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  1. Robolewa

    Scale armor noob, ring size question

    Ok, a further update (for those interested). I have included all my tools, and a picture of the various steps my capscales have gone through. Included in the picture are (clockwise from the top): Ball-peen hammer; pliers; hole punch; sanding prism (I'd say block, but its a parallelogram base); vice. Center is the caps from unfolded, to folded, to flattened, to sanded, to punched. If you're wondering why the heck I got a vice, it has a little block on it of solid metal, and I'm using that as my "anvil" so I don't hammer through my desk/floor/walls/etc. After sanding them, I realized they look pretty cool, and I may refrain from painting them. I'm not sure yet. I most likely WILL still apply a primer, since it could use a protective layer after scraping off the paint already in place, but I don't know if I will go for the cobalt-blue paint I was going to use. (For anyone who knows the brand, and can tell me NO YOU FOOL or GOOD IDEA, its "RUST-OLEUM")
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    Scale armor noob, ring size question

    Alright, so I haven't died or abandoned the project, but I had to wait a couple weeks before I could get order the punch. It should be in the mail soon. In the meantime, here's a picture of a sample set of scales I made, partially to teach myself how to do the weave. Note that those wires are dinky little 18g aluminum that I can bend with my own hand, so they're to model at BEST. I'll probably have more once I get a few more things... I'm thinking I need a ball-peen hammer to flatten them out, first and foremost.
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    Scale armor noob, ring size question

    Thanks for all the helpful comments. I was hoping to find something like a punch, but I couldn't remember what they were called to look for them. I hadn't considered scratches from that - I'll have to find out what, if anything, I can do about paint. I don't know if this is particularly "scratch-resistant" or bend resistant, so once I can do so I'll test it out and check.
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    Scale armor noob, ring size question

    I'd been considering a drill, but I'm not entirely certain it would hold up to that level of abuse. I've done a thing or two in machine shops, and know plenty well that a drill is just a harder rock to "cut" your softer rock. I'm open to trying it all the same, and I may be able to borrow a drill and just get my own bits. Aluminum not holding up is actually the entire reason I asked this question - 16g simply is too bendy, and I know it; I have 18g aluminum wire that I was thinking of using, but ended up helping more as a guide for how to scales in the first place, since I can bend it with barely any effort. I figured it would take at least a few gauges lower before it was sturdy enough. Should I get a different set of pliers for bending steel? As for an issue with split/etc rings, I plan to paint with blue metal finish on top of primer (after sanding and washing), but I think that it wouldn't matter too much if they scratch the paint since they would hypothetically be scratching it where I can't see it, right? In any case, I'm glad I asked BEFORE I made a terrible (and expensive) mistake!
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    Scale armor noob, ring size question

    I feel kinda silly for this, but I hadn't even thought of the fact that the rings will be mostly hidden - that means 16ga could actually work (anodized didn't come in the 16ga + 7/16" ID). As for why I wanted blue, that is to match the color the scales will be. I suppose I could still get some for decoration on the edges, if I find I can get away with it. Thank you very much for the help. One other thing just occurred to me, which could bite me in the backside if I don't ask: I am making the holes in the scales via a small (maybe 1/8" diam) nail and then applying pliers until they fit around a 3/8" bolt. Its rather obvious to me that I should change tactics if I want to actually create holes that are even halfway sturdy. I do not mind (riveting isn't the right word, but I don't know if "grommets" would be applicable either) fixing the ones I have in some way that takes extra effort per scale, but if I want to make something as "lofty" (read: so many scales) as I plan to, I probably need something better for punching holes in the first place. Beyond a drill press, would simply getting a "bigger" nail be fine in this instance? Or is there a better technique I should be doing? Incidentally, the "scales" are bottle caps I had been collecting for some time, and finally decided to do something with. If this actually sounds interesting I don't mind posting pics/etc as I actually work on it.
  6. I am planning to make scale armor, and I have scales, but need to figure out what size (or apparently, sizes) of ring I want. I know I want an inner diameter of 3/8" or 7/16" almost certainly, and I plan to get blue anod aluminum, with two rings per scale. My issue is on the gauge, which I believe should be 12 or 14, but I do not know how to decide. My scales are made of aluminum that I will be painting when the weather is warmer. (Any questions/clarifications/comments/concerns are welcome in addition to simply answering my original question.) Further details: I am making the scales myself, and they are not all uniform size. The "ideal" size is about 1 1/8" tall, 1 1/16" wide at the widest point (widest about a fifth of the way down, then tapers to a flat edge ~2/5" across at the bottom), and has a 3/8" hole near the top. (They look sort of like a kite if you folded the sharpest point over.) The rings will need to go around 3/8" (or so) of scale from hole to edge. I cannot get pictures up right now, but if they are needed to understand/help, I can get them up later today. edit: Almost forgot to say: I am planning on making a hauberk/shirt piece, and I have little experience with rings/scales. I HAVE sewn before, so that should help at least a little.