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Jerry Penner, The Chain Mail Guy

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Chain Mail Basics, Third Edition

Chain Mail Basics Third Edition

Chain Mail Basics Third Edition adds more good stuff to an already informative book. Over 50 black and white pictures and illustrations show you what to do, what not to do, why not to do it, and gives directions for knitting over a dozen items including shirts, skirts, bras, belts, and jewelry. You will find tips on choosing comfortable tools, description of the mental roadblocks that keep many people from finishing their first work, sources for wire and rings, and cleaning tips for sterling silver, brass, and galvanized steel. You'll find a section on working with (and colouring!) titanium. The various knits covered include the European 4-in-1, 6-in-1, Foxtail, King Chain and the Knit-3-Drop-1 stitch. If you're thinking of knitting and don't know if you have enough money for rings and a book, get the book. Still $12.50, Now with FREE SHIPPING

Chain Mail Basics - $12.50

Chain Mail Basics Third Edition e-Book

Same great content as the softcover version but with these benefits:
  • Faster delivery. I e-mail the book within 2 business days of receiving your order.
  • Less expensive ($5.00) than the softcover version ($12.50)
  • Prints on standard 8.5" x 11" or A4 paper
  • Lays flat while you knit

Chain Mail Basics e-Book - $5.00

Chain Mail Jewelry

Once used to create protective garments, chain mail techniques have now been adapted for jewelry making by innovative artists. Making chain mail jewelry requires very few tools to achieve impressive results. From an inlaid Chain Mail Pendant to a Japanese Hexagonal Mail Collar, the 30 extraordinary projects in this beautiful hardcover book will introduce you to a variety of exciting techniques for all skill levels.

The pictures make this an excellent coffee table book as well as a source for new jewelry projects. Each book comes personally signed by contributing author Jerry Penner with your custom message.

Price: $34.95

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Chain Mail Guy Approved Knitting Pliers - 4.5"

Knitting chain mail works best with combination pliers (aka. Linesman's pliers). Needlenose pliers are a poor choice because you're grabbing the ring far away from the pliers' hinge, increasing hand strain. Linesman's pliers have a short wide jaw that reduces hand strain. My pliers have specially ground jaws to remove the sharp edge of the teeth to reduce ring damage without sacrificing grip.

The jaws are ground perfectly parallel, again reducing hand strain. This means you can work longer with Chain Mail Guy Approved pliers.

These 4.5" long pliers are great for rings 5/16" diameter and under. Great for jewelry work and for smaller hands.

4.5" Long Knitting Pliers - $12.50 ea.

Chain Mail Guy Approved Knitting Pliers - 6"

These 6" long pliers are great for rings from 1/4" - 1/2" diameter. Suitable for average sized hands, these are great all-purpose knitting pliers. Perfect for working with stainless and titanium. Better than needle-nose pliers, the teeth are specially shaped to give you some grip without marring soft rings. Made to minimize the amount of hand pressure required so you can knit longer.

6" Long Knitting Pliers - $12.50 ea.

Chain Mail Guy Approved Knitting Pliers - 8"

These 8" long pliers are great for rings from 3/8" - 1/2" diameter. Suitable for average and larger-sized hands, these are great all-purpose knitting pliers. Perfect for working with stainless and titanium. Better than needle-nose pliers, the teeth are specially shaped to give you some grip without marring soft rings. Made to minimize the amount of hand pressure required so you can knit longer.

8" Long Knitting Pliers - $12.50 ea.

Regular price of a book, 2 bags of 3/8" X 1/16" aluminum rings and 2 knitting pliers plus shipping: $86.50

Complete Starter Kit Price:

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Complete Starter Kit

The kit includes 2,000 aluminum rings 3/8" X 1/16" size, two pairs of Chain Mail Guy Approved 6" knitting pliers and a copy of Chain Mail Basics. 

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Within Canada, delivery is 3 - 6 business days, delivery to the USA is about 6 - 12 business days, other international destinations are up to 30 business days. For orders of $80.00 CDN or under, shipping is $20.00. For orders over $80.00 CDN I take care of the shipping expenses. Shipping on the book "Chain Mail Basics" is FREE. This is shipped via Canada Post Regular Lettermail.

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Perfectly Cut Rings

All of my rings are beautifully cut. I specially designed my cutting tools to give these rings an angle cut with no burr around the face. The angle cut means they assemble faster because the ends don't have to be as precisely aligned to produce a good closure as with a straight cut. These are not saw-cut rings so there is no burr around the face of the cut. The burr-free edge means you don't have to polish the finished work to make sure it won't rip nylons or scratch skin. This means you can knit faster, cheaper, and better than someone who doesn't use my rings.

I won't sell a ring I wouldn't use myself.

DIY Ring Kits

Galvanized Steel | Stainless Steel | Aluminum | Silicon Bronze | Copper | Sterling Silver | Titanium | Nitrile Rubber

Galvanized Steel

If you want to make period-looking chain mail, galvanized steel is a popular choice. It will require cleaning with soap and water until the zinc coating stabilizes. When it gets a characteristic metal smell, that's the zinc. You can speed-age galvanized steel by leaving it in a sink of warm water and a cup or two of bleach. Check on it every hour or so for up to 8 hours. When a whitish muck forms on the rings, wash and rinse it in hot water and soap and towel dry.

Wire Type Wire Size Ring Size (I.D.) Rings/bag Rings/ sq. ft. Approx. Weight per Bag Price (CDN$)
Galv. Steel .074" 1.88mm 14BSG 1/2" 12.7mm 500 750 rings/sq. ft. 21 oz 610g $18.50
Galv. Steel .050" 1.3mm 16AWG 3/8" 9.5mm 500 1200 rings/sq. ft.
9 oz. 280g
$9.75
Galv. Steel .050" 1.3mm 16AWG 5/16" 8mm 500 $9.75
Galv. Steel .050" 1.3mm 16AWG 1/4" 6.4mm 500 2400 rings/sq. ft. $9.75

#304 Stainless Steel

Stainless is a little harder to work than galvanized steel and well worth the effort. #304 is the same grade that kitchen sinks are made from, and you know what kind of abuse you put your sink through. Stainless does not require a stabilization period like galvanized steel, nor will it rust. It takes a beautiful polish by tumbling with WD-40 and cotton rags. It's also less expensive than #316.

Wire Type Wire Size Ring Size (I.D.) Rings/bag Rings/ sq. ft. Approx. Weight per Bag Price (CDN$)
#304 Stainless Steel 1/2 Hard .078" 1.98mm 14BSG 1/2" 12.7mm 500 750 rings/sq. ft. 21 oz 610g $18.50
#304 Stainless Steel 1/2 Hard .063" 1.6mm 16BSG 3/8" 9.5mm 500 1200 rings/sq. ft. 10 oz. 280g $9.75
#304 Stainless Steel 1/2 Hard .063" 1.6mm 16BSG 5/16" 8mm 500 $9.75
#304 Stainless Steel 1/2 Hard .063" 1.6mm 16BSG 1/4" 6.4mm 500 2400 rings/sq. ft. 7oz. 200g $9.75

#316 Stainless Steel

Stainless is a little harder to work than galvanized steel, but well worth the effort. #316 is medical grade stainless, suitable for people with metal allergies. Stainless does not require a stabilization period like galvanized steel, nor will it rust. It takes a beautiful polish by tumbling with WD-40 and cotton rags.

Wire Type Wire Size Ring Size (I.D.) Rings/bag Rings/ sq. ft. Approx. Weight per Bag Price (CDN$)
#316L Stainless Steel 1/2 Hard .063" 1.6mm 16BSG 3/8" 9.5mm 500 1200 rings/sq. ft. 10 oz. 280g $19.75
#316L Stainless Steel 1/2 Hard .063" 1.6mm 16BSG 5/16" 8mm 500 $19.75
#316L Stainless Steel 1/2 Hard .063" 1.6mm 16BSG 1/4" 6.4mm 500 2400 rings/sq. ft. 7oz. 200g $19.75
#316L Stainless Steel 1/2 Hard .030" .76mm 22BSG 3/16" 4.8mm 500 34g $9.75

#316L Stainless Steel 1/2 Hard

030" .76mm 22BSG 5/32" 4mm 500 $9.75

Aluminum

There are 2 common grades of aluminum wire: #4043 and #5356. The #5356 is harder, less likely to come apart. It's still soft, and easier to work with than galvanized steel or bronze. Works a little harder than copper. It's a reactive metal and will require cleaning occasionally. Do not spill pop, juice, or vinegar on it, this will discolor the metal. If you do spill something on it, rinse it off immediately with clear water.

Wire Type Wire Size Ring Size (I.D.) Rings/bag Rings/ sq. ft. Approx. Weight per Bag Price (CDN$)
#5356 Aluminum .063" 1.6mm 14AWG 3/8" 9.5mm 1000 1200 rings/sq. ft. 6 oz. 170g. $14.50
#5356 Aluminum .063" 1.6mm 14AWG 5/16" 8mm 1000 $14.50
#5356 Aluminum .063" 1.6mm 16ga 1/4" 6.4mm 500 2400 rings/sq. ft. 4 oz. 150g $14.50
#5356 Aluminum .045" 1.14mm 17AWG 7/32" 5.6mm 500 $9.75
#5356 Aluminum .045" 1.14mm 17AWG 3/16" 4.8mm 500 $9.75
#5356 Aluminum 045" 1.14mm 17AWG 3/16" 4.8mm 500 $9.75
#5356 Aluminum 045" 1.14mm 17AWG 5/32" 4mm 500 $9.75
#5356 Aluminum .035" .89mm 19AWG 5/32" 4mm 500 $9.75
#5356 Aluminum .035" .89mm 19AWG 1/8" 3.2mm 500 $9.75

Silicon Bronze

About as tough to work as galvanized steel, this material makes great accents in galvanized or stainless steel pieces.

Wire Type Wire Size Ring Size (I.D.) Rings/bag Rings/ sq. ft. Approx. Weight per Bag Price (CDN$)
Silicon Bronze .080" 2.03mm 12AWG 1/2" 12.7mm 500 750 rings/sq. ft. $18.50
Silicon Bronze .063" 1.6mm 14AWG 3/8" 9.5mm 500 1200 rings/sq. ft.
10 oz. 280g
$14.50
Silicon Bronze .063" 1.6mm 14AWG 1/4" 6.4mm 500 2400 rings/sq. ft. $14.50
Silicon Bronze .045" 1.14mm 17AWG 1/4" 6.4mm 500 2400 rings/sq. ft. $14.50
Silicon Bronze 045" 1.14mm 17AWG 7/32" 5.6mm 500 $14.50
Silicon Bronze 045" 1.14mm 17AWG 3/16" 4.8mm 500 $14.50
Silicon Bronze .035" .89mm 19AWG 3/16" 4.8mm 500 4800 rings/sq. ft. $14.50
Silicon Bronze 045" 1.14mm 17AWG 5/32" 4mm 500 $9.75
Silicon Bronze .035" .89mm 19AWG 5/32" 4mm 500 42g $9.75
Silicon Bronze .035" .89mm 19AWG 1/8" 3.2mm 500 12,000 rings/sq.ft. $9.75

Copper

The red-enameled copper makes great accents in silver, bare copper, bronze, and stainless steel rings.

Wire Type Wire Size Ring Size (I.D.) Rings/bag Rings/ sq. ft. Approx. Weight per Bag Price (CDN$)
Red-Enameled Copper 14AWG (.062") 5/16" 8mm 500 $14.50
Red-Enameled Copper 14AWG (.062") 1/4" 6.4mm 500 2400 rings/sq. ft. $14.50
Red-Enameled Copper 19AWG (.035") 1/4" 6.4mm 500 2400 rings/sq. ft. $14.50
Red-Enameled Copper 19AWG (.035") 3/16" 4.8mm 500 4800 rings/sq. ft. $14.50
Red-Enameled Copper 19AWG (.035") 1/8" 3.2mm 500 12,000 rings/sq.ft. $14.50

Sterling Silver

Half-Hard sterling silver round wire works a little tougher than copper. If you'd like to experiment with a design without committing to silver, try it first in copper.

Wire Type Wire Size Ring Size (I.D.) Rings/bag Rings/ sq. ft. Approx. Weight per Bag Price (CDN$)
Sterling Silver .040" 1.02mm 18AWG 5/32" (.156") 4mm 100 13.6g $28.00
Sterling Silver .040" 1.02mm 18AWG 1/8" 3.2mm 100 12,000 rings/sq.ft. $28.00

Titanium

6AL4V is made to the same chemical composition and exacting standards as 6AL4V-ELI (medical grade titanium). The titanium I offer is near-medical grade without the medical-grade price. If you've got metal allergies you should be able to wear 6AL4V.

Wire Type Wire Size Ring Size (I.D.) Rings/bag Rings/ sq. ft. Approx. Weight per Bag Price (CDN$)
6AL4V Titanium  (Please specify colour when ordering) .063" 1.6mm 14AWG 3/8" 9.5mm 125
1200 rings/sq. ft.
$18.50
Colour:
6AL4V Titanium (Please specify colour when ordering) .063" 1.6mm 14AWG 5/16" 8mm 125 $18.50
Colour
6AL4V Titanium (Please specify colour when ordering) .063" 1.6mm 14AWG 1/4" 6.4mm 125
2400 rings/sq. ft.
27g $18.50
Colour
6AL4V Titanium (Please specify colour when ordering) .030" 0.8mm 20.5AWG 1/4" 6.4mm 160
2400 rings/sq. ft.
$16.00
Colour
6AL4V Titanium (Please specify colour when ordering) .030" 0.8mm 20.5AWG .218" 4.7mm 160 $16.00
Colour
6AL4V Titanium (Please specify colour when ordering) .030" 0.8mm 20.5AWG .188" 4.7mm 160 $16.00
Colour
6AL4V Titanium (Please specify colour when ordering) .030" 0.8mm 20.5AWG .156" 3.9mm 160 $16.00
Colour

Nitrile Rubber

Nitrile rubber is safe to wear for people with latex allergies. These rings are durable, wear-resistant and very light. They can reduce the weight of a steel garment by almost half.

Wire Type Wire Size Ring Size (I.D.) Rings/bag Rings/ sq. ft. Approx. Weight per Bag Price (CDN$)
Nitrile Rubber Rings (black) 0.100" 2.54mm 10AWG 1/2" 12.7mm 500 750 rings/sq. ft. $30.00
Nitrile Rubber Rings (black) .063" 1.6mm 14AWG 5/16" 8mm 500 1200 rings/sq. ft. $30.00
Nitrile Rubber Rings (black) .063" 1.6mm 14AWG 1/4" 6.4mm 500 2400 rings/sq. ft. $30.00

Here's a picture of uncoloured and coloured titanium rings. As you can see, the colours range from medium dull grey to golds, purples, and blues. A true red is not possible with titanium, but the blues are gorgeous. No extra charge for colour. Please specify colour using the TI#'s in the picture above when ordering.

Different Titanium Grades

Most folks selling titanium wire are offering Commercially Pure Grade#1 titanium. I offer Grade #19, also known as 6AL4V.

What's the Difference Between Grade #1 and 6AL4V?

Grade #1 is softer, easier to work with if you're making jewelry. 6AL4V is about as tough to work with as #316 stainless steel - still within the limits of human endurance - and it makes much stronger chain mail garments and jewelry.

What's the Difference Beween 6AL4V and 6AL4V-ELI?

6AL4V is made to the same chemical composition and exacting standards as 6AL4V-ELI, or medical grade titanium. 6AL4V-ELI is the stuff that surgeons use to pin bones together.

Each 6,000 lb. billet of 6AL4V-ELI is tested to determine its exact chemical composition after manufacture. This ensures that the productcan be used for implantation in the body without fear of the body rejecting it. This certification process pushes up the price dramatically with no benefit to the chain knitter.

The titanium I offer is near-medical grade, without the medical-grade price. It's manufactured to the same specifications as medical grade titanium but without the final verification testing. If you've got metal allergies you should be able to wear 6AL4V.

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