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    ring cutter motors

    I'm not sure what 1/8 hp converts to in amps, but I'm not having any problems cutting Aluminum with a 4 amp drill setup, roughly 3/4 power. Not sure if the foot pedal would give you consistent results however.
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    motor size

    I would also wonder as to the amps of the motor. I'm currently using a 4 amp drill that is plugged into and extension cord with a dimmer switch. I'm using one of the newer dimmer switches, which, to my understanding, doesn't decrease torque like a turn dial resistance dimmer would. So far works great for Aluminum. I set the dimmer at the speed I want, set the drill to full power, and just turn the dimmer on and off as needed. Eventually, as i cut other metals, I'll have markings for speeds for Aluminum, Steel, Copper and Bronze.
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    Jewelry Management Software

    I've looked at this as well, and it seems like it would be great, but I won't know until I use it. So far, I've been okay with a pretty robust excel spreadsheet to track inventory and cost and price, but I'm also not selling my pieces yet, just costing and pricing what I've made for future reference. If I ever get to that stage, I'll probably look at this software as well. Thanks for the info, and if you get it, I look forward to your opinion on it.
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    is saw cut worth it?

    Madd stated this very well. I have made mostly jewlery, with a couple of scuplture pieces. Almost everything has been saw cut. The only Machine cut rings I used was when I was first starting out. Aside from what Madd said above, the best way I know I've closed a ring properly is when I make a mistake in the weave, and have to undo some rings, and then spend a significant amount of time trying to find the actual closure to undo it. With machine cut, even a good closure is still easy to find with a fingernail. I also go with the maginfication, I have a jeweler's headset that I use when I'm weaving, which shows imperfections much quicker then by the naked eye. Though I am a little biased, as I also cut my own rings for the most part. I love being able to say, "This piece, started from that spool of wire over there." Though I'm not in it to sell, at least not yet. All my pieces have been gifts at this point.
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    Cutting rings with a dremel help

    I believe the dremel is also too fast. You're looking to be cutting around 100-300 rpm for aluminum and well under that for copper and steel, if I remember right.. I've got the various speeds printed out, but my binder is at home. I built a ring cutter out of an old electric drill, some aluminum angle iron and a dimmer switch wired into an extension cord for speed control. Mounted it on an old cabinet door using left over wood pieces from other projects. I can post some pictures later if you're interested
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    romanov unit ring sizes

    I've used SXAB18532, SXAB18932 for the romanov I've done, I'm not sure what the bead size was though, I think 4mm, but not positive. I can measure them when I get home tomorrow and update this.
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    Saw cutting pure titanium

    I built a custom rig with a handheld drill, some aluminum angle irons, some scrap wood I had lying around, and a dimmer switch for a variable speed control. Not the most aesthetically pleasing construction, but it's functional. I use it when I need a custom size rings, or need to quickly make more of a size I ran out of. I tend to buy bulk from TRL. Also, I just enjoy making stuff, so making my rings from scratch is just more fun for me. That was the main reason I made it, since I know cost wise, it's not as effective to make my own rings, but I enjoy it, in a meditation type way. But I'm also doing this as a hobby, and not really selling any of the pieces I've made, so the time aspect isn't as big a deal. I'll be factoring in ring creation if I start actively selling pieces at a later date. Chainmaille, all the aspects of it, is a blast for me, as well as useful. I currently keep the rings I'm using for a project with me, as well as some pliers, and when I feel like having a smoke, pull out the pliers and start working to keep my hands busy.
  8. Here's the math, from CGMaille.com Here's the link: http://cgmaille.com/tutorials/dragonscale.shtml I'm not sure on the math, since it's 1am here. I started working it out, but I don't think I did it right. I've only done Dragonscale in the same guage, which is much easier math. Hopefully someone more knowledgable than me will chime in as well.
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    CGMaille.com Wrong Rings

    I second Daemon_Lotos about investing in calipers. It makes it much easier to see what exactly the AR and ID are of the rings. Especially if you start making your own. I recent made a number of AB1814 rings, and didn't even think of checking, combined them with the 1814 rings I got from TRL. After I started working on a weave, I saw there was a noticeable size difference. After measuring, TRL rings are 6.48 for an AR, while mine are 5.47. I then spent quality time sorting through them As for Dragonscale, Movak did a nice right up about the math for it, if you're using the same guage. I think there's another post on the boards that go into the math for different guages, but I can't seem to find it http://www.theringlord.org/forum/index.php?/topic/10176-need-an-equivalent-measurement-for-dragonscale-finished/?p=76761
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    Scale "Feathers"

    Thanks again!
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    Scale "Feathers"

    So I'm working on a dream catcher, and one of the things I'd like to do for part of it is make scale feathers for it. But I'm having a tough time determining what weave to use to keep the scales kinda pointed out, and not droop straight down. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks, ~Z
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    Question about new pliers

    I've got a pair of the regular Ringlord pliers and the Bent nose ones. I love them for doing aluminum, I use it for 16 to 22 guage. I also have a pair of harbor freight Lineman Pliers I use for 16guage SS. I've had no issues with them, but I haven't tried any of the other pliers to give a good comparision.
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    Scale "Feathers"

    Thanks for the response. What do you mean by bracelet weave though? And I love those flowers with EPDM!
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    Another Dragonscale question

    There was a post a while back where Movak, I think, had done out the math. I thought I had it bookmarked, but I can't find it now. If I remember right, your small ring needs to be at least an AR of 3.6 and preferably around 3.9 for flexibility. The larger ring should have an AR of the smaller ring +2. If they're the same gauge. So following the math, like TwilightBanana said, 18ga 1/4" or higher for the larger rings. That's also assuming I remembered that post right......*heads off to dig through the forums* Ah found it, just had it bookmarked in a different spot. http://www.theringlord.org/forum/index.php?/topic/10176-need-an-equivalent-measurement-for-dragonscale-finished/?p=76761
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    What is this called?

    I just used pieces of 19ga Wire and a pair of round Jeweler pliers to make the loops. A small piece of masking tape on the pliers helps ensure you make the loops the same size, if you're doing multiple beads.
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    Arbor based cutting rig

    I'm working out a design for an cutting rig based on my drill press, and I've looked at a number of builds people have put together, and I think I've got about what I'm going to build. One question I have though, is: Do you want the blade spinning toward, or away from the coil? My table saw spins TOWARD the wood, but a number of tutorials or build topics talk about the rings riding the blade out, which makes me think AWAY from the coil. So which way is best to do it? Thanks, ~Z
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    Arbor based cutting rig

    Thanks for the info and quick response, greatly appreciated. Pfeiffer: That's what I thought but wanted to be sure. I've already got an arbor and blades, just had been cutting them by hand, since I was doing smaller projects. Next project is bigger, so I figured it was time to build the machine rig. Losthelm: Thanks, that PDF is great. Along the lines of what I was thinking of building. I'm just cutting aluminum at the moment, so I think it will be okay, just a little on the fast side, but I need to do the calculations to be sure. For anything else, I'll probably look at custom pulley wheels to slow it down further.
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    Question about pliers

    Harbor Freight has some long handled ones, but I think the ones I saw were 11". Not positive, because I just saw them when getting some lineman pliers and didn't take a closer look at the time.
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    That's a good idea, may keep my boys from wearing through them so quickly.
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    Guide on Tumbling

    You could put the rings on a line. I've used fishing line for closed rings, but if they're just cut, the line can go through the gap. Possibly thicker string, or twine...shouldn't fray too much in crushed walnut, I don't think, but I haven't tested that yet. If you cut your own, it's easy to run the line through the coil first, then cut them so that way the're all strung and ready to tumble.
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    welded rings at TRL

    What about using this weave with a heavier thread, and then attaching the maille to these rings? http://howdidyoumakethis.com/blog/2012/3/3/make-this-ribbon-woven-chain-necklace.html Here's the thread on these forums, I know BikePartJewelry posted a few she did with heavier yarn/rope. http://www.theringlord.org/forum/index.php?/topic/10991-can-someone-help-me-find-this-link-please/ Note: I've not done any Maille to Fabric projects yet, so have no idea to the feasibility of this.
  22. I built this last night, http://www.theringlord.org/forum/index.php?/topic/9514-coiling-jig/#entry71744 This was quick and easy to put together so I could make a few more rings I need to finish up some Christmas presents and it worked pretty well once I get the hang of it. Though I'm thinking longer term of going with something like what Canisunis built.
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    Need Help with Scale Flower Kit

    So the way that I've been doing them is a slight variation on the instructions. Mind you, I'm only doing small scale at this time, so this generally works fine for me. 1) Two "B" rings on each scale, then hook all 5 scales onto a "B" ring for the center. (I found this is quicker for me and allows me to prep the scales while sitting at work, etc. Also, it made it easier so I was sure I didn't have 1 scale "flipped", which happened to me a few times before) 2) I then put the "A" rings between the "B" rings. I do the in-side of the scale flower first, then the out-side. I found if I do it the other way, I have to use more force, and it's a little more frustrating. At this point, the flower tends to curve somewhat to the in-side of the scales. 3) Putting on the "C" rings. Easiest way, think of it like tightening the lugnuts on a car tire. Put one on, the go to the opposite and put the second one on, then the opposite side for the third, and so on. Like a star. If I went around the circle instead, the last two involved some swearing to get them on usually. I'm not sure that made sense. I'm at work now, but I could take some photos when I get home.
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    starting out

    Don't worry about speed, practice good closures and the speed will come eventually. I've found a bright light makes it easier to get good closures. I use a flexible desk lamp I got from Ikea for $5 or $10.
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    stupid tumbler...

    I use a "nail finder" magnet, at the bottom or side of a Tupperware container. Grab some of the shot while pouring into another Tupperware container, then move the magnet, the shot falls to the bottom of the container. As for the magnet, it's normally used to find Nails and screws in the wall, and it's pretty strong, I think I got it at Harbor Freight or Home Depot for a couple of bucks