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This project started when I was looking for a gift for a friend's birthday. I didn't have any idea what to offer when I discovered this scale mail full arm bracer.

I immediately though it was a perfect gift! She would love it, but I was not ready to pay 75$ for it. And loosing the enjoyment of making it by myself. Plus, receiving a gift is always more enjoyable when it's handmade no?

Anyways, you can discover more wonderful items made by the same maker on her Etsy shop worldinchainsmaille.

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Step 1: Materials

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The first step is to find the material needed, so basically scales and rings.

I only found one site where they sold items like I wanted but it was in Canada, so quite far from me (Belgium). Fortunately it was quite cheap and even with shipping rates, it didn't cost me too much.

TheRingLord - Scales

I calculated than I needed 2 bags of scales (~100 pieces/bag) and 1 bag of rings (~1000 rings/bag). You need 2 rings by scale but they are sold in bag so you don't have the choice.

Of course, as I'm quite absent-minded, I bought the wrong size of scales! So I decided to change the main idea and to go from the full-arm brace to a half-arm bracer. And at the same time, to add a fabric under the scales to be easier to attached it with laces once completed.

But I think the design is even better like this so I do not regret it.

Small scales (14mm x 22mm) : 3.90$ x 2
Rings : 4.10$
Tissue : an old jeans
Laces : from old shoes

Since then, I also discovered some other sites :
- (based in the Netherlands). Prices are a little higher but delivery is quicker when living in Europe. And less shipping fees.
- (based in Chicago). Prices are A LOT higher but they have also more different colors.

SupahSang3 months ago
so how do you reinforce the corners? :p Ive been googling my arse off but can't find anything! :(
Akdil (author)  SupahSang3 months ago
gschelter6 months ago
What size rings did you get? And what size scales?
Akdil (author)  gschelter6 months ago
On TheRingLord you can find some advice on ring sizes.
For small scales => rings 18g 3/16''
For large scales => rings 16g 5/16''
Large scales were used for the project on Etsy but for mine I used small scales.

I hope I'll be able to post soon the full armor on which I'm currently working.
kalacia6 months ago

This looks fantastic, i may encorporate this into a scale mail suit (big project i know, specially for somebody who has not done it before)

Thank you

That's amazing. I've done a bit of chain mail and it takes some patience. Very impressive to say the least.

EKHO41910 months ago
That's brilliant! I can't wait to see the whole thing all together!
wbaca1 year ago
a fool suite would end up being heavy no matter what what you use. cosplay stay with aluminum. functional titanium is lighter then steel and can be torch heated to have amazing rainbow coloration.
Akdil (author)  wbaca1 year ago

If you take a look on the site where I bought the scales, you will see they are selling scales and rings in different alloys. Steel, titanium, plastic and even gold! But the prices are very different too. Titanium is beautiful but it's more than 4x the price of aluminum. I first need to win at the lottery.

wbaca1 year ago
I love this. reading the comments I have a few suggestions. I work with metal and composits. as for the rings if you want more strength iyou could use steel. some steel wire can be light weight depending on the alloy
bricobart1 year ago

This project makes my day, this is just UBERAWESOME! Great build, got to make this in kevlar... ;)

I've been thinking about doing some 'ibles that cover natural fiber composites, have you done much of that kind of stuff? Vacuum Bags, etc.?
I need to post an 'ible about the bike seat I made out of cloth in this way.

Natural fiber composites? I've never really been in that direction - set apart some sinew-backing experiments to build a compact bow... Hope you find what you're looking for, and lookin' forward to those I'bles!

Akdil (author)  bricobart1 year ago

Thanks a lot, I would like to see that!
This one is out of aluminum so it's not very sturdy. This is definitely a cosplay and it shouldn't be used as a real armor. The tip of a blade would easily slide under the scales and break some rings.

As protection against zombies this would do the job, they tend to bite severely!

Wow i love it! I've always wanted to try chainmaille but it would take so long and doesn't look very impressive. This, on the other hand, is definitely what a dragon slayer would wear!

Nice !

This could be endless. you should make a whole wedding gown like this : all white and pearly colors wold be beautiful.

Akdil (author)  vincent75201 year ago


It could be beautiful but I'm worry a whole gown would be quite heavy.
I'm currently busy with the rest of the armor and some jewelry, I'll try to post pictures once it's done.

If I make it I will make more parts. This can be Dragon skin.

MonkiMan1 year ago

i really want that, why do i have to be broke ;(

Cool Project! Can be used in cosplaying.

Totally Kool!
Can you imagine a whole suit of these! I would feel like a Dragonlord!