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  1. If you really want it to be durable, go with welded rings. It's more work and money, but if you're getting smacked around in it and don't want to deal with repairs it really is the only way to go.
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    I'll be back in Joplin, MO in a few days.
  3. I haven't worn the full suit for more than a few hours at a time, but I haven't had issues thus far.
  4. Yeah, I figured it'd be easier to get it belted properly if it had something to hold the belt in place, and I really like FP, so it seemed like the logical choice.
  5. Part of it is one leg being longer, the other is that I was favoring one leg. The slight lean pulled the maille more one direction. May have also been the way I had it belted on.
  6. Salutations! For those who want an estimate on how long it takes... I have no idea how many hours I spent on these projects. However, they were all started within the past three to four years; this gives a bit of timeline. With the first coif, pants, and the hauberk, I hand wrapped and hand cut close to two miles of fencing wire. The first set is made out of galvanized steel fencing wire. 17 gauge 8mm rings, 14 gauge 5/16" (8.18mm) and 3/8" (10.32mm) rings. The second coif is 14 gauge saw cut bright aluminum 3/8". (10.21mm) The second pair of pants is 14 gauge stainless steel 7/16" (13mm) For an estimate on number of rings (I'm really mostly guessing.) it comes to ~4500 rings per coif, over 25,000 for the hauberk, ~8800 for the stainless pants, (I have absolutely no idea how many rings are in the galvanized steel pants.) ~9000 small scales for the cape. (18,000 rings.) Overall worn weight is roughly 90 pounds (40.82 kilograms). The hauberk is ~50, each pair of pants is ~20, the steel coif is ~8, with the aluminum one coming in at ~3. The cape weighs ~18. The way the cape is attached is only temporary, until I eventually finish my stainless hauberk. That will have D rings and I'll attach clips to the cape so it's not hanging off the back of the shoulders. This should help with better weight distribution. I also plan on lining the cape with leather or fur once I get the money/time to do so. http://imgur.com/a/htv5H Edit: I accidentally a word.
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    Dragonscale Help Needed Please

    With 18 gauge I usually use 5/16" and 3/16". For a flexible weave using both rings the same gauge, you want an AR of roughly 4 and 6.
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    1st Project... Need to know exact dimensions...

    I just did a quick count on what I've got finished on my cape in mirror finish aluminum scales. 1' wide appears to be about 20 scales per row, and 3' long appears to be about 80 scales per column. This was measured while it was lying flat, so there's no stretch. I hope this helps.
  9. I believe Jax is referring to hacky sacks, not this weave.
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    Does any one live in the north eastern area of Colorado?

    When I'm in Colorado, I'm in the Boulder area. Valaraukar of the forums is also near Boulder. I know there are several more in the area, but I don't know many of them. The Denver area has more, probably.
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    Scale Mail flag

    With small split rings it's easier to just use your hands to pop 'em on, then a quick twirl with a pair of needle nose pliers and they're done.
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    Armored Hoodie Project

    First thing that comes to my mind is no cloth lining on the inside of the hood. It WILL pull your hair. Also, are you planning on having the whole thing be a zip hoodie or a pull over? Keep in mind maille doesn't stretch like fabric so if you go with pullover your measurements will have to be more exact. Other than that it looks pretty good.
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    Do you think im silly wanting to wear this?

    I like really chunky jewelery, and I like the design. I wouldn't wear it as a choker, but somewhere between a long necklace and a choker would probably look fantastic.
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    Armored Hoodie Project

    Spring temper will break your hands if you don't have great pliers and good-great form. One of my current projects is a hauberk in spring temper 16ga 1/4 mixed with the punched rings of the same size. I have to take a break after working on it for a few hours. 16 gauge 5/16 would be slightly easier to work with, but it's still going to be brutal going. At that size, though, you could mix the punched 16 gauge 3/8" rings fairly easily for extra strength, easier weaving, and less time. You could double the rings if you're insistent on more weight. Spring temper will be stronger, so repairs likely won't be necessary, though you will probably break a few rings from over bending. Also, have you thought about the issue of shoulder padding? I have a high enough pain tolerance that I really don't care, but most people find padding helpful. Perhaps you can build it into the inside of your hoodie, so you don't need to wear more under it?
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    Armored Hoodie Project

    1. My hauberk is huge and ends up being roughly 19.5 square feet. I'm also 6'2", and it has no contractions, so take that measurement with a grain of salt. 2. I've done a LOT of hand wrapping / hand cutting rings, and it is simply not worth the time and effort (to me). Go with prefab rings, in my opinion. The cost is negligible and you will save yourself a lot of time. 3. Keep in mind that those sizes are for welded rings. If you do decide to weld the rings (You really should, it'll help the garment hold up better, both maille, and cloth-wise) either of these ring sizes will work well. If you do insist on butted, I'd suggest a much lower AR. A lot of hauberks these days are made with 14 gauge 3/8" rings, and that will give you more weight as well (When I was building my most recent hauberk with this size, I was easily able to wear it as a vest under a hoodie and no-one could tell). You could always use some of the punched stainless rings for extra strength, though that will lower the weight. 4. The most obvious issue I see is that the cloth will wear out from constant contact with the maille underneath, particularly if you use butted rings. Brimley's Mom suggested in a different topic to use interfacing, and you may want to look into that. Another suggestion is to always order more rings than you think you will need; it's better to have extra than not enough. Heat will likely be an issue as well. Maille acts as a heat sink. If you've got a breeze going, it's going to sap heat out. Having a layer of cloth on each side of the maille will help to reduce that, but I haven't done any testing to see how much of an effect this can have.