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aelwero 09-04-2010 12:41 AM

grill insert
started out with some wire

wound it into a coil

cut the coils into rings

ring tools

the beginnin

knitting in strips

strips make a panel

panel done and in it's new home

pakman55 09-04-2010 12:42 AM

Thats roughly how they made chainmail armor back in the day. Looks great!!! :appl:

Boosta 09-04-2010 12:58 AM

Nice Craftsmanship

BKK 09-04-2010 01:05 AM

holy crap - bunch of work...nice job though - looks good! Does it rattle around much - sound like a bunch of change in your pocket?

TerrorJ2001 09-04-2010 01:24 AM

That is serious.... dang... what was the cost? And how bad did your hands/fingers hurt afterwords? I hope cold beer soothes the pain

darin.1701 09-04-2010 01:21 PM

very nice. adds a great look

blkrubi88 09-04-2010 01:52 PM

Looks good, great craftsmanship!
I wouldn't have the patience to make all those rings, that why I just used gutter guard, it only cost about 3 bucks and took about 20 minutes!

castorj29 09-04-2010 02:21 PM

Could you make me a tee shirt out of that wire........size really....that looks great! You must be bored or have lots of patience. Good job my friend

jayc 09-04-2010 02:51 PM

You have A LOT of time on your hands!!! It really looks good tho, pretty inventive.

aelwero 09-04-2010 05:27 PM

LOL, material cost was probably a few dollars, but there's no way to tell for sure :) a 13lb spool is $60, and 13lbs of aluminum will probably make 30-40 pieces that size in that aspect (it's a really "open" weave, didn't want it to cut off air flow completely, but I can weave in sheets that look almost solid, but it takes a lot more wire to do)

the outer edge is framed in galvanized steel tension wire, so it's pretty taut, and doesn't rattle at all despite the fact that I only secured it at the 4 corners with command adhesive hooks and double sided emblem tape. I was planning on bending up and welding a frame to fit the back of the grill but turns out I didn't need to.

total time spent was about 6 hours, but I've been making chainmail for a few years and I'm pretty quick at it, and most of it was done while watching TV anyway :)

first time knitting in a while, so hands got a little tore up... blistered up a finger cutting rings.

corima 09-04-2010 11:39 PM

Ok, now that is really cool. Where can I get one!

strider_mt2k 01-06-2012 08:26 PM

There's Metalcrafters, and then there are METAL CRAFTERS.

Originality bonus, WOW!

ealive 01-06-2012 09:06 PM

very unique

mjf232 01-06-2012 11:25 PM

Well done and nice creativity too!

sunnykk 01-06-2012 11:37 PM

Looks like a lot of work. Nicely done though.

71K5 01-07-2012 12:25 AM

Make one large enough for your windshield. Put it on when your winching.
Little extra "slow-down" for that winch hook, should it come at you at 150mph some day. Roll it up and put it in
a PVC tube. Easy to carry.
What do you think?

44Blues 01-07-2012 09:13 AM

Nice work! Great idea and execution.

DarthJeep 01-07-2012 09:31 AM

Wow great work, love the look. Now that is a cheap and creative mod. :cool:

mikhail2400 07-28-2014 12:55 AM

Very very nice. I liked it so much I did a quick search and found this
1 Pound Bright Aluminum Chainmail Jump Rings 1/4" ID (6400+ Rings!) $26.99
Heres the link for you guys who are to lazy to make your own rings (like me) but not so lazy you would build it if you had the material. 1 Pound Bright Aluminum Chainmail Jump Rings 1/4" ID (6400+ Rings!)

P.S. also saw where you could buy a little tool that opened an closed the loops for you.

TerraSol 07-28-2014 02:03 AM

:appl:for creativity & craftsmanship!

Sure different!!! Amazing that it doesn't rattle.

rodaniel 07-28-2014 12:16 PM

That's freakin' beautiful! Long ago, I had a buddy who made chainmail tunics and cowls to sell at Ren Faires and he used the exact same technique. Really creative way to dress up your grill!

ATX14 07-28-2014 01:14 PM


Originally Posted by terrasol (Post 12253490)
:appl:for creativity & craftsmanship!


heschbach 09-19-2015 03:14 PM

Great Job!
I'd like to know what size you made the rings?

RokGoblin 10-21-2015 03:25 PM

Awesome mod. They need to sticky this or something.

Now I want to make chain mail!!!

Johnny Vintage 10-21-2015 05:41 PM

How long have you been retired?

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