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How to Create Miniature Chainmail Armour

Updated April 17, 2017

When creating doll or action figures of period soldier, having the right accessories and armour is key for quality results. Miniature chainmail armour will lend an impressive touch of authenticity and detail to a tiny medieval fighter. A simple, yet convincing chainmail armour doesn't require hours of intricate link making if you use an old Hollywood trick to create it.

Locate scrap knit fabric suitable for miniature chainmail. Choose a knit fabric with tightly-wound threads in circular knots, such as an old sweater made from a fine yarn. Stretch out a portion of the fabric between your fingers; if the loops look about the right size for your doll's armour mail links, the fabric's a good choice.

Cut a large rectangle of fabric from the garment. If using a shirt, remove the largest section you can, probably from the front or back of the shirt.

Stretch the fabric on the wood. Duct tape one edge of the fabric to the edge of the wood. Stretch the fabric as much as you can before taping it down on the opposite side. Do the same with the left and right sides of the fabric and wood. Tape securely with generous amounts of tape to ensure that the fabric doesn't pull loose.

Spray the stretched fabric with spray varnish. Coat generously, as the yarn will soak it up. Let dry.

Remove the fabric from the wood, turn it over, and secure again. Spray with varnish again. Let dry.

Spray the fabric with silver spray paint. Again, spray one side, then turn it over, secure it and spray again.

Use the "chainmail" fabric to create the chainmail using the tunic pattern and needle and thread.

Things You'll Need

  • Old sweater or other coarse knit fabric
  • Large plywood sheet
  • Duct tape
  • Spray varnish
  • Silver spray paint
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Doll clothing tunic pattern and instructions
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