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I use 16 Ga wire, mild steel used for either baling hay or for wood stove pipes. Comes in 5 lb rolls, stores well and can be slipped onto a roller beneath a ring-rolling jig so you can snip off what you what and roll as many springs as you can handle. Fairly cheap, although somewhat messy. I use "airplane shears" M-6 to snip the springs into rings and simply butt join them, the M-6 is a good tool, although at my age I brace it against my leg so it isn't all hand muscle. I've made a few pieces: coifs with and without mantles, shirts with 6-1 bodies and 4-1 arms and straight old 4-1 shirts. If you toss in Oriental mail you have a great palette of texture and flow to work with.
European 4-in-1 maille (chainmail) speedweaving
This is bad advice, if you want your chainmail to discolor, stain your skin, or if you do weld your jump rings give off toxic fumes. Just order stainless steel wire off of amazon.
Go to home depot or lowes and they have 200 ft 16 gauge gal. steel wire for $6.27.
Buying your wire at the hardware store is too expensive. Like $18 - $25 for 200 feet. Go to Tractor Supply Company and you can buy 14 gauge electric fence wire for $50 for a half mile.
it may be just because im starting out but for some reason i cant get it to layout nearly as neat especially on the second row it just looks like a jumbled mess i may also be impatient
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