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  1. 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. 😎


  2. 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. 😎



  3. 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,


  4. On 4/29/2019 at 8:41 AM, Nordhri said:

    I see what you are saying. Since I am doing a mantle and not a coif, would I begin with a strip of 4-in-1 then? Also, I assume tge enlargement process would change for smaller rings? I'm not saying ai want to go to mithril (spelling) levels of small. :)

    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!

  5. 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.

    IMG_4051.thumb.JPG.211c92b5c8ae292b02791bc9c7af83e5.JPGIt's the same method I use for the bottom of dice bags (see attached).



  6. 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

  7. 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.