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    Minimizing Scratching of Anodized Alum. Scales

    PAmbrust: It's likely. The woman who made the bag I bought said that she bought them en masse as parts of a fishing lure. The process the industry utilizes is likely more durable than that for scale maile given its' application. That being said, I couldn't find even similar pieces in bulk, so I skipped over that and headed straight on over here, to TRL. Ahmanud, good call! Upon closer inspection of the scales, a lot of them do have slight burrs along the edges. The knitting needles were also scuffing the scales. I ended up messing around with them for a while with a friend who is also working with anodized scales and we ended up trying something that she's had to do. Which is effectively buff the scales. Using an eye glasses cloth and water, she's had to go back after putting the bag together and clean up her work. Turns out the burrs are scuffing, not deeply scratching. Here, check it out... Before: After: There's still a few noticeable scratches here and there, so I'm going to try the wooden knitting needles to see if I can eliminate the damage entirely. Thanks everyone for your comments and help! I'll post before and after pics of the bag restitched with wooden needles and buffed just so that the diffence of the problem and the outcome of the problem-solving is evident. Thanks again!!!
  2. The Project: knit-scale dice bags The Process: knitting 2 halves of a bag or knitting the entire front & back face, followed by stiching them together or closed. This is the process being used to knit the scales into place ( simple knit-scale stitch, starts at 00:01:50 ). I'm using 3.25mm aluminum needles, common store knitting thread and the scales were purchased through TRL. The Challenge: My anodized aluminum scales are getting all kinds of "battle worn" from just the process of knitting the scales together, let alone from normal wear and tear: Now, I have another bag ( completed ) that I purchased about a month ago that is not exhibiting near the dmg. I have not been gentle to this bag; tossing it into a backpack ammassed with stuff, idly rolling the scales / knit, testing the tensile strength, etc: As you can see, there's a considerable difference in the wear between the two bags. Hardly any at all on the second. I took my needles to an underlying scale and they do appear to be anodized with no additional treatment, given how easily they scuffed... So Far: I've attempted to utilize an enamel on a few scales ( 2 lights coats; 3 distorted color ), but that scratches even worse! Supposedly the stuff they used on anodized engine / car parts, I must be missing a step... I'm also thinking now to try out maybe some wooden knitting needles, as the majority of the dmg is coming from there, although they are still rubbing against each other every time I add a new stitch. Another possibility is to mayhaps cover the scales in painters blue tape individually as I work, but there's no mild guarantee that the tape will stick through the whole process or won't pull of the paint after the bag is completed. I'll end up trying this process out next.. --- I read on another post that a gentleman was not having the same issue as I am. His are two bracelets made for his young daughters ( under 10, both ) and I can only imagine the kind of mischief children put things through. His were hardly worn at all, except around points of contact ( which is arguably where I'm having the most issue, but the forum seems to be pretty issue-free about the weardown of anodized scales ). I'd highly apprecaite any insight into the matter or help problem-solving. I'm pretty new to this and would like to do a full cosplay with blue anodized scale maile for next years convention(s). While it can look a little rough around the edges, it would be nice for it to at least make a photo shoot without already looking a year+ used. Thank you!