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Instructions

How to close a ring properly: The goal is to have rings closed so well that you cannot feel the opening and you can only see it if you look closely. To do this, twist a wire-diameter past the point where the wire ends match up. While doing this, push the ends together twice the amount of the gap. This creates tension in the loop that will help keep the gap closed.

Prepare the Rings

1. Open a bunch of copper rings to about a 30 degree angle.
2. Close a bunch of silver rings.

Row 1

1. Pick up 1 open (copper) ring in your pliers.
2. Pick up 4 closed (silver) rings in the open ring.
3. Close the copper ring.
4. Put down the assembly you just made and arrange the rings as shown in the figure.

You have just completed the most basic unit of European 4 in 1 chain mail. Four rings are linked through each 1 ring.

Before we continue, let’s assign some letters to help later on.

5. Pick up 1 open (copper) ring. This is Ring D.
6. Pick up 2 closed (silver) rings in Ring D.
7. Join to the assembly by routing Ring D down through B and C.
8. Double-check your work! Close Ring D.
9. Look closely at Figure 3 and arrange the rings as shown, so that all of the copper rings are laying flat against each other facing one direction and all the silver rings are going the other. Double check that your rings are laying exactly as shown.

For wider pieces of mail, repeat steps 5 through 9 as many times as needed.

Congratulations, Row 1 is done!

Row 2

10. Pick up 1 open (copper) ring. This is Ring E.
11. Pick up 2 closed rings in Ring E.
12. Join to the assembly by routing Ring E down through Ring A then up through Ring B.
13. Double-check your work! Close Ring E.

Again, arrange the rings carefully on the table and verify the assembly looks exactly like that in the figure.

14. Pick up 1 open (copper) ring. This is Ring H.
15. Pick up 1 closed (silver) ring in the open ring. This is Ring J.
16. Join to the assembly by routing down through F and B then up through Ring G.
17. Double-check your work! Close Ring H.
18. Arrange the rings carefully on the table. Your assembly should now look like the figure.

Row 2 is now done!

Subsequent Rows

Repeat steps 10 through 18 until your piece of mail is as long as needed.
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