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  1. stome

    Captive Inverted Round frustration

    Just a side point here on your comment about having looked up what sizes work. That size does work. CIR is most often uses as structural mail. It not bending is most often what is intended. If you want flexing CIR you need to go to the very far end of the AR range. This is one of my favorite weaves but that is mostly because I make a lot of solid chainmail. If I was to make it for something not solid I would alternate between a segment of CIR and then one of just inverted round using smaller rings. -Edit- Much like Kittensoft above did with beads. Those are beautiful BTW.
  2. So I have been hanging around here a long time but have never said much. None the less I have been a fan for the site and the products for Some time. For a long time I have had my eye on the custom modified pliers. But honestly had a hard time with the price. 40ish each is a bit hand to justify to myself. I was also sceptical of the claim that they are so good they don't need teeth to work thick stainless steel. Then I saw a post about the ergo grip sets being back in stock. I decided to bite the bullet and order them. So here is my thoughts on them. WHY DID I NOT BIY THEM SOONER... Seriously though I am in love with them. They are so much easier on my hands and I never lose my grip. I have not accidentally punched my workbench yet and that used to happen somewhat regularly. It took a bit to get used to no spring but now that I have I work a fair bit faster with these. Two thumbs up from me.
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    TRL custom armour pliers review

    Indeed. Have yet to lose a ring and I have been using the heavily since I got them. They really are all I had wanted them to be and then some.
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    Yes that's what I meant by lessening the "stretch". As I am sure you noticed while working with it that E4-1 sort of stretches in one direction. Now if you had made the stretching direction top to bottom it would not have much of an effect putting 8-2 at the top. But looking closely at the pic it seems that you went left to right. This means 8-2 would cause it to pull in a bit. How much I really couldn't say. Another option is E6-1. Its not any big deal to attach it to 4-1 and I believe would have less of a shortening effect? (maybe someone wiser then I can confirm.) But it would not add as much extra weight as 8-2 would.
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    Well the simplest way would be to use 8-2 (kings maille.) where you want more weight. Meaning you simply double the rings. Might not be elegant but often the simplest answer is the best. This will lessen the "stretch" of the weave though do keep that in mind. Personally I would avoid mixing metals on something that is going to see a fair deal of movement. While I have not tested it my gut tells me the steel would wear on the aluminum over time.
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    Tools - all pliers, cutters etc

    Ohh.... Been looking forward to that welder.... Sadly have a vacation coming up that will eat most my free cash. Given how fast they sold least time I Will have to wait awhile I would bet.
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    We're Moving!

    Tours?! Been wanting take another trip to Canada. Might have to consider the Toronto area this next time rather the BC.
  8. Maybe I am just cynical and a bit too used to dog eat dog and all that but when I first saw this new I had a bad feeling in my gut about out. Too often in today's world "new co-owner" means hostile take over, layoffs, drastic changes that are never for the better and so on. After reading this though I don't feel that way at all. So welcome sir, and thank you for making me just a little less cynical.
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    TRL custom armour pliers review

    Sorry it took so long to get back to this. Was on vacation for awhile. I can't say much about jewellery use. The smallest I have used them on is 1/4 16g. Though I do feel smaller you would have trouble seeing what you are doing and getting into right spots. They are by no means tiny.
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    BA ring rub off

    So I have been at this off and on 5 years now. Up until recently I have been making my own rings. But recently I have been making much more then I used too and decided it was time for some pre-made rings. Problem is there seems to be much more rub off the there is in the rings I made myself. I made my wife a neck corset out of 14g 5/16 rings. Cleaned and polished as I always have for BA. But after a couple hours of wear it left a shocking amount of black/grey rub off on her neck.In comparison I have made her a bra in the past from BA wire bought from TRL that I made the rings out of myself. This left far less rub off when worn for longer. So has anyone else had this problem? Perhaps know why it's happening, and most importantly does anyone have advice on what to do about it?
  11. Though if they are still for sale Kobraelite how do you feel about half payment up front and half on arrival? This way we share in the risk.
  12. Sadly those protections only apply to ebay or a registered paypal storefront. Not personal accounts. My guess is that his paypal is not a storefront account. No response yet also leads me to believe that they are no longer for sale sadly.
  13. stome

    BA ring rub off

    Better washing and a second washing. Skip the Polish. Will do. Thanks for the advice.
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    BA ring rub off

    Both bought from TRL. I assume the wire and rings they sell are the same alloy? Honestly don't think it's skin chemistry as she has worn one of my older works (with the hand made rings.) since this incident without a peoble.m (slight rub off of course.) Maybe I just need a better cleaning method. Have been cleaning with hot water and dish soap. Soak for a few minutes then a light scrub and dry. Then I tumble it with chestnut shell plus a couple drops of Polish.
  15. You know what, I think I would love to have those. Get me your paypal info and I will put my shipping address in the payment comments. -edit- while I would still love to have them I see that you are a new account with only one post. I mean no offense but this makes me uneasy. I am just not so well off that I can afford to lose $70.
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    PDF bundle.

    So we all know you guys sell kits that have a PDF pattern as well as available to buy the PDF on its own. I have considered these a couple of times but have yet to get around to it. As a random idea that came to me perhaps you could sell these patterns as a bundle? Feel free to ignore it was just a random thought that just kind of popped into my head.
  17. So I was looking through stainless steel and BA rings in 12G and noticed something I can not make sense of. SS 12G 5/8 rings. AR 6.4 BA 12G 5/8 rings AR 7.1 I really can not understand how this can be. The SS should have much more springback then the BA so I would expect it to have the largest AR.
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    Structural weaves.

    Hello everyone. So recently I have gotten back into maille after a long time away from it. Life got in the way as I sure it has for a number of people. Amount of free time dropped to next to nothing. Moved and all my equipment ended up in boxes in the corner of the garage for a couple of years... Or 5. Anyway after running into a very friendly mailler at a ren fair that was more then happy to talk shop for the better part of the day I suddenly felt almost a pain of not having do anything for so long. My silly life story aside I find myself much more interested in structural maille then I used to be. I made a couple pieces back then but that was about it. Now though I find myself looking at everyday items and thinking "Could that be made of maille?". Of course most of the time the answer is yes. Something about that pleases me greatly for some reason. Thankfully there is chainmailbasket.com. A truly wonderful resource and to those that run and contribute to that site, thank you so very much. The amount of time it has saved me in trail and error is staggering. Still was wondering if anyone would be willing to share some specifics wisdom they may have on a couple things. Firstly I am looking to make something that calls for a sturdy chainmail bar or "stick" about 3 feet long. I will be using 12g stainless. It will need to be wide as I can make it. I am familiar with CIR and it fits the bill pretty well. But I wonder if there might be stronger staff like weaves I have not tried. Like the reinforced variant on said wave. So well what do you fine folks think is the strongest staff/bar like weave? The 2nd is I will be making something a kin to a basket (not a basket but pretty much the same concept.) I know there are a few weaves that are generally accepted to be good for making a tall cylinder that will hold its shape do to them taking the curve very well. But for this project I really like the look of J4-1/8-2 but am unsure if one could make a foot tall cylinder out of it that will cold its shape very well. And it needs to hold its shape VERY well. Am I just barking up the wrong tree here and should go with another weave or is it doable? Thanks for any advice.
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    Structural weaves.

    I mean no disrespect on how you do things but I am just not intrested in ways to make such things look like they are made of mail. Its the idea of them being fully chainmail that well sparks my want to do it in the first place. Weight and time are not of any concern. I was just hoping there might be a few out there with a tad bit more experiance with struceral waves that could share some wisdom is all. I have only done a few such weaves myself.
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    Holiday Funk

    I am in your boat my friend. When i was 17 i was kicked out and disowned on Christmas eve. Needless to say I have not found much use for this time of year ever since. What makes this a bigger problem is my girl friend with whom i live with if one of those people that goes stupid crazy for it for some unknown reason. She tries to push it way to blasted much and makes my ill mood even worse. So i cant really offer any good advice as to getting rid of it but i can tell you if you have someone trying to ram it down your throat then just flat tell them to back off. Dont beat around the bush about it. If its not helping tell them so.