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Chainmail Chess Set: Aluminum by ImrikDragon Chainmail Chess Set: Aluminum by ImrikDragon
For Sale on Etsy: [link]

After a full summer or working on it, the aluminum side of my chess set is finally done. Now on to making the other side in brass.

Total Time: 400 Hours or 16.66 straight days. This figure takes into account the wrapping of the wire, sawing of the rings, construction time of failed prototypes, and construction time of each finalized piece.
Metal: Bright Aluminum
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For Sale on Etsy: [link]
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Given 2009-10-01
Chainmail Chess Set: Aluminum by ~ImrikDragon. The suggester said, "The awesomeness is beyond anything I have ever seen accomplished with chainmaille. The amount of detail and work that went into each piece is extraordinary and the product is a unique and beautiful creation." Also suggested by =druideye and =simonsaz3. ( Suggested by willowdancer and Featured by Kitten-of-Woe )
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evulness Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
love this! :+fav:
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philthom4s Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
That is so cool! I wish I had the time or skill to do this kind of thing.
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Foxfin Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Now that's dedication. Great job!
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zhugebeifong Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Two words... Fucking amazing! You MUST tell me your secret to do this!!
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ImrikDragon Featured By Owner May 18, 2013   Artisan Crafter
One part insanity, two parts patience and about 600 hours of free time to kill.
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zhugebeifong Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn. That's good advise. It beats my chess set made from ceramic clay.
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HathuwolfaR Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
WOW, that is some serious effort! But what a spectacular chess set it will be. As tempted as I am to ask wire gauges and ring ID's I think I will stop my self before attempting to emulate this feat.
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DeusExMacintosh Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
This is utterly fantastic. What tools do you prefer for such intricate work?
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ImrikDragon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I like to use a bent nose pliers and a rosary pliers.
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helzar42 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Did you have directions for this? If so, I would LOVE to have them :D
Just finished a chainmaille vest, which is usually the LAST project you do, so I need new stuff to do!
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ImrikDragon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012   Artisan Crafter
nope, made up the patterns my self.
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darkehbeast Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I know I'm a little late to the party, but this is inspiring.
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Photopathica Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011   General Artist
very cool!
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Just1Rebel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Beyond amazing. :clap:
Sure, I'm late, but I'd rather say it than not.
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CertifiedJesusFreak Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So...many...links...
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caver13 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
It has been a few years since you created this art, but art lives centuries. Well done, well done indeed.
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MariMermaid Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist
WoW! That sounds and looks like hard work.
But its absolutly amazing!
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NigNag Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Outstanding
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ienmaginations Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
gonna give all i have to be like you!!!!!
awesome..
you do make me speechless..
love it!!!
love it!!!
love it!!
*wish i could make even just the pawn..*

by the way, which one is the most difficult?
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ImrikDragon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Thank you, I'm flattered.

Hmm, most difficult is a toss up between the Knight and the Rook. Both of them went through five failed prototypes before I finally got them right.
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
YOU ARE THE MAN!!!
That is one of the most incredible things I've seen on here! The amount of time it would take just to make one of them is boggling, let alone a whole set!
Absolutely AWESOME!!!
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Truly stunning work ... an amazing amount of dedication and skill ... you should be very proud of it. I can't wait to see the finished set.
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ImrikDragon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Thank you, and the set is actually "finished" [link] I suppose I should update the info on this image heh.

All of the pieces have been done since December of last year I just still have yet to make the board. I had started one in chainmail but got bored with it. The Board I'm planning now will be made of stone and inlayed in a wood table that I'll be building this semester.
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killedinhersleep Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
W0W
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sunbender Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
well, your hard effort paid off really well, this aramazing!
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BlueRoseStudios Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy. Crap. That's absolutely gorgeous. I couldn't never make something like this, not in a million years. I'm loving the intricate details on the king and queen. :clap:
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c4ever Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
there is great, and then there's DAM!! thats great!!
and this is that!

so how do you make your rings!! and what do you cut them with??
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ImrikDragon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Hehe, thank you. I take spools of wire and wrap them around steel mandrills. Then I cut the the coils with a jewelers saw.
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c4ever Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yes yes i have done that. have you seeen this.
[link]

it may be of some help. i have one and its great. i didnt buy the motor cutter they push for, but i use a drill. with their cuttting wheel

hey thanks for the reply ok cya
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Eclipse13shades Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Insanely wonderful!
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j0hnyd Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
There's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said. Amazing detail and beautiful work! One of a kind for certain.
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qilorar Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
wow, amazing work :love: you rock!
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needzaname Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
wow...i was origionally planning only to make armour, but now that ive seen this i kinda want to try it...i'd assume its alot harder to break than a glass chess set (said from experience unfortunately XD) i think im gonna try, hope i get it right =)
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ImrikDragon Featured By Owner May 27, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Good luck in your endeavors! But be prepared for a lot of set backs. I came up with the idea for this while working on a pendant and stumbled across a pattern to create sculptural chainmail. It took me two months after that of working every day before I had just one of the pawns figured out. It got easier after that, but every piece still went through several prototypes before I managed a final piece.

I was curious while working on it if anyone else had ever had the idea before me. That I know of, I am one of four people in the world to have done it. There is a fifth who started one a few years ago, but he doesn't seem to have ever finished it.
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needzaname Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
thank you, i think im going to use steel and copper though, easier access to them. if i ever get it down satisfactorily i'll be sure to post it =)
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valkyrie14 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Student Photographer
THAT IS AMAZING
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Angel-Asariel Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Damn. I'd kill for a chess set like this!
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ImrikDragon Featured By Owner May 25, 2010   Artisan Crafter
I'd be happy to make you a set on commission ^_^
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Angel-Asariel Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
As nice and wonderful as that would be, I probably lack the funds for something this magnificent and also including the labor hours. =(
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ImrikDragon Featured By Owner May 25, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Yea, but you've got to treat yourself to the finer things in life now and then. I'm sure you could save up enough by the time it would take me to make a second set.
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Angel-Asariel Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Out of curiosity...how much would a set be?
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ImrikDragon Featured By Owner May 25, 2010   Artisan Crafter
$12,000 for both the Aluminum and Brass side. $16,000 if you want to chainmail board as well.
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Angel-Asariel Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
I do apologize that is more than I can afford to even splurge on T^T at least with my pay lol. That alone is almost a years pay for me not taking into account my trying to save for college as well.
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beatblack Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010   Artisan Crafter
this is very impressive work!
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devonsw Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here I am trying to make a key chain and then I find your chess set. MAN YOU HAVE TIME ON YOUR HANDS! ^.^ I applaud you until the day I die, that will be a long time from now.
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ishouldplayzelda Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
woah, how did you make them? or better yet, how do you make 3d structures with chainmail? i'm getting pretty tired of making sheets so i'm switching over to scalemail as soon as i can order scales but i don't want to want to quit on ring work...
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ImrikDragon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010   Artisan Crafter
The trick is to create enough tension between the rings that it becomes solid. I based all my pieces in a circular form and then instead of adding on outward, I added rings on top to build upwards.
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isischneider Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009   Photographer
wow!! nice work
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