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Postby tommyargue on Mon May 18, 2009 4:33 pm

Hi there.

I need a little help. I bought a chainmail shirt a while ago and it's just too long to be practical. I'm trying to shorten it by opening the rings and pulling apart but I keep going off course so to speak. Is there a quick and easy way to rectify this without losing my sanity?


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Re: need help

Postby ronanocaoimh on Mon May 18, 2009 7:55 pm

Ya, lay it out flat on a big table, making sure the hem is in line. (The rings should all line up) Then get a permanant marker and mark each ring you're going to take out, I usually use a silver paint pen, it makes them more obvious (for blackened rings), for galvanised rings use a black marker. It's best to stick a sheet of white cardboard underneath the maille you're working on, it shows it up better. Hope that helps. (from one who made a byrnie into a crusader hauberk with integral mittens...)
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Re: need help

Postby tommyargue on Mon May 18, 2009 7:57 pm

Thanks for that. I'll have another bash at it tomorrow. Fingers are killing me now.... ouch
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Re: need help

Postby ronanocaoimh on Mon May 18, 2009 8:47 pm

Emmm...are you not using pliers?
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Re: need help

Postby the_power on Tue May 19, 2009 7:01 am

I've made horrid mistakes when fixing up mail (and I rivet all mine, so mistakes are costly). Run a thread on a needle through the links you want to preserve, dead handy.

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Re: need help

Postby tommyargue on Tue May 19, 2009 10:07 am

Thanks lads.

I'm going to have to re attach the ones I started on coz I started too bloody short... I sussed out some help from you tube but couldn't find a tutorial on there, very odd, there "how to" videos on just about everything else.
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