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How can I efficiently make the loops for chain mail or small chain crafts?

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 ...
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How can I efficiently make the loops for chain mail or small chain crafts?

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 ...
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What is a chopin chain?

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 ...
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Pliers for chainmail that don't scratch the rings

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 ...
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What wire other than 1.6 mm stainless will work for chain mail?

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 ...
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Pliers for chainmail that don't scratch the rings

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. ...
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Pliers for chainmail that don't scratch the rings

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 ...
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What wire other than 1.6 mm stainless will work for chain mail?

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 ...
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How can I efficiently make the loops for chain mail or small chain crafts?

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 ...
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