I created this almost two years ago, but I just realized I never posted a thread on it. This is legitimate metal 4-in-1 chainmail, made using the thinnest copper wire I could find and stripping off the insulation. Then I wound it around a larger insulated wire and cut the rings from the coil it produced using very small, delicate wire cutters and pliers.

If you know anything about making mail, you know that you close 4 rings and hook them onto one open ring, which you then close. This is called a fiver. You then attach fivers together using open rings. The process takes time using full-size rings, but I found that trying to attach chains of fivers together was very, very time-consuming.

Anyways, with a little trial and error, I managed to make a mail shirt and barding. It took me about five days to complete, with several focused hours each day. I know it doesn't look that tough, but those rings are the smallest I could make them so that I could physically fit fivers together. So here it is: