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Gary Smith




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PostPosted: Thu 06 Sep, 2012 11:59 am    Post subject: Altering Chainmail         Reply with quote

Hi guys, New poster so be nice Wink

I have a query about how to alter chain mail. I recently bought my first chain mail shirt , and whilst the length, width and arm sizes are fantastic, the first time I slipped my head in I got somewhat stuck. Worried

15KG of chain mail is NOT easy to remove when it wont go over your face ...... Blush

It is constructed in the 4 through the 5th style, and with 10mm links, and im wondering do I just cut the links I don't need with wire cutters? is there a specific method to use?

Don't really want to watch the whole thing unravel comedy style in front of me because I've done the wrong thing lol

I've looked through the multitude of webpages and scanned YouTube but not found anything useful so far

Thanks for any help given guys, much appreciated Big Grin
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Tom King




Location: florida
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PostPosted: Thu 06 Sep, 2012 12:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

if it is a butted mail shirt (no rivets) just use needle nose or bull pliers to open the links and take them off. if it is riveted, use aviator snips (craftsman makes good ones) to cut the links. Just make sure they're the ones you want to remove
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Gary Smith




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PostPosted: Thu 06 Sep, 2012 12:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Its Butted Tom, Its just a cheaper shirt as getting into the hobby really.

So to remove them i just need to cut away the ones I don't want? seems to easy lol.

The structure wont degrade or come undone by removing the wrong links for example?
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Tom King




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PostPosted: Thu 06 Sep, 2012 12:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

widening the neck won't harm the integrity of the mail shirt. if you have some pliers lying around, just remove the links. That way if you ever get a hole in the shirt you have a small supply of pre-made links for repairs
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Gary Smith




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PostPosted: Thu 06 Sep, 2012 12:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks Tom, Ill have a go once im home Big Grin

Kind Regards Happy
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Nathan Gilleland





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PostPosted: Thu 06 Sep, 2012 5:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Check out the art of chainmail. They have quite a few tutorials on weaves and should give you an idea of how to go in reverse. I linked to their European weave index. Hope that helps! Big Grin
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