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  1. 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
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    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.
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    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.
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    Anodized Aluminum

    You've been making matt violet for years, why stop now?
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    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.
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    Anodized Aluminum

    Thank you. I am particularly interested in the violet, and there is no other option for 3/16" violet currently listed.
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    Anodized Aluminum

    Do you know when SXMA18316 pink, red, violet & yellow will be in?
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    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.
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    Cleaning Anodized Aluminum After Wearing

    Glad to be of help.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Help with Skirt with Chain Mails

    Hi LiondeLune. I figured, since I've made a skirt for myself, I thought I'd weigh in. I made a skirt with 3/8" 18 gauge aluminum rings. it's about knee length, 18,000 rings with a 3/8" stainless for the waist band. The finished skirt weighs 3 lbs, and is held out with square dancing length petticoats. It requires checking for spread or damaged rings & repairs after every wearing. Having said all or that, it is, for me a joy to wear, and always gets compliments whenever I wear it. I would recommend not going with anything smaller than 16 gauge rings in aluminum, and using any heavier metal could cause momentum problems stopping or turning around, or cornering. Also, don't expect it to weigh any less than 10 or 12 lbs. I would also recommend installing shoulder straps to help support the weight. Don't get me wrong, heavier outfits can be so much fun to wear, I have an outfit that weighs in total 23 lbs. for just the chainmail portions. BTW the outfit I'm referring to is the one in my avatar picture. I with the length your using, I would recommend a hoop skirt instead of petticoats, it less likely to tangle around your legs, which could cause you to stumble, fall, or cause damage to the outfit. Good luck! Katrina Wolffe Owner/Artisan Kittensoft Chainmail
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    If it's mainly for show, going with a Japanese 6in1, It would make a vest with a fair amount open space to show the cloth underneath, which could be a great effect. It is interesting looking weave, and although it is somewhat complicated, it's not so bad as to take excessive time to construct. Also, if you would like, anodized titanium rings can add color to the vest itself. Just my 2cents worth. :-)
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    How to clean stainless steel

    Rice also works.
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    Looking for advice

    Wear and an undershirt of some kind, that's about the only way I know of.
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    Slippery Pliers

    If you have have a file or rasp, and a vice, for holding the pliers, that should help roughen up the pliers. Hope this helps. :-)
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    Witcher 3 Ursine Armor

    Looks like it might be 16g. 3/8 or 1/2 i.d. I agree that it looks like 4in1, and probably at least 10,000 rings.
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    chainmail dice bag

    I use 18 gauge in either 3/16" or 1/4" I.D. for most the bags I make. I have also used 16 5/16, but do they make a less flexible bag.
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    Looking for suggestions for a scale shirt made from bottle caps

    Hi dfcnothing. Here's a thought. Pull the liners, then punch 4 holes equidistant around the sides of the caps. Then build the shirt Japanese 4in1 using 18 or 20 gauge stainless and an I.D. of 3/16" or less. This method would require the least number of caps, plus it would display them so the art on the bottle caps could be seen. I built a game board out of bottle caps once, and it makes for an impressive display. With this method you could you could seek to get many different and unusual caps, and puzzle viewers as to where you got them. Or you could get a lot of a few different caps, and put in stripes, checks, or others patterns that you come up with yourself. Also, making it this way should keep the edges of the caps from pressing into your skin. :-) Hope this helps, Katrina Wolffe Owner/ Artisan Kittensoft Chainmail
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    Nice work!
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    Good starting order?

    Welcome Shansu. Take a look at the Beginners Jewelry kits found on the Ring Lord main sight http://theringlord.com/cart/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=253&cat=Beginner+Kits Happy mailing!
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    Making rings vs buying rings

    Know your drill, or get a variable speed controller. Just don't lock the drill on.,,. it's dangerous with wire moving under power.
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    Making rings vs buying rings

    I do my own 18g. stainless & bright aluminum, as well as 16g & 14g galvanized steel and like you time isn't a big issue for me. The trick for it to be really cost effective is th cost of your wire. I buy my wires bulk bulk quantities which keep the cost really low on a per ring basis, and I've built my own set up for wrapping so that I get a coil just under 3' long in about 2 min. each. Next comes the fun part....cutting. For most basic wires I use aviation snips. As long as you keep them sharp they cut nice a clean and look as good as a RL machine cut ring. It helps if you can have your cutting hand to be braced on something that will keep it steady and lets you get the weight of your body behind the cut. Also make sure to hold the coil FIRMLY in your off hand to keep it from twisting as you cut. It can take some practice to get really good at it, so be patient. I also recommend wearing work gloves, and if you have a rotatory tool like a Dremel for sharpening them when they get dull. Depending in the wire gauge & ring diameter I can cut a coil in 8 - 30 min (small stainless takes the longest). When doing my own basic stainless, aluminum and such, I get rings at about 1/2 - 3/4 of the RL price depending on wire. Now having said all that, when i need colored rings, gauges I don't keep in stock, square wires etc. I go straight to the Ring Lord as the best option. I hope this helps! P.S. I've attached a quick pic of the wrapping set up I made.