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Maille-making Tutorial by Theophilia Maille-making Tutorial by Theophilia
LordShadowblade's Maille-making Tutorial"

This has been a long time coming. I just finally got around to doing it.

For anyone who likes maille armor or who wants to know how to make maille armor or is just simply curious as to how I make my maille armor.

As I said at the end of my tutorial here, I use the term "maille" simply because people have gotten confused with "chain-mail" with "chain mail" (as in, those annoying spam messages that run along the lines of: 'I'm an ugly horrible monster that killed your mom. If you don't send this to 6,000 people in 2 seconds I'll kill you tonight, etc") and also because Ewart Oakeshott didn't like the term. And I don't want to say "mail" because that's even more confusing (silly modern people and not immedietly recognizing medieval terminolgy ;)), so, for the sake of clarity, I've adopted the (presumably) French spelling.

It might be preferable to download this, just because it's such a large file and I don't know if the words are very legible.

Again, as stated in the title, this is for butted maille. And sadly, is not historically correct. Butted maille is not super strong. It tears apart quite easily (as my maille hauberk can attest to after my cousin and I shot arrows at it. However, they are very easily repairable. ;)) and so is not suited for real combat. (However, for airsoft matches, that's a different story. ;-) It makes for fantastic armor, I got shot up close in the back and didn't feel a thing). Real maille armor was made from riveted rings (which is INSANE!!!!) or solid rings, or a mix of of riveted and solid rings.

WAAAAAAY too difficult to make. And I thought butted maille took forever!!!! O.O So, I am perfectly happy and content with my butted maille. :aww: Anyway, enjoy the tutorial. I hope you all find it helpful. ;)
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Tourk Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I don't know where you are in the world or if this was covered before but you can get the same amount of Galvi wire at most walmarts for $3.97 for 100ft. The kind in your picture I've seen at Lowes or Home Depot. It's the same in all ways but walmart sells it for half the price. Also Lowes has Bolt Cutters that are just great for this wire.
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If your rings are 3/8" then you can cut up to 3 rings in succession with out dumping. Also the grips are pretty comfortable I don't wear gloves when using them and I don't get blisters. As for opening and closing the rings walmart sells great jeweler's pliers that have no teeth and grip well.
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I hope this will help you and look forward to seeing more work!
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Mad-Badger19 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Waouh!!
Thank you very much for this tutorial. I'm learning to make some jewelry and clothes with maille, but I just have some little ring from my fther and I didn't know how make them.
Thank you very much!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you found it helpful! :D I still need to do a bit more maille-making, even though I've already finished my hauberk. :nod: It would be cool to do some jewelery with rings though.
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Mad-Badger19 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For the moment, I just made some panterns of chain box and bird cage for my friends. :)
But I can't make more for the moment because of the studies. :dizzy:
When have you begun to work with maille? :3
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When did I start making maille? A while ago. :XD: I think around in 2010? Something like that? It doesn't actually take too long to get the hang of it. I don't consider myself a particularly fast learner either. You just have to make your own system and work with that. I like working ring by ring. Other people like putting them together in pieces of five and then connecting all the pieces together. I found that incredibly troublesome, because I'd always get the links messed up. So whatever works for you. :D

I worked on my projects while I was watching movies or listening to books on tape (the latter more than the former).
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Mad-Badger19 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, thank you very much for your answer.
While watching movie? Yeah! that's a good idea! :D
I've learned working with piece of 4 for the moment. :)
I continue to learn new patterns after the Hight Level (baccalauréat in french :) )
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool! :D Well, good luck with all of your projects!
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Mad-Badger19 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
okay! let's go!! :D (after the exams. u.u" )
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longdeadhero Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
On the subject of the wire; i suggest you go to a Menards, though I'm sure most hardware stores will have them, you can get a 1/4 mile spool of wire for $40 - $50, its a bit more money up front but it will save you money in the long run.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, thank you very much for the suggestion! ^^
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