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Chainmaille (56k warning, kind of big pictures)

Post by cabbagedude » Sat Jun 17, 2006 5:04 pm

Since I've been gone I've drifted away from swords and the likes and more towards armour, specifically chainmaille.

So far I've made a coif, quite a few bits of jewellry, most of which I've sold and I've started on a hauberk.

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The coif is simple european 4 in 1 weave starting from an expanding circle, I also added a bishops mantle onto it. Somehow I managed to get a kind of ridge around where the expanding circle ends and turns into a plain sheet, I don't know how it got there, but I quite like it, so I'm leaving it.


Of the necklaces; the top one is a half-persian 3 in 1 weave, the second one down is a full persian weave, and the bottom one is a byzantine weave.

At the moment I'm mainly working on the hauberk but still making occasional necklaces and bracelets, the hauberk's going to take a really long time though, mainly because I'm making it to fit me and I'm pretty big.

If I get bored of making simple big sheets for the hauberk I'll probably try making a pair of gauntlets, seeing as they're both intricate and cool. :D

Anyway, that's the extent of my mailling so far.

Would like to see a couple of pictures of your coifs blackbird, to see what other peoples look like. :>

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Post by Kamui » Sat Jun 17, 2006 6:23 pm

Dude that is so freaking awesome!!
Its proper amazing!

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Post by Hatamoto » Sat Jun 17, 2006 7:19 pm

Very nice, mate, proper talent, that :)

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Post by darksun_uk » Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:32 pm

really nice work, easily up to the standard of the maille on my helm and gloves (both semi custom items form overseas smiths)

would love to see pics of the hauberk when finished 8)

i know it will take a while though (K)

kind regards

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Post by sprout » Sun Jun 18, 2006 12:26 am

that byzantine weave is amazing. great stuff!

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Post by Moon » Sun Jun 18, 2006 12:51 am

I'm really impressed and that ain't easily done.
Great work,keep it coming m8.
How's about a little tutorial for beginners,maybe just a dog collar or summat ???

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Post by wtf? » Sun Jun 18, 2006 2:19 am

its really not my thing.... but i gotta apreciate good quality work when i see it. nicely done.

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Post by darkhobo » Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:14 am

looks amazing, i was thinking about trying to make some of my own. a tutorial would be awsome

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Post by Blackbird » Sun Jun 18, 2006 10:08 am

Very very nice work mate love the fancy weaves :D Honestly I've only just started on my 2/3rd attempt at making a coif fer ages I couldnt get the hang of making the mail lay properly and last time I tryed I only had enough links fer a skullcap and I ended up giving that to me neice 8)

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Post by cabbagedude » Sun Jun 18, 2006 11:41 am

Thanks for all the kind words. :>

Instead of me writing a tutorial, the best thing to do would be to go on this site:
(should be ok, as they're not selling anything)

I found it really useful when I was starting out, as it has clear instructions on all the different weaves, both for jewellry and for armour.

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Post by Attila » Thu Jul 27, 2006 5:37 pm

That's some excellent work, very impressed, takes a great deal of patience to create such work, very well done indeed.

The link you've supplied goes to an interesting site, would you mind me adding this link to my Battle Re-Enactment & Medieval Lifestyles forum?

We are very new & subsequently are in need of interesting additions, we have a garbe creation sub-forum, this would go very well as our first item there.

All the best,


*before anyone panics, we don't sell anything, and for the mod's, check out the Neighbouring Towns sub-forum, this gaff's there(link in sig')!
Blades-UK is also advertised on my personal website under my favourite sites, you can check it out HERE

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