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    Scalemail Rebel Alliance Crest

    Nice work!
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    scale flower hair barrettes???

    I've never tried attaching a scale flower, but I do attach byzantine to barrette clips all the time. I use a 8 lb. test nylon fishing line, and it works really well. Make sure to tie it securely, and if you're careful, you can melt the end of the lone together so that they don't come untied. Hope this helps.
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    Shipping Options and the Holidays.

    Nah, it's nice to see such complete info given for what can be a very important issue for so many. I may be weird for that, but I say...Good Work!! :animier:
  4. Working on adding decoravtive accents to the purse I've been carrying for 10 years. Denim and colored aluminum should look really good when I"m done. I'll upload when I'm finished. :)

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    Beginner and pliers dilemma

    I suppose it's what works best for you. I use needle-nose pliers myself for 18 gauge and smaller rings, but I use standard pliers for 14 & 16 gauge wire in larger rings, Different people will tell you different things, but do what works best for you. You may find that you will use only 1 type, or like me, different types for different sizes.
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    Cutting Coils

    I've tried in the past, The cutting disks wear out fast and unless you have the coil clamped along he full length, your rings will fly when the cut through .
  7. Ah, the Holiday Season, 4 orders made & shipped in 5 days. Busy, busy busy!

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    Costume Chainmail Top

    There is no problem with mixing rings, other than maybe figuring out how the make the transition from large to small without any bunching.
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    Costume Chainmail Top

    The 18 gauge 3/16" ID holds up pretty well. I've made doll armor, belt pouches and game boards out of that size ring, it makes a tight weave, and I have yet to need to do any repairs on any of it. It will take a large number of rings though. I made a game board that was about 1.5 square feet total and it took just under 10,000. If she want to save time and headache, she might want to move up to a 16 gauge ring but the keep the same aspect ratio as 18 gauge 3/16". Just a thought.
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    Yin-Yang Dice Bag

    A new design on one of my bags. I've always liked the Yin-Yang, and so I decided to do one on a bag.

    © Kittensoft Chainmail 2013

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    American Girl Doll Chainmail Shirt 2

    This is the shirt on the American Girl doll. The customer took this picture when she received the shirt. She is still working on the rest of the costume, and will be sending me a picture of the completed doll. When I get it, I will post it here.

    © Katrina Wolffe, Kittensoft Chainmail

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    American Girl Doll Chainmail Shirt 1

    I made this on commission for a lady who is turning an American Girl doll into Bilbo Baggins for her on for Christmas. This image is the completed shirt I mailed to her.

    © Katrina Wolffe, Kittensoft Chainmail

  13. Just finished getting over 200 pieces ready for bazaars. Now I'm makeing a chain shirt for a Bilbo Baggins doll.

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    Expanding a 4-1 weave while maintaining the look?

    I made a version out of 18 3/8" id stainless, and although the mantle (or collar) does not meet and close in the front, it does hang down in front and that keeps it well balanced. I have never had it slid off of my head, without bending over so far it hurts.
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    Suggestions on adding padding to pliers

    I'm real fond of fingerless biking loves myself. The palms are padded, but the finger ends are free for fine control.
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    unlabeled ring packages?

    Well, I'm glad you got it figured. Myself, I always check them against the invoice when I receive an order. It saves on hassles.
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    unlabeled ring packages?

    If you go to your account on TRL and get into your orders, the invoice is there online.
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    Custom build

    Sorry for the loooong reply, but I figure the more info I can give you the better for you to make your decision.
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    Custom build

    Having what you have used before as a pattern would be great. If not that, I will need a few measurements; length of inner leg, length of outer leg to however high you want it to go on his side, circumference at top of leg, circumference at lowest point of leg you want it to go. I think Velcro or leather straps would work best. It could also be done in chainmail, but going all the way around the dogs torso would run the price up by quite a bit. If you are planning on Velcro or leather, I will include attachment points for the straps. If you would rather not send me what you have, a couple of pictures of what you have next to a yardstick would be almost as good for sizing purposes. I've done things with less to go on, but having a good pattern is a big help in making sure it fits right the first time. From looking a pictures of Aussie shepherds I've found on-line and figuring on using a 1/4" I.D. 18 gauge stainless ring, in a basic European 4in1 weave we would be looking at around $100-$125. I will guarantee it would not go over $125, even if I have figured on the low side. That also assumes that you will provide that straps when it gets to you. If you would like me to provide the straps, that would probably run another $10 - $15 for Velcro and $20 - $30 for leather belts with buckles (maybe less as I have a good leather supply store reasonably close by). I could start on it for $25 down, to cover materials, and be working on it as soon as this Friday with pictures of what you've been using, or as soon as what you've been using arrives if you want to send it to me. I've got another order I'm working on right now that should be done by then. Let me know what you think.
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    Custom build

    Hi Jesse, I'd be willing to do it, but I have a few questions. How big is your dog? Do you have a way to keep it on the dog, or would I need to include that in my build? Were you thinking of a tight weave or a loose weave? I would recommend tight, but loose could work too. Also, what type of metal were you thinking? I would recommend stainless steel over galvanized, as it would be better for your dogs health. Depending on the answers to these questions the cost could run from $50 to $200 or $300 for a really big dog. Also, FYI, I work in butted mail, not welded or riveted, so if that won't work for you, let me know so you can find someone who does. Let me know what you think.
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    Shirt fasteners...

    I don't know if they have an actual name, but I've seen them referred to as double key rings, locking key rings and other names. You can find them at most places that a sell and/or make keys. TRL sells them from this page http://theringlord.com/cart/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=78&cat=Other+Findings. I generally get mine from a local store chain called Fred Meyers, but you can probably find them at a local Target, Wallmart, or maybe even a leather supply store. I think a local locksmith or key-maker may be your best bet, but anywhere that makes keys should work.
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    Shirt fasteners...

    I've found these work well with mail, and make it easy to take on and off. They do leave a bit of a wide gap those, so for costuming they're great, but for fighting armor they should be covered by something else, like plate. Hope this helps.
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    Shirt sizing

    Also, although you make the shirt to fit the widest point (your chest), it will contract below the chest and fit more closely to the waist. Chainmail can be be very forgiving that way. I also agree with Isothelm, wearing a belt it a great way to make sure that not only will it be kept closer to the body, but spread the weight between the shoulders and the hips for more comfortable long term wear.
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    For those who might be interested...

    I have been working on a collborative effort with The Roaming Peddlers. They make the cutest unicorns, pegacorns and dragons, and now I have made armor, made especially for them, available in my etsy shop! Here are some pics of the various critters in the armor. If you are interested, you can find the listing for these at Kittensoft Chainmail for the armor and The Roaming Peddlers for tthe critters.