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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.
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    Belt Pouch 2

    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.
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    Belt Pouch 1

    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.
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    Armor Stand

    Nice, simple, effective. Well done!
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    Help in budgeting for a Convention

    Good points all Minions. Having already given my thoughts on why I don't do clothing without a custom order, everyone deos different things for differnt reasons. What works for me my drive another mailer nuts and vise versa. I have a deal going with a couple of local gaming shops that sell my dice bags, and that's were most of my effort goes. It gets my name and product out in the local community, abd has driven some of the custom order business my way. If I ever start event merchanting I will probobly try to keep a few pieces of clothing in stock, but right now it's really worth it for me. Another thing your might think about, is making a sign that says you do repair as well. It may not make any difference, on the other hand, who knows it may et you some side business after the event. I always have business card with me, and whether I'm sitting at an event, or ridiing a local bus I usually have some kind of maille I'm working oni my jands. I gets lots of of questions, give out lots of cards and make the occasional sale later on through my Etsy page. Also, wear your work. be it jewelry, a clip hair, or some piece of clothing like a vest, it attracts more people if you do. I have several piece that are part of my standard wardrobe no matter wher I go. Anything that will attract attention can be a good idea.
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    Dragon Barding Front View

    Another part of the collaborative effort between https://www.etsy.com/shop/KittensoftChainmailand https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheRoamingPeddlers
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    Dragon Barding Front View

    Had to keep the head piece on. Otherwise it slides all pver the place. Thanks for the compliment
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    Help in budgeting for a Convention

    I know doing riveted or welded takes more time, but I'm not set up or of the inclination to do either of them. I've only done one shirt, and the customer only wanted butted maille for that, so I have never had the need to look into either seriously. It's not that I'm unwilling to clothing, but I don't have a storefront and as of yet I don't have the resources for event. I'm basicly working on turning my serious hobby into a regular income source. I survive on federal disability, so my income is limited. Right now I'm basicly making enough to replace supplies. Also, I am a 1 person operation, so I would have to build up stock slowly and see if I had enough stock and have enough cash to pay for a mercant space at an event. I'm not griping about my situation, just explaining the limitations I'm working under. I respect anyone with the gumption to do riveted or welded maille.
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    Betka2

    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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    Betka1

    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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    Flower Bracelet

    Nice work, very pretty!
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    Thoughts? Input?

    Sorry, I ment byzantine not persian, but elfweave could work to. I hate it when I think one thing and type something else.
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    Help in budgeting for a Convention

    Thank you fo rthe compliment on my work! I take great pride in the quality of my work, and I've have never had any customer complain about a finished piece. It is almost impossible to get the time invested back as money on large pieces. However, it is very satisfying to turn out a piece and see the happy customer react to your work. About the only things I actually get a good return on my work is small pieces of jewelry. If I actually charged for my time, and I work fast, few people would be able to afford it. My biggest project is a tailcoat and skirt set, that you can find in the gallery, that took over 50,000 rings and about 10 weeks time. Of course, I was working a phone bank at the time and was only able to knit between calls. As for my sanity...Well, I've been saying since I was about 6 that I was crazy, so I'm not a good judge of what is sane. However, the number of people who have said that I must have been crazy to make the tailcoat and skirt includes most everyone who has seen it. Also, if I were to sell or remake said outfit for someone else, I would be charging around $2000. So, as you can see, it can be deemed a little crazy to spend that much time on what is basicly a costuming piece. On the other hand, $2000 is a semi-decent return for that much effort. I do tend to only do clothing as a custom orders because of these issues. I have done to only 9 or 10 pieces of clothing in the 15 years I have been mailling, and none of them has taken less than 10,000 rings and at least 2 weeks time. Not the kind of investment most people want to spend a lot of time on without a gaurenteed sale. Sorry, I tend to ramble a bit don't I?
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    Chaimaille Bottom for Burlsque Performer

    I was commisioned by Sophie Maletease for this burlesque outfit. She does Geeklesque performances here in the Pacific NW. This panty, and matching top in the Tops gallery, were made out of 18 gauge wire wrapped to 3/16" ID ring. The entire outfit took over 10,000 rings. She wanted to replace the knitted yarn false chain she had been using, with real chaimaille, She provided the bra and panty, and I basicly filled in the form. When I had it fitted properly, she sewed the chain onto the garmets herself, and it came out looking, I think, quite striking. The BA shines well under stage lights, and the lthe practiced eye can tell that she is wearing real chainmaille.

    © Photo by Casey Campbell Photography, Performer Sophie Maletease, Chainmaille by Kittensoft Chainmail

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    Help in budgeting for a Convention

    Clothing does take a lot of rings. I did a bra and panty set for a local burlesque performer last year the took over 10,000 3/16" ID rings. It took me a little over a week to make, the another couple of hours for adjustments after fitting sessions. Of course, something that presicly fitted is a special order (sha had to be able to do her act in it), and takes some time, but the results were well worth it! She had me build it over a bra and panty she provided, which is why it hang loose at the bottom of the bra. It was a very fun project and I am proud to be able to claim that my work has appeared on stage. O.K., a burlesque show stage, but still it's a very nice addition to my portfolio. Back to the main point, clothing does take a lot of time and rings, and it's not an inexpensive undertaking.
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    Blue and Black Japanese Bra top

    Very pretty work!
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    Sweets anyone?

    It occurs to me, that with all this talk of sweets and baking that maybe we could share some recipies. I'll start with my Soft Ginger Cookies Ingredients * 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour * 4 teaspoons ground ginger * 1 teaspoon baking soda * 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon * 1 teaspoon ground cloves * 1/4 teaspoon salt * 3/4 cup margarine, softened * 1 cup white sugar * 1 egg * 1 tablespoon water or OJ * 1/4 cup molasses * 2 tablespoons white sugar Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside. 2. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. 3 refrigderate dough 1 hr. 4 Shape dough into 3/4" balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly. 5 Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. I hope people enjoy them!
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    Sweets anyone?

    Here, here! A good carrot cake is a joy!
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    Help in budgeting for a Convention

    That would be just fine the colors are as follows: Left Column top to bottom: Copper (real copper not just colored), Gold Tone, Black Ice, Brown, Royal Blue, Light Pink, Pink. Right Column, Top to bottom: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Violet. The central barrette is Black.
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    Help in budgeting for a Convention

    It's 2 rows of byzantine connected. The rings are 18 gauge 3/16" ID. I have never seen anyone connect them the way I do, but there are only so many ways of doing it. Here is a close up from a more straight on angle. As you can see I connect both the horizontal rings, and the folded back rings. That can be a little tricky, but it makes a nice patten and give the piece a bit more structure. The finished chain is then tied onto an 80mm barrette blank with 8lb test fishing line. I have been wearing these for years, and I've never had one break or come apart. I get many qustions and compliments when people notice them, and have sold several. As for using the picture, what use would it be put to? I generally don't have a problem with someone else using my pictures, but I do request that proper attribution given, and if it's on line I wouldn't mind a link to my shop.
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    Help in budgeting for a Convention

    Try to branch our a bit. Many poeple will love the plain metals, but others are more likely to buy if it comes in a color they like.The only sugestion I have for what colors to get is look at local fovrite sports teams, state colors, or just some of your own favorite colors. No color will please everyone. I try to provide a range of colors when I sell a product, it give s the customer a wider rang of choice, and if it come in their favorite color.....well you can see the advantage. Like with this picture Can you find a color you like there? It's not a guarenteed sale, but it doesn;t hurt either.
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    rockin the home made BA

    That it is! I have used this method myself for many years, and a 20 lb spool with last a looong time and is a very cost effcient way to get your rings. I have done the math and figured out how many rings/oz and how much an oz cost, and I get 389 3/8 id rings for $.31. I dont know were you can find a better price for BA. I also do the same thing with my stainless. It really is a great money saver, even if you count in time for wrapping and cutting. Hope this helps!
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    Help in budgeting for a Convention

    Hi Lysenis, I have been to many convetion (though never as a merchant), and from what I have seen of successful merchants I would recommend having a range for produce from small/inexpensive to large/expensive. Many people who go to cons will have little pocket money, having bugeted most for membership, room, and food (not neccessarily in that order). Other will have a moderate amount, having been able to set aside for sometingh nice, or a specific type thing they want for future costuming and the like. I would say 1/4 inexpensive, 1/2 midrange, and 1/4 more costly items. You never know may become the 'Hot' item for the con, the lastest bit of kitsch everyone just has to have. I make no promised that this will be the perfect solution, but it's a fairly safe bet that you at least cover expenses. I hope this helps!
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    Dragon Barding Side View

    Another part of the collaborative effort between https://www.etsy.com/shop/KittensoftChainmailand https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheRoamingPeddlers
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    Pegacorn Barding

    This is part of a collaborative effort between Myself https://www.etsy.com/shop/KittensoftChainmail and https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheRoamingPeddlers. i hope you like it.
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