Note to self: set up some sort of navigation that isn’t just a zillion words. And the artificial divisions of beginner/intermediate/advanced should probably be done away with.
On the face of it, chainmail seems like it would be a very simple (dare I say limited?) art form. Little rings of metal, linked together in patterns…
The truth is that it’s endlessly interesting, infinitely variable, and even after nearly two decades of obsessive focus, I’m still fascinated by the possibilities. True, chainmail isn’t for everyone. You need to enjoy small, careful, repetitive tasks. If you like to knit (or bead, or make mosaics, crochet, fold origami, etc.) you’ll love chainmail.
As a beginner, you will most likely feel a bit overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information available about chainmail. When I first started, chainmail was still quite obscure (and the internet was in its infancy) so I had trouble finding information about my fascinating new hobby. These days, the reverse is true. There is so much information that it can be a bit daunting to approach. Take my advice: don’t worry about the details just yet. Pick up some pliers and make a few patterns. There will be time later to learn all about the math and the theory, after you have some context upon which to hang that knowledge.
After you’ve made a few chains, you’ll be ready to learn more about the underlying ideas/theory/math/details.
Do more cool stuff! Branch out into your own thing!