Making Chainmail: Part 2
by Chad Parker
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Steps, continued.

You can use the needle nose pliers to correct roundness and alignment.

The first pattern we will do is called 4 in 1. It is probably the most common and traditional style. Once you have made rings of both types, select one open ring and 4 closed rings.

Hang all four closed rings on the open one.

Close that ring in the same manner that you closed the others, including checking for alignment and roundness. Lay it down like this.

Next, get one more open ring and two closed rings, and hang the closed ones on the open ring just like you did before (of course this time you only have 2 hanging).

Pushing the hanging rings to the side, hook the open ring through the end two closed rings. Make sure when you do this that the open ring will be laying in the same position as the first center ring once you close it. Close this loop as before.

This is what it should look like when you lay it back down and arrange it. Note that the outside rows are angled one direction, while the middle row is angled in the opposite one.

continue this pattern until you have a piece of chainmail as long as you like. At this point, you could make it into a bracelet or something else, but if you want to make it into a sheet of chainmail, read on.

Start on one end, and using an open ring, hook it through two of the closed rings, making sure that when you close the ring, it will lay like the original center row.

Move one ring farther, and repeat this process.

Repeat this step again and again until you reach the end.

Now there are four rows. The more rows you have, the more it will hold its shape.

Next we will do 8 in 1. You can also do 6 in 1 if you want, but the concept is the same. The more rings you put through each center ring, the tighter it looks when done. Here I have looped 8 rings on the first open ring.

Just as before, arrange on a surface so the rings lay like shown.

Grab an open ring and loop it through the last three rings on each side, making sure that when you close it up, it will lay in the same direction as the other center ring.

Add two more closed rings to this, and close up the ring.

Lay it back down, and arrange it this way again. It should look like this.

Again, loop an open ring through the last 6 rings and add two more before closing it.

It should look like this now.

Repeat this process until you have a strip of chainmail of the size you want. You can make multiple rows in just the same way you did on the 4 in 1 pattern if you like.

I've found that the 8 in 1 pattern makes an almost snakelike strip of chainmail which works well for belts and bracelets. Enjoy experimenting with this technique.

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