Tips/Tricks  
9/5/99
from: David Heirtzler
    Here is some advice for the cleaning and care of steel maille:
  1. Get a heavy cloth bag large enough to hold the piece you`d like to clean. (Make sure the bag has a tight enough weave so as not to let grains of sand through.)
  2. Put a few cups of dry sand in the bag.
  3. Put the piece in the bag and seal it tight (preferably by sewing it shut).
  4. Seal the bag in a larger bag (strong plastic is fine).
  5. Throw the whole thing into a heavy duty tumble dryer for 30min on cold (no heat).
  6. The resulting maille should be polished shiny and clean.
  7. Carefully wipe the sand off of the piece. Do NOT use water!
NOTE:
  • This will remove rust.
  • If your maille is galvanized, this will remove the galvanization!
  • If your maille is stainless steel, you should never have to do this.
  • (WARNING!!) With extremely heavy pieces, you run the risk of damaging the dryer!!

4/12/99
from: Ronin
    Use the same setup you do, but with a nail through the hole in the steelrod... bend a section of wire in half and loop it over the nail, thenspin. That way, the rings come out with a sufficient gap, and I never have to widen it. I`ll include a pic of my setup... notice my pinkieseparating the two strands of wire so that they don`t cross each otherand get twisted up. 

In Service to the Craft,
Ronin

3/19/99
from: David Heirtzler
    I have found that many new armourers on the web are un aware of the most useful repository of armouring knowledge on the web: The Armour Archive. There is a discussion board there that can answer nearly any questions you have. The people there are the the most helpful that I`ve ever found.

3/19/99
from: Philip Jones
     Found your page on the WWW and wanted to let you know how I cut my links for maille. I use a Drill press set at its lowest speed to coil up the wire on a steel dowel the right size.
Then after I have several dozen coils of wire I switch the drill press to the highest speed and use a 1/32 inc cut off wheel to cut the links which I run into the wheel on another dowel.
This lets me cut about 10,000 links in an hour and saves a lot of pain on the hands cutting with a pair of pliers. This also gives a flat and smooth cut so the links go together very well.
Let me know if anyone else has mentioned doing the links this way as cannot be the only one to think of it. It does save a lot of time. Cut the links for the coif for my son and myself in less than 15 minutes. Then we just had to put them together. This works on wire in 14 and 16 gauge very well.

3/19/99
from: David Heirtzler
    Before starting on any large chain or plate project, be sure to make a mock-up out of cardboard or some similar material first. This can potentially save you hours of painful and costly trial and error.