Make your own free website on Tripod.com

Specials

 Rings

Uncut Coils

Bulk Wire

Tools

Ring Data

Shipping

 Order

 Catalog

 Ring Selection Guide

Instructions

Home

Instructions for Making Chainmail Under construction

If you find a link that would save me from having to write the instructions please let me know - its hard work writting instructions.

Click on the for a picture (next revision)

Some Great pictures of many weaves by Circular Logic

Weaves (link will load in a new window)

Fabrics:

Name  Comments  Most Common Ring Sizes (armour)
4 in 1 The Basic Chainmail  12G7/16, 14G3/8, 14G5/16, 16G5/16, 16G1/4
4 in 1 circle Coifs, etc  12G7/16, 14G3/8, 14G5/16, 16G5/16, 16G1/4
4 in 1 double (Kings mail) Twice the work of 4 in 1  14G1/2, 16G3/8, 18G5/16
4 in 1 expanding Important in making fitted pieces  12G7/16, 14G3/8, 14G5/16, 16G5/16, 16G1/4
4 in 1 riveted Authentic Medieval, Should use overlapped rings.  14G7/16, 14G3/8, 16G3/8, 16G5/16
6 in 1  A lot more work then 4 in 1 but very cool  14G1/2, 16G3/8, 16G5/16, 18G5/16, 18G1/4
8 in 1  I'd stick with 6 in 1  14G1/2, 16G1/2, 16G3/8, 18G5/16, 18G5/16
combining 4 in 1 & 6 in 1  Good for armour that has more pretection for vital bits and less for less vital bits.  16G5/16, 18G1/4
Oriental 3 in 1 Weird stuff - as thick as the outside diameter of your ring 14G1/4, 16G1/4, 16G3/16, 18G3/16
Oriental 4 in 1  Weird stuff - as thick as the outside diameter of your ring  14G1/4, 16G1/4, 16G3/16, 18G3/16
Oriental 4 in 1 with plates  Adds many interesting options   14G1/4, 16G1/4, 16G3/16, 18G3/16
Oriental 6 in 1  Best with 2 rings sizes - on elarge one small. I prefer this to the other Oriental styles. 12G7/16 & 16G1/4, 14G3/8 & 18G3/16, 16G1/4 & 20G1/8
Oriental 6 in 1 with plates   Adds many interesting options  12G7/16 & 16G1/4, 14G3/8 & 18G3/16, 16G1/4 & 20G1/8
Persian edge on 4 in 1  Adds a very nice edge to 4 in 1 -only works in 1 orientation (i.e. on bottom edge of a shirt.  12G7/16, 14G3/8, 14G5/16, 16G5/16, 16G1/4
Persian rib in 4 in 1  Add a ridge for decoration or strength.  12G7/16, 14G3/8, 14G5/16, 16G5/16, 16G1/4
ringmail  Rings sewn to a backing of cloth or leather 12G1/2, 14G1/2
Snake skin  Best with 2 rings sizes - one large one small  12G7/16 & 16G1/4, 14G3/8 & 18G3/16, 16G1/4 & 20G1/8

Chains (I writing instructions as you read this)

Name  comments  Most Common Ring Sizes (jewelry)
birdsnest  very easy to learn 14G3/8, 16G1/4, 18G3/16, 20G1/8, 22G3/32
birdsnest - double   16G5/16, 18G1/4, 20G3/16, 22G1/8
Persian 3 in 1 Difficult to start - easy to add to a started piece 14G3/8, 16G1/4, 18G3/16, 20G1/8, 22G3/32
Persian 4 in 1 My newest chain - still can't start it  14G3/8, 16G1/4, 18G3/16, 20G1/8, 22G3/32
Persian 6 in 1  My new favorite - beautiful  16G3/8, 18G5/16, 20G3/16
Persian 8 in 1  very heavy chain 18G3/8, 20G1/4?
round mail  a strip of 4 in 1 that is made into a tube  14G3/8, 16G1/4, 18G3/16, 20G1/8, 22G3/32
Snake skin  Best with 2 rings sizes - on elarge one small  16G1/4 & 20G1/8, 18G3/16 & 20G1/8, 20G1/8 & 22G3/32
Spiral  best with oval rings but works fine with round rings  18G3/16, 20G1/8

How to make a chainmail:

This will all be links to other sites (pop-up windows)

I am familar with all the instructions listed here - feel free to ask me question about making anything

 Coif  
 Leggings with feet  
 Hauberk, or byrnie, vest, etc  Best method of attaching sleeves
 Mittens  -mail back sewn onto leather mitt
 gloves Forget it - buy a butchers glove. You have to use tiny rings and weld each one to get a good glove. I made a glove - it sucks.