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    which one is right

    Since you have both already made have you thought about presenting both to the bride and letting her pick which one she likes best? Personally I'd think her opinion would be the one you want to court.
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    The best polish on TLR bright aluminum?

    How long do you tumble with the rice? I'm just getting started with polishing my rings, and want a ball park figure for how long to do it.
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    Making LOTR Mithril

    Looking at Peach's second picture the collar looks like a piece of ribbon that was painted silver, then had gold hot glue added for the swirls. Personally I'd hunt the ribbon section of your local fabric stores to find one that looks about right. Movie props follow the 10 to 50 foot rule. (if it looks good at X feet, that is good enough) Costumes often need to follow a 5 to 1 foot rule instead. TRL sells premade chain shirts of the approprate size rings, so if time is a factor you may want to go that route. If nothing else you can buy the fabric, and build the shirt yourself out of it.
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    Need ideas for improving E 6-1 bracer

    Have you thought about a couple rows of rubber rings? I just built a pair of bracers for myself that use a similar size of ring as you are using. I actually made them half out of rubber, and they pull on very easily, and don't move once on. The rubber keeps them both tight, and has some traction on the clothing I'm wearing under them. A couple of rows of rubber should give you the stretch needed to get your hands into them, but still keep the full metal look. I'd put them at the point you intend to have the laces, and not worry about it.
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    Your first piece...

    Drawstring with a bead to keep it tight to keep things inside should work just fine. Waist chain to make sure it doesn't fall off, and a piece of elastic front to back to keep it from bouncing too much. Not hard, just not the way most mailers think.
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    Your first piece...

    My first piece was a dice bag, so wrapping it around a person would have been a bit silly. My current pieces are jewelery, and the idea of putting them on good looking people is keeping me motivated.
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    Quick Question

    This is exactly the type of thing I was looking for. I bought a couple of ounces of rings to try out JP3. The ones I got have an AR of 2.6, which is too small for any weave I'd ever heard of before your link. Thank you very much.
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    He is looking for research materials for making SCA period chainmail. He is looking to make armor for fighting and to enter into their crafts competitions. All this talk of google is making me wonder how big of a patch of chainmail you could make with a google of 16ga 1/4" links?
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    Quick Question

    I've been looking at mail to find where to search the site by AR, but can't find it. I've found their search page, but it doesn't allow you to search by AR.
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    Opinions please (help!)

    As a long time gamer and up untill recently a larper I'll give you my thoughts on this. I'd suggest you do some homework on your customers. Check the con's web page and find out what games they are advertising. If they are fantasy larp (NERO for example) games bring a bunch of small armor bits and head pieces. If the games are more modern (Like World of Darkness) I'd go for leather jacket add ons, and chains. I say small armor bits because lots of larpers don't have much money. Pull them to your table with a display of chain shirts, but you will most likely sell them something much smaller. Bracers, paldroons, and baldric's will most likely be good sellers to the fantasy crowd. Either way I'd bring a bunch of dice bags. Gamers love them, and are relatively cheap next to the chain shirt they might be lusting after.
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    Child sized Hauberk and Coif

    Unless the kid shoots up by 6" or more I think the shirt should last through a good bit of growth. I say this because I've worn my own chain shirt over a leather bomber jacket and still was able to move rather easily. It lost almost half of it's length when I did that, but it still worked. To cover loss of length due to growth I'd go with Movak's idea of getting extra rings.
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    Making sets of Jewelery

    I was wondering if making sets of matching bracelets, earrings, and necklaces would help pieces sell. I wasn't planning on selling them as set only groups, but thought about setting up my display to show off the set. For example I have a scale bracelet, and earrings. Would making a necklace and putting them all together in my display help sell the pieces?
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    Polishing rings.

    The short version of what people are saying is: Shot will work fast, and do the job no doubt. It is more expensive up front, but will last you for years. Rice is slower, but may be able to get you a higher shine. Use the cheapest rice you can get your hands on. The processed stuff may be less effective, but I don't know. I'd use white rice because it will show the dirt from the rings better, so you know when to change it out. It is also usually cheaper. Some people tumble rings and water (perhaps some soap too) and get good results. This would be like using shot, but then using the shot to make stuff. The best advice I can give you is to try a couple things out and see how you like them personally. For shot as an experiment I'd buy a container of BB's. They are cheap, and widely available.
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    Metallurgy book

    What is your purpose? If you are looking for basics of density, tensile strength, and such I'd suggest you use wikipedia. It has a large number of entries for elements and since the type of people to look it up are the sort that also have the info in books around them the data is usually accurate. If you are looking for more industrial alloys you can check online metals. They are an online seller of metal stock. The numbers they provide for the different grades of metals they sell is also impressive. Sorry to push you away from an actual book, but online is often more accessible, and will update faster. Being free doesn't hurt either.
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    music creation programs for PC

    My wife uses Pro Tools for doing what you are talking about. There is a free version of it that you can download. Pro Tools is the industry standard for music mastering. It may be more than what you are looking for, but I thought I'd bring it up.
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    Mail Weight?

    The thickness of the wire combined with the size of the ring will tell you how much of the shirt is metal, and how much is air. More metal means stronger, but welding is also a big factor. Unwelded rings are much weaker. At this point I'll point out that TRL sells their fabric to someone that makes anti-shark suits. They also sell chainmail leggings to protect lumberjacks from cutting themselves. This stuff is pretty tough. Not bulletproof, but more than capable of stopping sharp objects from cutting you.
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    Making a blanket - need weave/ring suggestions

    This may be the cheapest way, but 25 lbs of rice is not a small amount. It is also not a washable item. Running this idea, but using stainless shot would reduce the volume of material, and make it able to be cleaned. This would cost more per pound than rice, but would still be much cheaper than chainmail cloth.
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    Mail Weight?

    TRL's welded shirts are made out of 22 gage wire, so it is much less metal than a normal chain shirt. This is the stuff you see butchers wear as protective gear. It is super thin, but still quite durable. When you say you found similar products, can you tell us how much they weighed? A difference between this and 9 lbs is much different than 6.8 lbs and 35 lbs.
  19. @Mandragoran That is exactly what happens. I've drawn blood more than once, but usually it is one of my thumbs that gets cut.

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    Making a blanket - need weave/ring suggestions

    I have to agree with Movak on the weave suggestion. Japanese 4 on 1 is one of the most open, and fastest to come together weaves I've ever worked on. I'd almost thing that a "ring mail" set up where you use a very large center ring perhaps up to an inch in diameter would work well for you. It would lower your weight, and speed up your weaving time.
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    photoshop colours

    The short answer is yes, you can do it. The long answer is look up "photoshop color change" on a search engine of your choice. There are several tutorials out there that will show you how.
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    Al e4-1 at ?g

    I don't have any exacting information, but I do have my experience when it comes to costume armor. I currently wear a shirt made out of 16ga 5/16" aluminum while playing a Lord of the Rings based war game. It was originally made in 2003 and I've spent less than half an hour tightening up links since then. All repairs I've done to it are fixing rings with gaps in the 1/16 - 1/8" range. I've not had any open up so that I've lost any rings. Those rings have an AR of 5.3, so if you are looking for super tight it may not work well for you. It is tight enough that seeing the cloth under it isn't easy though. The shirt goes to just past my waist (I'm 6' 180 lbs) and weighs about 5 lbs.
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    jump ring closing

    I'd also suggest you rest your hands every now and again. The length of my working session goes way up if I put the pliers down every 10 minutes or so. I'm not talking long, just put them down, and stretch your hands for a moment. It makes the world of difference to me.
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    Actually there is a fairly big difference according to TRL. A bag of bright aluminum 16 ga 1/4" is .23 lbs for 750 rings, while the bag of 14 ga 1/4" .25 lbs and has only 500 rings in it. I'm now going to suggest something odd, but have you thought of using the micromail strips sold by TRL? There would still be a ton of work, but the stuff is very light, and strong. It works out to about $12 per sq foot, so not super expensive.
  25. I've been watching Dirty Jobs lately and thought The Ring Lord might be a good suggestion for the show. They produce an odd (to the general public) product that I think might catch the producer's eye. Between making rings/coils/scales, maintaining machines, and shipping there should be enough to do for a segment. Add in some of the making chainmail work and I really think it would work. The one problem I might see is getting flooded with orders so that back orders become a problem. I've seen that happen to a one man shop that opened to internet orders. He got to the point where he was backlogged 3-6 months.