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    Any plans on ever going back to 510 Bronze for 16g?
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    Stainless Steel - Black and Plain

    When will you be restocking the mid-gauge stainless? SXSS1918, SXSS1818, SXSS18964, SXSS18316 Also, you guys would sell a lot more blackened if it was saw cut.
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    Will 14g AA make a stable JPL?

    (Not sure if this is the right board to post this.) I'm trying to find a very chunky size for doing JPL in with colors and was wondering if TRL's Anodized Aluminum 14ga 1/4" ID makes a stable JPL? Its listed as an AR of 3.2 which I know is about the weave's upper limit, but AA can also be slightly different sizes based on what color you are looking at. Specifically, I want to make some Mardi Gras chains in purple, green and gold. Has anyone made JPL in 14g AA? How did it come out?
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    Been almost a year on the 16g. ETA??
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    New Orleans

    Any maillers in the New Orleans area? I'd love to meet fellow artists, especially maillers.
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    Newbie questions

    I'll keep that in mind, though that sounds far more tiresome on my arm than an hour or two of tumbling.
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    What do you call your designs?

    An interesting thought, comparing it to the fashion industry. I suppose for high-end artisan jewelry though, that is entirely appropriate.
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    What do you call your designs?

    I sell a wide variety of weaves, some of which are of my own invention/innovation. What do you call these things to make them memorable and interesting? Especially when its established weaves with boring names, i.e. box chain, half persian 3-1, etc.? And what about your own unique designs, maybe incorporating other components?
  9. Wondering what to call the new weaves I come up with.

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    Newbie questions

    I find I only need to tumble rings for a few materials/sizes if the cuts have burs. (For instance my 19g 7/32" stainless has burs, but the 18g doesn't) It is still not necessary but it does clean up that issue. Even then you aren't trying to change the finish. You can also tumble all the copper/brass/bronze when it tarnishes or to buff up the finish if a chemical cleaner was over used and etched it.
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    4-1HP needed for chain maille 11 inch/28 cm: NEED HELP

    It would be easier to weave it with gold/silver plated rings than try to plate the item afterward. Fill would be even better. Both are generally over jeweler's brass. Half Persian 4-1 is not a difficult weave though. I imagine nearly everyone on these forums can produce the item.
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    HP3-1 Rant

    I almost always weave my hp on a string/wire. It just goes faster, for me, even more so than the speed weaving method. I've always found hp weaves though are something you just have to practice with until you can really see what the weave is doing and understand it. At that point it is far less of a headache to see what is wrong or right.
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    New User Thread

    Not so new to chainmail or TRL but new to these forums. Hi everyone! I got started chainmailing a few years ago but burned out on it quickly pushing myself into micro-maille. I picked this back up again last spring and have been very active.
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    Titanium - Anodized and Plain

    Titanium Sample packs are listed as out-of-stock. ETA?
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    Popular items when selling?

    So guys, I'd like to make maille jewelry part time work, hoping to make at least a few hundred dollars a month making maille on the weekends. Right now I have figured out a number of weaves and have some starting supplies. Money is tight though so I can't go getting more rings in every metal and AR all at once. What weaves and/or metals do you guys sell the most?
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    Take your armor to the beach?

    If you add a lining, soak the whole thing in water and put it on, or wear it in the shower. You want to make sure the extra weight wont pull it off.
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    Which weaves are strong?

    The names may not be too standard but knowing what is already out there keeps you from reinventing the wheel and gives you something to learn from.
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    Which weaves are strong?

    What you are talking about is roundmaille. It is the 6 sided progression of box (You guys really should do at least a little reading on your hobby). Being 6 sided you are right, making a connection off the end can be annoying. What you can do though is use box which gives you an easy symmetrical end to connect off of. There is also as yet un-named higher progressions as well. I just made a bracelet of e4-1 in an 8 sided tube. It is very flexible, can take a very low AR, (E4-1 minimum is about 3.2) and ends with a bilaterally symmetrical set of rings. You can contract it down from 8 sides down to 4 for box, or connect to it directly. The main thing I think you will find with this project is that a split ring to make any sensitive connection will save you major headaches. After that, weaves with a clear grain that doesn't alternate down the rope, EDIT: (so use box weave over byz) will keep weight more even, and making sure all rings interact in the same way along the whole chain, (so use HP4-1 over HP3-1). Those things will help. It should go without saying that metal choice will probably be a bigger influence though. Bronze over copper, steel over bronze, know the temper, dont use aluminum, etc.
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    Popular items when selling?

    Good advice overall there, and glad to hear I shouldn't put too much time in Etsy. I was thinking of using DA as advertisement for Etsy, but it sounds like I should use them both to point people to my own site. I'm hearing a lot of answers on what sells but it sounds reasonable.
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    Popular items when selling?

    Keep in mind this is a goal, I dunno how attainable it is. I don't have any one place I expect to make major cash though, but I figure a combo of Etsy (and other similar sites), a personal website, DeviantArt, and wearing the stuff and having biz cards on me will get me part of the way there. If I can find shops to take my things on then, yes, what they want is what I will make for them, so long as they can sell it. As for weaves, it depends on what I like to make and can make well at a reasonable pace, but also on what others like. If no one wants to by Full Persian, it doesn't matter if I can toss out a great necklace of it in an hour, I'll have a pile of unsold necklaces, wasting my time and materials.
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    heat coloring steel

    So ask if they will do a batch for you. You are making armour here so its not a particularly small order. If they won't then do it yourself. I figure if you are willing to beat out pauldrons, chest, etc, cast a face mask, and weave this many rings, you can Ano your own rings if need be. Another alternative though is the enameled copper. Another problem, artistically, with the blackened steel is that the pic shows a dark blue, and against copper alloys that really would look best, but blackened steel has no blue to it. Dark blue AA or EC would look best.
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    Solid rings

    Just to clarify, the price in total for welded rings would be the normal price of the rings plus 10-20 cents per weld? Also, would you offer a similar service for other metals such as bronze, or blackened steel? More info on this?
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    Solid rings

    Does anyone know a source for solid rings (to use with split rings) in good jewelry sizes? Something like a welded steel ring that wasn't 10g and 2" across would be good. At this stage for me I'd rather buy the things I need than setup equipment to make these things, so I'm not very interested in welding or soldering rings myself right now.
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    Brass plated rings

    Hehe, I love the smell of the copper alloys too, especially pure copper. If you try anything, try it on a few extra rings or a small area of the mail first. Vinegar should be ok, but special cleaning products may strip some metal in the process. Since its only plated, that might not leave you with any brass left.
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    Brass plated rings

    That's called vinegar...