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  1. lorenzo

    Titanium Scale

    Try to see my point of view here for just a second. I designed this type of armor, I've been experimenting and working with it for 5 years, I also personally made both the scales and the split rings that you're using. My position is that since you're using the best and most expensive scales we make, you might as well use them to their full potential. The scales were designed for high end armor and jewelry, the rings are for munitions grade stuff. I know this armor you're making already, and it's good stuff, but it has the potential to be even better. The details make a huge difference. All the split rings will be visible along the edge, replacing the edge rings with anodized 18g 3/16" Ti will make them blend in. Using coined fine splitrings with an ID of ~.2" instead of ~.19" and a wire diameter of .025" instead of .030" would knock ~5% off of the weight and use less scales per area. It would also give ~5% more stretch for a better fit but not so much that the rings would show. The rings you're using should be comfortable enough to wear around all day with a medium weight shirt underneath, with welded rings you could wear it against bare skin comfortably. I agree that the added strength is probably not an issue unless you take a spear or arrow in the chest. I'm probably something of a perfectionist so this might not be a big issue for you, the armor will look great regardless and still perform well.
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    Expansion rings on mail collar/standard

    Yep, I know it sounds counter intuitive but 6 rings is the most you need per row. Anything more is just extra weight and mess. Every piece is different. They were made to shape, to fit whoever was to wear the piece. There isn't any standard pattern. Evenly dispersing the expansions throughout makes them least visible but then the piece is a simple cone, not fitted to the wearer. It is the process of shaping the piece to the wearer that should determine where expansions go. That should give the best fit and consequently have the smoothest look. Using larger aspect ratio rings is the best trick for making it look smooth, they give you more stretch and make the piece more form fitting. Hope this helps.
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    How many TRL workers actually weave?

    The majority of the shirts I make are the machine made welded stainless fabric, normally I would consider this cheating but I also run the machines that make the fabric while working on the shirt.
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    How many TRL workers actually weave?

    To be fair making a welded shirt usually takes 2-3 hours, but I've had a lot of practice. That 1 hour shirt was my fastest one so far. I've been thinking that maybe I should do a speed weaving video. Technique and the right pliers are very important.
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    A much better dragonfly...

    BTW I just went and took a look, that is a very impressive chain and opal. It looks to me like its a black boulder opal but the pattern is reminiscent of fossilized turritella shells. If you were to do a dragonfly in a tube form I think that like your chain would be the best way to do it. It would make the dragonfly tail jointed and slightly flexible much like in life. Would be awesome for pendants and earrings.
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    A much better dragonfly...

    LOL, thanks. It would be an awesome looking project though wouldnt it.
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    How many TRL workers actually weave?

    Good point, so I'll have to tell him. The last welded shirt I made, which was a size large with short sleeves, took me exactly one hour. Even weaving by hand I can churn out a vest in a few days.
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    Medieval weapons...

    Spear, sword, knife, sling and stones. Helmet and target if additional armor is allowed.
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    A much better dragonfly...

    Neat, I must have missed the first one I don't recall seeing it, but this one does indeed look very well proportioned. The next logical step is to make it 3D with the body a knotted tube and add the lace effect to the wings.
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    Market find -- chainmaille lantern

    Very interesting, reminds me of the lampshades we made for some casino last year.
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    How many TRL workers actually weave?

    Almost all of the employees of TRL weave, except two and they aren't on the forum. However it's a bit different when you do it for a living. As a general rule I don't post pictures of things I make for clients, It's not good business ethics. Also, most of the pieces I make don't really merit any special attention. Of the literally hundreds of euro 4-1 shirts that I've made I've only ever posted pictures of the first one.
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    Musings on processors

    I have a Q6600, it's pretty amazing, they overclock really well but you will need good cooling. It's the best bang for your buck chipwise, but don't count on your old motherboard or anything else being able to support it.
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    TRL Gathering 08 - July 26-27

    I'll be there, I'll probably drag one or two people out there with me too. I may also be able to give people rides from the airport or whatnot.
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    Lots of maille from museums.

    The rings on that shirt are all stamped and coined, but I believe that there are different inscriptions on each side. I'm fairly sure that the language is Slavonic and Cyrillic based, all versions of futhark that I am familiar with were dead by about 1200 AD and the shirt is 16th century. I've compared it with Danish, Rok, Germanic and Anglo-Saxon futharks which I think are the most likely candidates My own personal linguist is currently working on a translation of the provenance supplied by the curators. I'll post the results here when I get them.
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    Lots of maille from museums.

    I've consolidated most of my vacation photos of maille and organized them into facebook albums. Everyone should definitely have a look there is some very interesting and spectacular stuff in there. Provenance for most items is there, but some were unmarked. I'll add some commentary to the individual photos as I get the time. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=55673&l=25cb9&id=698015934 http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=55670&l=b9a8a&id=698015934 http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=55669&l=49c35&id=698015934
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    Lots of maille from museums.

    As far as I could tell when I was there, those rings were originally some odd type of riveted thing. It looks like they were sawn in half with a jewelers saw opposite the rivets, probably so the maille could be removed for restoration work and then reattached.
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    Lots of maille from museums.

    It's in the Prague castle museum.
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    Heat Anodizing Titanium

    Heat anodizing Ti is easy, use a butane torch or just throw it on a stove burner, getting consistent color is not so easy. You will need a kiln or heat treating oven for very precise temperature control. It's not done very often so there are no charts floating around, doing it electrically is just easier. Any commercially pure Ti that you heat anodize up to or beyond the color blue will become dead soft annealed, alloys are not affected. There is no difference in the quality of anodizing between electrical and heat, only the consistency. FYI, the anodized layer of Ti is titanium oxide, so Ti will not anodize without the presence of oxygen. This means that your welds are contaminated, you need to use more argon in your shielding mix or you risk brittle fracture.
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    my scrap strap project

    That turned out pretty well, I've got to come up with a scrap project one of these days.
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    Suggestions for digital/electronic caliper?

    Mitutoyo is generally considered to be the top of the line brand, they are the pioneers of the digital caliper world. In practical terms for our hobby all digital calipers can be considered roughly equal, it doesn't much matter.
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    Electric fence wire is usually available in aluminum, you should be able to find it at farm supply stores.
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    Lots of maille from museums.

    That shirt belonged to Saint Wenceslas who was also a famous king.
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    Lots of maille from museums.

    I was really amazed by the many different styles of rings, seems like a battlefield research experiment. If only the few preserved pieces that I've seen show so much diversity Imagine all the beautiful and unique pieces that rusted away. I think the centurions belt was particularly interesting. Sort of like a cross between shaggy loops and J4-1 but made in the 4th Cent BC.
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    Lots of maille from museums.

    Nope, I missed that, the armory was closed on the day I visited the castle. That happened about half a dozen times over the course of my trip, usually only with things I really wanted to see. You should ask your dad to get some pictures for the rest of us.
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    Lots of maille from museums.

    Thanks thats got it now, photos for everyone!