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Chainmaille Vest - Detailed by zikes Chainmaille Vest - Detailed by zikes
My apologies for the rather large 1.31MB file size, but trust me it's worth it! I wove all them rings and by god you're gonna see them all! :D
Yeah I finally got my hands on a decent digital camera. I was sure my uncle John had one, so I asked him at work today if I could borrow it for a day or two and he said "Ohhh no, I know you're going to that Marilyn Manson concert on Thursday and that camera costs $1000!"
:rofl: As soon as I finished laughing I explained I was expecting to come back with broken limbs and bruises and there's no way I'd even think of taking a camera like that to a Marilyn Manson concert. So of course he ended up agreeing and now you all get to see my maille in all it's glorious splendor! :w00t!:

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When I first started this project all I had was a spool of wire, a pair of needlenosed pliers (I promise I'll give them back someday dad ;)), a power drill, and some wire cutters. I used the power drill to coil lengths of wire around a steel rod to turn it into a coil, then cut each ring from the coil. Then I used the European 6 in 1 weave (where each ring passes through 6 other rings) and constructed this over the course of a very long and boring summer between my freshman and sophomore years of high school.

The approximate ring count: 55,000 :eyepopping:
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SCEyeballKid Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Dude, do you any battle re-enactment? This'd be really good for that.
How much did this cost you to make?
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zikes Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Professional Artist
Actually, it was free :paranoid:

The wire was a big spool of 18 gauge aluminum welding wire (alloy 5356) that was given to me by my boss at the time. The rest of it was sweat, time, time, and more time :B

Never done any re-enactment, but it sounds fun =D
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SCEyeballKid Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Epic. Re-enactment is fun. I'll be bringing some weapons when I visit Inki and Frocky, you could give it a try then if you like.
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arathalion Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006
Cool! What diameter/radius was your wire/rings? I made the mistake of using 2mm wire with 6mm inner diameter. It was hell to cut the rings, let alone making the darned thing! Fortunately, I never ever lose rings like you do with some, and it's pretty impenetrable, unless you've got a skewer/fork. I shot it with my bow and the arrow simply bounced off! (ok, so it was only 34lb bow, but still!).
On the down-side, it weighs 25kg, with no arms (It used to have them, but I took them off and replaced them with the plate shoulders I made).

I found that the thing became a *lot* more comfortable when I added some rows around the neck. Perhaps it was just because mine was fairly tight, but might be worth a go. Also, I have fitted mine to my body (it's slightly corset shaped) and put straps/buckles on the back so it's dead easy to get on and fits anybody. I'll have to put some pictures up at some point.

Anyway, nice to see somebody else who spent a few years constructing some high quality maille!
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zikes Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006  Professional Artist
I used 18g (.0403in/1.02362mm) aluminum wire with a 1/4in (6.35mm) inner diameter. It's very flexible, yet dense enough that it almost appears solid. Since I was more interested in maille as a display piece and used aluminum, this vest only weighs roughly 9lbs (4.08kg) and once a person gets it on they could actually forget they're even wearing it.

:comic: "Anyway, nice to see somebody else who spent a few years constructing some high quality maille!"

Actually, I only spent 3 months on this vest :paranoid: I made it some years ago before I had a job, and spent all summer on it.

I'd like to see your vest if you can get some photos of it. If you post it to dA leave me a comment or note so I can check it out :D
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Goddesofwolves Featured By Owner May 6, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
nice cainmail. So do you like midevil wepons to? You are pritty good at that.
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zikes Featured By Owner May 11, 2005  Professional Artist
I love everything midieval and fantasy, I have a healthy obsession with dragons & wizardry and even have a sword hanging on the wall :D
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Goddesofwolves Featured By Owner May 12, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Lucky I am not old enough to buy a sword. *sigh* I plan on getting some for my 18th birthday from my dad. Mid-evil things rock! did you know that the first case of bio war fer was in the mid-evil age?
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zikes Featured By Owner May 12, 2005  Professional Artist
Yep, they used to fling dead animals with catapults :D
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Goddesofwolves Featured By Owner May 12, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
of humans with the plage. god that would suck sitting at home minding your own buines and a dead body lands on ya that would suck!
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Koolaidmaid Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good greif. So splendid. Love the shine they have. I have but one question. Most of the chian work I have seen is really neat looking until you get up close. Now it may just be customers are hard on others hard work and don't care if they don't handle it with respect. But inveriably I see links missing and pulling apart. Do you have some king of sodering you do to them? Or is it just be gentle and humble with the chain work?
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zikes Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2005  Professional Artist
lol of all the people that have handled this vest I've probably treated it the worst :D

I've had to make many, many repairs to it over the years as I've done some rather foolish things with it. I made it during high school and brought it to school with me a number of times in my book bag, which was often thrown, trampled, or otherwise beaten upon throughout the course of the day. Repairs are fairly easy to make, though, as the pattern makes it relatively easy to get rings in and out of a few of the more cramped spots, so it's all good. As a matter of fact there are still a few repairs I need to make right now, as with a piece so large as this there are invariably going to be some rings which were not closed properly in my haste, and have slipped out of place.

I've seen examples of soldered and rivetted chainmaille before, but don't really have the urge to try it myself on larger pieces. I'd love to give it a try for jewelry pieces, though, as most of my jewelry is inherently weak and must be handled with relative care.

Anyways, thank you I'm glad you enjoy my work! :D
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Koolaidmaid Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the reply to my question. I one day will own a bit of chainmaille. But for now I have to many other hobbies that take up all my time. I should learn the linking process before I buy any. Or I may find repair work a bear. *laughs*
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l33tg4m3r Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2005   Writer
Holy crap! Where can I get a tutorial for that? I wanna make one now (someone here *couch*me*couch* has waaaaay too much time...) I want! Very cool! :+fav: >^_^<
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zikes Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005  Professional Artist
Thanks! I haven't really found any good tutorials for making vests, I mainly just did this one by trial and error. They're really not as difficult to make as you might imagine, I suggest just giving it a shot with some larger, cheaper rings as a quick practice run and then moving on to the smaller, more expensive aluminum.

My first vest was actually 16 gauge galvanized steel in the European 4 in 1 pattern. It was very open and very quick, but it helped me to gain an understanding of what would lie ahead for this particular vest.
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l33tg4m3r Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005   Writer
Did get some work done trying it out and it's loads of fun/work. Definitely going to make a chain shirt with 4-in-1 first 'til I learn to correct and repair all errors I can make with that, then move to 6-in-1. As did you, I'm using 16-gauge galvanized steel wire of which I'm wrapping myself. >^_^<
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zikes Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005  Professional Artist
Great! I can't wait to see the finished product :)
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l33tg4m3r Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005   Writer
Prolly won't be for awhile (obviously), but I'm learning to pick up the pace...even learned the proper way to take the wire off the winding spool (broke my first one and had to rebuild it...heh). What tool do you use for cutting wire (assuming you don't buy pre-cut links); I use tin-snips. >^_^<
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zikes Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005  Professional Artist
For my aluminum I use some modified Klein D2000 diagonal cutters. They don't come with springs to reopen them after each cut so I put my own on it. When I was still cutting galvanized steel I used some bolt cutters.
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l33tg4m3r Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005   Writer
I should get some bolt-cutters then...tin snips are kinda hard to use on wire. >^_^<
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Gawrak Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2005
cool this 6 in 1 look great, awsome job man

Bye:wave:
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zikes Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2005  Professional Artist
Thank you! :D
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TheArcticBanana Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2005
That is awesome. :XD:
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zikes Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2005  Professional Artist
Thank you! :D
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massy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2005
Oh my God!!! 0.0
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zikes Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2005  Professional Artist
:giggle: Thanks! :D
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livius Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2005
Sweet, sweet Jesus what have you done?! Zikes. My God. You're a damn genius! I mean, I knew you were a genius with the wee ones, but I had no idea you were an artisan of such astounding calibre. The way the detail creates a whole entirely different from the sum of its parts just blows me away.

If you sell that marvel for anything not in the thousands I will personally whup whatever part of you is not encased in it.

:worship:
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zikes Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2005  Professional Artist
:giggle: I'm glad you like it! I spent a lot of time on this one and it's definitely my little pride and joy :D

I'm actually working on another, similar vest right now out of the same size of wire. I'm starting to outgrow this one and I don't want to resize it so I need a new one. You can see my progress here: [link] :)

The new one will be using a weave called Dragonscale, which is a bit more difficult because it takes two different ring sizes instead of one consistent one, but it has a scale-like effect so it'll be worth the trouble :D
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RonoxQ Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2005
Very nice.

I've just started to make chainmail, and it's awesome. I wonder if it could work as a fencing lamee?
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zikes Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005  Professional Artist
Hmm small sharp points can actually penetrate it pretty easily, but if you used a couple of layers of a dense weave that might do the trick
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ph0t0k1tty Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2005
mmm that's sexy. ;p :giggle: :hug:
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zikes Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2005  Professional Artist
Just wait til you see me in it ;p
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ph0t0k1tty Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2005
:faint:
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zikes Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2005  Professional Artist
8-) :giggle:
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zikes Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2005  Professional Artist
Just wait til you see me in it ;p
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ph0t0k1tty Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2005
:giggle: :blushes: :faint:
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zikes Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2005  Professional Artist
:giggle: 8-) ;p
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astrima Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004  Professional General Artist
God i'd love to be able to create something as awesome as this O.O You really are amazing, lol. Is it really heavy? When i was a kid i went to our castle and they were illustrating how heavy a knights armour is to our class and the tunic/vest near floored me :D Its pretty cosy after a while though.
This is remarkable though, the amount of patience and work you put into it really shows :worship: I'd definately sell chainmail works on Ebay you'd make a fortune on custom mades if you dont already do so :)
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zikes Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004  Professional Artist
Thank you! The same can be said for your works as well, My Muse -finished piece- is the most amazing pencil work I've ever seen :worship:

Luckily I went with aluminum on this vest, so the weight's not nearly as bad as you might expect. Most people are surprised when I hand it to them, expecting it to weigh 15-20lbs when it actually weighs closer to 4-5. I need to get it onto a postage scale or something and get the exact weight, I'm really just guessing at the 4-5lbs but it certainly feels light, especially once you get it on. After 5 minutes or so I can forget I'm even wearing it :)

I've considered selling custom maille, but I haven't had as much time for it lately. That one was made over a summer before I was even able to get a job, so I had a lot of free time to do it in. I try to do some chainmaille jewelry now and then, but mostly either for the fun of it or for friends. I once tried to sell some of my necklaces through a local flea market once and they got a lot of ooo's and aaah's but no takers :hmm: I've been told it was probably the wrong type of place to sell it, so I might just try eBay or something and see how that works out :)

Anyways thank you for the fave, I really appreciate it :hug:
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astrima Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004  Professional General Artist
You should try some local alternative clothing shops. Here in Edinburgh we have a few places that sell decorative body armour/jewelry and the goths snap it up XD But definately Ebay and make sure to list them under either Cyber or Goth as its easier to sell things that way:) Ahhhh! Aluminium, great stuff. I watched one of my friends do a lot of wire jewelry work and it always puzzles me how the links dont snap because her wire was quite bendy. It'd be cool if you created themed 'sets' of jewelry and sold them on ebay.
Goodluck with your sales :) It's always nice to see something different on DA.
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zikes Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004  Professional Artist
Thanks! I might know of a couple places like that around here, I'll take some samples in and see what they think :)
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angel-white Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2004
i think inspector gadget said it best: wowzers
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zikes Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2004  Professional Artist
lol thankya :D
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ElfFromRigel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
Now that is wicked awsome. Took you a while, eh? Argh I could never make a chainmaille vest, that would be just to long, and hard, and very painful on your fingers. Are you a person-who-works-with-metal-dude? I cannot think of the name at the moment so, that is what I shall call it. But that is a cool vest, I bet you could make a chainmaille armour complete suit-thing, sorry, my brain is not working well at the moment. Good Job. :D
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zikes Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004  Professional Artist
Thanks! :D
To tell the truth chainmaille's not too hard on the fingers, the part of the body that gets the worst of it is the soles of the feet...losing an open ring and finding it the next morning when you're walking barefoot is not a fun experience :oops:
Chainmaille's about the only metal I work with. I've wanted to try my hand at welding and working with sheet metals as it would be the perfect complement to maille, but I haven't really had the opportunity to try it yet. :hmm:
Anyways, glad you like it! :D
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ElfFromRigel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
:D, Yeah I a bit know what you mean about finding shapr things on the floor, for this Halloween I made a medieval cloak that I had to pin and sew. And you reall have to what where you put the pins and where you put your feet. ^^; But that is a really brilliant chainmaille vest, are you going to wear it just for fun or something? Or sell it, because I bet you can get quite a sum of money off it if you do. :D
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zikes Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004  Professional Artist
I've worn it to a couple of ren faires and I enjoy dressing as a knight for halloween, those are about the only occasions I've found to wear it, mostly it just adorns my wall as a display piece :)
I may end up selling it later as I'm currently working on another vest that will take its place. I've done some research and I think a vest like this could go for as much as $700-800 :o
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ElfFromRigel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
That is great! Ah, dressing up for faires are fun, but it is pretty cool to have a chaainmaille vest hanging on your wall. Another vest, eh? Well someone is busy. ;)
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zikes Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2004  Professional Artist
Yep, you can see a picture of the work in progress here: [link] :)
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ElfFromRigel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2004
Thanks!
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