How to Make a Chainmail Glove




This is a project that that i started mainly to protect my knuckles when I sword fight, but they are just all around protective. If you want more dexterity you can use smaller links. 
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

  Using the strong black or white thread (depending on the colour of the glove) you can now sew all the way around the edge. I would recommend doubling the thread and then add a very big knot in the end. It is best to use a medium sized, thin needle so that it is not too hard to push it through. You may find that a thimble and pliers are necessary to push/pull it through. Be carful, I have broken several needles and stabbed myself in the process! It hurts so be gentle and patient. 
   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)



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    20 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Hi. Thanks a lot. But can I ask you a question ? Can i use real chain links for this? I know, They are little bit oval but can I still use them ?

    Thanks for the answer.


    2 years ago

    How do you get chain mail links its not something you can just find in a hardware store..... is it

    4 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    Not quite from a hardware store. You can buy them online at They have a very large selection of styles, materials and colours. Or you can just make your own. It's cheaper.


    Reply 2 years ago

    there are probably other instructables on this but, while you can't buy the rings at the hardware store you can buy the stuff to make it there. I use electric fence wire to make my rings. find a metal rod that is the diameter you want the inside of you're rings to be and put it in the chuck of a power drill. next slip an end of the wire between two of the drills chuck teeth. going slowly and carefully you can wrap the wire around the metal rod and slide it off when you are done. You will have a coil that looks kinda like a compressed spring. You can use a large pair of heavy duty wire cutters to clip off the individual rings, or you can do what I do and get a cutoff wheel for a small rotary tool (air or electric) and just cut down the length of the coil that way. Hope this helped answer your question


    5 years ago

    You spelt color colour no affence I think this idea is boss but r u British

    2 replies

    Apart from a drunkenscotsman - I am also pretty pedantic.

    You seem concerned with a persons race, a point you raised through spelling.

    I have to ask - what is an affence? By spelt - you meant spelled of course. Let us not even mention your utterly atrocious, complete lack of punctuation.(damn it - I just did mention punctuation).

    I hope that you take this onboard as a positive comment. After all, I am only trying to help you be better.


    Reply 5 years ago

    No I am not British, I'm Canadian. For some reason I spell colour color and armour armor. I think I am just lazy.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Remember all of the anger, sweat, blood and broken needles you went through to make this... We really need to get you a needle that goes through leather befor we work with leather again. See you at school!


    6 years ago

    Your projects are awesome but I doubt I would have the patience to spend so long on a single project! Especially your chain mail shirt! Keep it up!
    PS: Mythbusters is awesome isn't it?

    1 reply

    6 years ago on Introduction

    What about punching holes just big enough for the rings and putting eyelets on the holes so they don't tear.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    good job mythbuster1633,

    how about this for sewing leather? mark out a grid predicting where you'll want your stitches, slide a piece of dowelling inside then put rows of staples in using a gun, pull the staples out and start on the next row then when it comes to puting the links on just lace the thread through your holes rather than trying to pierce the leather with the needle.