3kg of Blackened Loose Rings


Making a mail shirt, coif or some jewelry is a nice hobby and when using pre-cut and clean rings the project will progress much faster. Pre-cut rings are bent slightly open, passed through another ring and bent shut. The work is much easier when using good tools, for example, two small pliers that can be used to bend the rings. The most typical mail pattern is four rings through a fifth but changing the pattern for different jewelry or armor projects can be experimented easily.

This 3 kg (6.6 lbs) batch has about 5500 single rings, each blued to a deep black colour. Bluing slows down rust but we suggest a light oil to be kept on the rings to keep your mail looking brand new. Mail coif can be made with 1.5 - 2.5 kg (3.3-5.5 lbs) of these rings depending on the size and how much you want the hem to cover your shoulders. Mail shirt takes about 7-18 kg (15.4-39.7 lbs) depending on the size of the shirt and the length of the sleeves and hem.

Thickness of the steel used in rings is about 1.6 mm (16gauge). Ring inner diameter is about 9 mm (0.35”) and outer diameter is about 12.2 mm (0.48”).

Also available authentic -Hand-Forged Pliers- for weaving mail.

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