Chain Mail Information
Chain Mail, Chain Maille, Chainmail, Chainmaille or Maille it's all the same thing, small rings woven into other rings to form a larger item.

Maille has been around for a long time, early examples have been found dating back to the 4th century BC. While it was farily simple for a few thousand years, it's now blossomed into a craft or art form that can be both functional and beautiful. Modern day materials, tools and production capablities have made chainmaille more available and diverse than ever. You no longer need to know a blacksmith to have a suit of armour crafted, yay!

With on-line ordering, huge selections to choose from, on-line tutorials and a relatively low cost to aquire the tools and materials, it's a cheap, rewarding hobby that's available to just about anyone.

Chainmaille is created by weaving rings into each other. How you weave the rings into place defines the weave along with the look, feel, weight and behaviour of the maille. There are hundreds of different weaves along with slews of variations on them, it's quite incredible what you can create by just linking a bunch of rings together.

To start weaving, all you really need are two pairs of pliers (one for each hand) and some rings to weave. That's it!

A little inspiration and a tutorial may help as well but those are free. Good eye-sight and dexterity with both hands is going to come in handy along with an understanding that bending metal, even tiny rings can be a strenuous task that will tire your hands and wrists. More on weaving safety and plier selection later.

The rest of this page goes on to explain... well just about everything I know about chainmaille. It's a long read but it should cover all the basic information you should know getting into the craft. If you have any questions or comments, let me know. Drop me a note via the contact form and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

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Rings or Jump Rings
Measuring a ring
Wire Diameter or WD
Inner Diameter or ID
AR or Aspect Ratio
Materials
Material Weight
Tempers
Alloys
Rust, Oxidization and Tarnish
Butted Rings vs Riveted vs Welded Rings
Machine cut vs Saw cut Rings
Springback
Plier Selection
Where do I get my rings?
Safety