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    filler rods

    When I work with stainless it's exclusively Mig welding wire bought by the spool. It has a much higher structural interity than a matching gauge galvy wire It's hard to cut, but a good sharp pair of aviation snips works really well, at least for the 18 gauge wire I use. I haven't used larger gauges of this wire, so I can't s[peak to how hard it would be to wrap or cut, but it would have a long life and hold up much better than galvanized wire. You might have trouble wroking with it to begin with, but as your arm strength improves it gets much easier. Just my 2 cents worth, I hope it helps.
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    how many rings can i make

    It oes for a bit less if you can find a local manufacture or wholesale distributor. I get mine in 50 lb. lots for $40 the last time I purchased. That was about 2 years ago, it it shouldn't have one up much since then.
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    Micro Chainmaile Top

    Nice work Bladefairie! I love the blue color.
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    Bronze shirt pics?

    Sorry, I should have said, the pattern looks fine!
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    Bronze shirt pics?

    It looks like you have some slight gaps were rings aren't completely closed, and a couple the look like the ends aren't quite matched up, but other than than it looks good. For the slight gaps, you might try bending the ends just slightly past each other before you close them. That way it is more likely that the ring tension will nbe pushing the ends together rather than trying to pull the ends back. As for the ends that don't quite match, that comes with practice and dilligence. Hope this helps.
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    Maille sleves, Comission pricing/durability

    Hi Maugan. The 16 galv. that I use is pretty sturdy. I don't know if you are familiar with an SCA game called norse stickball, but I make balls for the game out of 16 gauge 5/8" ID and they hold up to really rough game play. I've also done a piece for a friend that he wears over his motorcycle leather. Sine I made it for him, he has brougt it back for reapairs twice after accidents, over the course of 8 years. Both times the repairs were fairly minor, and he says without it he would have had a lot more skin trauma. All of that I mention just to give you and idea of how sturdy the 16 gauge galvanized i use is. Now for cost considerations. I don't charge by the hour, because of chronic pain issues, but I charge by the ring at a rate that equals about $6/hour. I also apply a discount if a project goes over 10,000 rings. Using these figures, making 5 sqft would cost between $80 - $100 and take about a week. Shipping could be done by USPS priority mail in a flat rate box for $12.35. Now, a couple of other questions. Are the measurements given taken over the gambeson, or around his bare arms. I know it sounds like a silly questions, but you'd be surprised how many people make that kind of mistake. Next question, how fitted do you want it to be? Also, are you going to put any kind of cuff at the wrist end? This can help to take up slack around the wrist, and can be done with a piece of leather, or cording. Third, how are you going to be attaching it to the rest of the gambeson? Are you stiching it down at the should and/or wrist? Or are you going to be attaching it with rings to a leather or cloth piece at the shoulder? Or is it going to be tied in some way at the shoulder? All of these can be valid ways to go, I ask, because if you are goin to attach it with rings through leather or grommets, I will make sure to include matching rings for this purpose. I know, it a lot to think about, but I like to make sure a customer is happy with the product they recieve.
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    does anyone else sell maille fabric besids trl and mailletec?

    Let me clarifiy a bit, this quote would be for butted maille. I don't have the resources for welded or rivited.
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    does anyone else sell maille fabric besids trl and mailletec?

    I could 16 gauge 5/16 for about $20/sqr ft. The rings I have are actually just a bit over, 21/64 to be precise, but they should give you something that looks good. How many square feet are you looking for? If it's a large quantity, I could probably go a bit lower than that as I do discount for large quantities.
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    Help identifying this weave.

    Happens to us all luv.
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    Does anyone know what gauge wire and Id was used in authentic maille?

    In the SCA it is generally 12 - 14 gauge with and ID of 1/2" to 5/8". This give a good solid armor that will resist much. I'm not sure if it's the exactr same as midieval maile, but it wil look fairly aiuthentic. hope this helps.
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    Horst the Hippopotamus

    He's a cutie!
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    Help with armor

    Let's hear it for wrist braces, I couldn't work stainless without 'em!
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    Help with armor

    Don't we all!
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    Pacman Inlay Dice Bag

    This is just a cute idea I had, so I made it.
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    new to the forum, thought i would show my work.

    I'm looking at making some anti-cat armor for some of our furniture. Now why didn't I think of that???
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    new to the forum, thought i would show my work.

    Nice work. Welcome to the forums.
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    Scale help

    If you have a digital image, or can find one online, there is an icon in the message tools (above the box yoou type in) that will let you post the image in the message.
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    Help with getting into events

    I've never used craigslist myself, so I couldn't say. Sorry.
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    Sarting chainmal weaving as a beginner. Help Please!

    It also depends on the quality of the metal being used. For m tailcoat, which can be found in the gallery, I used 18 gauge 3/8" stainless with a high tensile strenth and it's holding up great. I suppose it come down to know your materials. That only comes with experience of course, and it would be safest to go with a heavier gauge for your early projects. You'll learn what you can do with various metals as you build experience. Again, my 2 cents worth...
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    Help with getting into events

    It sounds like you're in Portland, Or. If so, you might also look into Orycon. It's coming up in Nov, and they migth still have tables.
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    Help with getting into events

    You might also check for local sci-fi and fantasy conventions.
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    For those who might be interested...

    Thanks.
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    Round Scale Flower

    Nice work.
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    Sarting chainmal weaving as a beginner. Help Please!

    Ah, I don't do facebook (I don't like a number of their policies), so I didn't know about that group. Still, nice to know it's there.
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    Sarting chainmal weaving as a beginner. Help Please!

    All very good points Calisandra. For a first project most people do best with something that can be finished fairly quickly. It gives a feeling of accomplishmet, shows that you can finish a project, and helps you figure out which teniques wor best for you. My frist few projects were jewelry. I did a couple of braclets, a pair if earrings and then I did a large project; a toblero board that took close to 10,000 rings! I still have the board. It's held up surprisingly well, considering it is made from 20 gauge galvanized and black anodized stove pipe wire. Give yourself a chance to build some confidence before taking on a huge project, or not, completely up to you. BTW Calisandra, addiction is a good word for it. Maybe we should start a group......Welcome to Maillers annonymouse, my name is Katrina and I've benn mailling for 15 years......
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