Now I'm sure some of you are thinking, "It's such a simple concept" which it is, but to someone like myself years ago, who didn't understand the physics behind it would be discouraged on account of the unknown. This page then serves to properly document not only the physical construction, but also the theory and practice (safe practice) of a faraday suit to finally put some of your questions to rest. To begin, lets talk about what a faraday cage is and why the concept is completely mislabeled when it comes to these suits.
The construction of a "Faraday suit" is actually very straight forward. It essentially consists of complete metal cage surrounding your body. Now whether that cage is made of chainmail of aluminum foil, either will essentially work. Now I donít recommend wrapping yourself in aluminum foil and standing in front of a Tesla coil, Iím simply using this as an example. Remember, the suit just acts a low impedance path to ground. Now as far as how to actually build one there are several different approaches, but I would recommend one in which there are no points of failure.
In my most recent experience inside ArcAttacks faraday suit my gloves were poorly attached to the chainmail suit. This caused a few gaps in the suit which occasionally gave me a short jolt from the coil. Not painful but it makes you jump. This is potentially the case with larger faraday cages. Donít go sticking your hands outside the cage. This is why I recommend a suit in which accidents canít happen. Well, accidents are somewhat preventable. Remember this is a stunt which is inherently dangerous. Imagine if you had faraday bird cage with a volunteer from your audience who appeared calm and collected but had a panic attack during your demonstration and managed to stand up putting their hands outside the cage before you had a chance to kill the power. With a one piece chainmail suit I feel more comfortable knowing there are less points of failure. Letís get started building some chainmail.