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About losthelm

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  1. What weave and ring size? I like EPDM mixed with another metal. There are a number of weaves that work Helm, Japanese, E4in1, half Persian, stepping stones, GsG and others all work well when joined to itself. It has a little stretch so it’s less likely to stain the rings.
  2. There should be a suggested ring size to match up with each size scale for armour/clothing., jewelry and sculptural applications like the flower tutorial use different sizes. For dice bags I usually use 14 gauge 3/8 or 16 gauge 1/4” or 16 gauge 5/16” the 14 gauge makes a fairly quick bag. Using the epdm rings can also speed up contruction a little.
  3. Another option is to use chemical patinas of some type. Sculpt nouveau has a forum and chemicals covering more than the standard liver of sulphur.
  4. You can find a little research on heat treating that paticular alloy by downloading the heat treaters companion appl. There is a decent chance someone in your area has a glass kiln for lampwork beads, fuseing, or slumping that maybe willing to help. The kilns have a digital readout/controler and most are fairly easy to open the top, pull out the piece and dunk it in a bucket of vegtable oil. Rhough you may have issues with some rings deforming under its own weight.
  5. It should be a fairly sturdy garment in 14 gauge galvanized steel without welding the rings. if you wanted to weld the common points of failure you may try sour ring a little mild steel wire or Tig welding rod. Usually the rings in the armpit area, any v slits, or high strain points are more likely to work loose. Those of us that do SCA combat usually spend time making repairs as needed. Figure less than 5 minutes per event or practice. I usually do repairs for others while drinking their beer. Before going through the effort and time to strip and build a MOT welder use it for a while and see if its worth doing.
  6. To help figure materials try using this calculator. http://theringlord.com/cart/shopcontent.asp?type=Euro4in1ShirtCalculator You want a bit more as there is a little lose when making your own rings. sometimes you can find better prices on aluminum through Ebid, eBay, or similar but make sure your getting an alloy that works for chainmaille. Eletric fence wire is soft and there is a lot of grey rub off on to you and whatever else your wearing. Some welding alloys like 4043 are softer and more prone to failure.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. What material and what size?
  10. an email to customer service may help figure out what's going on. It maybe spring temper stainless or a harder batch of wire.
  11. Do you have the part number Or size? Bernice or Jon may be able to order them in.
  12. 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,
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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