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About Kittensoft_Chainmail

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  • Birthday 03/13/1968

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

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  1. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    Helping Out

    Marcus, the cat in the picture, will attack your hand if you try to rub his belly. I've had a couple of other cat that do that too, although I've more cats that just like to lie there and enjoy it, I suppose it depends on the cat. 🙂
  2. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    Helping Out

    Mostly black with a thin white stripe along his belly. It looks like his long johns are showing through his suit, if yo can get him on his back. 🙂
  3. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    project advice

    For keeping weight down, you would want to go with a heavy gauge small I.D aluminum. Something like 16 gauge 1/4" or 3/8" i.d. If you could solder, rivet or weld the ring together for even more strength. Using steel would weigh too much, unless it's part of a weight training regime.😃 Titanium would be lighter, and stronger, than steel, but would be much more expensive. Hope this helps. Katrina Wolffe Owner Artisan Kittensoft Chainmail
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    Anodized Aluminum

    You've been making matt violet for years, why stop now?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    Anodized Aluminum

    Do you know when SXMA18316 pink, red, violet & yellow will be in?
  10. 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.
  11. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    Cleaning Anodized Aluminum After Wearing

    Glad to be of help.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.