Chain Maille ... No Longer Just For Knights

Knowledge Base

New to chain mailling and have a million questions?  Don’t worry you aren’t alone.

We have put together a few articles that will help get you started and get a grip on the new tools, toys and terminology that you will need

It’s that time.  You have practiced your weaves, you have mastered the seamless join and you are wanting to share your passion with the world.

If you are interested in turning your hobby into a business venture, you are going to need to know some basic steps you should take to help you sell your creations.

Selling isn’t as easy as making it, placing your item out in the public eye and waiting for the customers to flock to your store.

Here are some guidelines to help you sell your

 

 

Making chain maille is not only a fun and addictive pastime, but you also get to wear what you have created.  

It can be difficult to know where to start so we have gotten together a little list that will hopefully help you.

 

 

 

1.    Master opening and closing jump rings

Nothing can ruin the look and impact of your work like badly closed rings.  Grab a handful of rings (just cheap from your local craft store will do for this exercise) and practice.  You don’t need

There are many different necklace lengths.  Choosing the correct size can help you frame your face and add to your outfit.

I thought I would put up something a little useful (at least I hope it is). I used to keep a folder of similar type worksheets, sometimes attached to the relevant tutorial.  A lot of my records are now on the computer, but if you are a pen to paper type person this might be of some use to you. Download the file (pdf so you will need something like adobe acrobat to open it) and print out as many times as you need it.  A great way to record the weaves you have done, materials used, ring counts, etc.  It takes all the guess work out if you decide to replicate your pieces.  Also handy for those pieces you are planning on doing.  You can plan your work out and all that information is there for you when you are ready to start. Couldn't be simpler! Cheers Deb Download Worksheet

OPENING RINGS

To keep the rings round, you will need to twist the ends open; never simply pull them apart. If you do pull the ends away from each other, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to get the ring to lie flat.

You will need to hold the ring with the cut ends in the 12 o'clock position and have the ring firmly grasped on either side. Try and cover as much of the ring with your pliers as possible to avoid twisting the ring out of shape. One end of the ring is pulled toward you

There are a lot of different reasons why people choose the metals they do...price point, allergies, colours. And the combinations are endless.

Just to help you decide which metal might be best for you project we have a small run down all the metals we use/sell at Aussie Maille.

  • Bright Aluminium
  • Anodized Aluminium
  • Anodized Niobium
  • Bronze
  • Copper
  • Stainless Steel
  • Sterling Silver

 

 

Bright Aluminium (BA)

Colour: Silver, very bright and shiny. (Be carful not

I am sure you will find this table useful to you when converting gauge systems. At Aussie Maille we try and keep the listed rings in one gauge system (AWG), but we also list both the gauge name and measurements so you can be sure of what the diameter of the wire is.

 

SWG   AWG
inches mm's Gauge inches mm's
0.128 3.25 10 0.102 2.59
0.166 2.95 11 0.091 2.3
0.104 2.

When I first started mailling and looking around for ring sizes a LOT of them were in inches....it did my poor mind in trying to work out a conversion. I found a table similar to this one to be extremely helpful, and still refer to mine when it's not a size I am used to.  

Have you got a ring ID that isn’t listed, here is how you can convert it yourself.

You need to convert the fraction to a decimal. You can do this by dividing the top number (numerator) by the bottom number

Although there are various tools that you can/will use in creating chain maille the main tools are pliers. You will need two pairs of pliers (one for each hand) and I often find that if you use a bent nosed in your non dominant hand and a chain nosed in your dominant hand you will have a great set of tools for most situations you come up against. Below is a small run down of the more common types of pliers you will find yourself using.

Flat Nosed Pliers

Useful for a variety

Although there are no hard and fast rules, there are a couple of weaves that are considered a good place for new maillers to start.

Byzantine

A weave that looks intricate but is quiet easy to do...wow your friends with your skills!

To help you start out we have made our Byzantine Bracelet tutorial free for your use.

European 4in1

Used to make the armour for knights of old this is a very popular weave that can have a varied look depending on the rings chosen.

To help you start