- File Size: 9188 KB
- Print Length: 196 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00958HUN8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Chainmail Made Easy: Beginner's Guide in 7 Easy Steps! Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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
Half Persian 3-in-1
Half Persian 4-in-1
(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.
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!