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Rob MacLennan

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  1. Rob MacLennan

    How to get the cleanest chainmail

    I try to go easy on the pressure, when using toothed pliers. Just enough to get the job done. I've also been experimenting with toothless parallel action pliers; kind to rings, not so kind to hands.
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    Cutting smooth small rings.

    You need a rig that will hold the coil in place while cutting and that will let you cut the whole coil in one go. You could either build something (I did), or use a commercial solution like a Koil Kutter.
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    18 gauge 3/16

    Come to think of it there looks to be an off-centre deformation in that ring, in the bottom left.
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    18 gauge 3/16

    Very strange. Can't say that I've ever had that problem. See if you can make out what I'm doing in this brief video and compare to what you're doing.
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    18 gauge 3/16

    Could you post a picture for clarification?
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    Armor grade leather??

    Sink cut-outs, edge cuts, corner cuts.... Whatever you can get cheap Counter makers start out with standard size slabs and cut to suit, so there can be a fair bit of waste cuts.
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    Armor grade leather??

    My first replica sword purchase was a cheap broadsword, with all the balance of a crowbar. I've since learnt
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    Armor grade leather??

    I've got a Rawlings nylon waster longsword and it would give a good crack on the skull to an intruder, but a bat or bokken would do a better job.
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    Armor grade leather??

    I bought a "tooling side" some time back in the late '80s/early '90s to make a quiver with. Finally used some of the last bits last year, to make a pair of bracers for a friend. It was a bit on the tough side, but still workable. I did end up destroying a cheap four-prong punch on it though. *EDIT* I think that I do still have enough of it to sole a couple of boots though, which is the plan.
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    Armor grade leather??

    @Paladin An excellent point about cost. Though I only do the rare leather piece I've been diligently watching the sales at Tandy in order to stock up, and minimize my long term costs. If I take care of it, I think that I've got enough leather of various types for at least the next 5 years, possibly more, based on my limited use.
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    Armor grade leather??

    A marble or quartz slab for tooling can be had as an off-cut from a counter making contractor, for not a lot of money. It's garbage otherwise.
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    How to handle seams

    The only seams that I could potentially see in a scale vest would be if you were to do a scale approximation of a Bladeturner chain shirt, with 45 degree seams at the shoulders, but that would be a needless complication. In the above-pictured version you could run scales horizontally along the rings used to join front to back, in order to camouflage the seam.
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    Scalemail Edge Stabilization

    I don't know a useful way of stabilizing a horizontal line of scales, short of running a taut string or wire through them. Generally speaking I use triangular bottomed arm and neck holes so that the weight of the scales makes them hang properly, rather than sagging like that.
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    Rubber rings melted

    Skin lotion perhaps?
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    Beginniner Project - Questions

    Like this:
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    Plasti Dip would do the job, though you'd be better off buying pliers with replaceable rubber or plastic jaw covers. TRL has pliers with nylon covered jaws, and also sells replacement covers. I generally do OK with toothless jawed pliers. I just don't reef the hell out of the rings. https://plastidip.com/
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    How to maintain and take care of Scale Maile?

    Spray it on a cloth, then wipe them down with the cloth. No excess. No overspray.
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    How to maintain and take care of Scale Maile?

    Try a little WD-40 or furniture polish on a single scale, as a test. Either should brighten them up a bit, after routine wear.
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    tapestry project

    That is absolutely beautiful.
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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.