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Making Chain Mail Rings
Article © MAIL User: thearmourman

Making chain mail rings is actually a very easy process once you have the hang of it. However, easy and time consuming are two different things. Cutting 250 rings off a coil doesn't take a small amount of time. Fortunately, once you get into the rhythm the rings will seem to just fall off. This is a tutorial to help you get started with making your own rings:

1. Collect the necessary materials. These include a drill, a pair of wire cutters, the wire(duh), work gloves, safety glasses, 2 clamps and a Coil Maker (See These Articles for examples).

2. Be Safe! Put on your safety glasses and gloves.

3. Clamp down the Coil Maker in two places.
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4. Connect the drill to the end of the mandrel on the Coil Maker. Make sure that it isn't the end with the small hole drilled in it.

5. Put the end of the wire in the hole that you drilled in the mandrel. Decide which way(forwards or reverse) you want to spin the rod.
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6. Using one hand to control the drill, and the other to guide the wire, begin to slowly power up the drill.
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7. Watch the wire wind around the metal mandrel. The goal is to minimize any gaps in the coil and to make it as tight as possible. If the wire wraps around the wire that is already coiled, don't panic! Just pull tight on the wire while putting the drill in reverse until the wire is off the coil, and resume normal coiling.
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If this happens, pull tight while reversing the drill until the coil is back to normal, then switch the drill back to forwards and resume.

8. Once you get to the end of mandrel, stop the drill. Cut the wire as close to the mandrel as possible. Then, cut the wire where it goes into the small hole. Then, while pulling the wire/mandrel out of the holes, start to slide the coil off.
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9. After the coil is off, the only thing left to do is cut it. Depending on the shape and strength of your wire cutters, you may only be able to cut one ring off at a time. Start at one end and begin to cut them off, putting them in a designated container, until you are done.
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And that's it!
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