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  1. lorenzo

    Riveted silver?

    It's been done before, I don't know firsthand but the process and results should be the same as with copper.
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    The 'nerd' factor

    Personally, I think that you haven't found the right people yet, and you're not likely to if you're just looking in Moose Jaw. That city is a complete backwater, even for rural Saskatchewan. I have some experience in the matter since I spent 10 years making maille in Moose Jaw. it wasn't until I moved to Saskatoon that I found other people who took it at all seriously. If you're even half serious about your work I think you'll need to look farther afield.
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    scale armor vest fitting

    The larger the AR on the connecting rings the more flexible and form fitting the material will be, just like any other type of chain armor really. Welded rings are the best option but fine gauge split rings work pretty well too, butted rings not so much. Just be sure not to increase the diameter of the ring too much or you'll get unsightly gaps between your scales.
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    Plastic rings make the world go round.

    1. Krylon fusion is the cheapest option, about $7 at Walmart. Tamiya polycarbonate paint is supposed to be better. You can also make your own paint with the appropriate pigments and solvents. 2. Yes, see above. 3. After, use light coats and shake between applications to prevent the rings sticking. 4. Yes, but not for bronze. 5. Probably, but you should have no trouble painting them.
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    need advice for pennie chainmail

    I'm a bit late on this one but the last time I calculated the weight on a piece of penny mail it worked out to roughly 50-60 lbs for an average sized man's vest. Bronze would be best for copper alloy rings but I think it'll be problematic regardless.
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    dragonscale juggling balls inconsistency

    That's pretty strange, are you sure that you didn't make some mistake with the third one? The difference in diameter is consistent with a couple extra rows of rings. If that isn't the case and you'd like them all to be the same then I'd recommend taking them all apart into 3 equal pieces and mixing/matching the pieces so that all three balls are the same size.
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    Airsoft Armor Chainmail Hood/Coif

    A balaclava ought to do just fine for padding, they might be a little warm in summer but that's nothing some cold water can't fix. I'd recommend our medium size welded stainless mesh for the coif, it's very light and way stronger than anything you could make by hand on a budget. Probably overkill for something like this but it's pretty cost competitive once you consider the amount of time it takes to weave stuff by hand.
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    TRL scales going to Mars

    There are at least 4 people in our company, including myself, who personally worked on assembling the scales that TRL made and shipped them to JPL. You might have to wait for press releases from NASA if you want more confirmation than that.
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    Solid maille

    I agree, just check out the info on maille artisans. I haven't woven dragonscale in years and I generally use non-standard rings anyways.
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    Solid maille

    Go with dragonscale, make the weave really tight and it'll hold it's shape just fine.
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    New to making chainmail.

    Assuming that your gauge is in SWG that should be about 11lbs. That's enough to make a vest for a smaller guy. I would go with a 9/32" mandrel which should get you 6-7 sqft of reasonably sturdy, lightweight and flexible chainmail for re-enactment armor purposes. Keep in mind that butted galvanized steel rings will never be "battle grade", they just don't have a good enough strength to weight ratio. You need riveted or welded rings for real armor, it would also be good if they were a stronger alloy and temper than the stuff you buy in hardware stores.
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    Game of Thrones costume question

    Possibly, but we've sold that material for a number of other projects so I couldn't say for sure. In any case it should be exactly the same in finish and construction since it came from the same manufacturing process on the same equipment with the same wire.
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    TRL custom armour pliers review

    That's more or less it, I like to make it a little more permanent by cutting blind holes for the magnets to fit into.
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    TRL custom armour pliers review

    Plier jaws should fall open under the force of gravity, once you're used to it it's easier on your hands than all but the lightest of springs. On the other hand I'm very fond of magnetic springs in pliers and they're an easy fix for any that you've broken the springs on.
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    Titanium rub off

    Assuming that this is what I think it is then as long as the closures aren't coming apart it should be fine. Basically if it's being burnished it'll wear in, if it's being abraded it'll wear out.
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    Titanium rub off

    Since titanium wire almost always comes with an acid etched surface finish it's pretty easy to lose a couple thousandths to burnishing effects just from being played with. The rub off in that case is going to be primarily titanium metal dust and in my experience it becomes much less as the rings age. I've never felt the need to re-make something due to this happening.
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    Max possible elbow bend on scale long sleeve

    Yep, full range of motion is possible with a combination of those techniques. The type of rings that you're using will have an effect on the difficulty in achieving that range though.
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    I assume this is a vest, if so charge by the hour and add 20%, a large part of the time involved with this will be tailoring to fit properly in addition to weaving. If it's a shirt with sleeves then add 50%. A custom commission like this should be a couple thousand dollars MINIMUM. If it isn't that, or more, then you aren't charging enough. If at all possible have custom sized flat washers punched for the large rings, this has three benefits. First, it saves you a LOT of weaving time. Second, it makes the finished piece feel smoother since there are no ring ends. Third, it looks amazing.
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    Scale mail vest project

    If weight is top priority then the best rings for your application are welded stainless steel. Aluminum rings need to be much thicker to hold up well and as a result they weigh more while being much weaker. You'd shave about 20% off of the total weight of the piece using welded 21g 7/32" rings. This is what professional costumers use because it's lighter, stronger and fits much better. If you don't have a welder and don't want to have someone else make it for you then #3 fine gauge split rings from www.worthco.com are the next best option. They weigh more per thousand than the aluminum rings but they reduce the amount of scales used to about 850/sqft for a %10 total weight savings with better fit and flexibility. Be warned though, split rings can chafe. Aluminum 18g 3/16" rings are a distant third place because they're really cheap and lighter than the munitions grade split rings that TRL sells. They're pretty weak, expect to have to do repairs around the armpits and shoulders every once in a while.
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    welded mail fabrication questions

    Agreed, it's probably best to just stick to butt welds.
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    Patenting chainmaille?

    Good to know. He did mention the patent to me once previously, I laughed at him, couldn't help it.
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    Chainmail Bodysuit

    I hate to think that we've discouraged you, it's not impossible to make but it is very difficult. You would likely be better served with the appearance of scales sewn onto a bodysuit for costume purposes.
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    My first scale project

    Let me know how it turns out, more pictures are always good.
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    welded mail fabrication questions

    I've actually used a 500 watt version of the jewelry welder, it doesn't have nearly enough power to do the job either. You're looking at 1000W+ and/or a higher duty cycle. I find it's best to use a welder that can draw 1800W from a standard 120 Volt 15 Amp outlet, it gives a lot of flexibility when fine tuning weld parameters. It's my understanding that a suitable welder will be available from TRL again soon so keep an eye out for that.
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    My first scale project

    Looks good overall. Very nice looking work on the spine, fitting on the torso is excellent. The sleeves could use a bit of work, looks like you had to make them overly large to get enough mobility. I'd get rid of those scales bunched up in the underarm, they aren't doing you any favours, better to just use straight rings for that area.