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  1. So my girlfriend was just given a sheet of maille armor by her coworker. Apparently it was taken off an Iraqi bomber. They are assuming I will be able to make a bikini out of it. 


    I don't know the size of the rings or anything yet but I assume they are welded. I know to make a bikini properly you have to have contractions and expansions. So how much of a pain would it be to use this for a bikini? So far all I've made is bracelets and rings but this could be pretty cool. 


  2. Any more information on the insight mission and how these scales will be used? Ordered 3, because NASA.



    Edit- found some info


    A seismic experiment will listen for "marsquakes" and use this information to map the boundaries between the rock layers inside Earth's neighbour.

    It will determine if the planet has a liquid or solid core, and provide some clues as to why its surface is not divided up into tectonic plates as on Earth.

    Key components of this package will come from France and the UK.

    InSight will also push a German-built thermal probe into the surface to gauge Mars' temperature profile. This will reveal how the planet is cooling.

    It will also deliver another sensor that will very accurately determine the degree to which the planet wobbles on its axis.JPL will provide the two cameras on InSight and a robotic arm.

  3. Using sterling silver would be much better.  Because it is an alloy, it is much harder than fine silver, yet still ductile. 

    Not that I know more about alloys then anyone here but TRL says this about their fine silver. 

    "We use full hard temper for all of our fine silver rings - this is the same hardness as 1/2 hard sterling."


    Just thought I would throw that out there. And that design is beautiful!

  4. Thank you for the information. I just make small jewelry pieces for family and friends. I don't have the money to invest in the tools for soldering something like this. Unless I can use a simple soldering iron. But most of the videos I've seen on soldering jewelry like this use torches.


    I know if I were to sell these they would be much more expensive. But this is for my parents so I was just figuring materials, a little labor and a lot of sentimental value. 

  5. No, I know what welding and soldering are. The jeweler I talked to was going to laser weld it. Sounds like it may be to soft to use anyway. Even if I soldered it together would the rings be too soft to hold their shape over time? Putting the maille over a solid layer would defeat the purpose of having a maille ring in my opinion. But I will see what they think about that.


    Thank you Zeroignite

  6. Hello.


    My step father would like me to make a set of wedding bands for him and my mom. They want them to be made of solid gold. I would be using the standard Euro 4in1 pattern with 10K Gold 22 ga 5/64 (10K22564). My question is would it be strong enough to be worn every day? I asked a local jeweler how much it would cost to weld the jump rings closed and he told me at least $200 for each band. Which we feel is too much for a $100 ring.


    The picture I'm posting is a ring I made out of titaium. But the wedding bands will be the same.



  7. Oh, that will be simple. I have found that it is hard to get good closures. As I'm sure you can see in the picture. Once in a while I get a good one so I think it's just a matter of practice. I bought the "premium" chainnose pliers. But they seem like the same thing you'd get at a discount store.

    oh sorry, I get the different names confused.

  8. So what's the best way to deburr these little Ti rings? Should they be tumbled loose or in the final product? I've heard anodized Ti can not be tumbled because it will loose it's anodizing. Is that right? And do you use stainless shot because Ti is a hard metal or walnut?

    Sorry for all the questions. I didn't find any answers in the FAQ and this is the first post I saw about small Ti rings.

    I'm making a Helm necklace for a Christmas present. This is the first time I've done anything with split rings.

    Here's what I have so far. Waiting for some answers before I do any more.


    PS. the preview window is dark grey so I changed the font color to white. But the forum is lite grey so I had to change it back. Confusing. :-/