THE ART OF MAIL ARMOR: HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN
Author: Mary Brewer
Publisher: PALADIN PRESS, Jan 2009
Start with a piece of wire & end with a finished garment that costs a fraction of what it would ready-made & fits perfectly. 7 original patterns & step-by-step diagrams & instructions. 450 photos, illus; 8.5x11 inches, 168 pgs.
Foreword by Brian R Price
Picture yourself in a full set of shining mail armor at your next reenactment, fair or costume party. And the best part is that you can say you made it yourself. The Art of Mail Armor shows you how to start with a piece of wire and end with a finished garment that costs a fraction of what it would ready-made and fits perfectly because it was custom made just for you. The book features seven original patterns from the author and step-by-step diagrams and instructions for attractive coifs (head coverings), hauberks (shirts), gauntlets, (gloves) and bishop's collars, as well as juggling balls, necklaces, belts, crosses and other jewelry. Find out how easy it is to assemble your tool kit and materials; acquire the best wire for specific items; measure for a perfect fit; join, enlarge, round, angle and fit sleeves; and incorporate decorative trimmings and inlays to make your designs truly unique.
Also learn some quick and easy tricks for keeping your pieces clean and shiny ? with no scrubbing or expensive commercial cleaners. Whether you are a Renaissance or medieval enthusiast, reenactor, historian, martial artist, jewelry designer or just someone with an interest in armor, you'll want to add this book to your library. Even experienced mail makers will find new ideas and techniques.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mary Brewer is a member of the Society of Creative Anachronism and Ampguard. She sells mail, jewelry and swords at local fairs and offers classes in mail construction.