Chain and Scale Mail

Project Status: Under Construction

I love chain mail. This is going to be a series of projects featuring jewelry, fashion items as well as armour! I want to play with both chain and scale mail.

  • Chainmail pocket watch chain for a waistcoat.
  • Chainmail hoodie for Alfie
  • Chain or Scale mail gloves for me
  • Scalemail shrug for Kate
  • Scalemail dress?

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/fearpig/chain-scale-mail/

Aluminium would be nice, galvanised steel if not so I don’t have to worry about corrosion.

http://bonesandlilies.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/scale-mail-corset.html

Links to how to actually build chainmail:

https://images.app.goo.gl/q4rqW2BrAUeQnJ1J6

Tumbling your rings!

https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry-making-blog/1384/tumbling-your-jewelry/

£50…
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3KG-Rotary-Tumbler-Jewelry-Polisher-Finisher-Ideal-For-Rocks-Stones-Coins-UK/182633978097?epid=894605680&hash=item2a85d558f1:g:VwwAAOSwIKNcEHju&frcectupt=true

The same machine seems to be cheaper on Aliexpress

Buying Rings

MaterialColourIDDAR (ID/D)SourceQTYPrice (Per Ring)
AluminiumBlack8mm1.57mm5.0link1000£24.99 (£0.025)
AluminiumSilver6.35mm1.63mm3.9link1000£24.99 (£0.025)
AluminiumSilver7mm1.29mm5.4link3300£38.98 (£0.02)

Buying Scales

https://beadsisters.co.uk/pages/scales.htm

Update

So I tried rings fom a few diffeent sources and so far the only ones that haven’t been rubbish have been beadsisters… but they are expensive! As I haven’t got a tumbler either they are still very small snags on the necklaces that I have made so far.

Byzantine

Persian 6-in-1

The 2 on the left are cheap ones from Ali Express, the one on the right was the smallest that B&Q sell.