The wire I bought is 14 gauge but I guess 16 gauge works too. tbh the wire I bought back then is quite expensive. I’ll link it but I think you could maybe get it cheaper local if you google it or maybe a better deal on Amazon.
Same wire but 3 of them (The one I got)
If you want to go a step further and want to make riveted mail then it is better not to get this kind of coated wire.
Pliers I use, much better than any other pliers I have used so far. They are small and have a spring.
(You need 2 of them)
The steel rod I bought online too cause I am a lazy bast***
You can prob find this one locally as this particular one was shipped from the US.
and the drill and boltcutters should be easy to find locally as well.
To be honest this is quite a expensive way of making chainmail but I did mostly as a hobby.
But if you’d rather make your own chainmail than buy some cheap stuff then I wish you all the luck and don’t give up!