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  1. 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.)
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    Titanium - Anodized and Plain

    Would you have an ETA on Machine Cut Titanium 18ga 3/16'' ID - Plain?
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    Nicole in large clear scales

    So all of the forum is an adult site now? I mean, nice work, but not SFW.
  4. This guy from Electric Candy Couture's been inspired by Lorenzo's scale idea we all know and love, and used a laser cutter on acrylic to produce, imo, some stunning pieces. Semi-nsfw photos at bottom (no nudity but a bit of skin). Some of them have attached LEDs - and I think this would be a great option we could incorporate with the upcoming TRL polycarbonate scales, especially when dyed and/or engraved and/or painted!
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    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!
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    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.
  7. Haha this thread is a joke, bowl me over backwards if anyone responds. Anyone in Melbourne tho wanna connect? I'm often there.
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    jewelry welder

    Is this an issue with brass too? Brass has a similar amount of zinc ..?
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    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.
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    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.)
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    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.
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    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
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    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?)
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    Drilling Swarovski?

    I've drilled glass successfully before with fine diamond tipped drill bits used in a rotary tool, with the glass in question on a piece of styrofoam to dampen vibrations, under water for constant lubrication, and tweezers to hold in place. However, what I drilled was sea glass, you may find this works for fine glass crystal, or not.
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    Issues with tumbling chainmail

    OMG I'm so glad! Good luck, and I hope you don't need to ditch your rubber barrel but looks like it could be the culprit, try it again?
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    I have lots of rings I need to get rid of

    Where in the world are you located?
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    Issues with tumbling chainmail

    Sounds like you need to clean the maille, it might have been gunked by the rubber of the barrel, and tumbling inside the container wasn't enough. Just a guess. I would put some liquid with phosphoric acid in it in the tumbler (in the clean container) with the rings and shot - many people use flat Coca Cola, I use a few dashes of rust converter (check ingredients when you buy) from the hardware store as it's more economical. Many people find this a reliable de-gunker, including me. Tumble it for a while, check on the liquid regularly - if water is dark coloured, change it ASAP. Rubber degrading is a big tumbler problem, especially if it was cheap. Harbor Freight barrels don't have a good reputation for instance. Lortone do, but I'm not sure about long-term. If it's steel you're tumbling, it's most likely rubber gunk on it. If it was aluminium or copper, sometimes the oxide gunk can redeposit if the water's not changed before it goes saturated & black and give you trouble. This is just a suggestion from me, I'm not sure what else could be going on (I hope I'm reading your post correctly), but it could be just that it's dirty in a way that tumbling with just soap won't remove. The shot would probably be dirty too if this was the case. So you could try the phosphoric acid clean and see if that works. If it doesn't... hoping someone else might have some ideas?
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    List of 2 Months of New Stuff

    Making scalemaille definitely speeds up with practice... people on here like Lorenzo and Calisandra can put it together like no one's business, so hang in there if you like the look of it, it will become intuitive after a while. Micro scales will mostly be used for small-scale projects like jewellery, it's true.
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    Does 'Black Ice' Look like a dirty silverish?

    Black Ice can really vary from batch to batch, it's true. Very few of my sizes look as dark as the one on the right in the photo on my monitor however. TRL will usually warn if their Black Ice size batch is quite dark. Unless it's paired with Silver, it looks like silver on its own, just of a slightly darker metal. Definitely not haematite or gunmetal most of the time. AA Silver is so whiteish it can look kind of blingy, as you've noted, and so Black Ice can look a lil more sophisticated. It's mostly very shiny though, so I don't know if you'd get much of an "authentic" armour look out of it, or in any way grungy or dirty. You could intersperse with a small amount of silver, and haematite AA purchased from elsewhere, to get more of a textured look from a distance, however. You won't be able to patina unanodised aluminium (BA) a darker silver, as far as I know, and definitely not the AA. I assume you need to use aluminium for the weight and cost, but you can get a beautiful aged semi-shiny genuine gunmetal going using the black stainless rings, especially if they've been tumbled to remove oil and some of the black coating. See some of Fannie Schiavoni's work, or Steampunk Garage. May rust when wet, though mine have stood up well to abuse. 400 series stainless is also generally a darker colour than the 300 TRL usually sells - but it's more prone to rust. Then there's darkened annealed steel - even more prone to rust. Nickel silver, another silver metal, will go goldish rather than greyish when aged.
  20. Finally moved interstate, 2wks til baby due! Itching to maille but several weeks til all my boxes of rings & wire arrive *fingers crossed not jumbled*!

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    Scalemail Hauberk (Complete)

    These are marked on the product page as being etched on the concave side. Most etched scales are marked as being etched on the convex side.
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    Scalemail Hauberk (Complete)

    I'm not qualified to comment on hauberk construction, but the design is very nicely done. The etched leaves, just to let you know, last time I looked, have the pattern on the concave side so you can't use those. If you were willing to drop money on etched scales, perhaps you could use AA clear brushed scales instead of the plain aluminium brushed ones, just to avoid getting oxide on them.
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    Tin Solder and Scales

    One thing to add, probably obvious - don't put a lead alloy near bare skin
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    Issues with tumbling chainmail

    Er... that's weird. Should still shine up fine. What sort of shot are you using - is it fine enough to work its way in between the rings? If you have large shot relative to the weave it may not be reaching all of it, especially with a tight weave - but still you'd expect it to shine up quite a bit. Are you sure the woven patches are the same sort as the loose rings? What sort of metal are we talking? It's not copper/brass/bronze that's heavily tarnished by skin contact from weaving it is it? The other thing is that are you overloading the tumbler barrel or putting too many patches in relative to the shot? It might not be able to mechanically tumble it very well. Another issue is that if there's a lot of rings in there, and it's a tarnishable sort of metal, you might have to change the water more often, else you're just redepositing what you're taking off.
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    Trl upload

    Looks really slick, well done!