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    Making armour from steel washers?

    Of course, if the main reason why you want to build this is to defend against knife attacks, I feel the need to mention that aikido has many techniques for knife defense. And of all those thechniques, this is widely recognized as the best one : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt9AkDyodMc so, make sure your armor is light, and start training 😉
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    Making armour from steel washers?

    Well, I've never made washer armour myself, but I have seen a few shirts other people had made for larping, and I don't think it is much faster to make than chainmail. It is usually heavier and less flexible though, and flexibility is important if you want something around your neck and arms... Though, really, if you want something stab proof, you probably have to start with welded chainmail fabric, what they use for shark diving suits or butcher protection equipment.
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    Getting back into it, a few questions about scales.

    If you are using aluminum scales, the stainless steel butted rings are strong enough in the regular pattern, the "extra" rings are only important on the edges, to stabilize them. I've never used the split rings myself.
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    Getting back into it, a few questions about scales.

    Hi, 1) As a pattern for my scale shirts, I used this link I found in an old forum post here : https://sites.google.com/site/thehappybarbarianhordelands/scale-tutorial 2) You can also make long chains of 1 scale - 1 ring - 1 scale - 1 ring - 1 scale for each row you want to add, then attach them to the bottom of the main piece. I'm not sure it is much faster, but it helps when the shirt is starting to be heavy to manipulate. And the long chains require less attention. 3) I don't find they scratch that easily, even the mirror ones, and if the shirt is going to be used for larping, I would not worry too much about a few small scratches. But a towel or tablecloth is good to avoid the shirt sliding around too much while you are working on it. 4) I've tried a few things, but I prefer to store and carry around my shirts in those heavy-duty reusable grocery bags. They make some nice ones now with various themes, that could be a good gift wrapping and useful for a long time.
  5. I think any chainmail inlay is already pretty close to pointilism. If you really want to have a look that is closer to round dots, I'd suggest using a japanese 4 in 1 or 6 in 1 weave, with the "center" rings being your coulourful dots and the "linking" rings being a uniform background colour, maybe black.
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    tiny inlay

    The larger one is 16ga 1/4", the smaller one is 20ga 1/8".
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    tiny inlay

    I've actually made the same inlay in those two ring sizes. It does give a similar look. I like the knipex watchmakers narrow nose pliers for small rings.
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    Do I have to use 16ga 5/16" for large scales?

    You only need the exact ring size to do the "regular" scale pattern. Scales can be attached with all kinds of ring sizes. If your 18ga 1/4" is aluminum , it might be too flimsy to hold well with the weight of the scales though. You may want to double or triple your rings.
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    Color pattern help needed

    If I was adding lettering to a dice bag, I would do the letters in an rectangular strip, with no expansions and contractions, then close the strip on itself to form a cylinder, and add the top and bottom of the bag (maybe in the same colour as the letters). Top can be straight (drawstring bags open better with no contractions at the top, bottom can be rapidly contracting or an actual flat circle.
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    Rings and Pliers

    I wonder if you noticed the size of wire he is using... 20g (it's for the tiny scales). For that size of wire, even titanium does not need much leverage... ;-)
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    Rings and Pliers

    If you have the split rings pliers, those really only work for split rings. You will need new "regular" pliers for butted rings (two, of course). I like the "Knipex Watchmakers Plier - Narrow Nose" for small rings. I prefer pliers without a spring, but the RingLord brand chain nose pliers work fine if you like springs.
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    Scalemail Beginner - General Advice Needed

    As you have some time, you may want to get one of the "scale samplers" first, to see what the various sizes and materials actually look like. You may find that the large scales are small enough for the look you want. Large scales would save you a lot of time.
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    Titanium/niobium ring help

    Which metal depends also on your budget. Niobium is more expensive... I would guess 100$ in rings for a reasonably sized dice bag. Is it your favourite cousin? Budget is also a factor for machine cut vs saw cut. I much prefer working with saw cut, especially for jewellry, but machine cut is usually fine for a dice bag, especially if you consider that saw cut titanium can be about twice the price of machine cut titanium. I think niobium only comes in saw cut (it's mostly used for jewelry). A suggestion : I think the new matte blue anodized aluminum would make a very nice night sky, with the stars and moon in bright silver.
  14. Gold is ridiculously expensive now, few jeweller use 18k. I don't know of anyone who sells pre-made 18k solid gold rings, but I guess someone does as you are commenting on the price (here they have 10k solid gold, I guess 18k would be almost double the price), plus those would be very soft and probably make very fragile jewelry unless you intend to weld each ring. You could probably save a bit on the price by making them by hand, but it still would be very expensive. I would not dare to feed gold wire into a Ringinator, I would be worried about wasting even a little bit of wire.
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    Scalemail Advice Needed

    As you say, the main stress on a vest used in LARP is its own weight. With that in mind, do you really want to use steel scales? They are very heavy (putting stress in the rings... and on your body), and they are likely to rust. My favorite combination for very durable LARP armor is aluminum scales with stainless steel butted rings (using the standard weave for scales). The rings are fairly heavy, but the lighter scales mean that vest will be 15 pounds instead of 50 pounds... and it will be much more durable for larping.