Chain Maille Hacky Sack

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Introduction: Chain Maille Hacky Sack

how to make a unique hacky sack

Step 1: 1

You will need:
2 pairs of pliers
252 5/16" rings
2 1/2" rings
something to fill it with

First make a 4x24 sheet

Step 2: 2

make triangles on the edges , leave a open space in between them

Step 3: 3

connect two triangles together with a single ring
do that to all of them on each side

Step 4: 4

connect the ends together ,i found using a pipe makes it easier (sorry about the blur didn't notice it until i was done)

Step 5: 5

connect the end triangles together then run the 1/2 ring through the rings on the top do the same to the bottom

Step 6: 6

stuff the ball with fabric or any thing else , i found using a screwdriver to push it in through the top works good

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And also, is it better to use 3/16" rings for the patter and double the pattern or is it better to use 1/4" rings for the pattern, nut keeping it a 4x24 sheet?

Is it better to fill the hacky sack with fabric like material or fill with a rice like material or plastic airsoft bb's that weigh .30g?

I have used this pattern to make three hacky sacks now.

The first two I did with 18g 3/16" rings. It makes for a hacky sack the size of the small ones you can get in bulk. I filled those with knots made from the same rings.

Now, speaking of redundancy...

The most recent version I used 18g 5/16" rings like shown in the pattern to make the outside. When I was finished the weave looked to loose to me. So I made another with 16g 5/16" rings and filled it with the previously weaved empty shell.

Not only does it have a nice smooth look to it, using the previously weaved shell gives it just the right amount of fill (not too full or floppy). Also, using the weaved shell as filler keeps the fill from settling too flat.

Total rings used:
254 - 18g 5/16" bright aluminum (fill)
254 - 16g 5/16" bright aluminum (shell)
(I don't use half in rings to close the ends.)

what i did is i put my hacky sack in there... kind of redundant iknow XD

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wouldnt want that hackey sack getting damaged ;)

i like the simplicity of it and it seems much easier than some ive done but it looks kinda sloppy

thought you all might like to see my first attempt at a maille hackey sack

NOTE: instead of 24x4 i done 24x2 sheet as i wanted to finish quickly =P

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and with a 24x2, does it stall better? just wondering cause that always helps and i also want to finish quickly...

it does mean that the hackey sack is flatter than if you used a 24x4, but i dont do hackey to be honest so i wouldent know if it is any better at using, i just made this as a project.

i found awesome colored rings from the ring lord...but they are 3/8. do you think that will still be okay? cannot wait to make it for this summer!

i gotta say it takes a long time to make (im only on 12 rows) but it is fun and rather than steel i would recomend that you use copper due to the fact it is easier to bend.

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The only problem is it will corrode faster. I recommend using 16 gauge annealed steel. It doesn't rust too fast, and because it is annealed, it is easier to work with than regular steel.

thats true mine does quit shining if i dont put it in vinigar.

Not to take away from the Instructable creator but... If you google (used as a verb) Dragonfly hacky sacks you will come up with a hacky sack online footbag store. They sell chain mail hacky sacks also for only 15 dollars. They are almost impossible to break. Plus the geniuses put in a web of rubber... strands?? Ig lol. They add a bit of a pop to the footbag.

Whoa. I just finished a 3x6 in like 2 hours...this may take a while...ESPECIALLY, with homemade chain links :P

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yea it does take awhile

lol i made a bracelet, workig toward a glove

can you post a intructable of a glove? i really want one b/c i do SCA and if you accidentally dtop your sword you can deflect the sword blow with a glove.

rapier fighting? cause i'm pretty sure that doesn't fly in cut and thrust or heavy

no, not rapier. In the SCA world, it is frowned upon to block a blow with your hand just so that it would not hurt your body. Ref's and players agree that it would be a body shot if it was aimed at the body and you block it.