Chaimaille, whos doing it?

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  1. Gavaha

    Gavaha Art House Member

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    Hey all :draught:

    Jw who here is working on chaimaille, has, will, owns, whatever. MAybe some pics if you might. Me, I should be done around christmas. Can't wait!

    Gavaha
     
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    I ordered mine. I have no time to make my own, so I ordered a European 4 in 1 pattern, with saw cuted links in galvanized steel. It will be ready this week, and I intend to use it in my borormir costume for the ROTK premiere :D

    I'm impatient here! :gbounce:

    I have a friend that is making his full chain shirt with same pattern (he has sufficient time).
     
  3. The Man from Niefldarth

    The Man from Niefldarth your worst nightmare!

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    ... for a boromir costume you said?

    In the movie, they just used sleeves of chainmail, not a full shirt. It is less expensive, so if someone else wants to make a boromir costume, my advice will be to only buy or make sleeves of chainmail.
     
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    You can purchase maille rings on ebay for a small price. theringlord.com is pretty cool.
     
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    The Man from Niefldarth your worst nightmare!

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    Or you can make links from pvc pipes.
     
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    Cudgel The name says it all

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    mmmm pvc maille.......
     
  7. The Man from Niefldarth

    The Man from Niefldarth your worst nightmare!

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    It isn't good for battle, but was used by WETA for some of the orc's maille... there is a good tutorial in alleycatscratch.com
     
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    Cudgel The name says it all

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    you know thats actually got a an idea in my head. If you can pvc pipe into thin rings to make fake maille why ot cut thin walled narrow iron pipe to do the same. saves you the time and effotr of coiling wire and sniping it.
     
  9. The Man from Niefldarth

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    not a bad idea... but won't the edges of the tubing be sharp?
     
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    Cudgel The name says it all

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    yeah but that is why you use files and sandpaper and round the edges off.
     
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    I think that after the filing and smoothing around the tubes, it would take even more time to do that than it would to spin your own rings. Making rings isn't too hard, really...

    Also, the idea of using the tubing would almost certainly make the shirt heavier than if you were to use wire, a big bad "no, no" if you want to wear it around a lot!
     
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    POssibly.
     
  13. The Man from Niefldarth

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    yes. if you want to have quick links, buy them, spin them or cut them out of pvc pipe.
     
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    I've been mailleing for over about 4 years now. Its great fun! :)
     
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    what pattern do you prefer? I started with the 4 in 1 japanese pattern, and I personnally think that for begginers who just want to make a costume, that's the best.
     
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    Back in my high school days I made a byrnie coat hanger wire, in 1/2" rings. It was heavy but I didn't know any better. :)