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  1. Eric

    Making armour from steel washers?

    If the connecting rings aren't welded or riveted, it won't be stab-resistant. Any ring you can twist open with pliers can just as easily be opened with a knife. Also, as a general rule, life safety equipment is horrible place to start a first time DIY project. Not trying to dissuade you from an enjoyable hobby--just want you to be 100% realistic.
  2. If you were to tackle a similar project again, what would you do differently?
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    Layering Scales

    Lar Large and small scales layered
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    Should I start over? Materials question

    My first shirt was galvanized steel. My advice for you: start over in stainless. Cutting and tumbling your own rings, you're probably going to sink over a hundred hours into this project. You should be happy with the end result. You care about the appearance, and galvanized steel isn't going to get you to your goal. This site has hundreds of products in stainless steel and only a handful of options in galvanized, presumably because that's what their customers want to buy. Don't look at the work you've done so far as a waste though. You've gotten experience; your cuts are cleaner; your rings are flatter; your closures are tighter. Your technique is better and you're leaving fewer tool marks. And, even better--you got that practice in on cheap steel.
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    Okay, steel does fight back - A new person.

    If you're worrying about your own closures, you would not be happy with the quality of the pre-made shirts at those prices. 14g 5/16" stainless is 3.7 lbs/sqft. Stop at your belt, or keep weaving until mid-thigh. Or wear a cup when you walk. Tips for weaving: if it hurts, stop for the day. You started a marathon of a project. It'll be done when it's done. Try Vetwrap on your pliers' handles (https://www.amazon.com/3M-Vetrap-Bandaging-Yards-Black/dp/B000FA201C)
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    Scale estimation

    Aluminum rings will be fine, and the saved weight will be more comfortable. Get a small bag of steel rings for maintenance, and if a ring pops open, replace it with a steel one. Are you making a harness or strapping to hold them up, or are you attaching them to a vest?
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    Scale estimation

    If you use Twitch, mckrakenworkshop just completed a pair of scale sleeves. If you catch one of her live streams, she can answer your questions while showing you the finished sleeves. Might be more fruitful than text answers. https://www.twitch.tv/mckrakenworkshop
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    Scale estimation

    (Bicep circumference in inches) * (Sleeve length in inches) * 2 * 1000 / 144 The numbers represent 2 sleeves, 1000 small scales/sqft, and 144 sqin/sqft. If you do large scales, use 300 instead of 1000 This is the maximum number of scales you'd need. Tapering the sleeves will cut that number down. If you are buying colored anodized aluminum scales, you may want to buy all the materials for the project at once. Future batches may not be manufactured exactly the same shade. What do you plan to do with these sleeves? Are you replicating a particular look or character? How much range of motion do you need (low: standing, posing; medium: eating, drinking, shopping; or high: fighting; stunts)
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    Update on my Jolly Roger

    Looks like about 10500 rings currently. Maybe 1500 more to go?
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    E4-1 elbows question.

    Which direction does the weave hang on your sleeves? Open or closed when your arm hangs at your side?
  11. Eric

    First Scalemail Shirt - Beginner Question

    If you want to add a contraction/expansion in the middle of a finished sheet, you will need to add or remove many scales. If your contraction takes a row from, say, 20 scales wide to 19 scales wide, then every row below that point will also be 19 scales wide. Doing that in the middle of a sheet requires removing one scale from every row below that point. For your first shirt, it's hard to know where to place contractions before you've built the shirt and tried it on to see where it puckers. Chicken and egg problem. Go through the gallery and inspect the scale shirts and look closely for the contractions. I remember using Lorenzo's and Paladin's images for references when I started doing scale work. See the attached photos. They may help show the behavior of expansions and contractions in different places. They will add a little definition, but I think something like this link combined with tailoring will be much more effective: https://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=130769 Scales are a little body conformal, but not nearly as much as maille. Tailoring really helps.
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    Chainmaille blanket advice?

    What size blanket do you want? What weight? With those two numbers we can give you ring sizes, material options, price, and estimated construction time.
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    First Scalemail Shirt - Beginner Question

    I build up from the bottom. It's significantly faster for me to add scales to the top of a sheet. The drawback is not being able to easily test fit the work. I also make panels of ~300 scales and connect them later. Is this your first shirt or your first scale shirt?
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    scalemail without rings?

    I've seen many people using yarn, e.g.:https://www.etsy.com/shop/Crystalsidyll (I don't know this vendor; that link was the first google result) EDIT: Some more from other vendors https://www.etsy.com/listing/465264257/mermaid-themed-sea-green-blue-and-silver https://www.etsy.com/listing/554746509/dice-bag-mirrored-yellow-scales-scale https://www.etsy.com/listing/549323615/custom-small-knitted-scalemail-gauntlets https://www.etsy.com/listing/495074166/knit-scale-mail-fingerless-gloves https://www.etsy.com/listing/151397543/pdf-instant-download-pattern-crochet (Crochet) https://www.etsy.com/listing/549190569/diamond-patterned-scale-dice-bags
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    Newbie need help :)

    If you are always going to wear the cape and will have someone to help you dress, a zipper could work. This is a piece I've been working on.