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  1. Femailler

    Tronex pliers feedback - a bit disappointed in quality

    Do we have anybody who has been using these for heavier gauge (12g - 18g, or so) sterling, who has had any issues? I'm not personally interested in weaving tens of thousands of rings with these, but I love my flat nose long handled tronex pliers for my jewelry work, and a heftier pair for the heftier gauges would be fantastic. It sounds like y'all are thinking about discontinuing them? How about just rebranding them for hefty jewelry work? It sounds like the people with the issues are putting them through way more strain than I would, or people like me. Thanks for your time!
  2. Femailler

    Chainmaille Dress at Austin Fashion Week

    Thank you! Yeah I am really pleased with what my team did for the photo. My first time being the fashion designer in a photo shoot, it was pretty cool. I have some ideas of what I'll do next - I don't think it will be Jackie-Marylin, so go for it. I'd love to see what you come up with!
  3. Femailler

    Chainmaille Dress at Austin Fashion Week

    Yeah, it would be pretty cool in black. White & silver was really drawing to me, plus white is in right now, so it was a win-win. I'm going to basically test chainmaille "textiles" and see what I like, and then probably build a design around that for my next piece. That's a major way that I usually design with my jewelry. I'm also intrigued by the idea of dyeing the plastic rings, both the clear and white ones. Might have to take advantage of that..
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    Chainmaille Dress at Austin Fashion Week

    Thank you! I think my team did a really great job. And yes, I'm very proud of the dress. I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do for next year..
  5. I annealed my rings today, per your instructions. It worked perfectly, the rings no longer want to go back to their original round shape when opened. I'm pretty excited about that. I haven't used the cement on them yet, will likely do that after Austin Fashion Week is over. Thanks so much for the help!
  6. Oh very cool, I didn't think to anneal them - granted, plastic isn't a normal media for me. Will that work on rings that already show the stress lines, or is it too late by then? I will definitely do that to the new top that I made for the dress. That means it might be sellable! If I glue the rings shut. To answer your previous question, I think the only hand lotion I used was Aveeno's Eczema Therapy moisturizing cream. I doubt much got on the rings, but I wouldn't swear to that.. I'll post if I have anymore issues or observations. What's the best dry-clear cement to use on them? For looks as well as function. Thanks much for the help!
  7. Femailler

    Chainmaille Dress at Austin Fashion Week

    Just started the thread on my experience with the clear plastic rings, here: http://www.theringlord.org/forum/index.php?/topic/11716-my-experience-using-the-clear-engineered-plastic-rings/
  8. This is my overall experience from using the clear plastic rings for this project: http://www.theringlord.org/forum/index.php?/topic/11713-chainmaille-dress-at-austin-fashion-week/ This was my first time using these rings. As you can see, I used mostly large rings, but I did use some small rings as well (in the armpit and at the back neckline). The weight of the metal part of the dress is roughly 8lbs, and it's pretty evenly distributed amongst the plastic rings. The dress isn't belted or synched at the waist at all though, so all of the weight is on the shoulders. The problem I had with the plastic rings was durability. They started to break after a few short test wears, and only leaving the dress on the dress form for a few hours (with stress on the shoulders). If the opening on the ring is at 12 o'clock on a clock face, the rings always broke between about 5:30 and 6:30, right at the opposite end of the closure. Before breaking, the rings would show little white lines of stress running through them from about 5 o'clock to 7 o'clock. I probably had to replace about 10 rings before and during the photoshoot. I've since reordered rings and replaced the entire plastic part for the runway show coming up, so as to avoid anything breaking on the runway. I believe the thing that makes these rings break is the way that they are not round when they're closed, they're oval. Just being closed puts stress on that 6 o'clock part of the ring. I never had a ring break at the closure (I did have a few pop open a couple of times, but the closure mechanism never broke). The bubbles in the rings were also of no concern, as far as I could tell. I didn't leave the plastic in the sun - the rings saw very little sunlight. I did open and close many of the rings multiple times during the design process, so that might have added to the stress. I imagine that if the entire dress was made out of the lightweight plastic, I wouldn't've had any breakage issues in this short time. I think it was the stress of the oval ring combined with the stress of the 8lbs. However, I think if I made a sheet of this stuff and hung it on my wall for 5 years, the oval stress would get to it eventually and rings would start snapping in half. I'm assuming the effect would be worse if the plastic were exposed to sunlight. Let me know if y'all want pictures for anything in particular. Or if you have any questions.. fire away! Thanks much! -Deborah
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    Chainmaille Dress at Austin Fashion Week

    For sure, hopefully I can start that new thread tomorrow. I want to do it when I have time to go through specifics of what happened. Well basically. I mean, I bought the basic white platform pumps and then added the chainmaille (which I wove, of course!) to it. Took me about two afternoons. A few other designers in Austin make their own shoes, so once that occurred to me, the design came to me pretty quick. I'm very pleased with them. Thank you for your vote, and the kind words! I passed them along to my team - they really did a fantastic job!
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    Chainmaille Dress at Austin Fashion Week

    Thanks Erik! The only public appearance that the dress will be making is at the AFW Awards Show, tickets are $60: http://fashionweekaustin.com/tickets/individualtickets/ After that, unfortunately, the dress is going to be remade. The plastic rings were not as durable as I had hoped they would be, and I've already had to replace them once. I might just redo the top in metal, or I might remake the entire thing, not sure yet. However, the shoes! Those were such a last minute thing, I only made them because our team could not find any shoes that we liked. But, I have received such a fantastic response to them, that I'm planning on making more and carrying them in my Etsy store.
  11. Howdy folks, My name is Deborah Wilson Taylor, my business name is Femailler ( http://www.femailler.com , http://femailler.etsy.com ), and I'm the designer/maker of this chainmaille dress: This dress has been entered into Austin Fashion Week's Mash-Up Teams, and will walk down the AFW Awards Show runway on May 11th. I used TRL's new large and small clear plastic rings for the top part of the dress, and bright aluminum rings for the rest. Also bright aluminum on the shoes. I will open another thread on here, when I have time, to talk about my experience working with those new rings. They photographed beautifully, that's for sure. Anyway, there's a public voting process taking place between now and May 1st, for people to vote for their favorite AFW Mash-Up Team. You can see all teams here: http://fashionweekaustin.com/mash-up-teams/ My team, which includes hair, makeup, model, photographer, and designer (myself) can be found here: http://fashionweekaustin.com/mash-up/team-chill/ If you'd like to support myself, my team, or chainmaille in fashion in general, I'd encourage you to vote at the link above. There's no email sign up (ie, no spam), or any nonsense like that. You can also vote for multiple teams, but you can only vote once for each team. I know we've got some smart techies on here, but please don't try to cheat that system, any type of tampering with the system could potentially get our team in some deep crap. I'm open to any questions y'all might have about the dress or anything, I know I don't keep up with these forums like I probably should, but I'm going to keep this thread open and try to reply as frequently as I can. Also feel free to contact me through facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/deborahwilsontaylor , http://www.facebook.com/femailler ), I'm pretty active on there. Thanks so much! I look forward to hearing the response to this dress from the chainmaille community. -Deborah TLDR: Vote for me, I <3 you long time. http://fashionweekaustin.com/mash-up/team-chill/