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    New User Thread

    Howdy! Still in the process of lurking. Thinking about trying to make something simple (earrings?) before I try to jump into what brought me here in the first place.. Still overwhelmed!
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    Nice. There's a real Flower of Scotland right there!
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    tapestry project

    yes, it converts it to use a single letter for each link, 'a' for the most common, 'b' for the second most common, etc. it also converts the pattern to use the "speed-weaving" method of creating a double-length 2-in-1 chain and adding it with a connecting row. i prefer this method of weaving straight E4-1, but ymmv. i created a custom color palate by grabbing the colors off of trl's images. i actually overestimated how dark "black ice" was and ended up sending it back and having them make me a custom batch of "hematite." but that's been the only major hiccup.
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    Konstantin the Red

    Weighted Maille

    In a given wire thickness and thus a given AR, 6-1 will be significantly heavier than the same area -- square footage -- of E4-1. E8-1 will need a bigger AR to fit two more links through, so the wire goes skinnier for a given link ID. It's a handsome, stripe-ish looking weave but perhaps more decorative than out-and-out effectual. Rule of thumb is to expect 6-1 to be twice as heavy per area, between half again as many links in it (half again as much metal) and that the links will be propped into a steeper link-lie -- a hundred links' worth of row isn't going to go as far around you. That's one reason expansions don't get you as much as with the more open 4-1 weave; you also don't get the same amount of stretch/contract. Keep your shoulder straps as wide as will fit on you, to spread the load of this shirt on your shoulders. A skinny wifebeater style undershirtlike strap will want to dig into your traps muscles, owie. Now you won't have to discover this by experience. Formfitting: okay, what is your chest size (checking your t shirt size is good enough) and your natural waist measurement, at the level of your navel? That is, are you an in-shape dude, star of track and field, lean of waist and broad of shoulder, or is your sixpack more a pony keg? To truly broaden the shoulder and deepen the chest, we're talking either splitting a lot of firewood with a big ax, or resistance training, with weights, featuring a lot of (eventually) heavy bench presses, incline and decline bench presses, military (overhead) presses, and French (same as military except the barbell goes down the back of your neck on the bottom of the rep) presses. Various biceps and triceps exercises also, so your arms stay in proportion to your massive pecs. With these and heavy forearms exercises -- for only heavy exercises develop and grow those dense muscles -- your grip will become so strong that no pickle jar can resist! The kind of development a daily wear mail shirt will give you is more nearly aerobic -- your endurance increases. You will mostly detect this in *not* feeling so exhausted, so spent, at the end of your mailshirt hours. Or you can join the military and do all that with calisthenics in basic training, and gym work after basic. If you go combat-arms, that is. Which will mentally suit you to bear a shirt of mail with conviction. Rrahrr! Allows you to pick up a viking-era sword to go with that short mailshirt, and do so as would a steely-eyed killer of men. Because you'll know more, inside of you, how to do that.
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    Weighted Maille

    Hi guys, new user here. I've looked through some tutorials and made a simple chain scrub for a cast iron pot before, but that's about all the experience I have with making maille. I used to wear a weighted vest for passive strength training however stopped wearing them due to the bulk, it wasn't really possible to wear them under clothes and go about your daily business unless wearing a bulky jacket was in season. So, for this project I'd like to make either a scale or chain maille vest with some unconventional properties * As heavy as possible without adding noticeable bulk and keeping range of motion. Definitely will use steel over aluminum. I assume scale would be denser than chain due to having fewer gaps, but perhaps there is a heavier chain weave possible. * Able to be hidden under / within street clothes. My initial idea was to essentially create a chain lining for a coat and fasten it it between the coats shell and lining. I'd still want to be able to remove it in order to wash the coat when needed, and I'm worried this is an overly complicated approach for my first real project. I've seen a lot of advice on how to reduce weight for clothing but none on how to increase it so any input would be appreciated. As far as being hidden, would it be possible to use a standard vest design like the kit on http://theringlord.com/cart/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=90&cat=Chainmail+Armor+Kits with possibly ring shoulders so the scales stick out less, and be able to wear this between an undershirt and overshirt without being too obvious? Thanks for your advice, I hope I'll be able to get started soon and I'll make sure to post updates when I can
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    Konstantin the Red

    Weighted Maille

    Steel´s your metal then. Not only for density but strength too. Don't even conceal-wear it; put the thing on like a pullover. After doing your exercise thing, remove it in the known manner for removing mailshirts if you build a pullover shirt, which is in many ways really the best way to live with mail's enormous inertia. You bend way over, haul at the neckhole with your hands, and shimmy to help things along. Gravity is your friend; you end up with a puddle of mailshirt on the ground in front of you. Trying to hide it inside a coat lining is rather overthinking things -- go simpler. Ingenuity is plenty cool but not called for here to arrive at your exercise goal. Really, the worst that might happen is somebody would take you for a Creative Anachronist if they see you jogging down the street in a mail shirt. If you want to cover your mail in a windbreaker or warmup jacket, that's fine too. Making it real heavy means weaving Euro-4-1 weave dense. I'd pick a link aspect ratio of 4 for this job -- density of weave with flexibility too. The lowest you can get E4-1 weave's Aspect Ratio, or AR, is 3.2, like the beer -- it doesn't drape, it sort of bends. AR 4 is like wire of .063" diameter in a 1/4" ID link. Not too dreadful tough to weave at home, and also of a rather fine texture when finished. Heavier gauge wire than that, say 14ga .080" wire, needs 5/16" ID, and also feels coarser and rougher. And will be hefty! These will also be smoother than any scale shirt, and wouldn't shred up any clothing from the inside if you do go to the trouble of putting anything over the mail. Something like two sweatshirst worn *under* the mail is enough. If you want, one shirt sleeveless.
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    Need help making an anklet

    if you want specific help, you'll need to post pictures - preferably on and off her ankle; and include material, ring gauge and ID (inner diameter), etc. if you're just looking for general advice, to make a piece stronger, use lower gauge (thicker), smaller ID, and/or stronger material (aluminum < steel < titanium) links; or you can rivet, solder, or weld them. if things are uncomfortable, you may need to add expansions or contractions to fit the contours of the wearer, or simply reorient things so the pokey parts aren't in sensitive areas.
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    I tried my hand at making chainmail jewelry - I usually wire wrap cabochons and make tree of life pendants, but some people offered to buy what I made. I'm like, "Kewl! I can use the money and purchase more items at TheRingLord." A person in a beading store recommended this site (and I've been like a kid in a candy shop ever since. ) I have absolutely no idea what to ask, or how to compute a price. This is rather new to me. My many thanks in advance! Anyway, this is what I made so far (Box silver, European weave earrings silver, Helm ankle tri-color (R, Y, W) & Byzantine wrist tri-color)
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    I used a Brecciated Jasper donut as the focal point of the piece. It is wrapped in a combination of copper, brass, bronze, and stainless steel. I accented the piece with wood, copper, and stainless steel beads, The maille webbing is held in place by sinew and the outer wheel is wrapped in leather. Measures 7 inches.

    © BrackenMaille.com

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    Three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood designed the costumes for Snow White and the Huntsman. They assembled our scales and rings - 16g 5/16" stainless steel rings and small blackened stainless scales. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1735898 There are lots of interview videos with Colleen Atwood on the costume design 3:30 on shows the rings used for chainmail shirts and coif 3:45 shows a scale neck drape 1:53 shows scale armor
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    My first Scale project.

    After seeing a few people at TRF wearing scales, I decided to go ahead a try my own. Ordered the stainless steel with split rings from here. Took a few days tinkering with it to figure out how to properly weave them. Over all 60 hours worth of work. Very pleased with the results. Next up Scale Pants... lol
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    Halter Top

    Scale Halter Top & Scale Necklace Byzantine Straps & Half Persian Dragon Scale
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    One of my weekend projects, a 7 foot chainmail whip
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    Chainmaille Dice

    These use the New 4-hole 1" tags.
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    What's in a name?

    Mat...well it has been my nick name since birth so there ya go.
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    AA Trivet #1S

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    Stainless steel double Box 4 in 1 wallet chain. 16swg with 1/4" and 5/16" id rings. Each chain is 9/16" wide. 37" and 27" long. Trigger snap on one end and mini clips on the other. 14.2 oz. Custom order $300.
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    What's in a name?

    G-Force is my roller derby name. I've been playing derby since the modern revival got started (that was 2006 in Canada). I'm really a bit too old for in now and am "semi-retired", meaning I still work out with (and sometimes play on) the Toronto RD farm team, and train the fresh meat. I have a Facebook page called Gentle Force Chain Maille Jewelry, the joke being I'm mellowing out with age. When/if I ever get a commercial business started that will be the name, unless it makes too many people assume I'm selling S&M toys. Which might be a good idea, actually.
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    IMG 1131[1]

    european 4-1 window valence
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    Chainmaille Ties

    This is a set of 3 chainmaille ties I made seeral years ago. 1 is full length and needs to be tied like a regular tie, the other 2 close with a hool and chain in back.
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    What's in a name?

    Or, to put it another way, some cultures feel it's necessary to regulate people's bodies. There's an ongoing thread in the Adult subforum that's veered into discussion about breasts in public...
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    What's in a name?

    Mine originally came from the Eagle Talon car I used to drive, way back in the late 80's (or was it the early 90s?) and I've used it ever since, though I usually have to be creative with numbers because Talon is always popular......most times I try for 420 or 420024 as an ending for the obvious reason that I smoke weed.
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    Erin Karlstad

    Christmas ornament

    20g 1/8, 18g 3/16, 16g 1/4 and 14g 3/8 bright aluminum.

    © Freya Jewelry, 2013

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    Christmas Stocking

    My Christmas stocking this year. Made from Aluminum electric fence wire. Rings are 16 gauge 7/32nds.

    © Archaic Jewelry