Rob MacLennan

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  1. I've seen similar on Etsy. Try searching there for "jewelry bar spacer."
  2. With 3/16", 16 gauge scales if you are making a sheet of scales, you would end up with a virtually vertical stack instead of a sheet. I'm with TitaniumMithril; use stronger material, rather than thicker material.
  3. "Stabilizing" the edge with full 4-in-1 will help somewhat, as in this picture.
  4. There's also the rare one that targets an appropriate forum. I'm generally deleting 6-8 spam posts every morning, before work. If I could get access to a word filter, I could probably block 90% of those from ever being posted.
  5. There are dozens of good ones (, ENWorld, Giants in the Playground...) but you might want to start more locally. If you're on Facebook do a search for nerd related content and see about joining those pages. My tactic would be to monitor and comment occasionally, when I had something appropriate to say, put my work up as my profile pic, and then wait and see if someone comments. It's worked for me
  6. You could always try some of the RPG forums. Ask mods first, to make sure that you don't get tossed as spam.
  7. Looks like basic European 4-in-1, using a decreasing ring size from outside to inside, in order to create a curve.
  8. I haven't seen any other options for pre-made ring welders and I did look for them, when someone else asked the same question. There are some tutorials about making your own that can be found fairly easily, if you're handy with electronics. I did find some Asian made dental welders with cases that looked remarkably like the TRL ring welder, but obviously the welding contacts were much different.
  9. Agree on that point. Unless the LARP organization specifically requires steel, you'd be far better off with anodized aluminum. With butted rings there is inevitably going to be regular maintenance needed, but putting the shirt on a diet would minimize that. Unfortunately TRL recently mentioned that the welder was out of stock and there would not be more made, so that's out.
  10. Probably spam. There's been rather a lot of it lately. I'm killing at least 6 spam posts every morning, before going to work.
  11. Yeah, I've seen reviews of some of those $100.00 butted steel rings shirts. A couple were unboxing videos and, straight out of the box, there were loose rings rattling around in the packaging.
  12. Having the 'stretch' be horizontal is the norm for European 4-in-1. It allows the chain to better follow the contours of the body and the mail is more dense when hung this way, therefore, it's more protective. If the mail is hung the other way then the links tend to hang fully open. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't also tailor it to fit when it's "hanging closed." My shirt is loosely based on the "A2" pattern, which can easily be found with a Google search. It involves expansions across the shoulder blades, to allow proper forward reach, and contractions at the waist, to avoid bagging. I'll be adding another 10" or so to the length.
  13. I agree with mightydog. Working in patches tends to give more of a feeling of accomplishment. That's how I'm going with this project:
  14. Looks good
  15. That's more gap than should be. It's likely in your closing technique. Watch the attached video and look at how I turn the ring past closed, then back again until I can 'wiggle' the ends into alignment. This is aluminum but I use the same technique with both stainless and high carbon steel rings.