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    A Wee Request

    ******************************************************** " Originally Posted by Allerion Hi Everyone, I'd just like to make a request for future posters (this pertains mainly to makers and wearers of maille armor). First, let me just say that I admire the fantastic craftsmanship and creativity of the people here, and love to see jewelry and armor in photos. Your work is just amazing, especially when worn with matching attire or in a nice setting. But one small thing can really drag down an otherwise artful photograph: Glasses. Please, people - if you are going to go through the trouble of making maille attire, wearing it with fantasy or historic costume, and even going to a matching location to have a photo taken, *leave your glasses with the photographer* You don't need them to pose for a photo, and you'll get them right back. I guarantee you will be happier with the picture, and so will all your viewers." *******************************************************88 if glasses are such a big deal and you are so worried about historical accuracy, then why my friend wouldn't you complain about the fact that most chainmail was not made from butted round wire, BUT actually made with riveted flat washer-like rings or punch outs? Answer that one. For someone like me who can't see well without glasses (most people with glasses I am assuming), walking around in persay a ren. faire setting without them wouldn't go over very well. Ive tried wearing contacts but they hurt my eyes too much. Posting pictures without glasses on is harmless enough and easy to do, Ill give you that... and you might look better too, but really.... it's not too big of a deal to most people here that want to appreciate art and craft alike.
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    Finished torso armor with brass large scales

    I'LL SAY!.. man.. I envy your ability. If only I knew more about leather working and had the tools to make spaulders like that... Aside from that. Looks awesome! Where do you get your rivets? How do you make em work? the old fashioned way? Do you make armor as a business?
  3. Below is a link to a facebook picture album of all the jewelry I have made so far (mostly chainmail and leather). http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2086783&id=219705988&l=18460b0f45 If you could tell me what you like or don't like I would appreciate the feedback. And I always love to try something new, so any neat idea's or suggestions of things you have seen before/done before would be Cool with me too. Thanks, ~Steve
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    All of my jewelry work so far. Critiques please?

    and actually... this helped more than anything. That tutorial is only good for the bottom part, and I didn't even use that bottom http://www.mailleartisans.org/articles/articledisplay.cgi?key=15605
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    All of my jewelry work so far. Critiques please?

    The tutorial for the heart is on M.A.I.L. at http://www.mailleartisans.org/articles/articledisplay.cgi?key=27704
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    Time wasters

    stumble upon .. google it and get the toolbar add on... whenever I'm bored I just hit the "stumble" button and my web browser whisks me away to an unknown and usually entertaining place.
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    what is the best weave

    this is what i did with two opals.. I don't know if the picture is good enough to tell what i did.. but i basically made a Euro four in one flat bracelet, then made it round by connecting the two opposite sides (folding it hot dog style, not hamburger.... or width-wise not length wise) and then where i wanted the gems, i left a spot open for them, i put the gems where i wanted them and i kind of added rings to the weave to surround it and then i added a bigger ring to "see through" to the gems, and i had to solder the rings holding it because it was semi-tight and the rings were weak, but as far as i know it holds the gems well even after a couple years. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=32431391&l=a1a4b837b3&id=219705988
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    Bracelet weaves

    with smaller rings try a wrapped (or double) 4 in 1 spiral weave.. where you take two 4 in 1 spirals and wrap them around eachother.. BUT, make sure you count the rings for each 4 in 1 spiral ahead of time to make sure you have the same amount of rings in each spiral, and THEN wrap them around eachother... otherwise you have to count After.. and that just sucks... the normal 4 in 1 spiral weave http://www.mailleartisans.org/articles/articledisplay.cgi?key=6197 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=33077558&l=16b9bd4e49&id=219705988 the wrap after you wrap them together.... http://www.mailleartisans.org/weaves/subcat.cgi?key=1006 closer up... http://www.mailleartisans.org/weaves/pics/1006spwrap.jpg the bracelet I made using it... http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=33085337&l=5af71a4421&id=219705988 oh and using mobius flowers (as I've heard them called) works pretty good too, like this.. its simple and looks quite nice for a simple weave. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=33085335&l=ffeafc8a6b&id=219705988 then there is full Persian 6 in 1 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=32864620&l=da7891937a&id=219705988 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=32864622&l=84d182c107&id=219705988 and then you can get into trapping gems in them, like opals... the chain is just 4 in 1 made round (I don't know the tech. name for it, but this bracelet is as many rings wide as it shows in the middle (where it is not connected together) minus one ring. I had to do some soldering and some Jerry-rigging to get the gems to stay in and to get the rings to hold the gems, but it worked out after some fudging around. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=32431391&l=a1a4b837b3&id=219705988 ~Steve
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    Scale questions

    Well, I'm no genius, but I would use Stainless Steel large scales and 14 gauge 5/16" ID(or a tiny tiny bit bigger than 5/16".. like 11/32" I.D.) stainless steel butted rings if you are really good at closing them tight (to reduce the probability that a scale will get caught.. also I think the larger gauge reduces that probability as well). If you intend to braze them or weld them somehow, go with butted 16 (or 18 gauge if you are really that concerned about weight) gauge 5/16" ID stainless steel rings. If you do weld them or braze them, dipping the rings in water (just a bit at a time, the same way you would heat treat something) while they are red hot or straw colored hot will harden them a little bit to a lot. This will offset the problem of annealing the metal. Just be sure to dry the scales and rings off after getting the rings (and likely the scales as well) wet, since the scales will rust if left wet even though they are stainless. stainless clad aluminum sounds good but im one for functionality. I like to know I can get hit with something realistically hard and not have my armor fall apart or get severely damaged... and since scales tend to be weak and thin as it is, I would stick with a harder material like stainless, but like I mentioned, that is just a personal preference.
  10. Got my stainless steel scales today I thought they would be shiny-er, thicker, and I thought there would be more of them. I got a few disks as well from the punch outs that didn't filter out. And they are quite greasy, I'm starting to think they are not a very good quality of stainless (because they will rust if left wet and it was necessary to put this film on them and in their bag), but I am glad they are at least creased and here. When they first came I thought maybe my order had gotten mixed up with regular mild steel scales. I think im gonna go over them with a polishing wheel to buff them up and make them look a little better. It should also be noted that I am quite picky and hard to please, so for people reading this, don't be too disheartened. I'll make sure to post pictures of my progress so people can see for themselves. ~Steve
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    Scale mail question

    I recently bought 1000 large stainless steel scales and I want to use butted links. The 'how to' section on this site says to use 16 gauge 5/16" ID rings, but I want to use 14 gauge rings. Can anyone tell me if this will work just as well if I sub the 16 gauge for 14 gauge 5/16" ID rings? Has anyone tried this before? I've tried using the rings I had lying around my room, just to play with scales for the first time(14 gauge 3/8" ID), but the rings were showing through on the front and they got messed up and the pattern didn't stay organized, so I know I need to use something closer to the suggested, but I still want to be able to use my 14 gauge wire. if anyone could drop a helpful hint and save me the work of figuring it out, I would appreciate it, otherwise I suppose I'll figure out in a few days.
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    Got my stainless steel scales today

    I was thinking about doing that, but It says the scales will rust if left exposed to water for awhile so I figure I would have to dry them individually anyways with a rag so I thought I would just do it dry from the start. I'm pretty happy about the way they look using just a rag.
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    Scale mail question

    Yeah normally I use a steel rod I found after breaking an old printer which was conveniently 3/8" in diameter, but for this stuff I didn't have anything, except the wooden dowel I used to use for making chainmail when I first started... I shaved it down with a knife ^_^ and its not even even, but it works for now. I know about the compression your talking about on the wooden dowel. Lol. it makes the wood look like a screw after awhile.
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    Fun picture

    Ok... So, I am on a given gallery page, lets say jewelry/armbands. I decide I want to add a picture of a cool bracelet I have made. I am logged in already. I go down to the bottom left. I click the little drop down menu and click, "add pictures" or something similar... and then I am brought to the upload screen. I browse where my pictures are, I make sure they are under 2 mb. I put in some caption. I click "add" or something similar or "upload" or whatever the button is that makes them add.. and then i am brought to a white blank screen... and at the bottom of the browser it says the webpage is done loading... I look up, the page is blank white. What went wrong? i cant download any pictures.. not even really small ones ... ****UPDATE**** NVM I got it to work (mostly, but one picture isnt showing up.. ****UPDATE again **** under jewelry/bracelets, I cant get my double 4 in 1 spiral bracelet picture to show up... i downloaded it once and it showed up but there was no picture.. i tried it again with a different name and saving the original picture differently, but it is the same story, no picture also, when i was really new to this gallery setup, i added a picture of a bracelet to the jewelry/earings subsection instead of the bracelets subsection, and then i downloaded the same picture to the bracelets subsection too. I dont know how to delete photos (or if its even possible, so I thought i would apologize here for it (Sorry ....).
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    I use a pair of aviation snips for my 14 gauge galvanized, but i had to grind one side (not the cutting sides) down so the "jaw" per say, would fit into coils smaller than 3/8".. It has been working ok for me and i can cut about 2-3 links at a time, but it sometimes leaves a sharp or ridged edge. I only use it because its all I have and I'm too poor to invest in anything else though. otherwise, I have used a diamond cut off wheel on a dremmel to make a line on a length of coil (not cutting through links all the way, but cutting part way) , and then taking a pliers to finagle the rings off by peeling them away. The rings break where the line was cut if the line was deep enough... it takes a surprizingly low amount of force to do that, but it takes a long time in the long run. Overall, I would suggest what the guys above said, a good pair of bolt cutters of some sort.
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    16-6 more bracelets and a cube

    nice aluminium spiral 4-1 bracelet. Have you ever wrapped two 4 in 1 spirals together(?) , it ends the unraveling problem normal spirals have. like... http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=33085337&l=5af71a4421&id=219705988 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=33084889&l=ecfa704eb5&id=219705988 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=33085086&l=32f3a9c2a7&id=219705988 or a different bigger more visible picture http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=33125122&l=8bfe693b00&id=219705988
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    Scale mail question

    Well i shaved down a wooden dowel and eventually i got something close to 5/16" internal diameter... and i had to grind down the end of my aviation snips too so the end would fit into the coil... but I've been playing around with that and it has been working out as far as i can tell. how does this look? http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=33479529&l=38aff59ead&id=219705988 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=33479528&l=9bcf67a80e&id=219705988 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=33479813&l=081b346348&id=219705988 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=33479817&l=a2d1f2e56f&id=219705988 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=33479818&l=e9bcee3cce&id=219705988
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    Arm band display ..

    Get a 7"- 7,1/2" diameter (common wrist measurements) steel pipe and beat it down a little on two sides to make it more wrist shaped.... might want to make it long enough to show off multiple bracelets. It might be beneficial to only put one support in the middle so its easier to slide the bracelets off... then again, maybe you want it hard to get them off.... ~Advice from a blacksmith lol
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    New guy, question on Stainless jewelry project

    I go here for when I'm feeling like i need to learn a new weave http://www.mailleartisans.org/weaves/ i would suggest half Persian 3 in 1, or maybe 4 in 1 box chain for kids... or just a simple European 4 in 1 . That is the first weave I think anyone should learn as a beginner and then build on it. I agree with the 18 gauge comment above. I would maybe go 20 gauge also.
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    Got my stainless steel scales today

    Me and My girl rubbed about 40 or so of the scales down and after putting them together I'm feeling better about buying them. They do look shiney-er now and the buffing wheel on my dremmel didn't make that much of a noticeable difference, so I'm just going to rub them all down with a rag.
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    The Phoenix- my first inlay

    Im wondering if the phoenix inlay has anything to do with the LARP group Amtgard. just curious. (btw, It looks nice!).
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    New User Thread

    So here is the proof. I'm here. not a spammer.