Learn how to make your chain mail (maille). 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 chain mail (maille), its terminology and variations. The tutor will demonstrate the manufacture of links and help you to create 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 the day:
Before morning break – Introduction and demonstrations
After morning break – European 4 – 1 maille
After lunch – half Persian 3 – 1 maille
After afternoon break – Further time to work on either European 4 – 1 or half Persian 3 – 1 maille
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Andrew is studying on the MA Conservation Studies in metalwork at West Dean College. Building on a foundation of largely self-taught skills studying both craft and conservation of metals. Still building a portfolio, most of his previous work has been recreating historic objects.
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Our Foundation Degree in Metalwork will enhance your employment prospects, give you the skills to set up as a self-employed craftsperson or allow you to continue to higher education. Encompassing both silversmithing and blacksmithing, you will learn practical skills, material properties, placing your work in a broader context and historic metalworking techniques. Find out more