Monday, January 5, 2009

New Series: Chain Maille Tips & Tricks - M.A.I.L.

I am by no means an expert mailler, but I have been doing it for a few years and have picked up a thing or two in that time. When I first started, I was lucky enough to to find a chain maille Yahoo group with great members who helped answer some questions and get me on my way. I also read. A lot. Books, magazines, websites. But, I would have loved to have someone there to pass on the tips and tricks that many of those books, magazines, and websites may assume that you already know. A mentor, if you will.

I'd like to share with you some of the stuff that I've learned. Some of the tips will be for beginners, some not. Some ideas may seem painfully obvious, but you have to learn somewhere. You may find that my way may not work best for you: there are as many ways of making chain maille as there are weaves out there. I simply want to give the novice mailler some ideas that might make their life a with pliers a little easier and, of course, more fun. These tips and tricks will be in no particular order, just whatever strikes my fancy to share with you.

Today, I'd like to share a website with you: M.A.I.L. This website is an AMAZING resource. It contains articles, community, a gallery, TONS of free weave tutorials, and so much more. Just go start looking around there, you'll get lost in a wealth of information and inspiration. I promise.


Jean9 said...

I really find the M.A.I.L site such a great resource. I am just starting chain maille and am devoring any information I can and buying books! I look forward to your tips and tricks and will check back often. I enjoy your blog, thank you for visiting my blog and for commenting always appreciated. Happy New Year.

Athena's Armoury said...

Be prepared: chain maille is quite addicting. Have fun!