Now you can make your own chainmail out of pvc pipe for only a few dollars, just like they did in movies such as Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean!
Step 1: What you will need
Tip: Using pipe with a low pressure rating will make it easier to manipulate.
2. A band saw, jig saw, scroll saw, or PVC cutters. I am using a scroll saw because it is what I have on hand.
3. Tin snips or a table saw.
4. C clamp and block
5. Nimble fingers
Step 2: Cutting the pipe
Now, if you have a table saw, set the blade very low and cut all the way down one side of the pipe. If you are using the tin snips, we will do this later.
Now you are ready. Using a few test cuts, find the thickness that you want for all of your rings. Mine are about 3 milimeters. Use your C clamp and block to ensure that they are all the desired size.
Now start cutting! Including mistakes, I've found that you get just over 100 rings per foot. This takes about 5 minutes.
If you have PVC cutters, just cut the rings one by one. This probably takes a lot longer, but I haven't tried it so I can't tell you from experience.