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The Internets

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About The Internets

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    Corn-farming Conformist
  • Birthday 08/20/1990

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  • Biography
    no u
  • Location
    GTA, Ontario, Canada
  • Interests
    Lots of stuff!
  • Occupation
    None right now
  • The year you started making chainmail
    December 2007
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    Maille in the mail (Canada Post)

    I haven't been here for a long time, but I know this place has lots of helpful people. I have a question about shipping small items within Canada using Canada Post. I made some keychains last year, and I have no use for them. So I intend to sell them for a tiny profit. Specifically, the keychains are about 8cm long, 1.5cm thick, and are made of aluminum (very light). What services could I use, and how much would it cost? Ideally I'd use a padded envelope, but I'm not sure beyond that. I have never sent anything through the mail that wasn't a letter. Canada Post's website doesn't help much because it only has specifications for boxes, which are overkill, and paper mail, unless I missed something.
  2. I'm using my new jewelry saw to cut a bunch of 18g 1/4" copper coils. With a bit of candle wax on the blade, its been easy with great results. :)

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    G20 Armour

    And that's why they ruined it. If they didn't have to go on a rampage and do something interesting, then news about the G20 would be more about what happened there, instead of flaming cars.
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    G20 Armour

    The sad thing is that the violent protesters took all the attention away from the other protesters. All the news corporations wanted to show was a flaming car and some broken windows, and pretend it was a civil war. Meanwhile the legitimate complaints and political protests got to be third page news, or not news at all.
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    Mega Maille project under way

    A chainmail shirt for the Statue of Liberty perhaps? If only you had an army of maillers and the scrap yards of the east coast at your disposal...
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    Question about padded envelopes

    Thanks to both of you. I ordered some blades from TRL and a saw from another site. I have some coils of wire that need re-coiling and cutting Now the project is to remake my hand-crank coiler. I have some pieces of it around still, and the new mandrels I bought should arrive sometime this week or next.
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    Question about padded envelopes

    I want to know more about what can and cannot be shipped in them, since it says that it must be able to fit through a 20mm slot. The site says less than 0.4 lbs of aluminum rings can be shipped this way, but what about other things, like a couple packs of blades for the jeweler's hand-saw? For things I have not yet bought it is hard to judge. Also, what is a "ring stick"? Thanks for any help
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    Tomorrow I will wear a watch while I watch flies fly, listen to some pop pop, lug some lugs, try to bear a bear, avoid tiring my tires, make sure the cloves are cloven and the chaps are chapped, then go coasting by a coast, rock some rocks, stalk a stalk, mount a mount, tear a tear, and leave some leaves behind during my fast fast. A busy day.
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    TRL Blade lenth

    I checked out the Fire Mountain Gems website for the saw, and all they had listed was this http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H203241TLD That saw is different from the one on the TRL page, but would it hold the blades sold at TRL?
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    Weaving Euro 4-1

    I only use Euro 4-1 for armour. I have tested different methods of weaving 6" x 5" rectangles, to see what is fastest for me. I do the same thing as Cahojama, although usually while listening to music. I found that pre-made fivelets are the most efficient for me. It is likely due more to psychological effects than the actual process. It gives me a better feeling, because adding on five rings feels like more progress than one, looks like more progress, and when I stop working and come back later its obvious where I left off due to the 90 degree angle sticking out. Therefor I work faster and happier. However, tailoring and edging require the ORAAT approach, since it is done slowly and carefully with a single ring, like attaching HP 3-1 to E4-1, as I currently plan on doing for my shirt this time.
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    Use of the term chain mail

    This is how language evolves. Words do not stay the same for millenia (at least in English). Maybe they had a completely different term for the armour back in the day that we don't know of, but that's only important when speaking historically. For most of us, the word 'chainmail' is the correct one, because in our age it refers to a material made from a mesh or chain of ring links. That is the most important part. To add to the "platemail" thing, part of the confusion in D&D may come from the different varieties of armours. In some old rule book I have, 'platemail' is different from 'plate armour'. Platemail is used to refer to "armour consisting of solid plates in combination with chainmail to cover joints and add flexibility" or something similar to that, whereas 'plate armour' was just armour made of solid plates. ***I don't know which revision or edition it was, so it may have actually come after the issue. Scale mail seems more like people trying to give a name to armour through comparison to chainmail. However, I think scale armour is more akin to lamellar, as it consists of small overlapping 'plates' (though I do recognize how lamellar overlaps on the top, bottom, and sides... I'm referring to the concept)
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    Question about ring strength

    Now my problem is how much to get. I am definitely using 16g 5/16" ID rings, but I have never made a purely chainmail piece of clothing before, so I have nothing to use as a reference. So does anyone have an idea of how many rings I might need for a shirt (long or short sleeves)? Very general approximation is fine; I can always get more, and having too much isn't an issue.
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    Question about ring strength

    Its good to get some perspective from people experienced with those metals. I started out the project in larger aluminum rings because it was not going to be a combat piece, and I already had a quarter of a jar plus some old pieces to use. But when restarting I wanted a tighter knit, and materials that actually offer some protection. And a different look is nice too.
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    Question about ring strength

    I have been gone from here for a long time I am redoing a project I started and forgot about last year. Its a chainmail shirt in Euro 4-1, made in the typical rectangle-with-hole-for-head style. I was wondering how strong and difficult to work with 16 GA, 5/16" rings would be in bronze and stainless steel, compared to bright aluminum (Ring Lord gauge). I know some materials become very difficult to bend in smaller sizes. BA in this size is easy - a bit weak still. I just have never used bronze or stainless so I don't know what to expect.
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    The first piece you made

    Because I was first introduced to chainmail as armour (thanks to Baldurs Gate) that is what I first got rings for. I had a costume consisting of a simple leather cuirass with some greaves and a square shield. Of course, I needed a helmet, so I built one from cardboard as I was lacking other materials. It actually looked fairly good after I shaped it and painted the thing. What it really needed was something to cover my neck because there was a significant open spot. So I made an aventail. It was about 4 inches by 12 maybe, Euro 4-1, using 16ga, 5/16" BA rings. Since then I've made it a bit bigger, fixed any poor closures, and am now using it with my newest helmet: You can see a bit of it at the bottom in this photo.