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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. 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.
  4. I haven't worn the full suit for more than a few hours at a time, but I haven't had issues thus far.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
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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.
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    Armored Hoodie Project

    Sorry if this derails the topic, but as a martial artist, stabs are MUCH more simple to counter than wild slashing (Though of course, maille generally works better against slashing attacks than stabbing). One of the reasons knives are a lot more dangerous in close range than guns is because they can go a near infinite number of directions, making it unpredictable. Now, to be clear, it's best to avoid any kind of confrontation with weapons, but if I had to choose between someone holding a knife to me, or a gun, I'd choose the gun. It is much easier to avoid, as well as to disarm. On topic, I would agree that using anything butted would be out of the question. I believe Lorezo said in another thread, something like 18 gauge 5/16" welded was equivalent to what they used when playing for keeps. (though don't quote me on that) I would personally probably go with 18 gauge 1/4" welded, though I tend to want more than what is necessary. I must also agree with The Old Way's statement about not expecting anything to work 100%. There is ALWAYS something that can go wrong, and even with many years of martial arts training I would much rather avoid the situation, though I realize that there is not always a way to avoid a fight, and being prepared for those situations is important.
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    how do you do it?

    I'm guess I'm the weird one that doesn't mind having a 30 lb sheet of maille draped across my lap while I'm adding to it...
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    The Question Game

    We had one of those giant fake spiders, and one year I didn't feel like trick or treating, so we had a bunch of friends over, and we decided to mess with people. We took fishing line and ran it across the porch to an office window that ran perpendicular to the door. As people walked up, the spider would appear to leap forth at them. A couple guys that I was in school with at the time were all dressed in Army uniforms, with airsoft rifles. They screamed and lifted their guns, haha. (Too bad they weren't loaded) I'll repeat the question; there has to be more stories.
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    other hobbies

    I wish I could do any type of dance at all. Unfortunately all I can do is martial arts. Learning Kata doesn't translate into dance, somehow. My brain's just weird.
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    Mis-cleaned a piece, now my brass looks like bronze...

    I've had the same thing happen when polishing a piece that was copper/galvy, though I think that was due to a zinc reaction. The copper turned almost black. Washing it with lots of soap and water removed the coating, but I had to scrub pretty hard. A tumbler would probably be easier.
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    Weak rings

    I had a couple of saw cut rings break for no apparent reason directly opposite the cut.
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    The Question Game

    7? I haven't done math in years, but PEMDAS breaks it down into 6-(1x0=0)+(2/2=1)=6-0+1=7 Favorite juice?
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    The Question Game

    Reformed: I'm actually ambidextrous. I just write with a computer instead. I was specifically speaking of when it rains on your notebook and the rollerball ink turns into one giant puddle through the entire notebook. Calisandra: I actually listen to music in my head all the time to avoid listening to bad music that's playing out loud. Usually something by Impending Doom or Sleeping Giant to really drown out awful noises. Favorite hair style?
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    The Question Game

    I prefer the way rollerball pens write, but I also prefer the way ballpoint ink doesn't smear on your paper if you get it wet. Least favorite time of day, and why?
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    The Question Game

    Viking, you're hilarious. Qdoba's my favorite, it just has a different vibe to me, and then there's the queso. I love queso burritos. Reformed, I'd say my favorite should be obvious, so I'll go for a second favorite, I guess. I would probably have to say the meals that were home cooked for us when I went to Mexico on a missions trip. (That's cheating, I know, but I don't like fast food very much.) What's the largest number of blisters or callouses you've had at one time? (From maille making)