Chain Mail Lamp




how to create a chain mail lamp from recycled items

Step 1: Materials & Equipment

2 core - copper electrical wire
aluminium tax disk holder
12mm steel bar
5mm dril bit
side cuts

Step 2: Preparing the Copper Wire

strip out the earth wire witch is just a plain pice of copper wier, and then just remove the live and neutral wiers from the grey casing.

Step 3: The Ring Jig

dill a hole in the end of the 12mm steel bar

Step 4: Macking the Rings

twist the electrical wier around the the ring jig,
then once this step has been done remove the jig
then cut up the wier into litle ringlets

Step 5: Macking the Chain Mail

for this the chain mail is going to be a 4 in 1 patern,
oppen 1 of the rings and close 4 of the others, then put the 4 closed rings onto the open 1 and close it.
you will need a fair phew of these. you will then need to join them together with more links, and finaly get a large mesh of chain mail.

Step 6: Drilling the Aluminium Tax Disk

drill around the edge of the tax disk with as many holes as needed.

Step 7: Linking the Chain Mail and the Tax Disk

add another set of rings joining 2 of the rings on the chain mail to one of the holes on the tax disk and go around until it is done.

once this is done you will want to join the 2 ends of the chain mail to thier isent a line doen it, you link this the exact same way as you did when you wer binding the chainmail together.

Step 8: The Finished Product

this is how my product turned out

thank you for reading, pleas comment as this is my first instructable and i would like to know how i could improve on my preasentation.



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    7 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

    (just passed around here. I was lookin for some inspiration for a lamp. And i guess, i'll do it from chainmail, too. So this was nice to see somehow and i was curious bout your ible - i'll make my own ible when i start mine; i'm quite advanced with this technique. If you want, i let you know, when i put it online, though it's still gonna take some time)


    3 years ago on Introduction

    now lets introduce you to a DIY-Tool to make sure the wire winds evenly around your bar. This is somethin that i got from a friend, he machined it for me. Basically, theres this fat screw in the middle and there are differend types of diameters of holes around, but the distance to the center screw is always 1,5mm (that's the wire, i usually use, if i make rings on my own). Handling is pretty simple: i put the wire into the bar's hole and make a few rounds, then push my tool over the bar (oiling the bar might make things more easy, but never considered it necessary, if the bar itself is really straight/not uneven) and the center screw over the wire. Now while drilling and turning the wire around the bar, my tool serves as an outer block, making sure the wire evenly winds between bar and tool with no space.



    7 years ago on Step 8

    Interesting concept and pretty well executed. A question, why use the colored wire? I think the bare metal would look much better. A suggestion to improve your presentation, I am not a stickler on correct spelling but I think you might want to run your text through a spell checker on your next instructable. A suggestion not related to presentation, Perhaps if you doubled the rings on the bottom row it would have a more finished look to it. I hope I haven't been too critical. I doubt my first effort will be done as well as this one. Maybe with a little better spelling but not the rest. ;)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Although I didn't make this, i made a collapsible pocket sized version with some wood,wire,soda pop off tabs,a 9v battery,and a flashlight bulb.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    sorry about double post:It also was functioning.but, 4.5* for the idea.


    9 years ago on Step 4

    This can be done alot faster with a dremel tool diamond cutting wheel, just make sure the rings dont fly off everywhere!!