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    INCUDO - Easy to use Inlay Designer

    A very helpful piece of software Thomas. I don't know if you're still willing to do new patterns, but if so have you considered European expanding circle? That could be a huge help to me!
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    Silver Hair Clip for Christmas

    Pretty.
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    Best rings for a chainmail bag (big/strong enough for a laptop)

    Glad to be of help.
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    Best rings for a chainmail bag (big/strong enough for a laptop)

    For a laptop out of AA you're going to want to go with at least a 16 gauge wire, and probably nothing larger than 3/8" ID. With stainless you can probably get away with 18 gauge and 1/4" ID, but that will be quite a bit heavier than AA. Lining it can be another way to use a lighter wire/larger ring ID, but then you have the fun of figuring out how you want to attach it the liner to the shell of the bag. Sewing can work, but it can be a bit of a pain, and unless your rings are soldered, the threads can work out, requiring occasional repairs. The advantage of this is a cloth liner will keep any friction damage between the rings and the laptop case to a minimum. Just a couple of thoughts I hope are helpful.
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    Let's talk Thor . . . and Norse Mythology

    I don't do Odinism, but my wife does. I read post to her and her first impulse was ignore the Prose Edda and go through the Poetic Edda. The Prose was written/translated by by an Icelandic politician several hundred year after Christianity came to Iceland, and was filtered through the christian mindset. She said if you want an enemy of Thor, look into Utgard-Loki. The story is told in Gylfaginning in the Prose Edda, but is mentioned several times int the Poetic Edda. Hope this helps, if you you would like to talk to her more, send me a private message and I will give you her @dress.
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    Novice -- Cross

    Nice work!
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    Wonder Woman 2

    Second view showing the side with the red, white & blue color blocks background.
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    Wonder Woman 1

    A customer asked me if I could put a Wonder Woman symbol on a bg for her, and this is my humble effort. It is made with 3/8" id anodized rings.
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    Wreath Ornament Kit

    Cool, thanks for your help!
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    Wreath Ornament Kit

    Hi, I just order 1 of these kits and I have a question. It arrived with around 200 14 ga. 11/32" ID rings. I don't see these rings listed in the description of the kit, or in the instructions. The 14 ga. listed in both is either rings 7/16" (which I got), or rings 3/8" (which it looks like those are only needed for the snowflake ornaments which I didn't order.) Is this an error on the packaging end, or am I missing something? Help?
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    Wreath Ornament Kit

    Thanks Bernice, I'll try those options. I used 9 because that's what was in the instructions, and you might want to add those options to the instructions for future buyers. Juist a thought. Thanks again for the help.
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    E4-1 and comission questions

    On the store pages, the listing for each item will generally give rings/sq. ft. That will give you a good starting point for figurine out how much work you will be doing. As for how much to charge for labor, there are threads here that cover that topic much better than I could in one post. I suggest finding and reading them for a good range of options/thoughts on the subject.
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    Wreath Ornament Kit

    My name is Katrina Wolffe, my order # 259002 ordered 10-14-2014. I ordered the Wreath kit and 2 Star Ornament kits. BTW the rings I was asking about originally were the center rings for the star kit. My calipers were off and I had to get a new set, that's where the 11/16 measurement came from. Imagine my embarrassment. The stars are working beautifully, so no problems there.
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    Wreath Ornament Kit

    So, i just finished the last last wreath I can make with the included materials. I only got 5 out of the kit after having to put in the extra rings.
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    Wreath Ornament Kit

    Here's an image for you with no extra rings, and no ribbon. And here's what I've done to correct it as much as possible.
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    Wreath Ornament Kit

    I've made 3 of the wreaths for far, and they are coming out much looser than I expected. Are the colored rings supposed to settle towards the bottom of the center ring? I don't think so as it looks lopsided and messy, so I've had to add and extra row of connector rings around the center wreath (between the outside and inside rows of connectors) connecting the double green rings to the double green rings and the single red to the single red rings to tighten it up. This is causing me to run out of connector fast than I expected, and I doubt I'll get the stated 8 wreaths out of what comes in the kit. Is this a common problem, or have other people mentioned it, with this kit?
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    MAILLE FAQ - All you need to know and then some

    Maybe getting a sturdier pair of chain- or needle-nose and wrapping the jaws with duct or Gorilla tape will cushion the teen. It needs to be replaced regularly, but it works pretty well. The Beadalons are the wrong pliers for working with anything over 18 gauge (IMHO). They're good pliers for light work, but for heavy work, they are just not the thing. If you can find them, and they are out there for as little as $15, the Aven 103chain nose ego smooth jaw pliers have a comfy grip and are pretty sturdy. My only problem with them is they are short enough that getting good leverage for heavier, sturdier rings can be difficult, but they should work for what you're doing.
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    MAILLE FAQ - All you need to know and then some

    I have recently begun using 16 gauge rings, and the pliers I have do not seem strong enough. They flex when I'm closing the rings, almost seem as though the handles will bend. Are there any guidlines for plier sizes for different ring gauges and sizes? --------------------------- What kind of pliers are you using now? What metal are the rings in question? Also, ring size can play a role in how hard a rings is to close. I have found that standard pliers of good quality will work just fine on 16 gauge galvanized and stainless. I recommend Craftsman if you can get them. I think they still have their lifetime guarantee. If it breaks, they replace it, simple. If you are on a tighter budget, and if there is one near you, Harbor Freight carries some good strong pliers. I have a couple pairs of theirs that I have been using on 16 gauge galvy for at least 4 years now, and the are holding up beautifully. Basically any good solid pliers should work, but using smaller lighter craft pliers is a bad idea with heavy gauge, or higher tensile strength metals. I hope this helps!
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    Mixed colour anodized aluminum bags

    Random mix.
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    Making stock questions

    1b) I start at 7" and go up to 10". That covers most size needs for both women and men. 2) With the limited number of rings you have, and only selling on FB, making 1 of each bracelet style. Use a different color for each and have pictures of the colored rings you have available so that customers can choose a different color if they want. (does that make sense?) BTW, nice looking work!
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    Making stock questions

    1) I make them in a variety of finished lengths. I've found that although some customers don't mind waiting for an exact fit, many would rather not have to wait around. 2) I make the whole bracelet/necklace so I can show it on a wrist or display. I then take a close-up to post with the other pictures. 3) Waiting. . . . . . .
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    need help making a ring for finger

    I forgot to mention that I used 20 gauge 1/8" ID rings for the half-Persian rings.
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    need help making a ring for finger

    I have done a number of them using Half Persian that wear well, and though I made them out of anodized aluminum they seem to be holding up well.
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    flat rate shipping and hauberk

    If you can fit it in the largest Priority Flat rate box it should cost $17.45 for domestic delivery. (until they change the prices...)
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    flat rate shipping and hauberk

    You can also order boxes from www.USPS.com for free, and they will be delivered to your home at no charge!
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