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Chain Mail
ThinkGeek has an incredible chain mail T-Shirt (unless it was an April fool’s product, but it seems like they’re really selling them)…

The ThinkGeek Chain Mail T-Shirt is real chain mail, made from thousands of anodized aluminum rings. This makes the shirt fairly light (for chain mail) at around 20 pounds. But keep in mind that the aluminum rings can be bent and come uncoupled if you don’t take care with the garment. We have included a small bag of extra rings that you can easily bend into place with needle nose pliers if any repairs are needed.

Chain mail T-Shirt – Link.

$100 is a little pricey, but you could make your own chain mail (or try to!)…

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Chain maille how-to – Link.

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Ceramic Chain Mail Art – Link.

From the pages of CRAFT:
Make 1044
Battle Chic – Craft a wardrobe of medieval armor with DIY chainmail. Download sample PDF, read the digital edition or subscribe.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. osbock says:

    If you’ve every tried to make chain mail, and if you value your time anything over $5/hour(just guessing here) $99 is cheap!
    I made a small piece once, but quickly got frustrated and just out of time!

  2. mkeblx says:

    I’ve never tried but it seems like it might actually take well over 100 hours. $100 sounds like a bargain. Now only if it was made out of mithril…

  3. sethapprox says:

    Mail ain’t easy. But $100 is cheap.

    And please, Make, King of all that is Geek. Please realize that to use correct terminology, it’s ‘mail’ not chain mail. Chain mail is a D&D misnomer.

    Which is probably more appropriate in this case than a correct historical term since the audience is more likely dealing with ‘Chain Mail’ in D&D than in a historical sense…

    I’ll crawl back to my history dweeb cave now…

  4. deadfish says:

    Yes, mail takes a while to make, but that does not make this a bargain.

    Personally I think weight is less of an issue to wearability than finish. I made a shirt out of sprung steel and it is pretty heavy, but what I noticed most is *ANY* rings that don’t fit smoothly and tightly will grab, scratch and otherwise be uncomfortable. Plus aluminium is weak (even their blurb says so), personally I think it would be pretty disappointing to have a mail shirt that tears.

    If you are interested in the scene check out http://www.theringlord.org they have a pretty active forum and sell supplies out of Canada. No affilitation other than satisfied customer.

    Oh and if you are thinking of making a shirt, take the largest possible number of hours you can think of for a project and double it, that is about how long it will take. The plus side is that it is pretty simple work, so you can do it in front of the tv etc.

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