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    Closing Saw Cut Rings

    I used to open rings by bending them further open so the ring was C shaped. Doing this is a really bad idea, and the instructions tell you to not do that. Bending the ring like this can easily deform the ring. Doing a little of it to get rid of the gap between the ends is not only OK, but done by most of us every time we close a ring.
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    Problems with JPL 3 in AA

    I picked up some 20 ga 3/32 black ice rings to make a JPL3 necklace, and I found that the AR on it was too big. TRL lists the AR on the rings as 3, so I thought they would work pretty well. The rings were way too loose, and were slipping out of location a lot. I knew that AA wire was a bit thinner, but that was huge. Has anyone made JPL3 out of these rings?
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    Chainmail tree topper

    I'd look at http://www.chainmailbasket.com/ for ideas on how to make it stand on its own.
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    Hypoallergenic options

    Then do a anklet, or finger ring, and have her wear it during her time off work. For the safety factor have the single ring be a 20 ga or so ring that will break before your body will is also an option. Cordmail like Blind maile would also work. Heck, have her tape a set of rings to her skin over night with medical tape and see if any cause a problem. If she has any problems with the metal it will show up in a couple hours. If it takes longer than that tell her not to wear the piece to bed and it won't cause problems.
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    Hypoallergenic options

    If this is a test thing then don't use clasps and just connect the bracelet around her wrist for a day or two. If you are worried about a serious reaction make the weave with a point that has a single ring she can cut quickly to remove the bracelet.
  6. If you are going for low weight I'd suggest welded stainless steel. The premade mail cloth sold by The Ring Lord is between .5 and .75 pounds per square foot. The heavier one is what shark suits are made from, so strength isn't an issue. Aluminum as a material is lighter, but to get the level of strength needed for these projects I think it would be heavier due to amount of extra metal you would need. For a chainmail patterns you would be dealing with european 4 in 1 fro the premade cloth. To stitch it together either continue with euro 4 in 1, or try Half Persian 3 in 1. E 4in1 will give you a smooth unbroken join, while HP 3in1 will give you a strong edge. For the project pattern, I'd try building it out of paper first or buying a premade pattern.
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    Touching up rings and scales

    You might want to try covering the jaws of your pliers with tape or plasti-dip. That would give you some help till you get better with working with rings.
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    A Thousand Rings

    Men do get this impervious zone, but they need to be in a different genre. See Conan for an example of impervious male tummy.
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    Sanding down pliers?

    You touch a larger area of the edge of the pliers and so spread out the force involved.
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    Trying to make half persian with rubber rings

    Why do you want to use rubber on the strap? I would think you want all metal so that it would support the garment better. You might also want something a little wider for it to be more comfortable. Something like Half Persian 3 Sheet 6, or GSG might be more comfortable.
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    Rate my project

    The stuff is pretty, but I can see a number of gaps in your closures. If you are going to attach it to cloth, then those gaps will start tearing holes into your fabric. Note that stainless won't rust, but the coating on blackened stainless will. You will need to keep it oiled, or it may rust.
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    Scale armor noob, ring size question

    I understand that your scales will be a bit bigger and most likely heavier than the TRL scales, but I think you could get away with 16 ga rings. If you use welded or split rings you will really not have problems. In most scale applications you can't see the rings, so why do you need colored rings?
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    Guide on Tumbling

    Here is an article explaining what is happening with shining copper. http://www.cruftbox.com/cruft/docs/cleaningcopper.html Salt greatly increases the ability of the acid to clean the metal.
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    Guide on Tumbling

    You actually need salt and acid to get this to work. I've read the chemistry around this, but I don't remember what it is right now. It only takes a couple seconds to a minute to get the effect. If you want to test it use an old penny.
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    Armoring a leather trench coat.

    Without putting a layer of something between scales and the coat you are going to scratch the leather of the coat. The ends are usually way too sharp not to. Chainmail could be done, but you would need to make very good closures. Even perfect bolt cutter rings may still scratch the leather. I'd go with saw cut rings for this one.
  16. Trying to make a scale bow tie, but can't work out how to make it stiff enough.

    1. Dice bag maker

      Dice bag maker

      I used a backing of E4-1 (16g, 3/16 ID). It worked alright for the most part.

    2. madd-vyking


      Have you tried Cialis?...groan, sorry..... ;-)

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    weaving with one hand?

    Has anyone tried to use the engineered plastic rings with one hand? It might work, but I haven't tried it.
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    Hand Sawing?

    There is a way to anodized aluminum at home. I've seen more than one set of instructions to do it. Most use standard dyes, an electrical source, and a bucket of water.
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    Cord lock/stop ideas

    Friction keeps it from falling off. You use a cord that just barely goes through the bead, and everything stays in place. Using something like leather cords makes this pretty easy.
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    Cord lock/stop ideas

    Have you thought about using a couple rings of cordmail as your catch? Here is an example of the stuff using ribbon. http://howdidyoumakethis.com/blog/2012/3/3/make-this-ribbon-woven-chain-necklace.html
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    Just starting out...

    I've had the black rub off you are talking about on my hands when working with aluminum, but I've never seen it from wearing jewelry made from the stuff. My wife has a rather acidic skin chemistry, and she has never complained about anything like the rub off I get when working aluminum either. I think you might be worrying a bit too much.
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    Wizard World Comic Con Portland. . . HELP!

    I'd bring an attention getting piece or two. A huge ornate necklace, sculpture, or armor work for this. That piece isn't supposed to sell, but instead get people to say "what is that?!?" and get them into your booth. I've heard a lot of people get a lot of sales after people are drawn in by a huge piece. I'd also suggest you bring your supplies to not only lengthen/shorten pieces, but to weave when people don't need you. It fills your dead time, and will get people to come by to watch. While they are watching you can banter a bit, and hopefully get an extra sale or two.
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    need help choosing suitable rings for E4in1 dice bag

    T Getting those corners right is the hardest part of this style of bag. I've made several, but I don't think I was ever happy with the corners. It was the reason I switched to making coif style bags.
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    Aluminum / Rubber Shirt

    I've made a tank top out of the 16 SWG 5/16" rings for my wife. It came together really quick. Most of the time I spent on it was working out how to do the cups, and connecting the mail under the cups together. We cheated by not joining the front to the back except via the shoulder straps. The sides are held together with laces. I know that TRL made a shirt like this for In the Name of the King. It was worn by Matthew Lillard in the movie.
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    Rubber rings

    Check Granger under O rings. They have tons of different sizes.