Exquisite handmade chainmaille jewelry and armor
© 2011-2017 Jonathan Rutledge
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Q. What is chainmaille?

A. Chainmaille is a material made up of interlocking metal rings – in other words, a flexible fabric made out of metal. Historically it was used to make armor, but in modern times artists have branched out to use it for making jewelry, clothing, sculptures and just about anything else they can dream up. Chainmaille has been seen spelled many different ways – chainmail, chain mail, mail, chain maille, maille – all of which are correct, but here at Ringcrafts we chose to use chainmaille so we don't get confused for a mass producer of chain letters.

Q. How is chainmaille made?

A. It is made by using pliers to bend open rings, linking the rings together, then bending the rings closed again. Each and every ring is placed by hand.

Q. What are those little cracks in the rings I sometimes see in the pictures?

A. Those cracks are called closures – they are the little slits in the rings that allow us to open and close them to assemble the chainmaille. You don't need to worry about them; they may stand out in the pictures, but in person you can usually only see them if you're looking for them and they don't take away from the appearance of the product.

Q. Is chainmaille bullet-proof?

A. No, so please don't test it!

Q. Do you make custom orders.

A. Yes, we do! There are so many possibilities of what can be done with chainmaille that we couldn't possibly display everything on our site. If you see something here that is close to what you like, or if you see something on another site, or even if you're pulling something straight out of your imagination, just tell us what you want and we'll make it happen! For more information, click here.

Q. What materials do you use?

A. We use a large variety of materials, but the ones we use the most are: Stainless steel, jeweller’s brass, copper, aluminum and anodized aluminum. We have access to other materials (gold, silver, titanium, niobium), but they are significantly more expensive (both for us and you) so we stick to materials that cost less and are easier to maintain. If you desire a product made with a more valuable material, we will be happy to make a custom order for you! Also, if you have any allergy concerns, send us an e-mail and we'll be able to give you any information you need.

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