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So I was getting really into making chainmail stuff. Jewelry, keychainhangers, shirts, bracelets and necklaces could all be found on this site. The only thing I couldn't find was a chainmail coif. 

So I did some research, found multiple designs and I have combined them in one design, my version isn't fully finished but the plan is all done.

This build is not too difficult, but it requires some technique and experience in the making of chainmail. It will take a lot of time, so don't think of it as a project you could finish in two weeks. if you work on it very well, you might be able to finish it in a month. But it took me longer than that.

Try the coif from time to time, see if it fits. At certain points in this instructable you will need to put it on you head (I know it's very cold but if you put a balaclava underneath it, it's not that bad). If it doesn't fit you, please leave a comment because I hope to help you with it.

For this project, you can use the technique of my other instructable: `A faster way of making chainmail`
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Step 1: The coif's plan

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In order to start with the coif, you will need to make a plan, lucky for you, I thought of a plan which I'm going to explain in this instructable.

The main idea behind this coif, is expansion. You start with a small hexagon and keep expanding it.

Step 2: Preparations

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It's necessary to make preparations before you start each new row. First you need seven rings. One open and six closed. Put the closed rings on the open ring and close it. For more clarity, you could put it down like the picture suggests. For the second row, you'll need twelve rings, third row, eighteen rings. This way, you could say 6*x where x= the amount of rows, for as long as you're expanding.
EdvinJ made it!2 months ago

My first attempt, the shirt is next. :-)

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Tango-Oscar-Mike (author)  EdvinJ2 months ago

Looks sweet man, the LOTR weapon collection looks awesome too. Good luck with the shirt.

Great instuctable! Thanks! :)
Hello! I was wondering, what gauge wire did you use? I am using 17G electric fence wire in 1/4" inside diameter rings! I am getting into chainmail and have done a few projects already, a bag, some jewlery, this coif. Anyways I was wondering what you thought of it so far. It is at 9 rows right now. I did this in about 2 hours!
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Tango-Oscar-Mike (author)  WolfCommander132 months ago

Hey WolfCommander, I totally forgot to mention that. For the project, I picked up some coils of galvanized wire of about 1.8mm. Then i wound that around a 10mm thick iron rod to make the rings.

The part looks great! hope this information helps and good luck with your project!

587155 months ago

So I was trying to make it and I tried several different times, but ever time the rings got mixed up and tangled. Is there a certain way you can do it and not get them tangled?

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Also I am new to this whole chainmail thing so can you explain a little more about putting the rings together because I don't really understand how to keep the pattern going.

Tango-Oscar-Mike (author)  587154 months ago

Whoops, sorry for they way too late response. I decided not to explain the chainmail technique because there are other instructables on it that do it way better than me. Just look up "european 4-in-1 chainmail" and you should be fine. As for the shifting around of the piece, I used an upside-down bowl, about the size of a head, that should keep things nice and neat. Again, my apologies for the late response.

Thank you for that. I ended up just trying about 20 different ways and then just came back to this one. Instead of expanding a row at a time I made it so that there were 6 triangles. I just started with the six in one and then hooked 1 on to 1 until it was long enough and then filled in the triangles. Again thanks for this instructable it's really cool.

donnie.hodges4 months ago

this is one I made.

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Sñr_Danger9 months ago

This is a very nice instructable. Just curious though, is there a way to keep the rings in place while adding more links? After a while all my attempts sort of turn into a confusing mass rather than a neat circle.

Tango-Oscar-Mike (author)  Sñr_Danger6 months ago

Sorry for the late reply, I used an upside-down bowl to replicate the curve of a head.

jona9917 months ago

Neat instructable, I'll use this method for making mine. I do have one question: What is the size of the rings you used for your coif?

Tango-Oscar-Mike (author)  jona9916 months ago

I coiled the rings around a rod of 10mm and the size of the wire is around 1.2mm

Dr.Duckhunt11 months ago
Here is mine. I used smaller rings to make a border around the top and bottom of the face. Thanks for posting
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Tango-Oscar-Mike (author)  Dr.Duckhunt11 months ago

Those smaller rings are a really nice touch, keep it going!

Taz_Maniac1 year ago

Hi, I have a question Can I just make a skull cap whit this method and than do it like him? btw great coif looks really cool I hope mine will also look good.

Thanks you

Tango-Oscar-Mike (author)  Taz_Maniac1 year ago

Hey, Epic fantasy is a great source of information on these subjects. You can of course combine two methods, keep in mind though, what the circumference is. His method is actually exactly the same as, mine, only he uses a different order of putting it together. Anyhow, Good luck with your project. If you have more questions, feel free to ask.

Thank you for the fast Answer! I will let you know when im done ( hopefully) :p . Cheers!

trey3331 year ago
what can they withstand
Tango-Oscar-Mike (author)  trey3331 year ago
Good question, I haven't had the courage to shoot one of my arrows on it, but maybe i'll try something out with an ax. I'll see what i can do. but I think they can withstand quite a lot.
Very nice!
I found this to be very useful. I think i'll weave one up tonight...
Good luck! let me know when you've finished it.