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About Kittensoft_Chainmail

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    Chainmaille, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Movies, Reading, SCA, Burning Man, Costuming, Cons

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  1. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    Byzantine color combo ideas.

    Sport teams are always good, in season, school colors (Hogwarts colors sell well) and the like. Take you inspiration from the environment you'll be selling in or the market you are targeting.
  2. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    The New Matt Colors

    I just got my most recent order, and checked it all against the packing slip. I have to say, most of the new SXMA I got looks o.k., but both the new SXMA gold & pink rings suck. The gold looks closer to orange or squash yellow than gold, and the pink looks closer to flesh than pink. And for this we loose violet? I shall no longer buy these colors from you as I think they would turn off my customers.
  3. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    Anodized Aluminum

    You've been making matt violet for years, why stop now?
  4. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    Anodized Aluminum

    Well, that sucks. It's been on of my most popular colors, since I started doing colors. Maybe polling the populous to see if other people would like violet to be a standard color, after all, it's hard to do a complete rainbow without it.
  5. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    Anodized Aluminum

    Thank you. I am particularly interested in the violet, and there is no other option for 3/16" violet currently listed.
  6. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    Anodized Aluminum

    Do you know when SXMA18316 pink, red, violet & yellow will be in?
  7. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    The Bestest Pliers FAQ

    Thought about it, but since I wear the glove to cut down on calluses it's kind of a moot point for me.
  8. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    Cleaning Anodized Aluminum After Wearing

    Glad to be of help.
  9. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    Cleaning Anodized Aluminum After Wearing

    Happy to help. I should have mentioned, don't use the citrus versions, the can react to some metal which can cause problems. I don't remember what all they are, (embarrassed blush), but it's better to avoid them. I use the blue Dawn in all of my cleaning from tumbling rings, to cleaning finished pieces. You might want to check into something else for precious metals, I haven't done many pieces in the 'finer' metals.
  10. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    Cleaning Anodized Aluminum After Wearing

    Basic blue Dawn if what I use. It has nothing that will react badly with any metal, it's safe enough for baby ducks and a teaspoon or 2 in a bathtub should do you fine.
  11. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    Cleaning Anodized Aluminum After Wearing

    Put some mild soapy water in the bathtub swirl it around and then roll it in a towel to remove excess moisture with a towel before hanging in a well ventilated area to dry. That should do it.
  12. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    The Bestest Pliers FAQ

    I have a pair of flat nosed parallel pliers that I got 1 1/2 years ago, and since I got them I've used them on everything from 18 titanium to 12 gauge galvy, and they have yet to fail me. Like most mailers here, I have broken a few pair of pliers in my time making mail, but these pliers have been going strong, no matter what kind of rings I use them on. Not only that, but they are very affordable, I bought my pair for less that $20, but are durable and provide a surer grip on the ring than most teeth pliers I have tried. The only drawback to them is the unpadded, non ergo handles, but wearing half fingered glove solves that problem.
  13. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    Help with Skirt with Chain Mails

    Hi LiondeLune. I figured, since I've made a skirt for myself, I thought I'd weigh in. I made a skirt with 3/8" 18 gauge aluminum rings. it's about knee length, 18,000 rings with a 3/8" stainless for the waist band. The finished skirt weighs 3 lbs, and is held out with square dancing length petticoats. It requires checking for spread or damaged rings & repairs after every wearing. Having said all or that, it is, for me a joy to wear, and always gets compliments whenever I wear it. I would recommend not going with anything smaller than 16 gauge rings in aluminum, and using any heavier metal could cause momentum problems stopping or turning around, or cornering. Also, don't expect it to weigh any less than 10 or 12 lbs. I would also recommend installing shoulder straps to help support the weight. Don't get me wrong, heavier outfits can be so much fun to wear, I have an outfit that weighs in total 23 lbs. for just the chainmail portions. BTW the outfit I'm referring to is the one in my avatar picture. I with the length your using, I would recommend a hoop skirt instead of petticoats, it less likely to tangle around your legs, which could cause you to stumble, fall, or cause damage to the outfit. Good luck! Katrina Wolffe Owner/Artisan Kittensoft Chainmail
  14. Kittensoft_Chainmail


    If it's mainly for show, going with a Japanese 6in1, It would make a vest with a fair amount open space to show the cloth underneath, which could be a great effect. It is interesting looking weave, and although it is somewhat complicated, it's not so bad as to take excessive time to construct. Also, if you would like, anodized titanium rings can add color to the vest itself. Just my 2cents worth. :-)
  15. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    How to clean stainless steel

    Rice also works.