Introduction to making chain mail with Andrew Braund

Blacksmithing and metalworking Jewellery

Ref: S1D12221

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About this course

Learn the principles of making your own chain mail (maille), 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 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.

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
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Andrew Braund

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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