Matt's Awesome Stuff
Billiards Chalk Wraps
Last updated: 14Apr2012
Once upon a time I was trying to make a dragon out of chainmaille. I didn't want the dragon to look like it was wearing a bathrobe, so I started trying to figure out all the different things you could do to a basic Euro 4-1 pattern to make the skin form angles and curves around muscles and bone. I needed different ways of making the sheet expand or contract, fold, bend and seam. One of the first challenges I conquered was making a chainmaille cube, which is actually more difficult than it first seems. I went on a kick and used up some scrap rings making a half-dozen wraps for billiards chalks. Once the outer band is done, the bottom has to be built in-place around the chalk or it refuses to go back on tight.
I gave a few away before I took pics of them sadly. Ones with full inlays around the band. These ones are my earliest (circa 2000-2001) and ugliest. Each of the seams and ring interactions on each chalk are slightly different, as I was experimenting with different methods.