: The Torso of the Tunic

There are several different pieces of chainmail armor that a person can wear, I will demonstrate how you might make a chainmail tunic because it is probably the most common piece anyone would want.However,  the same general rules should apply to all pieces.

Forget the sleeves for just a moment and focus on the torso.

Find a shirt that fits well, especially around the torso.

A shirt like demonstrated in the photo is comprised of a few parts, the important ones right now are the torso sections. There is the front panel and the back panel. Basically two rectangles that are roughly the same size and sewn together along the and top to make the basic shirt. 

Make two similar panels out of the mesh material, but allow an extra inch of overall width for seam allowance.

*Tip #2: Making the front and back panels about 6 inches(15 centimeters) longer will give the tunic a more realistic look.




<p>I make this for a Halloween costume.<br>Used chrome spray paint(exterior) and did a very light coat/mist. The fabric is 100%<br>polyester, so wasn't sure the paint would melt it. But the paint helped make the fabric not fray on the edges. Could use a 2nd<br>coat. Looks best against black, no other color really makes it pop.</p>
But hey,hater gunna hate luvers gunna luv
Grumpy cat's hate can't be blocked,it's to strong
Grumpy cat &bull;_&bull;
OMG I LOVE THE DISCLAIMER!!

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