Calgang, there are several sources for looking up chain mail
production. a prominent one is in Oppi Untracht’s encyclopedic
"Jewelry: Concepts and Technology". also Tim McCreight’s “The
Complete Metalsmith” has some info on chain making–closely
related to chainmail. The SCA, or other historical re-creation
groups have practice of gleening details, and applying them, from
obscure sources as well. chain mail that looks like roses? is it
six-on-one, six-on-two, different shaped rings, or a different
kind of motif worked in? basically, european chain mail is
four-on-one–that is, for every ring, there are 4 attached. so to
start a patch, take a jump ring, and link 4 others to it.
soldering is not necessary, because there tends to be enough
metal holding everything together! (unless you’re making armour,
or a once-in-a-lifetime masterpiece out of 1-2mm dia. rings). to
add on, link a jump ring on to 2 at a time. if you need, i can
send you a pictorial for 4 on 1 and 6 on 1 (or 2). erhard.