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About calyx

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  • Birthday 01/01/1976

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    Melbourne, VIC
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    natural dyeing, motorbikes, wildcrafting, coding, urban cycling, travel, recycling & repurposing, bush bashing, camping, anthropology, small business, social justice, patternmaking & sewing, roadtrips, autonomous organising, felting, metalworking, photography, bdsm, mythology, being less awkward, being less sick.
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  1. calyx

    Titanium - Anodized and Plain

    Ah well, thanks Jodey, that's understandable! They were more of a niche product before and it's amazing how TRL has able to engineer over time such an affordable but polished finish! (I wish it wasn't so darn expensive and/or unsafe to get hold of Ti pickle where I am bc I like working with high voltage colours & would ❤️ to tumble/etch and anodise your rings/finished pieces, am gonna flame anodise some of your off-centre scales tho).
  2. calyx

    Scales - all materials and sizes

    Thanks Jodey. Just to clarify re colour rather than finish, are the mixed scales simply a mix of the other colour options now, or are there more "in between" colours and multi-colours? (And is this true of mixed Ti rings?)
  3. calyx

    Scales - all materials and sizes

    The example pictures for the small anodised titanium scales look very shiny and consistent now, more like niobium. Are the mixed ones currently likely to be more like they used to be as shown in their example photo, more matte and many different colorations? That's what I'm specifically looking to top up. Thanks.
  4. calyx

    Titanium - Anodized and Plain

    I went to order but at the moment most of your Ti rings are with a batch of shiny wire. Are you moving to shiny Ti generally? I really really prefer using your more matte anodised rings and scales as the higher voltage colours are more iridescent and "organic" which is a beautiful contrast with the metal material. I'm going to hold off from ordering too much shiny for now but would like to know if shinier Ti is more likely in future? I know you used to use Ti from space waste which might have been relatively rough to anodise and handle but did look artisan & the opposite of mass produced.
  5. calyx

    Stainless Steel - Black and Plain

    Doesn't really fit here but asking about out of stock black stainless 24ga finished maille (F-24332-SB)? (I know I could go ask MailleTec directly but I'm in Australia and the cost of having separate shipping is prohibitive, especially as I only need a foot at this stage. I'm happy to wait, just want a rough idea of if and when you might have it back in.)
  6. calyx

    Titanium - Anodized and Plain

    Would you have an ETA on Machine Cut Titanium 18ga 3/16'' ID - Plain?
  7. calyx

    Nicole in large clear scales

    So all of the forum is an adult site now? I mean, nice work, but not SFW.
  8. calyx

    What determines when a color gets discontinued?

    Yes to lime green!! I've been wanting that for ages (and to be honest, lime green, aqua, violet and hot pink are the colours I go to other manufacturers for currently - vibrant fashion colours). Love the metallics and pastels here though, love love love. And the prices!
  9. calyx

    Anodized aluminum wash-safe?

    From my experiences putting old anodised aluminium crockery through the dishwasher, it strips the coating off. I assume this is from the caustic detergent. So beware.
  10. calyx

    jewelry welder

    Is this an issue with brass too? Brass has a similar amount of zinc ..?
  11. calyx

    Darwin or Melbourne, Australia

    Hello! I'm knee deep in newborn-land so definitely not up for meatspace meeting atm. However, hi! What do you make and do you ever sell it? I've sold some stuff when I was in Darwin and most people were pretty unfamiliar with chainmaille and scalemaille. Melbourne probably similar have you found? Sounds like some places especially the US there's a lot of maillers around but not here? Shipping's pretty exxy from Canada isn't it, but in large lots I find it cheaper than the local supplier, plus better range. I've just ordered a whole lot of (mostly AA) scales, I've made some scale pieces before but I'm going to start making some larger scalemaille pieces, tackle the bra pattern from TRL, some big collars, bracers, stuff like that. I figured out how to make stretch scalemaille with rubber rings but it's time consuming and doesn't have a lot of give so I don't know how useful it is.
  12. calyx

    Tools - all pliers, cutters etc

    ETA for Ergo Mods? (Not sure whether to put first half of order I just paid for on hold, just noticed these were out of stock when putting together second half.)
  13. calyx

    Plastic rings make the world go round.

    The volatile ingredients that would be flammable would most likely have evaporated after a while, leaving only the waxes... you could always try one or two rings in the oven. I doubt baking wax onto the delrin would make it adhere, however.
  14. calyx

    What size for this pattern?

    Probably 16g 5/16" for a medium size, width of weave that approx to ring width, or ~11.2mm. That sound like what you want? Chunkier or finer, go for larger or smaller gauge in AR appropriate to double spiral, ideally around 4.9. Rings: http://theringlord.com/cart/shopcontent.asp?type=WireGuage Don't have a tute myself, but you just double the rings for Spiral 4-1. MAIL has tutes, eg: http://www.mailleartisans.org/articles/articledisplay.php?key=184 or http://www.mailleartisans.org/articles/articledisplay.php?key=620
  15. calyx

    Darwin or Melbourne, Australia

    I've moved to Melbourne now! There's gotta be some locals who swing by, say hi if you are! Do you buy supplies internationally much, locally or make your own rings? How's the dollar drop affected you? How's the scene for you and do you sell? What's your favourite metals and styles? (I'm planning on doing some markets at some point, and moving online too. I prefer to buy most of my supplies from internationally but the devaluation of the AUD does suck. I love AA & SS but thinking of doing more copper and silver, and perhaps anodised titanium/niobium. Wondering if there's any local renfaire equivalents to check out?)