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    What's in a name?

    I got the name Kittensoft shortly after I started mailling. The kitten came from 2 sources. 1) My name being Katrina, I have gone by Kitten is several places. 2) At the time we had a new kitten who loved to sleep on my projects, as well as attacking the ends of coils I was cutting. The soft, well anyone who has worked with small gauges and IDs knows how soft maille can be. Put the 2 together and you get Kittensoft. I've been using it as a hobby business name since about 8 or 9 months after I started mailling.
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    New User Thread

    Hi all, I just joined the forums last night. I've been mailling for about 25 years. I taught myself the basics, and for my first few projects, I used stovepipe wire. Myy first large project was a game board made from 18 gauge black and plain stovepipe wire wrapped to a 3/16" ID. The borad took just under 10,000 ring (if I remember right it took 9,878 rings). Since then I have worked with galvanized & stainless steels, & bright and anodized aluminum. The majority of my rings I make myself with a power drill with steel rods as mandrels. I cut my rings with aviation shears, which give a clean cut, so long as you keep them sharp. I have made jewelry, balls, game boards, armor, costuming peices and done repairs on both antique amnd modren made peices. I've worked with gauges as large as 14 and as small as 24, with IDs from 1/16" to 5/8". I've been expanding my pattern repertiore andin the last 18 months I've been selling a few thing to local shops as well as opening an Etsy shop. So, there's a little about me. I'm glad to be here!
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    Storage on the Go

    I use zip locks for bulk and altoids tins for the rings I am currently working with. It a real effective combination, and I can caryy them in most anything I take with me.
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    Fixing Pliers

    Personally, I just keep using the pliers without the springs. I find that I can open the pliers with my pinkie just fine. It doesn't slow me down any, and it's a lot less hassel than trying to replaace the springs and more affordable than buying new pliers. The only time I have really broken a pair of pliers, I snapped one side of the jaws clean off. Now that's a broken pair of pliers!
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    How do you store your rings and things?

    I use multi drawer parts bins and small ziplock to store rings after I have opend the shipping bags. Before I open them though, they stay in plastic tube, segregated by size. When I am working on a project or travelling I keep the rings I am currently using in old Altiods tins, specialty cigarette tins and the like. They work really well, stay securly closed and hold a reasonable amount of rings.
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    Poll: How long have you been mailling, and do you make money?

    For most of my time mailling, it has been a hobby. Over the last 2 years, I have started selling more of my work, mainly to pay for more materials, and I make dice bags for a couple of gaming stores here in Portland. So I guess I fit between hobbist, making money when I can, and aspiring to use maille as an income source. Katrina Wolffe Owner/artisan kittensoft Chainmail
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    Oops! Ideas please.

    They can also be used for a persian weave. It will be a larger necklace, more for men than women, but it should look nice. Hope this helps, Katrina Wolffe Owner/Artisan Kittensoft Chainmail
  8. Just joind this forum, going through and reading old posts, upload a couple of images...

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      Kittensoft_Chainmail

      Making chainmaille armor for pegacorn and dragon. Part of a collaborative project with https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheRoamingPeddlers They're so cute!

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    Chainmaille Tailcoat & Skirt Set

    I made this outfit about 9 years ago, and I syill wear it to events today. Both the coat & skirt are made from 18 gauge wire wrapped to 3/8" I.D. except were otherwise noted. The tailcoat is made from 36,864 stainless steel rings and about 100 3/16" I.D. brass rings for attaching the leather collar and cuffs. The buttons are gold tone and go through working button holes, and the sleeve is semi-fitted. The skirt is made from 14782 aluminum rings, and 3890 stainless rings. The stainless rings are woven European 6in1 for a sturdy waistband. The aluminum is woven in 8 panels of hexagonal expansion (like you'd do for the top of a coif), to give the skirt a slight over-gore for a very nice swing and twirl when moving. The tailcoat weighs 18 lbs. and the skirt is another 3 lbs. This makes for a total weight of 21 lbs., before adding corset (the extra back support is nice when wearing this), underwear, petticoat, shoes and whatever other accessories one chooses to add. Any activity becomes an instant workout, but it looks darn good!

    © Katrina Wolffe, Kittensoft Chainmail

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    Any micromaillers out there?

    On those rare occasions that I have made micro maille (24 gauge wire and 1/16" ID), I have have made a simple hook and chain out of the same 24 gauge wire I use for my rings. It holds really well in actual wear, so should be fine for 1/4 scale doll (I presume) use. Hope this helps. Katrina Wolffe Owner/Artisan Kittensoft Chainmail
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