Chainmail Tutorial: European 4 in 1 Weave Pattern

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European 4 in 1 Weave Pattern For Chainmail

Learn how to make the European 4 in 1 weave pattern for Chainmail in this step by step tutorial. Watch James Browning, Soft Flex Company's resident Craft Wire expert, use Craft Wire to make chain mail.

18ga Soft Flex Craft Wire
18ga Soft Flex Craft Wire - Silver Plated
1/4" Round Wood Dowel
Italian Ultra Flush Cutter
Chain Nose Pliers
Flat Nose Pliers
Bead Mat

European 4 in 1 is one of the most popular chainmail weaves known to mankind. It is what a lot of armor from the European middle ages was made out of. It is very easy to learn and is a versatile fabric weave that can be used to make things like shirts, coifs, dicebags, and inlays.

Soft Flex Craft Wire is a high quality, permanently colored copper wire. It is resistant to scratching, peeling and marring.This is due to the special enameling process used to coat the wire to produce the wide spectrum of colors we offer. After the enamel is applied, the wire is then clear coated to prevent tarnishing. Bare Copper is the only wire in the line that is not treated. If antiques and old findings are your medium, Bare Copper will patina - perfect for making that new project look like an heirloom.

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James Browning is a Sales Representative for the Soft Flex Company. A transplant to California from Eastern Washington. His passion for making things has been lifelong, driving him to get his BFA after studying abroad in Florence, Italy. He has his artistic fingers in many mediums including marble sculpting, pottery, mosaic making, and silversmithing. Recently his passion has extended beyond beads to wire wrapping. He states that “wire is an inexpensive hobby that tends to not take over your craft room!” You can email him at and see more of his work on his Facebook page.