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aelwero 09-04-2010 12:41 AM

grill insert
 
started out with some wire
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4125/...c2761d0bb1.jpg

wound it into a coil
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4129/...6141089962.jpg

cut the coils into rings
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4103/...5fc2e79d5e.jpg

ring tools
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4088/...85267e7155.jpg

the beginnin
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4088/...6080200417.jpg

knitting in strips
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4112/...4c1f872b21.jpg

strips make a panel
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4090/...5f535c250e.jpg

panel done and in it's new home
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4125/...100e594c5d.jpg
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4116/...a3af74f226.jpg
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4112/...16a87983_b.jpg

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!



http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/a...N/IMG_0765.jpg

castorj29 09-04-2010 02:21 PM

Could you make me a tee shirt out of that wire........size XL.........no 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.
Amazon.com: 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

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

x2


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