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12 Apr 2011 - 14:3653906
Easy to make and light chainmail help
Right, I'm cosplaying this guy



What I need help with is how to make cheap and lightweight chainmail.

I'm doing this for Ayacon too, so I don't think wool will be suitable due to the heat. Luckily, it's a relatively small amount of chainmail.


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12 Apr 2011 - 15:1153911
You can make it your own from wire if expense is an issue:

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Chainmail

This site has a good overview for how it works. It's very time consuming to do though so keep that in mind when you start.

The larger you make the rings the lighter it will be. I've seen people try things with plastic tubes cut into rings, but it has a tendency to just look bad as they don't sand down the cut edges properly.


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12 Apr 2011 - 17:0753919
Could one buy pre-made rings and use those? Bead shops sell them quite readily.


12 Apr 2011 - 18:3153923
No matter what you do it isn't going to be lightweight. Some people I asked said that they used loosely knitted grey jumpers and sprayed them with silver paint. It isn't very accurate but from a distance it can look real. With the right lighting on a photo can make it look real as well. I'm not sure but I think making a real set of mail can take a long time, but its easier than making material costumes. Whatever is best for you I suppose.


12 Apr 2011 - 19:2253929
Quote redsmas:
No matter what you do it isn't going to be lightweight. Some people I asked said that they used loosely knitted grey jumpers and sprayed them with silver paint. It isn't very accurate but from a distance it can look real. With the right lighting on a photo can make it look real as well. I'm not sure but I think making a real set of mail can take a long time, but its easier than making material costumes. Whatever is best for you I suppose.


or sprayed netting/mesh, i've done that in the past for a quick cheat but the paint does tend to rub off with movement


12 Apr 2011 - 21:1653948
Quote redsmas:
No matter what you do it isn't going to be lightweight. Some people I asked said that they used loosely knitted grey jumpers and sprayed them with silver paint. It isn't very accurate but from a distance it can look real. With the right lighting on a photo can make it look real as well. I'm not sure but I think making a real set of mail can take a long time, but its easier than making material costumes. Whatever is best for you I suppose.


Lightweight for mail though... Should be okay as I'm being a lazy sod and not making an entire shirt of the stuff, just making enough for my upper arms.

And i'd prolly go with Agi's suggestion if I went down the painting route - wool + cons = death


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12 Apr 2011 - 22:1953956
You can use fabric that's not wool. See Storme's journal entries here, around January. http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/33813

She found a silvery mesh fabric and used two layers of it. It looked convincing enough that at cons people went up to her and asked her how she did it.


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