Chainmaill, anyone doing it?

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  1. Gavaha

    Gavaha Art House Member

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    I am making chainmaill, and I know Gud is, anyone else? Or if your interested contact me
     
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    dont critisize me for this, one time i became VERY, VERY bored, and you'll understand how bored i was.
    I started making a chainmail shirt from paperclips, thats right, i had a lot of time and a lot of paperclips. I made a whole sleeve and started on the neck when i realised how wierd it was, (and i ran out of paperclips).
     
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    maybe you should try real chainmaille
     
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    i'll think about it.
     
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    I started making a hauberk to wear for my re-enacting group but due to busy social life and never being home I don't have time to work on it! So I gave it to a mate to finish, but he's got lots of orders as is. Still waiting....
    So in the meantime I'm borrowing a mate's hauberk coz he works on weekends now and can't fight any more. The extra ~16kg/35lb of weight sure makes a difference to the way you move! All that extra weight adding inertia and momentum - but you jingle when you walk so it's all good ;-)

    For cost effectiveness, my group generally use 2mm galvanised steel fence wire that we buy in 20kg rolls, then cut into lengths, roll into springs, then it's cut cut cut, join join join, repeat ad nauseum. But some people used spring steel washers and assembled the rings, and one guy's got a very shiny suit made of stainless steel rings.

    Gavaha, what material are you using?
     
  6. Gavaha

    Gavaha Art House Member

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    I have 16 gauge steel, heavy, realistic though, and I am about 40% done. If you want pics, I can post em, wanna see?
     
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    Sure, post away :) How big are you making the rings?
    My group found through trial and error that about8mm-10mm inside diameter is a good size for fighting mail. Any bigger and the rings open up and don't cover well either. Any smaller, you get great protection and looks, but it's obviously MUCH heavier due to the extra metal.

    Are you making a shirt or an elbow to knee hauberk?
     
  8. Gavaha

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    Heres the pic, and the inner diameter is 7/8", perfect size.
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    Why did you spell chainmail as chainmaille? haha
    And it's chainmaill in the subject.
     
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    Because that's how it was originally spelt, that's why. The subject was a typo, but I believe chainmaille is the original way of spelling it. But us lazy moderners are, well, lazy.
     
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    oo err, ye owd chainmaille
     
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    Yes, chain maille is the original, "correct" spelling. I read it on a chain mailling site once.
     
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    just out curiuosity what way are u doin it, Rivited or Butted
     
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    My maille/mail is just butted. Rivetted mail is obviously stronger, but is more expensive to buy the links, and extremely fiddly and time consuming. Butted mail is bad enough! And for our purposes of re-enactment and not full on psycho combat to the death, it works just fine.
     
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    mine is butted, and unless you have a year of time or want to buy rivited for 500$, go and do butted, its cheaper, easier, less time consuming and works just as well
     
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    by the way mub., forgot to say, I am making mine into a shirt, not knee length
     
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    Cool :) I'm portraying a Norman and the ones we're portraying wore the long hauberk. Damn heavy though, I did heaps of fighting on Sunday and was absolutely shattered at the end of it! I don't get muscularly sore, but you use heaps more energy due to the extra weight/momentum/inertia. But it's all good :)
     
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    yes, it can be exausting! So you are finished with it?
     
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    I'm making mine a hauberk, very close to the ones they had in the armoury of Helm's Deep.
     
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    so you have flat rings? becuase that is what their's are