My grandson Zachery is really into Dragons, Knights, Renaissance and the like and I really wanted to make him something special so I thought up this idea using soda can pull tabs. I made this nifty chain mail shirt for him that he loves. He has worn it several times and has it displayed on his bedroom wall. So I thought I would show you how to make one for your Renaissance guys.
Step 1: Supplies Needed
Supplies you will need:
Lots and lots of pull tabs from soda, beer, or energy drink aluminum cans.
needle nose or jewelers pliers
beading or jewelry wire
Round key rings or D rings to connect at sides and at sleeves. I used 18 1" key rings.
Duct tape for lining.
Step 2: Getting Your Tabs Ready To Use
After washing and drying all your tabs to remove any soda residue, check to make sure there are no sharp edges. You can remove any sharp edges using a hammer and a wood block to flatten them down. Just a couple of soft taps with the hammer will take this out. You don't have to hit so hard that you totally flatten the tab, you just want to take the sharp edges down.
Step 3: Measure Your Subject
Measure the person you will be making the chain mail shirt for from side to side. This will determine how many tabs you put in your first row and subsequent rows. After measuring add 2 inches to each side for any clothing they may wear under the chain mail. You want room for them to be able to move around and allowing for clothing will help this.
My first row used 35 tabs in the strip wired together
I made 22 rows of 35 tabs for the beginning of my chain mail shirt, but it will depend on who you are making your shirt for as to the number of tabs you will be using in your first row.