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    selling chainmail

    i like the looks of the chainmail pieces I've been seeing here and i think it would be good to try and sell some chainmail stuff. i'm a beginner at making chainmail; ive got euro 4-1 down good and i have a pinch of experience with full Persian, box, and byzantine. i am a very patient person so i have no problem making large scale projects or learning more complicated weaves. however, i think since i am going to try and make money fast it would be better if i did a bunch of smaller scale projects instead. i would like some suggestions on what i should make based on my current experience as well as what seems to sell well.
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    Help with selecting wire

    Thx for all the help. my mom was looking into making a few things from rings for her jewelery stuff so i could probably have her buy a mandrel set that we can both use so i can practice what size to use.
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    Help with selecting wire

    ok so the tighter the wire is wound the less spring back i should get and a smaller ring dia would be better. i think ill go down to a 3/8" dia. my mail sheets looked good when i was doing aluminum rings with that dia. my drill should be able to hold a 3/8" rod for coiling wire. if i coil stainless steel wire this way will my spring back give me a significant larger ring dia and cause me to use a smaller rod or should i be ok with the 3/8" rod?
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    Help with selecting wire

    yeah i never planned on heating the galv. tools are limited for me so even if i wanted too i wouldn't be able too. i also had a hand crank work well for me when i was coiling aluminum. does the lesser elastic metals make it necessary for better control while coiling?
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    Help with selecting wire

    So I'm relatively new to creating chain mail. I've made a chain mail glove and bracelet and my next project will be a chain mail shirt. I want to do a 4-1 pattern using stainless steel, 16 gauge, 1/2" dia. rings. My brother sent me a link for a site that had 16g wire and I bought 20ft just to see how well I could work with it since I started making chain mail with aluminum. The wire was high tensile (210ksi) galvanized wire. I bought a 1/2" metal rod from home depot and bent it into a mandrel for coiling the wire. i made a wire winding tool similar to the one here to see how well it works: http://home.earthlink.net/~bazillion/Coiler/index.html After my coil lost the tension from the coiling tool, it sprung back to a .610 dia and my coil was very loose. I commented on a video I found on youtube asking how to fix this. the poster said to either anneal the wire to reduce the spring back or coil it on a smaller mandrel to compensate for it. While searching for websites that sell stainless steel wire, I found one site that said they can sell wire in a temper "from soft to spring". I'm wondering if this means that if I use a soft tempered wire it wont spring back as much. I know I can get some stainless steel wire from TRL. im just doing some comparative shopping hoping to save some money on shipping costs. i would like to not have to buy another rod for coiling my wire also.