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    Aspect Ratio Calculator v2.0

    Wow, glad to see this thread is still in here. Hope this bump helps padawans to find these files, and I hope you all still find them useful.
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    Excel workbook for chainmaille

    Try this tool out, It's tomething that I made a couple years ago and posted here. I think that the post has probably been deleted by now.....the forum software has upgraded a few times :+) . Basically all you do is type in what Aspect Ratio you want, and it wlil give you all of the possible ring size/wire diameter combinations you could use (+- 0.1AR) to get that Aspect ratio. Just make sure that in Excel you have enabled the "Analysis Toolpack" Add-In. Link to the File: Ring Finder How to enable the Analysis ToolPack: Link to Microsoft Instructions
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    Strange Tumbler Question

    I'm going to have to agree with Gunter. I own one of these myself and the smell is due to the rubber of the barrel not being vulcanized properly, which is also what causes the "gunk" that comes off after a good cleaning. Based on my past experience with this tumbler, I would make the following suggestions... Follow Gunter's cleaning instructions You ABSOLUTELY MUST loosen the mounting of the motor and slide it over until the belt is as loose as you can get it or you WILL break belts like crazy. Eeven with the belt that loose it will work just fine. I've had mine for about 2 years now, and the last belt I had ran for just over a year before it broke. Last time it broke I just replaced it with a couple decent rubber bands and it's been working fine ever since
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    Finished Top

    Recently had a photographer friend come to me with a pic he found on the web and ask me if I could make something like it for a photo shoot. This is what I came up with. Comments welcome. 14516BA in this piece, but I think it'll work better and be lighter if I redo in 1614BA
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    Finished Top

    Hahahaaa...I love it Trancos!! Fenris: I'm not really sure...I would compare it to 2-3 12oz Sodas.
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    Finished Top

    Thanks for the responses everyone! I've definitely been considering what other options I could do to make the neck strap more comfortable. I've actually got a, E4-1 choker that comes together in a 45deg seam in the front that I think would look nice, but I haven't got around to fooling with it yet. As for Modeled pics, I've had some interest from a couple local photographers. The first one (who actually put me onto the idea for making it) was going to have a model at his shoot who wanted to get some shots in it, but by the time the shoot came around she had bronchitis. Another photographer showed some interest in it when I was at the local artist's market, but we'll have to see if anything comes of it. If I get a good modeled pic you can count on seeing it posted here! BTW, The guy who originally suggested that I make the piece found this pic online and asked me if I could make something like it. He didn't tell me where he got the pic from, and to be honest, I was half-expecting someone to lay claim to the original design. Anyhow...I think I'm gonna do something a little different for the bottom half of the outfit. I'll forward pics when it's completed. Here's the original design I was given...
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    Finished Top

    Each side is a perfect E4-1 triangle, 50 rings wide at the bottom (if that makes any sense). The back has another 2-2 chain like the one at the top. I made both of the 2-2 chains (top and back) a little long on purpose to make it more adjustable, although my wife keeps giving me a hard time because the excess chain in the back dangles down in between the "cheeks" of the mannequin's butt, lol. Edit: Both the neck and back chains have hooks to make the length adjustable...
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    I've been published...

    Kudo's dear!! It's about time your work get some more recognition, you deserve it!!
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    elfweave by cgmaille

    I think you're overthinking it a bit. Unless you have some specific purpose that requires using Phong's Elfsheet methodology, try this method. It works just as well and it might be less confusing for you.
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    Aspect Ratio Calculator

    Ok everyone. I posted a thread with all this information a few years ago, but since then the forums have gone through 2 major software changes/upgrades and it appears as if the old original thread has been lost. So I'm reposting this, with the hopes that it will be of benefit to all the maillers who also happen to be Excel users. For your consideration.... Aspect Ratio Calculator v2.0 We start off today with a tool that I built to help figure out what the A/R is of any given combination of wire gauge and ring size (Inner Diameter). The file was built in MS Excel 2003, and is pretty self-explanatory once you get it open, but be sure to follow the steps below to confirm that you have the correct Excel Addin installed. The Aspect Ratio Calculator can be downloaded HERE. Ring Finder Finally we have what I consider to be the most helpful tool. The Ring Finder allows you to enter the desired Aspect Ratio, and will list the wire/ring size combinations that you will need to be able to get that Aspect Ratio, within a 0.1A/R range. As an example, if you tell it that you want an A/R of 5.0, then it will tell you all the wire/ring combinations that will produce an aspect ratio of anywhere from 4.9-5.1. The tool works for both AWG and SWG gauge wires, and will give you the inner diameters of the rings in either inches or millimeters. Just make sure that you select the correct sheet tab at the bottom to meet your needs. The Ring Finder can be downloaded HERE. Making Sure The Files Work To make sure that these files work for you...In Excel, click on "Tools" menu and select "Add-Ins". Make sure that you have a check mark next to the "Analysis Toolpak" Add-In and then click OK. Once you have done that, close Excel and then open the file back up and it will work. The file uses the "CONVERT" function in Excel, which requires this Add-In to work properly. Don't worry, this Add-In comes standard with Excel so you will have it. Hope these tools help everyone, and feel free to email me if you have any further suggestions.
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    new family on the block

    Welcome To The addiction insanity Forums!! A few things I would like to recommend..... 1. Do some research on Aspect Ratio, or A/R. Aspect Ratio is the "Magic Key" to chainmaille, and doing it right. If you try to do a weave with the wrong aspect ratio one of two things will happen. Either it won't work, or it can look like complete crap. Vacacita has a good article HERE. Other good A/R guides can be found HERE and HERE. Once you have a good idea what A/R you need, you might want to check out my post HERE. 2. If you use the local hardware store as a source for rods to use as mandrels you'll get a decent general selection. For a wider selection, I would recommend knitting needles. They are dirt cheap and you can usually get them in 0.25mm increments at Wal-Mart or your local sewing shop. If you still can't find the size you need, I here there's this place called TheRingLord.com that has an awesome selection of mandrels . Have fun!!
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    What is the best gauge wire for making full persian

    I've got to agree with Skedros here, but you're asking the wrong question. The question that you should be asking is "What Aspect Ratio is good for XX Persian Weave". Before you go any further into weaving I would suggest doing a little research into Aspect Ratio's and their affect on weaves. That being said, and A/R of around 5 works nicely for both FP6-1 and HP4-1, but you would probably find it to be a bit loose in HP3-1 and perhaps a bit snug in the HP3-1 Sheet weaves. 16ga 5/16" is a great size to learn with for Persian weaves. Once you have the weave down pat you can move onto smaller versions like 18ga 1/4" (AR 5.3), 19ga 5mm (AR 5.0), or 20ga 5/32" (AR 5.0)
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    Holiday Greetings From Lurkdom

    Thanks everyone for your kind words. It's nice to know I've been missed. Hopefully I'll have some finished works to post here in the next couple weeks...
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    Holiday Greetings From Lurkdom

    Hey all, I know that I've mostly been lurking around here for the last year, and I wanted to let you in on why. We found out last December (2008) that my wife was pregnant, and got ready to welcome baby #2 to the family. Unfortunately though, my wife seems to be...well...for lack of a better way of putting it...allergic to getting pregnant. Within a month of finding out that she was pregnant, she was diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. This was the second pregnancy in a row that she's had it. If none of you saw the episodes on Dr. Phil or Oprah, let's just say that Hyperemesis causes enough difficulties with a pregnancy that 50 years ago the only way for a woman to survive it was basically to abort. I won't go too much into the details (which you can find HERE and HERE and HERE) but needless to say It's been a crazy year. Long story short, wifey came out of it ok after a brief addition of Gestational Diabetes, and on August 12th we welcomed Havyn Elizabeth to our brood. After a short, 7-day stay in the local NICU she come home and everything seems to be going great. I really feel blessed that things have turned out as well as they have, and I wanted to drop a line to let you all know that I'm still here, still making stuff (in between changing dirty diapers) and that I wanted to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May your ring supply never end, your closures perfect, and your Aspect Ratios just right! http://www.adventconspiracy.org/
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    Fun picture

    This is an awesome idea and the workmanship itself looks great! The AR of the rings that you used for the necklace itself were a little too big. Anytime you use rings with an AR too large for the weave you'll have this problem. Don't sweat it though....just chalk it up as a learning experience and soldier on through to the next piece!
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    Monty Python maille

    Nice!! - BTW, I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK, I sleep all night and I work all day...
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    Random song lyrics...

    Now I was told by a man so old that when he spoke time stood still He said whichever road you decide to take in life, it's gonna start uphill Now I want you to take this with you baby and let it marinate in your skull You see sometimes life's about pushin' and pullin' and baby you ain't got no pull They say life is what you make it baby and you done made it hard You see misery enjoy's company and company think's misery's a fraud. Now you ain't gotta turn your nose up on account a' me sayin' what's true I just calls it like I sees it baby and when I see it, I see it on you..
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    Lookie what I found - David_Austin

    FYI the artivle has been featured on Gizmodo as well... You could find the article here
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    A little bit about Alabama

    Ok, at first I tried to write out this long speech about Alabama being full of technology, science, culture and the original home of NASA and the Marchall Space Flight Center. After about 3 paragraphs I realized that I was just babbling on to justify passing on a funny that I got via email today. Screw it. I'm from Alabama, I'm allowed to say some of this stuff, lol. Sadly, a lot of it is true. Here ya go... Understanding Alabama Driving Information: Alabama has its own version of traffic rules. The truck with the loudest exhaust goes next at a four-way stop. The truck with the biggest tires goes after that. Note: Blue-haired ladies driving anything have the right-of-way anytime. The morning rush hour is from 6:00 to 10:00 . The evening rush hour is from 3:00 to 7:00 . Friday's rush hour starts Thursday morning. If the term 'merging delays' is ever used by the person reporting the traffic, even in passing, call in to work and tell them that you will be at least 30 minutes late regardless of where you are in your commute. If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be (at the very least) rear-ended, cussed out, and possibly shot. This applies to male and female drivers alike. You must know that 'I-459,' 'I-59,' 'I-20,' and 'I-65' are the same road. They just loop around, cutting in and out of each other's path. We think this was a ploy utilized to confuse outsiders and discourage visitors after the War of Northern Aggression. Always, always, always, find out if it is a race or football weekend before you get on any of these highways to travel somewhere. If it is a race or football weekend, stay home. You won't be pleasantly going anywhere else. Construction is a permanent fixture in Alabama . The barrels are moved around in the middle of the night to make the next day's driving a little more interesting. If someone has their turn signal on, wave them over to the shoulder immediately to let them know -- you can be sure it was 'accidentally activated'. The minimum acceptable speed on 'I-65' (see above) is 85 mph. Anything less is considered downright sissy. This is also Alabama's state-highway-sponsored version of NASCAR -- especially during rush hour (see above) and everyone in the city is driving at once, bumper-to-bumper. If you are in the left lane and only going 70 in a 55-65 zone, you are considered a road hazard, and will be 'flipped a bird' accordingly. Do not gawk at the woman in the car beside you in traffic who is applying make-up, drinking a Diet Coke, smoking a Marlboro, and maintaining a steady speed of 85 mph on I-65 in rush hour traffic. If she is south of Birmingham, she might be packing.. If she is north of Birmingham, she IS packing and is not afraid to use it. Weather Information: If it's 110 degrees, either Memorial Day or Thanksgiving could be next weekend. If the weatherman says that it's gonna be 95 degrees today, 65 tomorrow and 35 the next day don't be concerned...he's not on drugs. This is simply the normal annual change from Summer to Winter. And yes, it usually only takes a couple of days. Seasonal Information: If you stick to the seats in your vehicle, it is Spring. If your car turns green and stays that color no matter how frequently you wash it then it’s late spring. If you need to let the car 'get some air' while standing next to it with the doors open for a minute before you can stick your upper body inside to crank it and get the air going, it is Summer. If you are sweating even with the windows down, driving 65 mph, it is Fall. If you finally turn the AC off and roll your windows up, it is Winter. If you wake up and there is snow on the ground, then Hell has frozen over and a Republican has been elected Governor. You might not think it based on stereotypes and the fact that this is considered the Bible Belt, but there has only been one Republican Governor in Alabama in the last 140 years. As a point of reference, we get Republican Governors more often than we get snow. General Information: If you ask someone for a 'coke,' they will often ask you, 'What kind?' This is not a trick question. In Alabama "Coke" is defined as "Any cold, carbonated (usually) caffinated beverage". Ask for a Coke and you'll simply be asked "What kind?" All requests for tea are assumed to mean "Sweet Tea". You can get unsweet tea if you want it, but you have to specifically ask for it and they tend to look at you funny when you do... Possums sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air. Although they seem to be being replaced more and more often on the side of the road by armadillo's. Not really sure wtf is up with that, but anyhow... There are 5,000 types of snakes on earth and 4,998 of them live in Alabama. There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in Alabama, plus a couple no one's seen before. If it grows, it sticks; if it crawls, it bites. People actually grow and eat okra. The preferred way to cook it is to coat it in cornmeal and fry it to a crisp golden brown. No it's not slimy. Yes it's crunchy. Yes it taste's good. 'Fixinto' is actually word. Thisaway and Thataway are directions. There is no such thing as 'lunch.' There is only dinner and then supper. Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you're two. Backwards and forwards means 'I know everything about you.. You work until you're done or it's too dark to see. You measure distance in minutes. You'll probably have to switch from 'heat' to 'A/C' in the same day. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked. If you see a sign on someone's door that says "This property is protected by Smith & Wesson" then it's a pretty safe bet that it actually is. There are only four spices: salt, pepper, Tabasco and ketchup. The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local gossip and sports. The first day of deer season is a national holiday. 100 degrees Fahrenheit is 'a little warm'. We have four seasons: Almost Summer, Summer, still Summer and Christmas. Going to Wal-mart is a favorite past time. Fried catfish is the other white meat.
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    Crazy days (and problems) at work!

    can't believe no one else has asked this question, but I wonder how long it would take the shredder to run through 20 miles of backup tape?
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    Random song lyrics...

    *slowly creeps out of lurkdom and re-ignites an old thread* [VERSE 1] Here I go, 9 a.m., Sittin' here starin' at the tube again. I'm in denial, I'm in defeat, 'cause if I don't get to see her I'll be incomplete. Got no school, got no job, my friends keep sayin' I'm a lazy slob. But there's one thing I can't stand, is when their talking while I'm watchin' Regis and... [CHORUS] Kelly Ripa, Kelly Ripa, a mommy with the body of a stripper. Kelly Ripa, Kelly Ripa, she's so fine I'd settle for her dad. Kelly Ripa, Kelly Ripa, if I had some chocolate I would dip her. Kelly Ripa, Kelly Ripa, why you wanna make me want so bad? [VERSE 2] Riding round, in my car, worshiping a TV goddess from afar. There's no way, I can see her ever leaving Regis just to be with me. My Girlfriend's mad, cause I can't pay attention to her, watchin' Ripa all day. It must be hard when you're a girl, to be an Angelina in a Kelly world! [CHORUS] Kelly Ripa, Kelly Ripa, if she was a naughty girl I'd grip her. Kelly Ripa, Kelly Ripa, rockin' all the polyester plaid. Kelly Ripa, Kelly Ripa, If she was a crime I would commit her. Kelly Ripa, Kelly Ripa, why you wanna make me want so bad? [bRIDGE] How's a guy supposed to believe in everything he's not? Try my best to fight this fire with fire. Why you wanna try to take my TV set away?(hey!) How am I supposed to wake and start another day?(hey!) Clearly you are dealing with a desperate man who's close to insane! [VERSE 3] Lost my mind, the doctors say, they locked me up, but really that's O.K., cause my new nurse looks just like... [FINAL CHORUS] Kelly Ripa, Kelly Ripa, if she was a lolly-pop, I'd lick her. Kelly Ripa, Kelly Ripa, kinda makes me state she's probably sad. Kelly Ripa, Kelly Ripa, a mommy with the body of a stripper. Kelly Ripa, Kelly Ripa, she's so fine I'd settle for her, rockin' all the polyester, why you wanna make a boy go mad? * quitely slips back beneath his "dirty old man" rock * *
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    harmony style coil cutting guides

    Hey losthelm, still have these available? I'm gonna need one in about a month or so...
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    what do you drive?

    2001 Mercury Mountaineer. There were only 42K original miles on it when we got it 3 years ago. Now it's up to 105K. And is about to need the transmission rebuilt....sigh...
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    Any one into anime?

    Ok, I like a little anime and manga as much as the next guy. But when I saw this........well..........go ahead and make the "Thought Police" analogies for yourself.....I know I did..... U.S. Manga Obscenity Conviction Roils Comics World Sometimes I really get fed up with all the crap in the country. Maybe I should move to Canada.....get healthcare and be able to just pick up my orders from TRL's front doorstep...