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  1. Freyr

    22ga 1/8" ring strength and soldering

    All of it. While this may sound like its easy you must remember that you need molten metal in order to do this. Getting that metal to bond to a base without melting it would be hard enough as it is let alone the simple fact that if you dipped it your piece would become a mesh of gold with small holes in it. Long story short terrible idea. This also brings to light the point that you would need about 100x the gold that using goldfill wire would have in it. Since your using gold fill I'm assuming you can't afford the $1200 an ounce of gold would cost to melt into a puddle and dip a piece since it would probably take up as much gold as just using solid wire would. Plus you need alot extra since your dipping into a puddle and will only use at most 1/10th of what your dipping into. So this brings us back to soldering (yes you can solder goldfill). Personally I would say a smith little torch is what you want. But they are also expensive. So you could try a small butane torch like what you would find at a hardware store. After that its all up to skill more or less. Practice with electrical solder and copper wire to start with then move onto the gold solder since its not cheap stuff and harder to work with. :beer:
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    Inconel VS Stainless

    They look identical. Unless your in alot of salt water or using chemicals that will corrode your flesh you won't notice a difference. The salt water is mostly if you don't rinse it off at all and leave the salt on the piece...you'll get some minor surface rusting. The reason the inconel suite of alloys exist is because they are extremely corrosion resistant (I believe the Monel series is very similar if I recall correctly). So in other words they are used in enviroments where stainless steels would corrode or dissolve away. Probably one of thier widest applications is in the exhaust systems of high performance machinces...say aircraft. Inconels also have the advantage of not losing thier hardness until a much higher temp than steels which makes them ideal for high temp high strength applications as well (and you have the bonus of not rusting in high heat environments). So long story short you won't notice a difference except that the inconel will destroy snips and costs more. Personally though I like using it because I can. And it welds nice (although if your going for complete homognization of the alloy which allows for the weld to retain inconel's characteristics apparently its a PITA to weld). :beer:
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    WOW! Cost of Car Parts

    And this is why my next car is going to by my '79 T-bird fully restored. Every vehicle thereafter is going to be '79 or older and restored because the vehicles are built about 20x better and are cheaper to fix with less crap to go wrong. Cost of restoring is also less expensive than buying a new vehicle. :beer:
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    Finished Dragon

    Grats on getting it done. Looks amazing! :beer:
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    Rivited Mail

    http://www.anvilfire.com/iForge/ Read safety tip #3. All of it. Don't skim.
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    Wiss M3

    Bah if its that far out of the way use the motor oil and get some 3 in 1 oil next time your there. Hell I would use vegetable oil before driving 2 hrs to get something else. The only real difference between them when used for things like this is viscosity and staying power. :beer:
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    Wiss M3

    Sometimes from cutting you get metal particulate built up on the blades and in the joint. Clean the edges of the blades with your fingers(just pinch and run them down the blade..this works alot of the time) and also try a bit of whatever lubricant you have lying around. :beer:
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    Jap 8-2 Cube.

    3.9 will be fairly stiff. Jap cubes more or less hold up no matter what size you make them out of. Going smaller would likely result in you not being able to get full closures on the rings, however if you demand absolute ridgitiy in your piece then your going to need a full set of small increment mandrels and add rings in different sizes to the piece as you need them to keep it ridgid(this is because you need to actually have every ring under tension and therefore not technically closed all the way if you want "ridgid"). This is why sculptures have so many different ring sizes used, because there are other factors that go beyond the theoretical when making a piece. :beer:
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    Broken Bracelet

    Personally I think he's priced low(looking at the website). Alot of people sell just butted pieces at that price. The piece posted above me is more on par. :beer:
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    Broken Bracelet

    Some people are hard on jewelry. Butted will never hold up well on these people unless its 16ga spring stainless. Welding or soldering both work well. Welding Ag is somewhat of a pain in the ass due to its high conductance. Soldering is easy to do given enough room or in tight spaces a small enough flame. As for your piece try shortening it so it doesn't hang off her wrist so much. Other than that solder it. Or make her one in stainless. :beer:
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    Forged Pliers

    This tempts me to try my hand at making a set...we'll see about that this weekend... :beer:
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    In the POOL on Thanksgiving

    I've gone swimming in the ocean up on Victoria Island. That is a might chilly I must say since the water was somewhere below freezing. Lasted a total of 10 min with about 5 of those on an iceberg. :beer:
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    More mail from the web

    Seems to have made it over to break.com as well...how to become famous in one easy step it seems lol. http://www.break.com/pictures/beer-can-tab-chain-mail1541242.html :beer:
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    Newbie got a question

    TRL has a calculator for just such questions. http://www.theringlord.com/howmany.shtml :beer:
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    Rivited Mail

    I'm not one to preach retard proof safety (I firmly belive darwinism should sort that out not regulation...) but heating zinc is not something to f- with. I had a neighbour go comatose from welding galvy once...woke up a few days later but it would have been 50-50 with death. Spend $50 and buy some mild steel. :beer:
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    Off the top of my head I would say trinity. Your choice is extremely limited at that AR and for making a chain I would think all that would work is just a plain old 2-2(might only be able to get a 1-1). :beer:
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    Low income is not low income in Alaska it seems...-Rant

    Your about on par with most of Canada. :beer:
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    A new snow suit?

    Canada Goose is where its at. :beer:
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    Spiral chain

    I would say 2 is the practical limit due to the properties of said weave. Once you wrap 2 spiral chains around each other they sort of form a "cylinder" which makes adding a 3rd or 4th hard/impossible to do in the same fashion. However I'm all for someone proving me wrong on this...never attempted more, however I think that going above 2 would result in disaster. Just a note on what I said - based on the weave known as "spiral wrap" on maille. :beer:
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    other one that's still alive

    Too many hugs...not enough beer. *cheers to a dead tard*(know the feeling..not quite as bad of a situation as yours) :beer::beer:
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    What's the Diff: Gold Fill vs Plated?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_filled_jewelry Short story - plating uses electricity and ions to put an ultra thin layer on the piece, gold fill is hot rolled on and a much, much thicker layer. :beer:
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    Aging Silver without LoS

    Put bleach in the bottom of a pail and set the silver piece on a block above the level of the bleach. Put a lid on and let the fumes do thier work. Check periodically until desired blackness reached. All processes regarding this corrode the piece. The black is a compound formed by reacting silver with another compound. In the case of sterling the Cu reacts as well. I'm guessing why you had a hard time cleaning it is due to a pitting effect caused by too extensive of a reaction taking place. :beer:
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    How much wire?

    Buy the 24ga TRL shirt. To make the equivalent by hand takes more than anyone without some serious time and money can afford. I contemplated this once(24ga shirt) and figured with the time invested (2-3 yrs) I would be better off making it out of precious metals just because the $3k in materials paled in comparison to my time.(Figured with my time we were looking at a minimum of 5 figures for a price tag.) In addition welding is mandatory unless its sitting on a stand for its entire life. :beer: *edit for cross posting* Stainless doesn't solder. You have to braze or weld it. *edit 2* If its the look your concerned about fire TRL an e-mail and they can custom make a shirt for you to your specifications.
  24. Bah...everyone has a SLOWPOKE reactor kicking around for a quick neutron activation analysis on a whim.... SLOWPOKE NAA :beer:
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    Looks like a beautiful sunset...splashes of blood red and a purple glow. I find the best thing to do is jack it up and set it back down on blocks so all four wheels are off the ground. Makes things nice and easy. I actually just finished entirely replacing the brake system on my "new" car ('94 cavalier POS) after they dropped out on me. They still don't work. I took them to the mechanic. Its been over a week. They still have no idea either. Its been a fun time. As a result I also now have a new car buying motto...it must have a frame and no CPU. Cheaper to spend the money doing a full restoration than dealing with this crap. :beer: