It is another chainmail project but this one does not take half as long as the full shirt.
All you will need is:
- 1200 chainmail links
- Plain leather work gloves
- Strong Black or white thread
- 1-2 weeks
A prefect addition to make work gloves even more protective.
Step 1: Make the Chainmail
The first step is to join the chainmail links into a glove pattern. (for basic chainmail pattern click here) Do not make it look like your hand but like your glove. It will be a lot easier that way.
Your fingers should extend from a main rectangle about 12 rows wide and 20 rows tall. The fingers should be at least 4 rows wide or big enough so that is is the same or lager than the glove.
The thumb, as you can see on the glove, is a separate piece that is attached on the bottom of the main rectangle.
The main rectangle is 29 rows wide and 20 rows tall. Each finger is seven rows wide.
The thumb is 15 rows wide at the bottom narrowing down on one side to 7 at the top. This can change depending on the size of the glove.
Step 2: Attach the Mail to the Glove
The chainmail is heavy so, to make it strong enough you will need to sow each link to the glove. When tying the thread off make many knots and if you think that is not strong enough you can use glue.
- You may find it easier to start at the top of each finger and work down the sides. This will help keep it in line.
- Twist the outside rings so that the open part is to the inside so the thread does not slip off.
- Work in good light and be carful where you put your fingers.
- Make sure that the chainmail is long enough to cover your bent fingers as well straight.
Step 3: Your Done!
Have fun with your new protective gloves!
(I have no idea how protective these really are as I have not tested them yet)