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    Stretchy Bracelet

    You can do multiple rows of large rings. It is called snakeskin. Here is a picture of TRL's example patch of the weave. i
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    Just a simple elfweave bracelet, but made from epdm rings. I'd never seen one before, and decided I needed to see if the weave would work being a stretchy bracelet. I found it works very well, and doesn't squish as much as just metal one do.
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    Spike Star Kit Trouble

    Has anyone had serious issues with the small spike star kit not fitting together? I understand that it is a structural weave, but I can't get more than 3 of the final set of 18ga 1/4" rings into it without opening rings. I've tried using AA rings since they are a little thinner, and still had this problem. I've also tried using some 18ga 5/32" rings instead of the 1/4" rings, to give me more room, but I still am not able to finish the star. Are there any tricks I'm missing to get it to work?
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    Spike Star Kit Trouble

    I used the rings from the kit you sell. Everything in it is from that kit. I first started with the exact sizes you have listed, and the problem show was even worse. To try to fix the problem I upped the 18ga 1/4 rings to 18ga 5/16. This got me a little more space, but not enough to get all the spikes connected.
  5. At those prices people here might pick it up to get a "Wow! look at that." piece to draw people into their booth. I can easily see something like that going for $500 - $750 if not more.
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    Spike Star Kit Trouble

    Here are a couple of pictures to show my problem. Thank you for looking at them.
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    Good ring size for shirt?

    I've made 2 shirts out of this size aluminum rings. I've had no problem with rings opening on either. Making it out of steel will make this even less of an issue.
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    Square and Twisted Wire

    These look awesome. Do you have plans of making rings out of the new wire?
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    armor weave

    If you look up Dr. T on MAIL you can see a number of shirts in different weaves. I'm remembering an elfweave shirt, and another one in half persian sheet. I'm willing to bet there are more if you look.
  10. We have spoken about ring storage at length, but I don't remember ever talking about storing finished jewelry. Just dumping bracelets and necklaces into a box quickly leads to a large tangle of chains that can kink more delicate pieces. I've also tried rolling them into a cloth, but chains can fall out very easily. What do you use?
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    Making Red Sonja

    Are you talking rings or scales? I ask because you can buy a sample of rings sewn to fabric from this site. Either way you might want to use waxed thread instead of fishing line. Waxed thread is often thicker, and able to deal with the abrasion by the rough edges of scales.
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    I would wear Chainmail in the Zombie Apocalypse.

    If you are looking for a good anti-zombie weapon I have to suggest the humble slingshot. They are silent, use found items as ammo, and can easily crack skulls. Look up "the Slingshot channel" on Youtube if you don't believe me.
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    I would wear Chainmail in the Zombie Apocalypse.

    I would agree that it would be useful, but they have a couple of problems. First is weight. Even a couple of extra pounds will slow you down, and keeping ahead of the pack is key. Next is warmth. They are in Georgia, and even small amounts of padding in the summer temps can lead to heat exhaustion. Melee combat will cause you to warm up, but running flat out will generate much more. Last reason is availability. Nobody in the group is the type to know how to make armor. They might really want the stuff, but have no way to get a hold of the stuff.
  14. Looking up chainmail on Kickstarter I've found a number of projects that funded quite easily. I'd almost look at a project there as advertising and simple selling. Put an item you are trying to sell at each level of contribution, and include your web page to let people contact you for custom items. This isn't the intended use for the site, but it would work very well.
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    Need help locating pattern

    I think that the dress he is talking about is this one: http://www.theringlord.org/forum/index.php?/topic/11328-5k-scales-and-400-hours-later/?hl=%2Bscale+%2Bdress#entry89389 It looked even more impressive in person. I saw it at a convention, and it was amazing. It was impressive enough that at a con where chainmail outfits are all over my friends were telling me I had to see this dress.
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    Cabochon wrapping a facetted cut jewel/gem

    I would make a chain of HP 3in1 around the table (top large facet) and then connect the half persian to the bottom with some chains. I'd use a single large ring that fits over the point of the gem, and attach the connecting chains to that queen ring.
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    Owl kit question

    One of my cats steals chainmail without any catnip involved. Doing this would just drive him crazy. I'd also worry about the cat chipping teeth on the metal.
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    New to maille

    The rings at Michael's are also very soft, so the chainmail you make from them will be fragile.
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    Saw cutting pure titanium

    Making your own rings needs to factor your own time into the equation. I remember a thread a long time ago where someone did all the math, and worked out that he needed to pay himself about $2.50/hour to make them cheaper than buying the rings. I don't post this to kill anyone's interest in making their own rings. I just want to make people think about it when talking about making rings.
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    Hey, I'm new here... any suggestions?

    Search is also your friend. By which I mean that the search feature here works well, and can save you a lot of time. Finding an old thread with your questions answered is much faster than starting a new one and waiting for people to answer you.
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    Dragon Scale w/ 14g Help

    Here is the MAIL link for dragonscale. If you mouse over the AR numbers it will show you the usable sizes for a number of wire sizes including 14ga. http://www.mailleartisans.org/weaves/weavedisplay.php?key=11
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    Plastic Rings: Which is best and strongest

    The delrin rings can be dyed using Rit dye. The stuff is really common, and can be found in many grocery stores.
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    Plastic Rings: Which is best and strongest

    As for weave I'd go with a simple European 4in1, for this project. If you want to have it look tighter you might want to try a 6in1 weave instead, but it can become rigid very easily. Instead of painting the rings I think dying the white ones gray will last longer without touch ups.
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    Cutting Coils

    I've done this in the past. The standard abrasive cutting blades are very fragile, and you wear them out quickly. The reinforced cutting wheels last much longer, and are stronger. To keep the rings from flying everywhere make a cutting jig. You will be amazed at how far the rings will jump, and in which direction.
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    ring count

    You will notice the difference between SS and BA instantly. SS is just that much shinier than BA. While I'm making clothing sized pieces my hands get really dirty, but a big part of that is oil from the process of ring making. I've not seen a lot of rub off after washing the rings off.