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thearmourman

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    I like adventures, quests, and just about anything to do the Lord of the Rings
  1. thearmourman

    Chain Mail Hacky-Sack

    So apparently I never got notifications for this thread. And yes, I do realize its been almost 5 years. But I've revisited the chainmail hacky sack, so I thought I would share. First I'll answer the question j_betts asked about what I filled it with - it is filled with a fleece fabric. I recently redesigned it a bit, and made it possible to weave with only one ring size. You can read about it here: How to Make a Chainmail Hacky Sack
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    Chain Mail Hacky-Sack

    Here is a chain mail hack-sack that I made out of about 280 stainless steel rings. The rings are 16 gauge with a 1/4 inch inner diameter. I heat colored the rings on the ends and middle of the ball a nice deep gold color. I think it turned out great, and it is perfect for juggling, hacky-sacking, or whatever else I might want to use it for.
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    Chainmail Hacky Sack

    Here is a chainmail hacky sack that I made out of about 236 stainless steel rings. The rings are 16 gauge with a 1/4 inch inner diameter. I think it turned out great, and it is perfect for juggling, hacky-sacking, or whatever else I might want to use it for. You can read more about how I made it here: How to Make a Chainmail Hacky Sack
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    Making Your Own Rings

    For more tutorials and instructions like this, head to Chain Mail 101. 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 the Coil Maker. If you need to know how to make the Coil Maker, go to this link: Getting Started Making Chain Mail 2. Be Safe! Put on your safety glasses and gloves. 3. Clamp down the Coil Maker in two places. 4. Connect the drill to the end of the rod 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 rod. Decide which way(forwards or reverse) you want to spin the rod. 6. Using one hand to control the drill, and the other to guide the wire, begin to slowly power up the drill. 7. Watch the wire wind around the metal rod. 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. 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 rod, stop the drill. Cut the wire as close to the rod as possible. Then, cut the wire where it goes into the small hole. Then, while pulling the dowel-rod out of the holes, start to slide the coil off. 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. And that's it! For more tutorials and instructions like this, head to Chain Mail 101.
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    Links to Free Instructions

    Here is a link to a site that is very good for beginners. It has instructions for weaving, making your own rings, and even various properties and uses for different metals. Check it out! Chain Mail 101: How to Make Chain Mail There is also a page on the same website that has computer generated tutorials here: Chain Mail Weave Tutorials
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