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  1. Rob MacLennan

    Resistance welder build question

    There were some early pictures/videos made using a prototype. I would say that the final model was based on exactly this model of welder given that the controls are identical, and the hole placement in the case appears to be the same (minus the mounting points for the electrodes on the TRL unit, which would likely just be holes drilled in the casing). https://www.amazon.ca/Welding-Machine-Orthodontic-Treatment-Equipment/dp/B013TFZWPA
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    Resistance welder build question

    I bought it specifically to make a chainmail shirt in 16 Gauge, 5/16" stainless. I didn't set up a gas hood so the welds are more brittle than they otherwise would be but as I'm not using it for actual combat, it's not an issue. I also have some low carbon steel rings, that it works beautifully on and have been meaning to get some high carbon steel rings just to test out. I can do better than pictures, but please don't criticize my crappy process or videographic skills What would I change? The fore-mentioned gas hood would help. I bought a cheap Chinese made pulse arc welder and have been thinking about adding a gas feed to it somehow, though that would likely be cost prohibitive.
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    Resistance welder build question

    I got one of the last three welders that they had in stock, a few years back. The controls and casing remind me of this type of dental welder that I found online, when trying to help others find something they could use. I found several similar units at the time. http://www.fayedentals.com/Dental-HL-WD1-Spot-Welding-Machine
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    Resistance welder build question

    From the little research that I've done, the old TRL resistance welder looks an awful lot like some Chinese dental welders I've found online. I wonder if they might be repurposed?
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    Looking for Armor Tailoring Patterns/Advice

    I don't have a moment to go through your whole post yet, but might I present to you The Wayback Machine? https://web.archive.org/web/20160305015723/http://homepage.ntlworld.com/trevor.barker/farisles/guilds/armour/mail.htm
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    Bearded Dragon Armor

    I had a similar issue a while back. The first thing that I had to do was stop thinking like I was making armour for a human shape. I ended up thinking more along the lines of making a sock to go along the body, rather than having the armour hang like it would on a human. No pattern; just straight out of my head. Getting the dimensions right would be important and the leg holes could hold the armour in place, so that it doesn't slide up the body. You would likely need to lace it closed along the belly if you went this way.
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    Weaving anodized aluminum

    I tried it and wasn't really happy with the results. Under pressure the teeth start cutting the PlastiDip from the inside and it eventually splits. Removing and redoing it is a pain. If you want to go that way then getting pliers with replaceable plastic jaw covers is likely the better way to go, though it does work well to replace the handles on cheaper pliers. Dip 2 or 3 times to get the desired thickness of handle.
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    Weaving anodized aluminum

    Using toothless pliers certainly helps.
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    MAIL -- the other site -- and its health

    Nope, looks like it's been toast for more than a year now. I didn't really go there for anything other than the odd weave instructions and haven't done that for a couple of years now, at least. The last post seems to explain their demise and there has been nothing posted since. The forum gives a "forbidden" error. I'd say that their database is well and truly pooched. MAIL is Back Online... Mostly (Posted: 2020-05-19) by Daemon_Lotos (PM) Hi Folks, After a ~12hr code and database dive, the site is back online. I've confined it to a read-only state as I slowly bring everything else back online. Articles, Weaves, Gallery Items, Downloads, the Glossary, and the FAQ are all up and running. Logins, the Forum, and Submissions are all currently being held offline. Please note that this is out of an abundance of caution, the remaining functions and features of the site will be returning in the coming days. There may be a few tiny broken things around, please don't fret if you notice a bug. They'll all get dealt with as I go through the entire codebase, line by line. Once the forums are back up, I'll be taking Bug Reports for any outstanding bugs I haven't caught.
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    Questions from a struggling new mailer with split ring

    It all depends on what sort of pattern you're using. If you're working with a pattern of 45 degree angle joins, then there may be some inherent flaring anyway. This would mean that you don't necessarily have to add any expansions along the breast line. Even using a straight hang pattern the rings will tend to open along the swell, so you would just need to contract to follow the curvature of the breast. I use both expansions and contractions, to try and make the piece better follow the body of the wearer in a closed hang.
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    Questions from a struggling new mailer with split ring

    Looks like you just missed a ring and are off by one ring all down that row.
  12. Rob MacLennan

    you'll never believe what mila kunis wore!

    Typical magazine shot editing, unfortunately. Take a truly beautiful woman and then treat her as if she's less so, by manipulating the image to accentuate some things, minimize others. Undoctored shots of Kunis show that she has come pretty far from the child actress who lied about her age to get on a wildly popular sitcom. There's an actress that I vaguely know, who is built literally like a comic book superhero (34DD, with a 23 inch waist, and far from a Kardashian style bottom), purely by genetics. No surgery. A couple of years ago I stumbled across some professional shots that were taken of her and could easily make out that the photographer had performed similar edits on her. It was shot in a bedroom and there was a bed behind her, with vertical lines on the quilt. The lines SHOULD have been straight, but made obvious curves around her obvious curves. it disgusted me that someone would do that. To her credit this actress now, on her Instagram, makes sure to post any and all edits that have been made to a picture.
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    you'll never believe what mila kunis wore!

    This just reinforces my belief that the most beautiful women always seem to have what some people would call an "imperfection" that makes them unique. Takes them out of the realm of the plastic.
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    you'll never believe what mila kunis wore!

    It can happen due to illness, as it did in Kunis's case, but some are born with it. Bilateral ("full") heterochromia, like she has, is pretty rare (like 1/2000). No idea about the more common version that we have. Odd thing is that my father has blue eyes, my mother has green eyes, and I'm their only child (of three) with heterochromia.
  15. Rob MacLennan

    you'll never believe what mila kunis wore!

    Could be, but I was putting that down to them using a not so sharp blade to cut them (like a press or the like). *EDIT* I didn't realize that Kunis has bilateral heterochromia (her left eye is brown and the right is green). I only noticed when I looked at the picture at 100% zoom. When I saw that, I did a quick search and confirmed it. I find it interesting because I have centre heterochromia (centres of both eyes are blue, while the surrounding iris is green).