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  • Torrach commented on Bosonic's instructable Introduction to chainmaille7 months ago
    Introduction to chainmaille

    Now this brings back memories.Coat hangers coiled in a handmade mandrel (BTW, a single coat hanger will make about 22 rings at 3/8" ID). I modified a bolt cutter so there was a 3/8" lip large enough to cut two links at a time.Suit was made from shoulders to knees, coif and mantle are one piece. I don't know how many rings were used, but it weighs about 65lb. That was a LOT of coat hangers.I wore that suit with sword for halloween one year, went around visiting all my clients. I'm still getting comments, and people are still bragging to others that they were there to see it.I now keep it on a half mannequin in the hall, great conversation piece.And for those commenting that arrows will go through the chainmaille? The chainmalle will take a lot of the shock before breaking ...see more »Now this brings back memories.Coat hangers coiled in a handmade mandrel (BTW, a single coat hanger will make about 22 rings at 3/8" ID). I modified a bolt cutter so there was a 3/8" lip large enough to cut two links at a time.Suit was made from shoulders to knees, coif and mantle are one piece. I don't know how many rings were used, but it weighs about 65lb. That was a LOT of coat hangers.I wore that suit with sword for halloween one year, went around visiting all my clients. I'm still getting comments, and people are still bragging to others that they were there to see it.I now keep it on a half mannequin in the hall, great conversation piece.And for those commenting that arrows will go through the chainmaille? The chainmalle will take a lot of the shock before breaking down. If I'm about to be shot with an arrow, I'd rather be wearing my chainmaille suit than just a shirt. I've shot into the chainmaille that was in my hand with a mini crossbow, and I can tell you that it feels just like someone hit my open hand with a large heavy book. And finally before someone wants to try this, I have a scar on my wrist where the last bolt fired into my hand skipped out of the crossbow sideways. I only had about a foot square of maille over my hand, not my whole arm. That was the last time I tried that!

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