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Posts posted by R666Rider

  1. It's an interesting idea.  I think it may be a bit tricky if your looking to make some well balanced knives.  If your goal leans more towards aesthetic appeal, I believe it would indead look really nice.  There's one member here that makes pens and uses chainmail on the shaft of the pen.  He coats it all in resin and then uses a lathe to bring it down to size and polish.  His name is @PArmbrust on here and he might be able to give you some Ideas on doing it.

  2. Typically, I use one 16ga 5/16" ring on the bottom to create a round bottom using 16ga 1/4" rings.  I start with 8 rings on there and ad 8 rings every other row until I hit 40.  I continue at 40 until I hit the size of the bag I want.  below are the number of rings for each row (to include spacing between each extra ring added to creat the round bottom.

    row 1: 8

    row 2: 16 (add expanding ring to each ring in row 1)

    row 3: 16

    row 4: 24 (add expanding ring to every 2nd ring in row 3)

    row 5: 24

    row 6: 32 (add expanding ring to every 3rd ring in row 5)

    row 7: 32

    row 8: 40 (add expanding ring to every 4th ring in row 7)


    You could just add expanding rings to each row and get to 40 faster, but that will also cause the bottom to be more of a point rather than being able to sit flat.  

  3. Most of my smaller inlays I use 20ga 7/64", and stick with 16ga 1/4" when making dice bags.  although I can manage to get decent inlays done on my dice bags, I'm particularly fond of using the 20ga 7/64" for inlays.  Like with anything pixelated, smaller pixal means better quality image.  I find the Knipex Narrow Nose Watchmakers Pliers work best for me when using those little rings.

  4. On 1/24/2019 at 12:13 PM, Jeff said:

    I saw your round inlay of the Volante Design logo (you beat me to it). It was really good. 

    Honestly, didn't even notice where the V came from when I pulled it from google.  I was just looking for an easy and good looking V for one of my Marines to build a personalized coaster for him.  

  5. I use the heck out of IGP for my inlays, and it's been a huge life saver for getting them to look how I want them to.  I'll normally use paint to do the intial design for anything, and do any fine tuning with IGP.  Attached is an example of a completed inlay and a pattern that I've just recently ordered the rings to complete.

    HK Coaster.jpg

    MS3 Coaster.jpg

  6. Tandy has a lot of good videos on basic leatherworking, on Youtube. If you want try your hand at bow making then Youtube is also a good place to start for that. I've been making bows out of PVC pipe, to start with, with an eye to trying my hand at longbows and recurves in other materials later.


    Thanks for the info.  I'll be looking into it this weekend a lot more now.

  7. Pen & Paper RPGs, roller skating/blading, and I've been researching leatherworking and making bows in order to start getting into actually doing those as well.  After my recent move to NJ I've found I've got much more time away from my command to work on chainmail and a lot less demand for my dice bags compared to Okinawa, so I've been working more on making bracelets and larger inlays. 

  8. Well, I ride an R6 and have since about the middle of my 7 years in Miramar, CA.  While I was stationed there, I had a reputation of being a Satanist, and even though I wasn't I played the part of it anyway, and had planned on changing the candy red paint scheme of my R6 into something more fitting of my reputation and renaming it the R666.  Never bothered to save the money for the paint job, but took up the username in a few locations.  Haven't had a problem with using it yet.

  9. As a biker and active in my biker community.  I just pull out my weaving bag whenever I feel like doing some work.  Some folks appreciate the art, some don't.  I am really new to the art, but already made sales that way. 

    Never really thought to bring my work with me on my bike for when I stop somewhere, but now I'll probably start doing it with my smaller items.  I brought some stuff with me on my flight from Okinawa, JP back to the US, with my wife laughing about it at first.  Well, I didn't get bored, sold a bracelet on the plane, and kept the kids entertained by letting them watch.

  10. Alright, awesome.  I had been using IGP for the last couple months, and though it works nicely for what I need, I usually edit the image in Paint first anyway, mostly to bring it down to 2-4 colors instead of 20-50.  I'll have to try out Incudo and get a feel for which I want to keep running with.  Thank you for the info though.  incudo will come in real handy when I switch away from windows again.

  11. I agree, I'm interested as well.  Although, for the next 6-8 months my working with my chainmail is coming to a crashing halt until I've moved back to the states and once again have all my supplies.


    Congratulations on the soon to be newborn!  Having minions is great, and makes sorting mixed bags of rings easier (although this happens much further down the road).

  12. Most people I've talked to about my making chainmail have thought it was pretty cool and wanted to see my work.  In many cases, they have wanted to purchase something I've made already or have something in mind they would like me to make.  When I get called nerdy it's normally due to playing table top RPGs.  Maybe I just surround myself with the right people?