With very few tools, you can begin weaving jewelry-sized chainmail.
If you're a beader, or do wirework, then you probably have most of these items already.Items needed:
20 to 24 gauge wire (preferably half-hard if you intend on wearing the items you make, but full-soft is okay if you're just teaching yourself some weaves
1/2" to 1/16" (I recommend 3/16"), preferably metal, but in a pinch, you can get away with wood. (Please see step 4 for some additional information on aspect ratios and selecting a mandrel.)
- Nail clippers
, unless you have specialty wire cutters ( ~Stained-Glass~
says that Fiskars Micro Tip Pruning Shears work well for wire thicknesses up to 18 gauge.)
(you don't have
to use lockable pliers, but they make life much easier)
Note: If you have a power drill, you could use that to power your winding. I generally don't power-wind wire unless I have a hole drilled (or notch cut into one end) through my mandrel to secure the wire, and for most of my small diameter mandrels, I don't have such a hole.Power-winding will be discussed in an upcoming instructable on making armor-sized rings.
A clever wire winding jig was constructed by mum
, and is explained on step 6
. Go on and take a look at the alternative method for coiling.
To actually weave your rings into chainmail, you'll need Pliers:
two pairs to start with. Teeth will mark the rings*, but that's okay if you're just practicing weaves. However, weaving is not within the purview of this instructable. Please see instructables on European 4-in-1
, and Byzantine chain
- Not entirely true, but if you're good enough at weaving chainmail that you can avoid marking the rings with toothed pliers, then you probably don't need this instructable, eh?