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Step 2: Begin the Circular Base

Picture 1(We're only using green rings for this part, so put the gold ones aside for later.)
1. Open your 16 ga. 5/16" ring*. Otherwise, open one of your 16 ga. 1/4" rings and set it aside. This will be your Base Ring.
2. Close 8 rings. Make sure they are closed all the way with the ends flush. Bad closures makes for weak and scratchy maille, which translates into lost and/or damaged dice, so pay close attention to your closures!
3. Put your 8 closed rings onto your Base Ring.
4. Close your base ring and arrange your rings as shown, with each ring overlapping the next. This is Row 1.

Picture 2 - Row 2
1. Open a small pile of rings. You're going to need a lot of open rings for the steps ahead. In fact, you might end up opening all of them, depending on your technique. So go ahead and make a little pile right now to use for the base.
2. Thread one of your rings through two of the Row 1 rings.
3. Close the ring.
4. This is the tricky to relate in words, but if you look at the picture it should make sense. Take another ring and thread it through one of the Row 1 rings you just wove into, and the Row 1 ring next to it that isn't yet connected to a Row 2 ring. Your two Row 2 rings should be sort of overlapping each other, sharing a Row 1 ring between them.
5. Continue in this manner with 6 more rings, being sure to keep your rings overlapping correctly, like flower petals. A common mistake is to accidentally have one ring be overlapped by both of its neighbors, or vice-versa. It's a good idea to check your orientation by setting your base down once you've finished and comparing it to the picture. This is something you're going to have to be mindful of with every step of the process, but don't worry; you'll settle into the groove after a couple of rows.


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* Beginner's Note: Always open rings with a twisting motion. Do not grab the ends and pull the ring into a "C" shape. This weakens the metal and deforms the circular shape, which makes it pretty much impossible to close it back into a nice, clean circle. You want your open rings to look like part of a spring.
This is simultaneously 1) OUTSTANDING, and 2) possibly the geekiest instructable I've seen yet (and there are A LOT of geeky instructables, in case you hadn't noticed.) The triple-whammy of chain mail, dice bag, AND triforce is totally over the top. <br> <br>Keep up the terrific work, BTW. :) <br>
<p>Wonderful, easy to follow instructions. I did put it on my head for laughs, but I was able to make this in 2 days. It's a bit mismatched, as it was just a first try, but I'm happy with the results. Thank you.</p>
Love it!! Are the rings swg or awg?
I've been making strung jewelry my whole life, have gone onto torch soldiering and bench welding, and read dozens of books on beginners maille... this is BY FAR the very best tutorial I've ever seen in terms of ease in understanding, simplification of the process, and it's *brilliantly* photographed for explanatory purposes to boot! Way to go for bringing this to the masses, and explaining that perseverance is the absolute required supply before all else! (And how awesome are you that you're making a living from your art?!). Thank you again.
Followed the instructions on the bottom bag, it makes an extremely large one. I could fit 4 standard sets of die in it without it even expanding the bag, I think I could easily fit about 20 sets of die (70 total) in it. the top bag was with 14g 3/8&quot; stainless steal. nn that one I only used 2 expanding rows and then 10 normal rows before using 2 decreasing rows and one normal at the top before putting a draw string without using tabs. It can hold 4 sets of die easily and possibly 2 more. <br><br>Thank you RabbitDance for the very thorough instructable, made it super easy.
<p>Correction, I meant 10 sets of die. Fat fingered mah phone haha</p>
<p>Thanks for this! Using your pattern, I was able to make an awesome bag (I chose to make mine a smidge smaller) for my D&amp;D dice :D</p>
<p>I can't wait to try this! I'd like to use 18g rings but I want to keep <br>the bag the same size. Is there any way you could please tell me the <br>diameter of the bag at the last expansion row?</p>
<p>I made this bag, though a little smaller and slightly differently (which proved to be easier, and quicker and yielded the same results) I would LOVE a tutorial on the Hryulian Crest inlay you did though. That would be AMAZING</p>
I made this using aluminum black rings and green solid rubber ones. The blue one is a work in progress. As you can see, it came out great. Thanks much for the tutorial!
Side note, because of the rubber ones, I was able to add the Triforce, but the bag pattern worked great.
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<p>I would love to see the pattern design for the flames on that bra. I don't want to make a bra but the flames would go awesome on a shirt I'm making or even on my next bag/purse.</p>
<p>Great little project! I found using pliers to be a bit clunky and irritating, so I just used my fingers. Admittedly, my fingers did need a little bit of a break once I was through with my bag! As you can see I went a little off pattern, mostly because the bags of rings I bought at the craft store had a lot of colors, and not quite enough of any of them to follow the triforce pattern. Still suitably geeky though, as you can see that is a DnD book under the bag in the first picture :)</p><p>One final note, I already had a friend ask me to make a bag for them. Considering how much these rings cost at Joann's I went looking for a cheaper source. RingLord is not bad, but American Chain Mail is a few dollars cheaper, and not a bad color selection either. </p>
Can scale mail be added to this? And how doess the dice hold up to the metal
<p>How many dice does this bag hold without any extensions?</p>
<p>I currently have 6 sets in the one I made.. with room for probably 3-4 more sets. (A set being the standard 7 polyhedral dice)</p>
<p>I'm very interested in getting into this and attempting to make something similar.I was pricing out the cost to make this and I figured out it would be around $30 in material. Making a basic dice bag with just bright aluminum you could almost get 4-5 bags for the same price and turn around and sell the extra's for $20-$30 apiece. <br>Unless I am not reading their site correctly (TheRingLord). I may use these instructions to make some basic bags first and then make this one. I may order enough to make 4 or 5 bags and see how it goes and to make it worth while for the shipping costs.</p>
<p>It looks like you switch overlapping directions between rows if that makes sense. Is that just for looks, or is there more of a reason behind it?</p>
<p>Nevermind, mine looks like that too. I think it just naturally happens. I'm not doing the triforce, but I'm so excited to finish this in the next few days!</p>
<p>I hope it turned out well for you. ^_^</p>
<p>I made a slightly smaller variation, using some different colors. Hope you like it!!</p><p>Made the main section 24 rings around, each triangle of the Tri-Force only has 5 rings, only did one decrease row down to 20 rings, and only used 5 tabs. Decided to go smaller since I carry less dice to my games (and I knew I'd be short on black rings!)</p>
<p>That looks great! I hope it works well for you.</p>
I just finished the chain mail section of my project. All I have left is the drawstring. It was great. I loved making it and the instructions were great. It is just in time for my first ever trip next week to the TX Ren Fest.
<p>Awesome! I'm glad you like it! ^_^</p>
Also, thank you for doing this! You are just as rad and then some!!
Aww, thanks! I'm glad you liked it. Keep on makin'!
Anybody at all any help would be appreciated I just want to finish this thing yet I can't.
Which step are you on exactly? I might be able to offer some advice on how to proceed.
I'm thinking, haven't you overestimated the number of rings a bit? In total, there's 232 for the base, 640 for the middle (40*16), and an estimated 80 for the top, which adds to around 950 rings in total (which I'll round up to 1000). There'd be 168 rings in the two Triforces (which I'll round up to 200, for ease of numbers), leaving only 800 green rings necessary, rather than the listed 1100. <br> <br>Otherwise, though, this is an awesome instructable, with good instructions (I'm using them myself), and I've been using it as an example of maille, dice bags, and awesomeness for quite a while :P
I put in more rings than needed in case of plier slippage damaging the anodization, ring loss from spills, spotty anodization, etc. It's also a good bit of wiggle room if you need a taller bag, or if you want to expand your bag later.
this instructable is absolutely well done, amazing job
So I'm trying to fill in the sides but I'm not exactly sure how to start and what to. Can anybody please help???
This was so rad to make!
Whoa. My brother would go nuts over something like this!!
Just finished making this. Thank you for the colored ring spacers and the clear details. I especially liked that you explained why instead of just how. Now I need more dice.
Do you think that this will work with rings of AR 4?
I don't see why not. It's not far off from what I'm using, but the base might be a bit dense when you start. You might need to use a different ring size as your base ring like I did in the tutorial.
I'm making this for my husband and I've gotten to row 7 and it feels crowded where I finished the last row. Something I've been a little confused about is if I'm supposed to try and join the end of one row to its beginning or does it just kind of overlap. Will this make a seam? If I made a mistake earlier on... I just might throw it out the window. : )
They should overlap like flower petals. And luckily chainmaille is very forgiving when it comes to mistakes. Just take out the rings above the oops, fix it, then fill in above it. I know I could give better advice if I could see a picture.
could you make other patterns like a shield or a insignia
Of course. I've made bags with runes, flowers, spirals... Just make sure it'll read well in the finished product and you're good.
chainmaille bikinis?
Yep. Many, many bikinis. Including the bottoms!
This isn't the part I find tedious... OPENING JUMP RINGS I find tedious. Seriously - I'm having nightmares about it.
loving the bikini <br>
I just finished this for a graduation present for a friend. I'd never done chain mail before, but this instructible was perfect! The bag came out amazing, it looks just like the pictures. Thank you!
Very interesting Ible. Whenever i make bags i usually do 2 squares and then join them. I'll have to give this a try. Thanks for the great Ible.
&quot; Panic at the sudden appearance of pink rings.&quot; <br> <br>Laughed so much:P so going to do this right now!!!!
So if I were to buy from the ring lord, what would I need to order to make a shirt? I can't decide what metal, and I don't know what/how much I need.

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