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When I took jewelry making classes, we used the saw method mentioned in Kellerra's answer section "the slow way". You start by wrapping your desired wire around something round like a dowel to make a "spring" of circles and then you cut them apart with a saw. The best setup I found was to have something... either a dowel or steel bar... with a notch cut ...


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there are a few ways to make rings/loops on your own. If you're just starting out you might want to consider buying ready-made rings in the appropriate size and gauge in a project kit. You would be surprised at how many rings even a small project like a dice bag will require. Just to get this out of the way, (and from personal experience) if you're going to ...


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The chopin chain is a type of rope chain in which every slightly twisted link embraces two others: (source. click to enlarge) Depending on the thickness of the links, the character of the chain can seem a lot fuller: (source. click to enlarge) If google images is any indication, the most common type of rope chain, for comparison is the one that, not ...


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In addition to your own answer: Jewelers (and most chain mail workers that I know, including myself) use a type of pliers called "chain nose pliers." I don't really know why they have that name, but they have nice pointy tips for getting into the rings and smooth surfaces on the inside. Here's an article about chain nose vs. round nose pliers: ...


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I made a butted link hauberk some years ago out of galvanized steel wire (the stuff I got was used in repairing fences - 20 gauge). Not as shiny as other materials but I felt it was more authentic looking. It is fairly easy to form and cut. The mandrel I used to form the links was 3/8" diameter. When completed there were some 40,000 links in it and it ...


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While googling for pictures of the pliers I had, I actually found my answer: I was looking for "soft jaw", "non-scratch", "nylon-jaw", or "non marring" pliers. Hopefully this helps someone else with the same question. Edit/Update: I actually bought some soft jaw round nose pliers from my local craft store and they DID ...


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Get a dowel in the diameter you want, drill a hole in one end and put the wire in it, attach the other end to the chuck of a drill and press go! Make sure its operated slowly. Don't take the spring you made off the dowel at this point. Take a dremmel and just cut down the side. If you are making tonnes, you might want to make a jig to make this faster.


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I will reiterate @catija's referral to the Ring Lord website. I have actually purchased chain mail supplies from them (for jewelry, not actual armor) and they have a great variety of materials, and quite a bit of information about working with those materials as well. If you poke around their site, you will find lots of finished projects, and free ...


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I prefer using two pairs of "extra slim" bent chain nose pliers like the ones in this pic. The ones in the pic aren't mine, mine look much the worse for wear. If I'm working with softer metals, or with galvanised wire where the surface coating can be scratched or damaged, I paint the flat surface with a few layers of nail varnish to cushion things ...


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