I looked at the beginner kits. I have pliers already and don't need clasps or earwires. As far as rings go - which is a good metal to start with? The rings I got at the craft store were saw cut but seemed to deform easily. If they didn't close the first time I sometimes had to discard them. Some I could even bend with my fingers.
I'm planning on getting a couple different kinds of rings so I can learn what works and holds up. I have no idea how many rings I would need for a project or how to calculate that, so I'm not sure what I need to order so that I can actually MAKE something. Any tips?
Basically it depends on what type of stainless steel you are looking at. For example if you are looking for 304 or 316 stainless steel then it will have a shiny appearance but at the other hand, inconel is a dull grey and forms a redish oxide.
Hope this helps.
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I wonder what you want the big-heavy for.
I am used to scheming out the overall weight budget for complete harness of all descriptions: so much for both legs, both arms, how much for torso and neck, type and weight of helm. All this before you bend over and pick up your shield and weapon! See, you want a balance between effective protection against getting bones broken and a capacity to run across a field of battle.
And I've seen a good many SCA people do without mail altogether, on weight control grounds.
That does fix the issue of the hole created by using hole-row expansion. It does not prevent that one row from ending up reversed in direction, however, which is one of the benefits of the knot-row expansion.
That is a very clear depiction of how to make the expansion though.
I don't think I'm going to be taking this project on, especially with rings this small. It's a very rigid sheet.
@Rob MacLennan Very slow going = fiddley? lol
@Konstantin the Red I want heavy! I think I will take the advice in another thread of wearing 2 shirts instead of trying denser weaves.
@losthelm I can only imagine. I'm not looking forward to that part of the shirt I'm making out of regular ol' 4-1... I am, but I'm not. If that makes sense...