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This flag is made up from 16,500 anodized aluminum rings (purchased from TRL). It measures 13.25" x 19.875" and weighs roughly 2 pounds. I created it using the United States Flag Code as a guideline. It traveled from California to New York in September 2011 for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 where it was at ground zero during the ceremonies and was taken up on stage by my dear friend Barbara Geidel while she read names. It was photographed by renowned photo journalist Allen Tannenbaum and made national news coverage before it then went on to the Rescue Co. 1 firehouse in Manhattan, New York, where it now hangs on their memorial wall. Though I have seen a couple of other flags, as far as I am aware this is the first time that the American Flag has been done to such exacting detail using maille.

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@Whitesmoke and Olaf: Thank you. I have only been doing maille sinc Sept./Oct 2010 and this was my first large project. I started it in Feb. 2011 with the research on the flag code and began weaving about a month or so later. I used (what I believe to be) Hana Gusari weave because it seemed to be the only way to get the 5 point stars. I put the last ring into the piece on July 24th, 2011. I do have other pictures including photos of it at ground zero and at Rescue Co. 1 in New York, but I thought this would be the best one for displaying the work on TRL.

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I love your flag. Did you use bright silver rings for the white stripes and stars? I am planning to try to make one similar to yours but other than plastic rings I haven't been able to find white rings.

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Thank you. To answer your question, no I did not use any bright silver in this flag. It is made from red, white (or what is now called frost), and royal blue rings from TRL.

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