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SleepingKnight is taking a short break


Note from shop owner I am taking a little break from crafting. Will be back in the spring.

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Last updated on Jan 7, 2023

I am taking a little break from crafting. Will be back in the spring.

Eric Young

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About SleepingKnight

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On Etsy since 2011

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Millions of rings!

I have been selling on Etsy since 2011 but that is not when I started my craft. When I wasn't even yet a teenager I started making chainmaille because I wanted a chainmail shirt. I was a nerdy kid for sure! But remember this: 3 decades ago (when I was just starting my teen years) there was no such thing as "The Internet."

I learned to make chainmaille by looking at pictures from history books I checked out of the local library. I took all of my coat hangers from my closet and fashioned crude rings. Let's not go into how much trouble I got into for using all of my coat hangers! Painstakingly, through trial and error, and more trial and error and even more trial and error, I wove the rings together day after day for weeks. At long last I had a chainmaille shirt of my very own.

Once the shirt was completed someone offered to buy it for a very reasonable price. I used the money to invest in better tools and more wire. I have upgraded my tools and refined my processes a hundred times over. However, after over 30 years of making chainmail I still do not own any armor for myself.

I started making "Steampunk" jewelry a few years ago. I have always liked gears and how they fit together. I am currently studying silver smithing with my father. He's been working with silver and gold since the early 60's. It took me 25+ years of practicing chainmaille to gain the patience needed to learn to be a silver/gold smith.

Shop members

  • Eric Young


    I've been weaving rings for over three decades, starting before I was even a teen. My first project was a shirt made of rings from metal coat hangers. I've since made dozens of suits of armor and thousands of pieces of jewelry and accessories.

Production partners

  • Leather Bound Armor

    Eureka Springs, AR

    Leather Bound Armor is owned by longtime friend and Master Leather worker Jeff Horist. He's been in the leather business longer than I have been making chainmaille! And that is a LONG time! Jeff and I have collaborated and many different items over the years.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 23, 2023
Welcome to Sleeping Knight (Formerly Tangled Metal). My name is Eric Young and I am the owner. I have been making fine quality jewelry, armor, costuming and home decor for decades!

After nearly 5 years making chainmaille and jewelry you can rest assured that you'll receive the very best quality with the very best guaranty every time you order from me.

All of the rings used in my chainmaille are handmade by me and are saw cut to provide the best closure.

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Cancellations: not accepted

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Last updated on May 11, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

Don't see exactly what you are looking for? Contact me and I will create an item specially just for you.

Sizing details

Don't see the size you need? Contact me so that I may create something that fits your needs perfectly.

Care instructions

Most items can be washed with normal soap and water. However, some items need special care. If in doubt contact me about how to care for your special item.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Need your item gift wrapped? Let me know in the notes section and I will happily wrap it for you. If you need a note for the recipient I can add that as well. Always FREE of charge.

Wholesale availability

I do offer wholesale discounts for large orders as long as you have a resale Tax ID. Feel free to contact me for more details.