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Introduction to chainmaille
In any case, I always recommend wearing a tightly knit silk shirt under it all just in case anything gets through. Almost nothing pierces silk so it is dragged into the body which will keep germs out and will help with removal.
You could add scales to the maille and get scale maille, which works better, especially if you have a leather shirt underneath.
There are a lot of videos on the internet testing arrows and chainmaille. Although most of them are using butted maille (the maille in this instructable) there are riveted maille (which is more historically correct), which offers far greater protection as the rings won't spring open as easy. This, however, doesn't mean it is impenetrable to arrows. To be noted is that there are actual arrows meant to penetrate plate armor and chainmaille; the bodkin arrow. The broadhead arrow is not as good for penetrating chainmaille, although it will do significant damage to the wearer, should he be shot with either arrow type. This goes with bullets as well. Chainmaille is NOT bulletproof and should one be shot while wearing chainmaille, the rings will spring open and land inside the wound, causing more damage. I suppose this will happen to some extent if one was shot with arrows as well. Although not bulletproof, chainmaille "aventails" were used in First World War to protect from shrapnel.Nevertheless, nice ible! Sorry for the quite long post haha
As Mex stated please don´t ever try shooting an arrow to test the endurance of a chainmaille. Archers were the first line of fire and with longbows that would shoot 50 mts with the added terminal velocity given by their higher ground. Some arrows would pierce through shields so chainmaille and arrows don´t mix. I´d at the same time add that maybe, were the rings smaller and if you have in handy some peasants (they are usually revolting) ready to lend you a "childe" to probably get blind at the end of the job.... It´d be a pretty good protection but again terminal velocity, skills, position and a rain of arrows no chainmaille owner would be safe XD - JuanR153
Nevertheless, I'd bet if you ran a test of this chain mail vs the referenced knitted sweater, the chain mail would, in fact, do a better job blocking arrows - with a large enough sample size and all, ya know. - AlexD137
hi may i ask you something? you show a lot of knowledge on the subject: I´ve seen etchings of retractable daggers of some kind at the boots (it´s plainly presented at the "cloack n´ dagger" wikipedia entry). Is that the boot-shoe you are referring to? Greets! - JuanR153
You do learn something new everyday...thanks for sharing.
I make a hook in the shape of an S in the back, though "Chainmaille is Forever" seems like a nice alternative :)
I've moved away from galvanized, while it is cheap and readily available and relatively easy to work with it does leave powder behind, and more as it weathers. I much prefer stainless steel as it's clean and shiney. but may not be the look you are going for. Brass is great as well. The ultimate is titanium, love the look, great to work with, lightweight but plenty spendy. - BorgDog
there for a second I thought you was referring to a shoe ---stiletto, had me laughing until I read the next word...made my day nonetheless - Daisy1209
I have made this stuff before. Those of you wishing to find the stuff that is impervious to arrows have a little work set out for yourselves. While this is considered 'dress' or 'play' maille, the real stuff was drawn iron. It was sorked into rings but each ring was flattened at each end at the split. A small hole was punched in each end and a triangular rivet was hammered home. FOR EVERY RING!!!Easy ways to clean this version made of galvanized fencing wire is to keep it in a suede/leather drawstring bag with a handful of sand to abraid it while carrying it.One problem you will find if you make a maille shirt with this method is that you will find the upper rings will begin to open after a while. The weight of the bottom rings becomes too heavy for the upper rings to support and movement will cause them to begin to open. (Hence the other reason for riveting the rings closed.)Other problems: using a Dremel produces a nice edge but unless you offset the Dremel by a fraction by the width of the blade or stone you are using, the 'rings' will close into small football shapes ... ovals.Wire cutters work and will produce a round ring however each end will be nipped into a little wedge shape.All in all, the stuff looks good from a distance and will stand up to close scrutiny unless a person knows about maille.Other wires can be used such as copper wrapped around a healthy sized nail and the resulting rings being made into earrings, cuffs tapering to a middle finger ring from the wrist, etc. Just remember that the size of what you make is proportionate to the guage of the wire and it's own ability to support its own weight without bending open. - StephenH54
Rings are opened and closed by holding with two pairs of pliers and twisting the ring into a spiral shape. Close the spirals by twisting them slightly past the closed position and letting them spring back to the closed position. Most pliers have serrated jaws (to hold the wire more securely), to prevent the serrations marking the rings you can glue some thin plastic sheet over the serrations. It is also possible to buy smooth jaw pliers, sold as jewellers tools, or to grind the (hardened) serrations until smooth. - Shingay
Thanks for the comment! Someone else also mentioned this to me since I made this instructable. I added a footnote in the intro to reflect this.
Zinc does have some mild toxicity. If I remember correctly, it reacts exothermically (releases heat) with stomach acid (HCl). However, the key word is MILD. As long as you do not consume or try smelting it, you should be fine. Other than that, just use common sense: like, if you find your hands covered in metal dust, wash them. Plus zinc is a fairly common metal: it is a dietary need, is found in sunblock, and galvanization (zinc coating) is a common process for metals, etc.If you want to read more about zinc poisoning:https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/0...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zinc_toxicity
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