We haven't really posted specials to the forum in a while. I'll give this a try and see if forums still work!
Tiny Scale Bulk Deal - for tiny scales we only sell bags of 100 shipped from our East Coast facility. However I have a LOT of bulk tiny scales in our Central Canada facility. Standard price on tiny scales is $3.50/100. I'll offer bulk scales at $30/1000 in any color or mix. Plus you get all volume discounts - for example if you are wholesale you get $22.50/1000. BONUS deals - we also have tiny scales in hot pink and bright yellow (0.025 thick) available at the same price. But wait there is more. Tiny jewelry brass scales $6/100 with only a 100 scale min order.
Fineprint - need to email customer service to add to your order. Orders will be delayed for 7-10 days as your bulk scales will be transferred to the East Coast facility
Available colors - shiny bat man black, frost (not shiny), mirror gold, green, mirror silver, purple, red, royal blue.
Thin scale deal - we sell small scales in the same thin (0.016") bright color strip we make the tiny scales from BUT we only sell mixed. For a limited time you can buy in individual colors. $36/1000 with a min order of 1000 per color. If you order a bunch of colors we could do 500 per color. Volume discounts apply - same fine print as above
Away from home typing on phone, so kind of terse reply, sorry. The manual I made shows the 'best' places to weave in contractions to aid in fitting. Depending on body shape, most only need a couple in a few strategic locations for a pull over head shirt. Just started weaving what will probably be my last scale shirt for a while; it will use one or two contractions at small of back, and expansions at top of shoulder blades with contractions at bottom of shoulder blades to aid in movement since back panel will otherwise be same width as front. If all goes to plan, two expansions and four contractions will be it.
You are correct about guide though. Been planning a 3rd and final edition with pages dedicated to adding a contraction and expansion to existing sheets, as well as how to link scale panels in opposite directions plus planning shirt designs. Doing this new shirt (multiple 90 degree links) and a coif (geometric 45 degree link type, not expanding circle method) to show projects from start to finish in it. I have lots going on, so will probably be summer before it is up, though.
Can't say I've had the issue I see with your contractions, but I've not done them with split rings either. Seems a stabilization problem? Possibly an issue with the split rings not being keyed? Perhaps link tandem scales with slightly smaller ring? They should lay almost point to point with just a little 'stick out' to them. Most of my shirts have been butted rings woven full 4in1, I've done a trio of LARP, basic munition shirts in plain aluminum and keyed split rings, but they had no contractions.