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About MarkyDaSod

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  • Birthday 12/17/1966

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  • Location
    Alexandria, VA
  • Interests
    Motorcycles, Home Brewing, Creating something from nothing
  • Occupation
    Warehouse Management
  • The year you started making chainmail
  1. MarkyDaSod

    E4-1 and comission questions

    I got $350 for a one-piece I did a few years ago for a friend and neighbor (R.I.P. JB99). But, I did the rider portion of the seat in square wire dragon scale. The pillon I did in HP3/1S6. Only pic I could find (while still under construction) is attached. It'd really depend on what kind of bike you'd be making this for. A sport bike has a tiny seat compared with a cruiser. And if it's a cruiser, does it have dual seats or a one-piece? If you're just doing a simple E4/1 sheet, and only covering the 'seen' part of the seat, that's easy and quick (how fast can you make 2.5 to 3 square feet of E4/1). If you were to recreate the seams in the original seat pattern by changing the bias, you can add more $$. Wrap the maille under the seat, (lot more concerns) add more $$. If the bike is already highly customized, you could probably get more. A few things I learned from making a seat cover; This will be out in the elements. And it will under some odd stresses. So, for it's strength, weather resistance and being as close to chrome as is easily available, stainless is the way to go (you didn't mention what material you were using). Run your rows across the seat, so the rider has some grip. No guy wants a painful slide up into his tank while under heavy breaking. Sitting in the sun during the summer, the maille is going to hot. Really hot. Surface of the Sun, hot. Advise your customer to carry a spray bottle full of water to cool it down before throwing a leg over (you can hear the water 'hiss' as it steams off the maille). Maille is hell on the seat material underneath. If he's got a leather seat, the leather will be reasonably tough. But, the die, any conditioner and water proofing will wear. If the seat is vinyl, the material will wear pretty quickly (vinyl seat coverings seem to be fairly thin). The one I did I used a heavy pleather between the maille and original seat (another seat cover, if you will) and set grommets in the pleather to attach it to the maille under the seat. A more finished, professional look is fitting the maille til you get under the seat. If you've got a firm seat, like a Corbin, you can pattern the maille so it only goes to to the tins. But when the foam is compressed on a soft seat, the maille will roll back from the tank a little bit and it will droop a little on the sides. The downside of continuing the maille under the is, there WILL be contact between the maille and the painted tins - which means paint will get scratched. How the bike is put together will determine how you account for this. Maybe tool dip on the maille? Maybe some leather? Something else? The bike will guide you to the answer you need.
  2. MarkyDaSod

    The 'nerd' factor

    At it's root, it's chainmail. It's what you do with it that makes it special (whether you call it art, or jewelry, or armor, or ...). However, it's no more 'nerdy' than someone that knits sweaters, or restores vintage cars. It's not as popular a hobby (and less so a profession) as some others, but it's not any less 'normal'. Being put out because someone says you're a nerd seems a little overly sensitive to me. As does being affected by dismissive people. This amounts to allowing others to have power over you. Their reactions your work are not, necessarily, ill-willed, or personal in nature. Rather, these people are only living in their own world - their interests, views, (pre)judgements and the labels they use just help ease navigation through their lives. Some people will be enthralled by your work. Some will gain an appreciation with a little teaching/ information. Some will only see a necklace, no matter how hard you try to explain what it is that you've done. They'll all buy. Not for your reasons, but for their own.
  3. MarkyDaSod

    When I was younger...

    I've still got a working Atari 800XL, with floppy, joystick and animation station.
  4. MarkyDaSod

    When I was younger...

    Pick-up games of baseball/ street hockey (shudder the thought of playing outside, nowadays). Never knowing where dinner was going to be eaten, or with who (friend's house, my house, 'nother friend's house). Earning my own money at 13 - paperboy. Pool hopping. TRS-80's, TI-99's and Commodore 64's.
  5. MarkyDaSod

    Girlfriend wants chainmail bikini set

    This is taking you in a different direction, as it's a little more dense than you had indicated, but... A couple years ago I did a bikini in HP3-1 (16ga 5/16 aluminum and glow-in-the- dark rubber) that turned out pretty O.K. Customer liked it and had said it was nice and comfortable. *Top and bottom are the same color - just a bad pic of the top*
  6. MarkyDaSod

    Good News/Bad News

    Pretty good neighbor, there... Are you sure you couldn't do more of the work yourself to knock the costs down anymore? $800 (shop price) doesn't seem like it'd be too hard of repair that you couldn't tackle it yourself (time and tools being the big factors against).
  7. MarkyDaSod

    Armor inspiration everywhere

    Remove the color from the edges of AA scales, maybe?
  8. MarkyDaSod

    other hobbies

    Just back from a 1,400 mile (+/-) motorcycle tour to Buffalo, NY and Toronto, Ontario. This puts me at close to 9,000 miles logged on two wheels for this year, so far. Don't know if this qualifies as a hobbie, or a passion, or an obsession, or...
  9. MarkyDaSod

    Favorite genre and movie

    "We're more of the love, blood and rhetoric school. Well, we can do you blood and love without the rhetoric, and we can do you blood and rhetoric without the love, and we can do you all three concurrent or consecutive. But we can't give you love and rhetoric without the blood. Blood is compulsory. They're all blood, you see."
  10. MarkyDaSod

    just blah...

    Spent the weekend on the boat & went to see the cherry blossoms in DC. Discovered I'm getting a tax REFUND this year. Rode the motorcycle to and from work. Found some affordable ammo. Booked a beach house for August, with some friends. And got an invite to visit friends in England for Christmas. Life is good.
  11. MarkyDaSod

    welded rings at TRL

    Grommets, perhaps? Or a simple 2 in 1 chain. Fabric sandwiched between the two rings, the one ring going through the fabric, as well as, the two rings... (if that makes any sense).
  12. MarkyDaSod

    NEW Cyborg Shipping!

    Vamps, working in an RF environment, with the right software is such a joy. In the last twelve years, I've only had one inventory that wasn't 100% (99.87%). And that was due to human error - one of my guys received a part, but didn't put it away. If there was someone in his ear, that probably wouldn't have happened. I'd love to be able to go to a pick-to-voice setup. It's so tiny compared to the big, bulky Symbol barcode readers we use - and it talks to you. Just listen, scan bin, scan part, move on. No need for my small parts pickers or forklift guys to stop to read that litte green screen. Tie in a comms sytems, and I wouldn't have to chase down the guy I need to talk to. Oh, to dream...
  13. MarkyDaSod

    NEW Cyborg Shipping!

    Pretty cool. I've never used a pick-to-voice setup before... Is it exclusively a pick system, or can it also be used for receiving, put-away, and/or product movement through you operation?
  14. MarkyDaSod

    would you be mad if..

    Unsolicited advertising is going to happen, whether you want it to, or not. If not as an neener-web referral, word of mouth. If you get inundated with commission requests, and can handle all of them, awesome. If you can't, you don't have to say, "No", and just leave it at that. I've seen, many, many times, folks on here asking for help on projects, or looking to pass on commissions on to others. If you were to follow similar practices, I can't see how your reputation would suffer... "Apologies, I'm not taking on commissions right now, due to a 2 month backlog. I can refer you to another mailler, whose work is outstanding, if you don't wish to wait.". You are helping the customer get the desired product in a timely manner. How does this hurt your reputation? You may lose that customer, and their future referrals to the mailler you suggested, but if you're a hobbyist, it really doesn't affect you to lose a few commissions. The whole point is, we make a product. A time consuming, beautiful piece of wearable art. No matter how much we like, or love, making maille, it's still a product - to be sold. To attach your feelings to this product, especially after you've sold it, doesn't make sense. And having selective feelings (it's fine if the customer destroys my work in battle, but it's insulting if he sells my work), makes even less sense. Set your prices, accept the commissions you can handle, pass the rest on to the good folks here on the forum, enjoy/ be proud of what you do, and move on.
  15. MarkyDaSod

    would you be mad if..

    You made a deal. 'X' amount of money for a product. You were happy enough with the deal to make it, the buyer was happy enough with the deal to accept it. Now the deal's been done, the product is the property of the buyer, to do with as he/ she sees fit. If they can turn around and sell it for more than you charged them, great for them. And you've just found a new price point for your work.