Forge Welded Rings

Image of a maille sample created by Julio Junco Funes in Spain showing alternating solid & riveted rings.

Three forge welding techniques were tested.  Rings with an overlap were cleaned, warmed in a flame and the overlap was dipped in Borax.  The overlap was then heated to glowing red,yellow and either quickly struck with an 800g hammer (within 2-3 seconds) or forcefully pinched with pliers while in the flame.  The rings forged with a hammer blow were stronger as the stress test indicates, unless the overlap is pre-flattened.

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