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Power Winding Chainmail by LTgoatRoper Power Winding Chainmail by LTgoatRoper
In an effort to speed up the production of chainmail at home I have designed a winding assisting block. While this was originally designed to be used on a hand crank jig with some minor modifications I can make a three foot coil in less than a minute.

The basic idea is to have the wire feed in thru the top, the rod goes in one end and the exit port is drilled to the exterior diameter of the coil.

The rod is straight with a notch cut into the end to receive the wire. The reason I use a notch instead of a single hole is to make it easy to remove the coil after finishing.
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swordsman-shadow Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013

The Black Cat ~ Shadow

i've been thinking about trying my hand at chainmail as something to do aboard ship and i'll so have to remember this because this way seems a whole lot easier than my other plan of getting more links aboard... (instead of having to make room in my sea bag i can use the old scrap medal aboard for practice material) but there i go rambling so i digress   
LTgoatRoper Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

The repair shop should have a lathe or two that you might be able speed up the process.

swordsman-shadow Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
dude! what a great idea! thanks for the advice. btw how did you learn the art of making maille? and where do you get your materials from? i've been trying to find places that sell either bags of jump rings or long polls of aluminum but they are few and far between. think you could spare a bit more advice? :)

The Black Cat ~ Shadow
LTgoatRoper Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

I usually buy 14 and 12ga electric fence wire at farm supply stores since it is high grade and cheap. The rod I bought at Lowes and I use either 1/2in or 3/8ths in diameter. If you don’t have access to antler to make the jig out of brass might work but I haven’t tried brass yet. Almost everything can be found on Amazon and they have free shipping to all FPO addresses.

Most of what I know about chainmail is self taught. I grew up around a manufacturing plant so making a basic jig came second nature and I have been improving the design ever since. 

anarhists Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
just some questions popped in my mind:

As i can see you don't stretch (put it under friction) the steel wire right ?
Does the rings stay bent after wearing chain mail or something else?
What is the rod diameter and also the wire ?
LTgoatRoper Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

Oh, good questions! As it stands I have not yet tried this design on steel wire since my power drill isn’t strong enough to wind that type of wire. Recently I picked up a 3.5amp drill and some block aluminum that I plan on fabricating into a jig that can withstand steel.


As for friction that is achieved in two locations; the first is at the spool since it rests on a clamp instead of bearings. The second location is in the jig itself since there is a sudden change in direction the wire naturally resists movement to a point. Because of this heat is generated in the winding process it that helps the wire to maintain its shape, it isn’t as good as real heat tempering but it helps.


Bent rings have never been a problem for me unless I put them under stress. Even with aluminum it can be worn for an extended period without fatigue. My rings aren’t riveted or welded so the risk of popping is higher but unless you plan on taking a spear you should be fine. No chainmail will do well against a piercing blow but my 12ga ½ inch galvanized steel shirt has taken full blows from a hand and a half sword and I only got a dislocated rib and some bruises.  When opening your rings you don’t’ want to open them like a “C” instead bend them like a cork screw.


For wire size I mainly use either 12ga on a 1/2in rod or 14ga on a 3/8in rod. The one in this photo is 14ga 3/8in

kid-hulk Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
that is frigging genius!!!
LTgoatRoper Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just uploaded pictures of this made out of antler, it works so much better.
kid-hulk Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
sweet. that's sound innovative and awesome at the same time lol
KazBarEzz Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you thank you thank you what a great share :#1:
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