Ferd De Mann

Chainmail Hacky Sack - How?

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hey guys long time no post been really busy i just opened a store called "chainmaille on everything" and a ton of people want chainmaille hacky sacks i tried to make a couple from a fomula i cant remember where i got but there always ends up having too many rings so my question is should i change the ring size as i come to the middle or is there a better formula that u guys can muster up any help would be great

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I make hacky sacks using 14 gauge 3/8" rings to make a japaneese 10-2 ball. It works great and does not need filling.

Movak

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I've made quite a few, not sure how well they stand up but I've yet to have one break so take that for what its worth.

I do a very simple design, just euro 4-in-1

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You can vary the size, but I try to make it a proper multiple of the reductions so that I end up with a neat end. Can't recall off hand what the math is for it. For that one I start with a cylinder that is 28 rings around, and 7 rows wide. Then I go to what would be 6 in one but every second ring, and again, and then finish off with a single ring at the end. The picture should show what I'm talking about, you skip a ring to keep the reduction from getting too dense. For mine I use 18g 1/4 rings.

For fill I just use those big plastic pony beads you can get at any craft store. They're fairly cheap, but durable. You can pick your fill amount based how how stiff you want your ball. They end up nice and round even with a small level of fill. It's easy to over fill them, which makes the hacky sac really hard to use. They should still squish a bit!

Lemme know if you need any clarification. This is the first time I've actually had something to share! :lol:

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I've found these instructions to be very helpful. I've also found that stainless steel works the best for making these.

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I usedthe pattern Skedros suggested and found it very simple. After puzzling through the first one, I was able to make several more, averaging about 30-45 min per piece.

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When I make my chainmail hacky sacks I tend to use 5/16 rings and do a 24x4 european 4 in 1 sheet then add 6 litttle trianges to the length then connect the ends... i found these directions when i searched chainmail hacky sacks on google... and went to instructables

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I also do the Japanese cube. 16 ga, 5/16 rings and I use stainless steel. They work great and when I was doing this as my livelihood they were one of those things I never had enough of. Also, makes the perfect size for juggling balls.

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Hi there, new to chain mail, but I understand the basics and have made a few pieces. My question regarding these hackey sacks, are there designs made exclusively of chain, no filling? If so what would these patterns be?

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The bags on the site are just regular european 4-1 pattern with no filler. You can also make one using 14 gauge 3/8" rings in a Japanese 10-2 pattern without filler.

Movak

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I make mine from 16g 1/4"id rings for the body with 2 17g 5/16" galvy rings for the "queen rings".

#1 Make a ribbon of E4-1 with 24 rings on the outer rows.

#2 Connect the ends to make a loop.

#3 Add one row to each side of the loop to widen the ribbon to 5 rows.

#4 Reduce the ribbon/tube by 6 rings per row for three rows. (18 rings, 12 rings, 6 rings) Shift contraction ringss around a bit to avoid the seamed look.

#5 Connect the last 6 rings with a queen ring on one end, Fill the other end with rings or beads for a hackey sack (cloth for a juggling ball)

DO NOT OVERFILL!! A hackey sack must be able to flatten out slightly on the foot/shoe in order to do stalls and to help control.

#6 Connect the final 6 rings with a queen ring to close the ball.

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I do mine Euro 4-1, but start out like I would a coif (with the queen ring). My rows work out as follows

1,8,16,20,25,25,25,25,25,20,16,8,1 (for easy math it works out to an expansion ring every 4th ring, then 2 rings between every contraction)

I tend to use mine as juggling balls so I stuff them as compact as I can before putting the final ring in.

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Exactly how durable do hackies need to be? I've heard some people say that they make them out of spring steel. is that going overboard?

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Well, Hacks get kicked around pretty hard sometimes, or thrown hard in games like Kill. And, as they are often abused even when not in use it's a smart idea to use a nice strong material. However, I have seen them made out of other things, so I'd say it all depends on how long you want your hack to last.

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