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    flat rate shipping and hauberk

    I should it would be possible. The flat rate boxes come in a variety of sizes, and the larger ones should work. If you go done to your local office you can grab a box from the lobby or waiting area. You don't have to pay for the box, the charge comes when you ship and the box is included in that price. So, grab a box and check. Hope this helps
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    Captive Inverted Round frustration

    I haven't done CIR with captive rings, but I do use beads with this weave. I have found that it can be a big help to have 1 captive set, 1 empty 1 captive. That allows the piece to bend easily, maintains a pleasing pattern. In a bracelet all of the rings are the same size, in a necklace I use smaller rings for 2 empty sets between captive beads. It bends beautifully, has a certain elegance and looks nice with pretty much any outfit. Here are a couple of pics, the first is the bracelet, the second is the necklace. In the bracelet the rings are all 3/16", in the necklace the small are 3/16" and the large are 3/8". All rings are made of 18 gauge stainless wire. Hope I helped.
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    Brass, Bronze and Copper discoloration to the skin

    I'm one of those with a 'corrosive' system, and when I wear copper in warm weather the copper will start discoloring in 3 or 4 hours and I get green rub off within the same time. It also irritates my skin if I wear it for more than about 7 hours.
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    New to making chainmail.

    Also, wood will compress when wrapped with wire so the size of your rings will change the longer you use it. Metal rod are fairly cheap and will last fforever. I've been using the same 6 rods since I started mailing, and I'm just now thinking about replacing my smallest (it's starting to bow).
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    New to making chainmail.

    With 17 gauge galvy, I wouldn't go with anything over 3/16" I.D. and you could probably go as small as 1/8" I.D. At that size, I doubt 1/4 mi. of wire would be enough for a full torso piece, but it might do for a coif. Be prepared to spend a good amount of time when working with rings that small. Hope this helps a bit.
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    New to weaving

    Here is a good article http://www.mailleartisans.org/articles/articledisplay.php?key=318 And here is a tool to help calculate AR http://www.mailleartisans.org/articles/articledisplay.php?key=535 Welcome to this addicting hobby!
  7. Getting ready for my first vending experience. I'll be setting up at the Aberta Last Thursday craft and art event this week. Nervous....anxious...knitting just a few more samll things...Ahhh!

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      Kittensoft_Chainmail

      Did okay for my first event, made $150 in 4 1/2 hrs. Now to see if I can do it again next month....

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      Dice bag maker

      Baby steps. Be proud of yourself for that! :D

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      Kittensoft_Chainmail

      I think it went well, I made $148 in 4 hrs. Not bad for a first time out. :)

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    Shipping to New York (USA) other fees

    The same goes for Portland, Oregon.
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    When I was younger...

    What about being eaten by a Grue? Oh, and remember when Asteroids was high tech graphics?
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    When I was younger...

    Ye gods! I thought I was the only one who remembered the KIM. That's worse than the Lisa or Adam!
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    backing for hockey gloves

    I'd go for 18 gauge stainless 3/16" ID as the maximum size, maybe 20 gauge 1/8" ID.
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    Need help identifying rings

    At a quick guess, I'd say it looks like galvanized steel, 16 gauge, and 3/8" or maybe 1/2" I.D
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    Motorcycle Armor

    I once made a vest out of 16 gauge 3/8 galvy for a guy who wanted to put it over is leather riding jacket for the same reason. He's had a couple of accidents in the 12 years he's had it and claim that it has saved him from severe torso injuries. It just butted mail, and he brings it to me for repairs after each accident. The repairs have taken only about an hour or so each time. He's really happy with it as it is, so I'd say welding would improve the durability, but you shouldn't need to go any heavier than 16 gauge.
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    hair accessories

    Take a look at these: http://www.firemountaingems.com/itemdetails/H20C6604CL or these https://www.etsy.com/listing/184812047/silver-plated-metal-hair-combset-of-2?ref=sr_gallery_8&ga_search_query=metal+hair+comb&ga_ship_to=US&ga_ref=related&ga_page=1&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery Etsy also has others if you search for 'metal hair comb' you will get a number of hits for blanks and finished products. Hope this helps.
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    hair accessories

    DO you have a picture of the kind of thing you're looking for?
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    TRL scales going to Mars

    How very cool!!!! Fellow Sci-Fi geek here, and I think that's great! From the subject I was half expecting them to be in a John Carter movie or some such, but this is even better. :animier:
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    Cat and Rat Armour

    Impressive piece of work. I don't think my current cats would stand sill long enough to be properly fit though.
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    Here is my Snow Maiden Capelet

    A very pretty piece of work. About how long did it take, and what material. It's looks like it might be aluminum, but.....
  19. Nice work, and a very pretty end product!
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    Pig Knight

    He's just too cute!
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    Dragon armor finished

    Very nice work, and a great looking dragon head!
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    Using pliers without springs

    Most craft store pliers come with springs, where most hardware store pliers don't. Beyond that I suppose it's just personal preference. My recommendation would be to get used to working with both. Use hardware store pliers for heavier/stronger metals, and craft store pliers for lighter/softer metals.That's what I do.
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    Box Chain

    Here's an image of box chain done with 18 gauge 3/16" ID rings. I forgot I had an image of it on my Photobucket page. Oops!
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    A Question about Copper

    That should work out fine. I've done a number of jewelry pieces (bracelets and necklaces) that use those sizes, in aluminum, like that and they hold up quite well.
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    A Question about Copper

    I suppose it depends on the gauge if wire and size of the ring. Years ago, at least 10, I made a pot scrubber out of 18 gauge 3/16" rings. I've been using it regularly ever since, and I've only had to re-close or replace ring 3 times in 10 years. That seems pretty sturdy to me. I wouldn't expect the same durability out of 20, so it depends on what size you're going to be using. Also, a pendant doesn't get as much abuse or stress as say a bracelet might. I hope this helps.
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