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Chainmail Made Easy: Beginner's Guide in 7 Easy Steps! [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Baker
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Book Description

UPDATED! - Have you always wanted to learn to chainmail but were afraid it's too difficult to learn or too expensive?

This is the first in a series of books detailing how to chainmail for beginners with absolutely no experience. Chain mail, also known as chainmail, maille, or chainmaille is a great hobby for any age that doesn't involve just making armor.

You can make almost anything from chainmail. Below are just a few examples of what you can make:
• Jewerly (Bracelets, Necklaces, Anklets, Earrings, Rings)
• Clothing (Bikini tops, Belts, Shirts, Ties)
• Art
• Armor
• Inlays (pictures in your maille)
• And much, much more!

In this beginner's book you'll learn the following:
• A short history of chain mail
• Different rings used and the kinds of metals
• How to open and close rings correctly
• Tools used like pliers and different kinds
• An overview of the family of chainmail weaves
• How to weave 7 of the more common, simpler weaves shown in 3D graphics
• Resources for purchasing rings and tools
6 Starter Projects (3 all new projects added!):
• Women's Choker Necklace
• Full Persian Earrings (new)
• Men's Flat Bracelet
• Byzantine Necklace (new)
• Pouch or Dice Bag
• Japanese Coasters (new)

Chainmail is neither difficult to learn nor expensive. All it takes is a willingness to try something new no matter your age, education, or income!

Scoll up and click the "Look Inside" feature on the top left hand side of this page to see what's included in this book.

A Personal Note From The Author:
This beginner's guide blends 10 years of my personal experience chainmailling. When I first started chainmailling, I knew nothing about it except what I'd seen online or in movies; chainmail armor. Not very exciting for the average person but the idea of weaving metal rings into something I could create without any special skills appealed to me. I stumbled across The Ring Lord, a site that sells all kinds of rings in all kinds of sizes, colors, and metals, and I was hooked!

Now ten years later after creating all sorts of projects from maille, some things I wouldn't have thought possible, I wanted to share what I've learned with someone just starting out. This first volume is not meant to cover everything about chainmailling nor does it include dozens of projects. It's meant for someone who's never mailled before or who's only dabbled a little but now wants a simple-to-follow guide with clear instructions and pictures on how to get started mailling immediately with the most common weaves applied to a couple starter projects.

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  • File Size: 4691 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00958HUN8
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,388 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written beginner's instructions March 17, 2013
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I'm not a complete beginner to chainmail, and have a fairly extensive chainmail book collection that focuses on jewelry making. So I got this book primarily for my son and my husband who both are interested in learning to make chainmail.

The author includes a lot of history about chainmail in the introduction and some theories about how some of the weaves got their names. He also includes a very well written explanation of aspect ratio, inner diameter, gauge and picking materials for your projects. He also talks about picking the right pliers for the material and ring size you are working with, and how to coat your pliers with a tool dip to keep from marring color treated metals.

The instructions are well written with good step by step photographs for each of the weaves taught. He instructs on how to do speed mail, which is making the mail with a set number of closed rings and a set number of open rings so you are attaching more than one ring at a time. He makes it very clear that is not the only way, and advises people to find what works best for them.

At the end of the book is a great resource guide which includes a place to buy rings in many sizes and metals, where to buy tools for making your own rings and places to learn more weaves.

In fact, this short book is almost perfect for a beginner. The things it does lack are good beginning projects and how to either make a clasp or attach a clasp but the rest of the information in it does make it a great way for beginners to learn the process and start designing their own projects. I'm going to help my son design a project using this book instead of using one of my other chainmail books because the instructions are so clear and basic.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Impulse Buy Ever! September 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I came across this ebook quite by accident, but because I love to learn new things, I went for it. Before reading this ebook I knew nothing about chainmail, but now I feel like an expert! It is well written, well put together, and extremely easy to follow. While going through it I felt like people who are really into this stuff were looking over my shoulder and shaking their heads in approval. It's obvious this author is really into chainmail, is passionate about it, and knows their history. I bought this on a whim, and I already feel smarter! Remember, learning new things on a constant basis will do wonders for your longevity.

James Villepigue
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all September 20, 2012
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Though I haven't attempted chainmail (yet?), I enjoyed this book and, having seen the author's chainmail work first-hand, I know he's qualified to show others how to do it.

Chainmail Made Easy has everything you need: an interesting history on the craft, detailed explanations of the tools and supplies you need with clear definitions of the terminology, excellent graphics illustrating the written directions, tips that anticipate just about any question the reader might have, and more than enough pattern suggestions to keep the new mailler busy for a long time.

Great job! This is sure to become a go-to reference for anyone interested in chainmail.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginner book August 30, 2013
By Sarah
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I actually really enjoyed this book. I am already a jewelry maker so I'm familiar with some of the most basic things like tools and how to open and close rings, but I haven't done chainmaille before. The illustrations were easy to follow, the only kind of problem was that sometimes the page breaks separated the instructions from the illustration they went with. But the information is a good introduction to this art and made it feel accessible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Bought for My Son, but Enjoyed it Myself! September 25, 2012
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When I saw Chainmail Made Easy, I thought it would be a great book for my son (who loves it!). He kept telling me how great it was and how much he was learning, so I borrowed his reader and started looking through the book. I ended up reading the entire book all the way through.

I was fascinated by the history of the different types of mail and the pictures and instructions are so clear that I caught myself thinking "I could learn to do this...". I am certainly more enthusiastic about my son's interest now that I can see how beautiful and intricate the pieces are. There's even some gorgeous jewelry that, hopefully, a grateful son will gift to his mother who bought him this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! April 2, 2014
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This is a great little book. The instructions and pictures are well done and easy to follow for even the greenest beginners (like myself). If you are good at following directions, these and the great visuals will have you doing some fun, good looking work in no time! I highly recommend this for beginning Mailsmiths!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased! December 1, 2013
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Very easy to follow instructions! The explanations are precise and the colored drawings are clear. This was a great buy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and informative - well worth the cheap price February 21, 2013
By C. Ahn
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I found this book to be a great little resource and reference for several (seven) of the common weaves (my favorite is the Byzantium). (I have done a little bit of chainmail (for jewelry) in the past, but only dabbling around with it, and not for a couple of years. )

In particular, the pictures and instructions are excellent. I would say that it is probably better read on a color screen (e.g., the Kindle app for iPad or iPod, or kindle Fire) than on a black-and-white kindle because the pictures come out better in color (and are referenced as e.g. "gold" and "silver" in the instructions) -- they are gorgeous on my iPod. However, the contrast is good enough that the epaper kindle pictures are still fine (well, except for the Half Persians, which are quite complicated to me and I think are MUCH easier to follow in color), and I prefer epaper to a tablet for reference while I'm trying to do a craft. Your mileage may vary!

The weaves shown are
Euro 4-in-1
Half Persian 3-in-1
Half Persian 4-in-1
Full Persian
Japanese 2-in-1
Japanese 2/6

(EDIT: I have deleted a paragraph because the author has kindly informed me that the current version DOES have the starter projects. However, the version I downloaded quite a while ago while Amazon was having a promotion on this does not have them, so I can't discuss those in the review.)

Another review noted that a lot of this stuff is available online (which is originally how I learned), but having it all in one place available offline is well worth the (cheap) price to me! Well worth it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Instructions are great!
Published 22 days ago by edith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice pictures. Informative. Would buy for my chainmaille library.
Published 1 month ago by mariah wiedemer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Anything chainmaille has my attention. Thanks for many of the tips.
Published 1 month ago by J. Andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars I got it for someone else
Purchased for another family member who has not told me anything good or bad about it
Published 3 months ago by E. McConnell
4.0 out of 5 stars New hobby
Educational and inspirational. I liked the different colors used to help show how to do the weave. Thanks and looking forward to more.
Published 4 months ago by Tntgifts2share
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Published 5 months ago by T nanny
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very easy to follow if you're a beginner ando was free what more could you want
Published 5 months ago by forystt Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I really like this small, easy to read book. Highly informative with loads of helpful tips and easy to follow pics. In short: easy, easy, easy.
Published 5 months ago by Loren w Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good instructions. Interesting projects.
Published 6 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners!!!
This is a great book for a beginner in the craft of chainmail. The instructions and the illustrations are great and easy to follow. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cat Lady
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More About the Author

Jeff Baker was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Italian and Czech heritage parents, grew up in Arlington, Texas and has spent most of his life there with his wife, four cats, and two dogs.

For eighteen years he's worked as a computer programmer. During that time he's published nine articles in "FoxTalk" magazine, "Foxpro Advisor" magazine, "SQL Server Magazine" and two chapters were included in the book "Exploring FoxPro - Volume II".

He's also published a collection of science fiction/fantasy short stories with a co-author titled "Tales of Fables, Fantasy, and Fiction." His latest book has just been published, "Chainmail Made Easy: 8 Wicked Weaves with 8 Practical Projects".


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Did you try it?
yes, and no... yes, i have tried (and completed) several small projects with chain malle... no, this book did not help me to go and pick up the last project that i was working on (a belt) and start it up again... idk - i think i will write a review now...
Oct 25, 2012 by harold luv dogs |  See all 2 posts
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