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  1. Kittensoft_Chainmail

    WTB micromaille wedding rings

    I'd think a Persian 3in1 would work better. I've made rings in this weave with 20 ga. 1/8" ID & 18 ga. 3.16" ID. The 20 ga. rides close to the finger and is comfortable for long term (my wife for one for a month straight) comfortably. The 18 ga. rings feel a little bulky between the fingers. Either way, getting the rings to fit correctly can be tricky, between finger size & ring size, sometimes you can't get a perfect fit. Also as TitaniumMithril, you'd have to solder the rings and they're soft metals, so can deform really easily. I hope this helps. 😎
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    New to this looking for pointers

    I use aviation snips for cutting any ring made with 18 gauge wire, stainless & aluminum, and galvanized steel up to 14 gauge. Just make sure you keep them SHARP, especially for the stainless! Anodized aluminum, titanium, and precious metals I buy pre-cut. For pliers, I like to use parallel pliers. They grab more of the ring for better control. You can get them in flat nose ( smooth jaw & rigded jaw). & needle nose. Hope this helps. 😎
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    Anodized Aluminum

    Any idea when SXAA18316EVI, SXAA1814royal , SXAA1814sky will be restocked?
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    Massive chainmail project

    Impressive amount of rings. I hope it works.
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    Anodized Aluminum

    Thank you!
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    Anodized Aluminum

    I'm looking for SXAA18316orange. Every other orange seems to be restocked, but not the this one. Any idea when it will show restocked?
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    Anodized Aluminum

    What's the current ETA for SXAA18316 & SXAA1814 Orange ?
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    Anodized Aluminum

    Will the SXAA18316orange and the SXAA1814orange be restocked at the same time as the SXAA1614orange?
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    Anodized Aluminum

    Thank you!
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    Anodized Aluminum

    Is there an ETA on SXAA18316bronze ?
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    Restoring Chainmail that survived a house fire

    I would recommend for the chain shirt is to find a way to tumble it with an aggressive medium. Maybe put it in a pickle barrel and roll it around the floor, or put it in a heavy duty clothes dryer. Or, sice it stainless, you might try to burn it off with a low temp torch, but remember to wear a mask, you don't want to breath the fumes. 🙂 For the anodized aluminum, for just cleaning the metal same thing, but for the tie, it should fit in a standard tumbler. If you want the color back, replace those rings with new anodized aluminum. Hope this helps, Katrina
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    AA Scratch Advice

    The only problem with that, is that you will end up re-taping the jaws fairly regularly as the tape wears away with use. 🙂
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    AA Scratch Advice

    You can find pliers with vinyl jaws, wrap tape around the jaws of the pliers you have, or dip them several times in Platicoat. Hope this helps.
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    Anodized Aluminum

    When will SXAA18316EVI Electric Violet be restocked?
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    Bishops Mantle help

    Yes, starting with a thin row of 4in1 would be the way to go. The method should work with most any size rings you want to do, I used the same method with 3/16", 3/8", 1/4", & 5/8" rings. Once you have your base strip of 4in1, it can help to make chains out as far as you want the mantle to extend. Count how many rings around the base strip is, but make sure it is divisible by a whole number, for my bags I use 6 chains, but you can use as many as you want. Just remember, the space between each chain will end up as a side of the finished mantle, and thus a rounder appearance. But if you use too many chains, it may not lay flat, so I recommend to make it divisible no more that 8 chains. Good luck!
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    Bishops Mantle help

    There is a way to make one that is rounded. From the bottom edge of the coif, hand a single ring off of each ring in the bottom row. On the next row, connect them like regular chainmail, and hand 1 loose ring off the bottom of each. Repeat on each successive row until the mantle is as big around as you want it. It's the same method I use for the bottom of dice bags (see attached).
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    Upcoming Custom Anodized Aluminum Colors

    Thanks, I look forward to it! Is there a way I can get a notice when they're ready?🙂
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    Upcoming Custom Anodized Aluminum Colors

    Is there going to be any 18g 3/16" violet in the works?
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    I use a combination of plastic storage boxes for findings, a set of bins to hold my bags of colored rings, ans labeled coffee cans and plastic jars to hold my stainless/aluminum/galvanized rings.
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    Upcoming Custom Anodized Aluminum Colors

    Yeah! My customers & I have been missing it!
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    Saw Blades vs Stainless Steel

    Stainless is a much tougher metal, you may need a more aggressive blade, and a powered blade would help.
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    Helping Out

    People ask why Kittensoft? Well, as you can see our cats do like to be involved in the process; from batting at coils while cutting rings, to being paws on while I knit, they love to 'help' at any opportunity!

    © Kittensoft Chainmail

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    Helping Out

    Marcus, the cat in the picture, will attack your hand if you try to rub his belly. I've had a couple of other cat that do that too, although I've more cats that just like to lie there and enjoy it, I suppose it depends on the cat. 🙂
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    Helping Out

    Mostly black with a thin white stripe along his belly. It looks like his long johns are showing through his suit, if yo can get him on his back. 🙂
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    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