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    I keep it pretty simple. Large freezer bags for each type of metal, with smaller bags to sub-divide by gauge, size, and colour. The lot go in a plastic storage tub. For larger numbers of rings, as in the ones I use for armour, they go into large coffee cans that are labelled for size, gauge, and material.
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    What's in a name?

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    Making armour from steel washers?

    And you only have to break one strand.
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    Making armour from steel washers?

    It's been a long time since I did any materials science stuff but my gut tells me that a welded 1/4", 18 gauge stainless shirt would be more stab resistant than a butted 1/4", 16 gauge stainless shirt. not by much though. The 18 gauge piece would be infinitely more wearable, too.
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    Saw Blades vs Stainless Steel

    I would say that rather than being more aggressive, with a jeweler's saw blade, you need to go more slowly. It all depends on what you're using the jeweler's blade with. If you're using something like a Dremel Tool, that's high RPM, then you're going to burn through saw blades incredibly quickly. You want something that's high torque and low rpm, with a slow coil feed rate to take off a tiny bit at a time. You also want a lubrication system. Even then stainless is going to be far tougher on blades than the other metals that you've mentioned. Sometimes it's simply not cost effective to saw cut your own stainless. While I use a home made rig to cut aluminum, brass, and bronze, I buy my saw cut stainless rings.
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    Anodized Aluminum

    Sorry, misread the sizes.
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    Getting back into it, a few questions about scales.

    Got it! Thanks
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    Getting back into it, a few questions about scales.

    So top connected to bottom, slots to the left closed off straight, and right side connected to the arm slot in the torso?
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    Getting back into it, a few questions about scales.

    I got lucky. I managed most of that just by giving up diet soda and going back to the real thing. Not sure that I believe all of that "starvation mode" crap, but that worked for me.
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    First successful 3d byz render

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    Getting back into it, a few questions about scales.

    One of the things that I have coming up is a rebuild of a scale shirt I made using aluminum rings, that I plan on replacing with carbon or stainless. It needs a reprofiling (I'm both better now and have lost 40 pounds), so I'd be really interested in seeing that shoulder design when you've got time.
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    Welded Stainless Steel Shirt

    Welded stainless shirt, made using my TRL resistance welder. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
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    Choosing the right jump ring for jewelry making

    Depends upon the permissible sizes and gauges for a given weave, how stiff or loose you want the weave to be, overall finished size, and the look you're going for.
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    Getting started on a dice bag questions

    And yes, you could alternatively use something like 5 triangular sections, with 45 degree joins, to make the bottom of the bag. I frequently use this method to make the top of coifs.