my guide to easy chainmail!

okay so literally this is super easy and like, basically a three step process but enough people have asked me about it that i’ll just post the pictures i took during the process.

so basically i started off with this silver mesh fabric that i found in the bridal section, i’d link it but i can’t seem to find it. either way, something like it shouldn’t be too hard to find

then i gave it an allover light dusting of black spray paint for weathering, here are the pictures of the samples i did. left is with spray paint, right is without

here’s a picture of it hung up when i was painting the whole thing

then it’s all backed on wool, but it’d probably be fine not backed on anything too. but yeah, here’s something for anyone who doesn’t wanna deal with making real metal chainmail for whatever reason!


My dad just uploaded a bunch of his chainmail projects to facebook. I’m not gonna link to the gallery because I dunno if strangers can see it, but I want to show it off because my dad makes great chainmail.

And another Tumblr Giveaway!

Belt pouch - made from black utility hide and a antler button from the lovely and talented wolftea

Occult Patch

3 in 1 Persian Chainmail Necklace

All you have to do is follow me and reblog. Each reblog is an entry. Contest ends at the end of the month of January! I also have a separate, but similar giveaway over on facebook, so check that out too.

Mail is a protective iron fabric made up of thousands of interlocking iron rings. In the Viking era, mail was always made with a 4-in-1 pattern, in which each ring passes through its four nearest neighbours. During the Viking age, mail usually was worn in the form of a mail shirt (brynja). Typically, the garment was T-shaped, with short sleeves (half to three-quarters length) and thigh length. Important Vikings, like chiefs, would wear armour made from chain mail when they went into battle.


This dragon tail is primarily made of blackened stainless steel. It’s a material that I always enjoy using, though it’s got its quirks. The black is formed by a particular oxidizing process that turns the surface into magnetite, which is pretty cool. It’s the same process used to make guns black, I believe. The finish ends up being a slightly varied matte black, which I just really like. It does tend to rub off some black for a while when it’s fresh, most of which is oils from the manufacturing process. And while the steel is stainless, the oxide surface can develop some rusty patches over time. Making sure it’s not wet for too long helps, and a bit of oil can be used to wipe off any rust that does form.

That turned into care instructions for the material, oops.

The commissioner for this tail also requested a very small blue underbelly (made of anodized aluminum). Not enough to see most of the time unless you raised the tail up. It was a neat idea, and I found it fun to do.