Mary Brewer is a member of Society of Creative Anachronism and Ampguard. She sells mail, jewelry and swords at local fairs and offers classes in mail construction.
Art of Mail Armor: How to Make Your Ownby Mary Brewer, Mary Brewer
Picture yourself in a full set of shining mail armor at your next reenactment, fair or costume party. And the best part is that you can say you made it yourself. The Art of Mail Armor shows you how to start with a piece of wire and end with a finished garment that costs a fraction of what it would ready-made and fits perfectly because it was custom made just for you. The book features seven original patterns from the author and step-by-step diagrams and instructions for attractive coifs (head coverings), hauberks (shirts), gauntlets, (gloves) and bishop's collars, as well as juggling balls, necklaces, belts, crosses and other jewelry. Find out how easy it is to assemble your tool kit and materials; acquire the best wire for specific items; measure for a perfect fit; join, enlarge, round, angle and fit sleeves; and incorporate decorative trimmings and inlays to make your designs truly unique. Also learn some quick and easy tricks for keeping your pieces clean and shiny - with no scrubbing or expensive commercial cleaners. Whether you are a Renaissance or medieval enthusiast, reenactor, historian, martial artist, jewelry designer or just someone with an interest in armor, you'll want to add this book to your library. Even experienced mail makers will find new ideas and techniques.
- Paladin Press
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- 8.70(w) x 11.26(h) x 0.63(d)
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This book is great. Great especially if you're using the chainmial for practical purposes like combat (think Belegarth, Dagorhir (sp?), LARP, etc.). Shortcuts are good for us people who don't have $500,000 and 8 years to make a single ring out of a 25,000 ring chain hauberk. A+ to this book.
For a book that is supposed to be a 'how-to-book' this book is missing the point. 1. Some of the photos are blurry and it is hard to tell what the 'weaves' look like. 2. It only covers a very small selection of weaves to try. 3. Instead of the book showing you the correct way of making mail it shows the shortcut versions of already simple patterns. This in turn makes the mail look cheap to the trained eye. 4. The names of the patterns are inconsistant with the terminology being used by most mailers around the world. What is called chinese chain 1 in the book is actually a box weave, what is called a chinese chain 2 is actually a byzantine weave, and a 6 in 2 is actually a Japanese Hex. 5. When mail is done correctly it should seem to flow together and rest on the wearer as if were a second skin. Unfortunately, many of the items in this book seem to be pieced together with many 'seams' visible. If you are interested in learning about mail armor I DO NOT recommend this book. Learn from the people who's passion of mail armor shows in their work. As to where else can you find this kind of info try the internet. You can find great information on the internet by doing a simple searh for Chain maille.
I got this book in high hopes, but it was disapointing. This book is only helpful if you have no experience making mail at all. You can find all the information in this book located on the internet, even better info too! Also the images are horrible, and don't help you much. Overall this is an overpriced, disapointing book.
Wow, this book is great! Where else can you find this kind of info??? It is about time someone came up with an easy to follow guide on making mail! Not only beginner stuff, but new approaches I haven't seen before. Excellent!