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  1. david.dye.usn

    Tungsten

    Has TRL ever offered pure tungsten (not tungsten carbide) wire or rings? Since it is heavy I believe it might make some nice jewelry (likely for men) if polished. Cheers.
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    Euro 6 1 bracelet

    Stainless 18g 1/4 European 6-1 weave using 20g 3/16 stainless to join with a TRL 7 ring finding. The fit is perfect, thanks TRL.
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    tungsten baggie

    Raw tungsten rings, approx. 16g 11/32.
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    Tungsten HP 4-1

    Finished piece, approx. 16g 11/32. Coloration due to hot cutting, very pretty and dark iridescence.
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    Euro 6-1 completed

    Completed Euro 6-1 bracelet with the TRL 7 ring clasp.
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    Stainless Euro 6-1 Finding

    The TRL 7 ring clasp fits perfectly for 18g 1/4 stainless steel Euro 6-1.
  7. david.dye.usn

    Tungsten

    Fellow ringers, my two year journey to work with tungsten has finally paid off. From acquiring the material, to Jon at TRL being gracious enough to work it, to shipping to crafting. It is finally done. Jon coiled and hot cut a set of rings for me, that turn out to be about 16g 11/32. You can see from the pic that the hot cutting has left an iridescence to the rings, like the cars that change color from purple to gold to green as they drive by. Very pretty but also dark because of the metal's natural dark grey finish. They are somewhat brittle, and much care must be taken with opening/closing the rings; they are tough. A little hand pain and some chewed up pliers later, HP 4-1 seemed the best bet for the bracelet. Thanks again Jon for all your hard work seeing this come to fruition. .
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    red and silver dreamcatcher

    I like it very much, it inspired me to make a few. For one especially, I borrowed the offset inner ring idea from this piece.
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    Dreamcatcher 3 1

    Same materials again, this time my younger daughter asked for pink and blue (to match her volleyball team's colors). My best work yet, in my humble opinion. Alright, kids are happy, now back to chainmail!
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    Dreamcatcher 2

    Same materials as the first, my older daughter likes red and black. Spiral pattern not as good as I had hoped but the offset smaller ring came out well.
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    Dreamcatcher small

    My first dream catcher. Using a 4in stainless welded ring, stainless 24g 1/8 for the chains and internal connectors, stainless 20g 3/16 for the outer ring of connectors and to attache the scales, anodized aluminum large and small scales and anodized aluminum 18g 1/4 from a mixed bag for the color. All supplies from TRL
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    Making chainmail from Tungsten

    Hey folks, the tungsten samples from TRL are in and I have included some pics. The Lord himself did this first set of work, and did explain that the springback was massive and he had to hot roll the Tungsten to get the test coil pictured. There is a close-up of a fractured end of the Tungsten, which is due to the extreme pressure needed to cold work the metal; trying to cut using a pair of snips also results in fracture. I did cut off a single ring using a Dremel cut-off wheel, but it did leave a wde kerf. I ordered some .005in cut-off wheels (separating disks) and will try those out once I return from a trip. More to follow.
  13. david.dye.usn

    Tungsten

    Hey folks, the tungsten samples from TRL are in and I have included some pics. The Lord himself did this first set of work, and did explain that the springback was massive and he had to hot roll the Tungsten to get the test coil pictured. There is a close-up of a fractured end of the Tungsten, which is due to the extreme pressure needed to cold work the metal. I did cut off a single ring using a Dremel cut-off wheel, but it did leave a wde kerf. I ordered some .005in cut-off wheels (separating disks) and will try those out once I return from a trip. More to follow.
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    Making chainmail from Tungsten

    I just ordered 10 each 60" lengths of .017, .028 and .033. They are in now (12 Feb) .
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    Pliers that help with hand fatigue?

    Another easy solution for grip handles is tool dip. You can do multiple coatings if you wish, different colors too.
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    Making chainmail from Tungsten

    Jon, Thanks again for trying to work the Tungsten, I know it was a pain to work. I actually ordered the 15-16ga from Amazon, from a website called smallparts.com. They do have other sizes of tungsten wire, but the prices are quite varied. The wire I sent you is .060in diameter, and it was sold in a pack of ten 60" strightened lengths for $28. The advertised purity is 99.95%. However, loooking at the website this morning, the .060 is not available in a set of ten, and a set of five wires is now over $50. An example of a pricing anomaly: .050 set of ten 60" lengths: $58.42 .051 set of ten 60" lengths: $126.71 Link to the smallparts site: http://www.smallparts.com/small-parts-tungsten-wire-straightened/dp/B003R5029Y/ref=sr_1_1?sr=1-1&qid=1328539101 I did see that they do not ship the wire to Canada, so Jon, if you want some, let me know and I can send you some. i will be ordering more in smaller diameters for future projects.
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    Silver_Green_Dream_Catcher.jpg

    Very nice.
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    Tungsten

    I just mailed 50 feet (10x lengths of five foot tungsten) of .061in diameter to the Lord to see if they can do anything with it. The material cost me about $29 at amazon and other gauges are available as well from Small Parts but the pricing is odd. For example, while a ten pack of the .061 is $29, a ten pack of .058 is $162. A link to their site is posted here: http://www.smallpart...&qid=1326908384 The "Lord" himself has made some test rings and a coil from the tungsten rod I sent, and it has been mailed. Once it arrives I will post pics and start playing with the material.
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    Tungsten

    From what I have read, pure Tungsten is workable, about the same difficulty as steel. When dealing with alloys of tungsten or impurities is does get very brittle. I have tried hand bending some of the .060" Tungsten wire I got in, and it is tough. I have snapped a couple of pieces and I can see how it can splinter. I am hoping that someone at TRL has at least made coils before or would be willing to try it. I am certainly willing to send them some metal if they are willing to try it.
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    Captive Inverted Round

    CLose-up of a breacelet for my wife, also for Christmas. I used the left over 24ga 7/64 yellow gold fill to do it, it took about 400 rings.
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    Japanese 12-2

    My first attempt at a Japanese weave. Not sure what to do with it yet . . . It is 18ga 5/16 and 19ga 1/8 both in bronze. It is flexible enough for even a small bracelet but it is heavy.
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    JPL 3 full

    Lager view of the 20ga 3/32 fine silver JPL-3/
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    JPL 3 close Up

    A bracelet I made for my daughter using 20ga 3/32 fine silver. I actually made 3 of them with 1 oz. of rings. The weave is a little tight so be careful if you try this.
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    Byzantine full

    Full view of the Byzantine piece using 20ga 9/64 fine silver.
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    Byzantine

    CLose up of a 3 connector Byzantine bracelet (again for my wife) using fine silver 20ga 9/64 rings. Not sure how many though.
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