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    Draon Armor, Reworked

    I fixed the 'muzzeled' dragon problem and it seemsthe to keep headpiece from sliding around. :0
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    Chainmaille Ties

    This is a set of 3 chainmaille ties I made seeral years ago. 1 is full length and needs to be tied like a regular tie, the other 2 close with a hool and chain in back.
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    Headdress piece

    Nice, simple, yet still looks good. I wouldn't use 16 gauge galvanized though, for a decorative headpiece I would stick with 18 gauge or less. To much chance of it causeing a headache without some kind of padded under garment. Just my opinion, I could be wrong.
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    For those of you who like to maille in bed...

    Also much steadier on the work!
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    Sarting chainmal weaving as a beginner. Help Please!

    Glad to be of help.
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    Sarting chainmal weaving as a beginner. Help Please!

    It does help. It can sometimes be a little tricky to get a perfect circle in the exact size needed, I keep wrapping wire around various things until I get the size I need. That, and sometimes I can use a split ring, when I can find one in the right size. The button on the belt pouch I posted in the gallery has a 1" splitring as the edge to it and keep the chain stiff and make it a workable button
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    Red & Bright Striped Diamond

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    Rainbow Diamond

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    Blue & Purple Diamond

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    Sarting chainmal weaving as a beginner. Help Please!

    Anchoring the piece in some way, to keep it stable, is very helpful with many weaves. Myself, I use safety pins; they are reuseable and are easy to move if/when needed. Just my 2 cents worth...
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    Headdress piece

    If there is a wig shop close to you, they always have them. They need them for displays, or you could look through thrift stores, although they are harder to find there in good condition.
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    Headdress piece

    I have a few of those heads myself, and they are so useful when working on headwear.
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    Inverted Round Captive UnakiteNecklace

    I made this necklace a couple of months ago out of 18 gauge stainless rings in 3/8" & 3/16" ID rings. Each set of 3/8" rings have a captive 8 mm unakite bead in the cage formed by said rings.
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    Charley Brown Dice Bag

    Good grief! Did she really do it? Yes, I did! I grew up loving Charley Brown and now I put his iconic shirt design on a dice bag. Cute isn't it?
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    Headdress piece

    Glad I could help.
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    Headdress piece

    I would suggest using a larger ring to connect all of the chains together. That ring will become the center or focus (may ot actually be on the exact center if your chains are not all the same length) When you said crown in the first post I thought you were wanting a small roundish piece to use as the focal. Sorry about my misunderstanding. When using a light gauge and small ring it can work well. Also, if you use the method in the link, you don't have do more than a couple of rows out. It doesn't have to be that big, the tutorial is assuming you are making a coif, which is why it's so big.
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    Headdress piece

    It will work for any gaue and wire size. I have used it with everything from 24 gauge 1/16" id to 14 gauge 5/8" ID. Lighter gauges make more delicate pieces, heavier gauges for armor coifs (I've even used it to make a cahinmaille frisbee).
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    Headdress piece

    Try following this link: http://www.mailleartisans.org/articles/articledisplay.php?key=94 It's a good basic method for making a crown piece, whether for a coif, or other type of headpiece. It also works as the bottom of a bag.
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    Help in budgeting for a Convention

    Giving a choice is never bad, the sticking point would be can you afford,in time & money, to have yards of weave in several colors? If so, go for it!
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    Help in budgeting for a Convention

    I keep several yards of basic stainless Byzantine in stock for that very reason. I've sold several bracelets just by having the chain ready to be 'cut' off the spool and add a clasp or close it for a bangel.
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    For those of you who like to maille in bed...

    I go the sca events a lot and sometimes want to maille after dark. These woulf be great for that!
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    This is the first custom piece I was commissioned to make. It is basicly a coif, minus the front of the collar piece, with a viel and guantlets. It is all made out of stainless 18 gauge 3/8" ID rings. The guantlets go around the middle finger with a lobster claw at the wrist to keep them snug, and another lobster claw at the shoulder end that clips to the coif to keep them from slipping down. Both the coif and the gautlets are done in standard European 4in1 and coif weaves. The veil is done in Japanese 6in1 and again connects to the coif wiht lobster claws. I don't remember how many rings it took to make this, but as the coif resembles a mantle in length it took a lot. This is one of my early pieces, I had only been knitting about 2 years when I made this, and other than a game board (Tablero) it was the largest project I had undertaken at the time.
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    I've always like the J 6in1, I descibe it to people as steel lace. it's so pretty.
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    rockin the home made BA

    I actually cut my rings, aluminum and stainless, with aviation shears. They give a cut that is at least equal to machine cut rings, as long as you keep them sharp. I have a Dremel that I use for keeping them sharp, and it only take about 2 min. to resharpen them when needed. I've tried sawing rings in the past and the stainless I use will kill a saw balde in about 5 min. The aviation shears on the other hand, cut the stainless quite easily when I put my weight behind the cut. I can get a pair of aviation shear for about $10 -15 depending on sales, and with resharpening as needed I can make 1 pair last around a year. That makes it a great investment for me.
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    Belt Pouch 5

    This is a belt pouch I made for myself for use in the SCA. It can be used other places of course, and would hold many useful items. Just to give it a good shape or the photos, I have placed a tarot deck inside. The belt loop will take up to a 1 1/2" belt. As you can see' it's large enough for a cell phone, pack of smokes, wallet ect. It is made from 3/6" id rings of 18 gauge wire. I made the button from 1/6" 24 gauge stainless, and the button hole is functional.