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  1. The uncolored spots are contact points between another surface in the dye bath. With uncut springs they can be stretch just a little to avoid this issue.
  2. I run into this all the time when doing sheet metal work. 1x30 or larger belt sander or a high speed drill mounted in a vice with a roloc style disk should be a little quicker. With aluminum you want some sort of duct management and a good dust mask the metal dust goes everywhere and is a concern. Work safe and clean your tools before switching metals.
  3. What material and what size?
  4. an email to customer service may help figure out what's going on. It maybe spring temper stainless or a harder batch of wire.
  5. Do you have the part number Or size? Bernice or Jon may be able to order them in.
  6. For anything of size I find it easier to make smaller pannels and stich them together later on. Farrming out to willing friends and family will help speed up the project. I try to keep some materials on hand to work in front of the TV or during game night where you can multi task. Use pliers that work well for your hands, take plenty of breaks and keep a slow steady pace, its a marathon not a sprint,
  7. Its a simple stepping stones variation, Go up a size or two in the 16 gauge should let you graduate the size a little without changing the edge rings. It can help to use a circle template and map things out, a 1.6 mm pen is about the same size as the 16 gauge wire if your drawing things out.
  8. What metal and what will you be using the armour for? 16 gauge 5/16 aluminum should hold up for costume use. you may have issues in the armpit area if your adding sleaves its a difficult spot to tailor.
  9. First check prices and look at what alloys the ring lord uses. There are several that dont hold up well to coiling or are not strong enough for daily wear jewlery. The ring lord has a better price on wire after shipping than my local welding shop but
  10. I make several in 16 gauge 5/16" and 14 gauge 3/8" stainless and they have been holding up well with heavy use. Just watch the closures. The added benafit is you can send them through a dish washer to sanatize. Galvy can rust as the zinc coating wears out with use.
  11. Things will get intresting at the shoulder seams they tend to be a little fiddly.
  12. There was a recent change to the forum software so using an advanced google search option may yeald different results when checking the forum and gallery. Failing that It may also have been cross posted to maille artisans.
  13. 14 gauge can be a little difficult to work due to wire size. Depending on the pattern and method of construction running string or cord through the edge may stabilize things making it easier. Donyou have an image of where and how its bunching up?
  14. Another option would be to use a heavier ring, stainless aught to hold up better. what kind if solder equipment do you have and what type of solder? i use a bit of esab 430 tin/silver for utility pieces and repair with a really low melting temp though the joint isn't as strong as jewelry solder with a much higher silver content/melting point.
  15. Heat control and really fine solder will be a big part of it. You may try adding mass between the joint and the paint/leather. I use surgical clamps at times to act as a heat sink. A stiff brush may not be enough to clean off the remaining solder. So that's another issue to consider.