Anyone Mess With Chainmail

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  1. Grizzix

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    I'm not sure exactly how I could incorporate this into bushcraft. I was trying to come up with a unique gift for my wifes birthday and St. Valentine's Day next month and saw some pictures of chainmail jewelry. I figured I'd give it a shot. Worst case scenario, I fail miserably and move on to the next idea. Off to Hobby Lobby :)

    This is a byzantine style chain that I made long enough for a bracelet.
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    I think it turned out well. I'm looking into other styles to do a necklace also. as far as bushcraft goes, I wonder if I could make a usable stainless steel pouch..? :33:

    Thanks for looking.
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    I've made entire hauberks out of 14ga galvanized wire.... from spooling the wire around a dowel to cutting the rings and piecing it together. Made me crosseyed trying to keep all the rings straight. Little pouches are definitely doable... I have one running around here... somewhere.

    Your byzantine chain looks great!

    Edit: lots of resources for mail making here: http://www.mailleartisans.org/
     
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    looks kinda cool

    have made chain before but not chainmail

    a chainmail bag would make a good strainer or maybe fill with hot coal to cook with in the bush

    how heavy is it?
     
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    I have made a 14g hauberk and fought in it. It was quite heavy but not too bad once you were wearing it. I switched over to leather lamellar which was light and left less waffle shaped bruises when I got it. A 6 in 1 pattern with a lighter gauge wire may produce some nice looking jewelry. Good job making things with your hands. keep at it there is some fun things you can make with maille.
     
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    [​IMG] this is the last project i started and never finished. I kind of fall in and out of it because at first its fun then it turns into a chore.

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    Looks great Grizz! The chain itself can be "bushcrafty", or maybe add some small charms. I've made quite a bit of chainmaille jewelry, the shirts I stayed away from just do to the time involved. What are your rings? I used stainless, titanium, brass, copper, silver and gold filled wire. I stayed away from galvanized just do to the lead content if you were to get some old wire. The most fun I had was making a titanium byzantine bracelet and watching the looks when I threw it in a campfire. After pulling it out it was a nice blue color. Chainmaille, like leatherwork can be addictive watch out!

    Bob
     
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    Let me talk to the wife she did chain mail and jewelry, she might have a few ideas.
     
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    Re: whether or not its "bushcraft", if you make it in the bush, or have a use for it in the bush, then I suppose it is BUSHCRAFT! :45:
     
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    Depends on the guage of links you use. My bracelet is light.

    Grizz
     
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    I made quite a bit when I was SCA...mostly stainless with copper edging. I recycled bomb arming wire that came off our aircraft after a drop, since it was *great* wire and they would just put it in the dumpster. If you can, go with riveted maille instead of butted...you can go with much thinner wire, which makes it lighter (and overall less expensive), and it never needs tweaking to close links that get bent back open. Wedge rivets are easiest since you're using the same wire, and most of the tools are easy(ish) to make with some skill. The link "smoosher" can be the most challenging, since you want them consistent. If nothing else, pounding the links flat one-by-one works...it's how they used to do it.

    Bushcraft use? You could cover the backs of gloves for whittling or knapping. Lanyards were pretty popular too---a friend of mine made a virtual business making wallet chains for bikers. They double as weapons, hehe.

    Speaking of fine work, there's a museum in Germany (I forget where) that has a maille glove. The links are so tiny and the work so fine, that curators say it holds water...for a few seconds.
     
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    I work at a commercial kitchen/restaurant supply store and there are chainmail gloves in the showroom for butchers to wear so they don't cut themselves!
     
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    Just a quick note for safety for those who may not be aware. If you plan on using heat with your maille, do NOT use galvanized steel (or really any zinc alloy). Heating zinc gives off poisonous fumes that can quickly ruin your day.

    More here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_fume_fever

    Here endeth the public service announcement.

    On a related note, maille can be a lot of fun. I haven't picked the pliers up in a long time, but I used to achieve kind of a Zen-like state while assembling my projects. Perhaps I should get back into it.
     
  13. FarmerJohn

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    you could hypothetically toss it in a fire and bake off the zinc,

    as for some bushcraft ideas you could use it for anything you want to not cut like the butcher gloves
     
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    You could cook the zinc off, if you had a reason to be away from the fire for a while. Or, you could just eliminate the risk and grab some black baling/rebar wire; that stuff's plain carbon steel and dirt cheap. Saves you a fire, too. I picked up a few hundred feet for about 4-5 bucks at the Home Depot a couple years ago. Should be strong enough for any bushcrafty need.

    Not trying to stir any pots here, but I just thought people should be aware of the risks of heating zinc if they weren't already.

    I think gloves/gauntlets or simple reinforcement would probably be the most practical bushcraft applications of chainmail. Can't really see where a homemade chain would be better than a rope. Fancy lanyard, maybe?

    Edit: Looks like Airth beat me to the lanyard idea. Oh well.
     
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    I would like to have some to protect myself from mountain lions. I am scared of mountain lions. Laughing Out Loud.
     
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    I got a kit from hobby lobby that made one that was like this

    NOT MY PICTURE
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    I used to do a fair bit of chainmaille. Found a few things hiding in a box. It is kind of meditative in it's repetition. Now I carve spoons.

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