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Print Length: 162 pages
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Publication Date: September 1, 2012
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I'm not a complete beginner to chainmail, and have a fairly extensive chainmail book collection that focuses on jewelry making. So I got this book primarily for my son and my husband who both are interested in learning to make chainmail.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.
Though I haven't attempted chainmail (yet?), I enjoyed this book and, having seen the author's chainmail work first-hand, I know he's qualified to show others how to do it.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.
I came across this ebook quite by accident, but because I love to learn new things, I went for it. Before reading this ebook I knew nothing about chainmail, but now I feel like an expert! It is well written, well put together, and extremely easy to follow. While going through it I felt like people who are really into this stuff were looking over my shoulder and shaking their heads in approval. It's obvious this author is really into chainmail, is passionate about it, and knows their history. I bought this on a whim, and I already feel smarter! Remember, learning new things on a constant basis will do wonders for your longevity.James Villepigue
When I saw Chainmail Made Easy, I thought it would be a great book for my son (who loves it!). He kept telling me how great it was and how much he was learning, so I borrowed his reader and started looking through the book. I ended up reading the entire book all the way through.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!
I actually really enjoyed this book. I am already a jewelry maker so I'm familiar with some of the most basic things like tools and how to open and close rings, but I haven't done chainmaille before. The illustrations were easy to follow, the only kind of problem was that sometimes the page breaks separated the instructions from the illustration they went with. But the information is a good introduction to this art and made it feel accessible.
This is a great little book. The instructions and pictures are well done and easy to follow for even the greenest beginners (like myself). If you are good at following directions, these and the great visuals will have you doing some fun, good looking work in no time! I highly recommend this for beginning Mailsmiths!
I have been looking for a project/craft that my son and I can both enjoy. This was a good beginner's guide and introduction to chainmail. It had great illustrations to help identify good and bad closures. The illustrations were also great at depicting on how to start the weaves. I wish that there were a starter project in here (although I was not expecting one). I can't wait for the next book with some starter projects.
I found this book to be a great little resource and reference for several (seven) of the common weaves (my favorite is the Byzantium). (I have done a little bit of chainmail (for jewelry) in the past, but only dabbling around with it, and not for a couple of years. )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 areEuro 4-in-1ByzantineHalf Persian 3-in-1Half Persian 4-in-1Full PersianJapanese 2-in-1Japanese 2/6(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 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.