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  1. knuut

    Other types of armor

    Replacement lint trap for the clothes dryer. Wedding rings. Bondage bracelets.
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    Seeing what works for others

    You have a fair query though, that deserves a response ... not so much a heading as a 'way'... three rules that I lived by until I turned 68 and started collecting on the Social Security I had been paying into for fifty plus years. Rule #1: Keep your day job. Rule #2: When in doubt, see Rule #1. Rule #3: There are no other Rules that matter.
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    Seeing what works for others

    Sorry to disappoint but I run an essentially modern shop. I build all my 'apprentices'. They have credit card sized micro computers for brains and eat 220V AC (except for a baby [prototype] welder that eats 84V solar). They do all the gruntiest of the grunt work and I eliminate a good bit more through careful process planing. What little remains, I farm out to a small company my wife's family and I set up in Viet Nam that is staffed entirely by her adult nieces who are stuck at home with young children.
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    Question for Welding Mail

    At your nearest Smith's or Victor dealer or https://www.weldingsuppliesfromioc.com/brand/victor https://store.cyberweld.com/smithequipment.html https://www.amazon.com/Smith-Little-Torch-Soldering-Welding/dp/B000T43L30 https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=Smith+Little+Torch&_in_kw=1&_ex_kw=&_sacat=0&_udlo=&_udhi=&_ftrt=901&_ftrv=1&_sabdlo=&_sabdhi=&_samilow=&_samihi=&_sadis=15&_stpos=85068-9216&_sargn=-1%26saslc%3D1&_salic=1&_sop=12&_dmd=1&_ipg=200&_fosrp=1
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    Question for Welding Mail

    If you only want a few pieces and don't want to go to all the trouble of building your own welder, you might want to try an oxy-acetylene micro torch. The people on this forum don't much like them because they are ''old fashioned" and "low-tech" (and because they require a certain amount of real skill to operate) but the Smith's and Victor versions do an excellent job without modification and, with a good setup, are at least as fast as tig. I did my first three welded shirts that way and still consider it the best way to weld aluminum or sili-bronze.
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    Matte vs. Shiny Titanium

    Tumbling does work on assembled mail if the AR is 7 or larger but it is days slow and the result is shiny gray instead of matt gray. The only way back to factory bright is likely vacuum melting and re-drawing the wire .
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    TSA has NO sense of humor when it comes to micromail. I tried a welded titanium micromail shirt in my checked luggage about 15 years ago and got yanked from the flight, missed over a thousand dollars in connecting flights, had the shirt confiscated, and informed that interfering with a federal officer in the performance if his duties was a felony with jail time. They were being pompous asses but I was never able to get the shirt back or any re-reimbursement for the missed flights.
  8. knuut

    Want your opinions

    Nope, and I have no idea who it might be. I haven't been active on the Archive for many years but when I was it was as 'knuut'
  9. knuut

    Want your opinions

    Only a thousand?
  10. knuut

    Which metals hold weight the best?

    Silver is fine but learn to hard solder the links shut. it's what jewlers have been doing for thousands of years.
  11. knuut

    Newbie ?: Curved seams

    Never gone. You type faster than I do and mostly say the same things I would say so I lurk and let you talk.
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    Newbie ?: Curved seams

    You can't. You can only approximate. Chainmail is a low-res pixelated environment like the early versions of Mario that ran on a regular tube TV. Curves render as a series of right angle steps which from a distance look smooth. You can expand or contract along the two major axes but those changes are incremental. Creating the illusion of a smooth curve is art and practice
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    Newbie ?: Curved seams

    I have found that crocheting is an even better model for mailing. The armpit process that I have been using for the last 20 odd years came from one of my mother's crocheting books and two of my three favorite coif patterns were ice skating masks that my grandmother made for me when I was a child.
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    Vinegar, Copper, and Coated Crystals

    try concentrated ammonia. it's an alkali, does a fair job on copper oxide and leaves most other metals alone. It will also clean silver tarnish but you have to be careful to flush the waste solution before it has a chance to dry. Of the possible end products, silver azide is probably the most stable. It has sometimes been used in blasting caps and primers in places where mercury fulminate or lead azide were deemed too toxic.
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    A question for those who weld their mail

    Trying to manipulate the whole piece to get one link correctly positioned for a weld is slow and tiring. Doing it 10,000 plus times would be insane. work in smaller sections whenever possible.