Introduction to maille making with Andrew Braund

Jewellery Blacksmithing and metalworking

Ref: S1D11589

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About this course

Learn the principles of making your own maille (often referred to as chainmail), working with copper and brass. You will make samples of two different weaves, and the skills you will learn are applicable to making both armour and jewellery.

Course Description

Learn how to make your own maille (often referred to as chainmail). You will be shown how to make two different weaves; European 4 – 1 and half Persian 3 – 1. You will also be signposted to resources to help you further develop your skills whether making jewellery or armour.

The tutor will introduce you to the history of maille, its terminology and variations. They will demonstrate the manufacture of links and help you create your own samples of maille, which can be turned into a bracelet or necklace.

You will be working with copper alloy links although the methods you learn will be applicable to a wide range of materials including both ferrous and precious metals.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the College will supply all of the materials including links and clasps.

What students need to bring

  • Smooth jawed pliers will be provided by the college although you may wish to bring your own.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Smooth jawed pliers
Timetable Before morning break – Introduction and demonstrations After morning break – European 4 – 1 maille Before afternoon break – half Persian 3 – 1 maille After afternoon break – Further time to work on either European 4 – 1 or alf Persian 3 – 1 Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.

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