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    Star of David patterned shirt. Stats: Half-Persian 3-1 sheet 6 and European 4-1, stainless steel split rings, .192" ID/.028" wire and .264" ID/.032" wire, around 44,000 rings total.

    © Dr. T

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    recently finished my biggest (in size, duration, and cost) project to date. one can be yours too for the price of a nice used car (like a 2007 nissan frontier, not that i would know...). 20 lbs of ti1614 in a custom bladeturner pattern (essentially all the expansions and contractions of the historical "trevor barker" model).
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    I expanded the back about 4 inches. Getting the neck shape was a pain, but it's so comfortable now. 36lbs isn't that bad when it's draped correctly. Also the armpits are deeply gusseted. I can bring my upper arms up to shoulder height before the shirt starts to lift.
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    Please realize that the Mailmaker's guide can give you a shirt tailored exceptionally well to your body, by which I mean it will move with you through your entire range of motion, but it also will be near the minimum amount of material (and therefore weight) to do so. The 3 points I brought up in my first post are enough to make a decent shirt, built like a T-shirt. If your chest & belly are about the same size, T-shirts fit great. If they are different, you either deal with it fitting in one area and being tight in another, or going up in size and fitting in one area and being loose in another. Since maille is like a Chinese finger trap, it never really gets loose; it just squeezes to the body and gets longer. My first shirt (16 ga. x 1/4 galvy, short sleeves, mid-thigh) was made in this manner, and works fine, at a weight of 28 lb. It's just heavier than it needs to be, and I could probably shave off a couple pounds.
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    don't despair - it's not terribly hard to open up vertical lines in the shirt to add expansions. in fact, you'd probably do it a few times even if it was in your plans to begin with as it is difficult to judge exactly where each should be. the shoulder blades, waist, hips, etc. are all going to sit in slightly different places with each link size, material, and person.
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    i do material, gauge, size, and then color (if applicable). i picked up one of these a couple years ago for ~half price, and it's been great for my "working" stock:
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    Trevor Barker's Mailmaker's Guide (thankfully preserved by the Internet Archive at https://web.archive.org/web/20160508055350/http://homepage.ntlworld.com/trevor.barker/farisles/guilds/armour/mail.htm) shows a very good way to incorporate the expansion/contraction, depending on which way you are going. The Hauberk section shows all of the various expansions/contraction areas used in this shirt in the Wallace collection . If you need, I can take pictures of my shirt that I've done this way, but I think that the Guide is easier to understand. Also, I've been where you are with having to tear apart a shirt to deal with tailoring, a few times. It sucks every time, but it's worth it to have a decent-fitting shirt.
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    i don't have the tutorial, so i don't know what size of links it's suggesting - i'm assuming 18-20 ga? i'd say if you were even kind of careful, it should be fine in all aa. it will certainly hold it's own weight; you'd just have to make sure it doesn't get caught on anything and yanked really hard - things like that.
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    yes, that seems like a misprint in the tutorial, and your reasoning is accurate - smaller stainless and larger aa is fine. you could also use ti for the smaller ring if you want it lighter and cost isn't a major factor - you could even use red anodized ti, though it probably wouldn't match the aa very well.
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    If you get the Non-anodized Brushed you should be good. I state the non-anodized because there is a anodized one and they are difficult to tell apart without using an Ohm meter
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    I was in the mood to come up with a design to mimic the little clutch purses that seem only large enough to hold the most essential items during a social function. I started with a pill shape in mind but it came out like a barrel in the end. E 6-1 16g 1/4" purple and pink anodized aluminum and black EPDM. I know by definition that a clutch has no strap but I stuck a strand of bronze JPL on because I like to throw even my smallest bags over my shoulder. The bag is 6" long and 4" wide. Unlike my larger handbag the lid is also 6-1 to maintain firmness and shape to the body of the barrel. Only the hinge is woven with a more relaxed 5-1 method to also the lid to open and close with little resistance.
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    Sometime in the future when I'm a multimillionaire (or at least have saved enough money and can take the better part of a year off work) I want to find a friend, get horses, learn to ride and take care of those horses, and ride across the country in period garb (or even armour equipped), travelling from Faire to Faire. About the closest thing to an epic adventure I feel I could get, these days.
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    I wonder if using something like this could be used to increase the grip on the mirror finish pliers. To me it would work like ultra fine sandpaper and any minute scratching would come out when I tumble the finished product. Movak