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Posts posted by j_betts

  1. I'm looking to stitch a bunch of shield scales onto a jean jacket.  I've read the instructions in the tutorial sections and it says I need to put 2 extra holes in the scales to stop them from flopping around.  I'm looking to see if I really need to add a second set of holes to the scales.  I have access to a punch, but any work I can avoid is time I can use for other parts of the project.

  2. From my experiences putting old anodised aluminium crockery through the dishwasher, it strips the coating off. I assume this is from the caustic detergent. So beware.


    Dishwasher detergent is abrasive.  That is how it gets all the stuck on bits of food off.  That isn't an issue with the stuff you use in the washing machine.  

  3. I would just use rings for the crotch of the piece.  Just have the rings be between your legs and nobody will see them.  That way you don't need to worry about the bulk of the scales between your legs.  You also won't have problem of changing the direction of the scales from the front to the back.

  4. Doing a quick image search shows that the basic idea is to make a sheet of scales the length you want, and taper it.  Turn the sheet into a tube by connecting the two edges together.  Make belt loops from chains and attach them to the inside of the scales.  To work out how many scales build one out of paper to work out what size you want.  Then measure the paper to find out your square footage.  You need 300 large scales, or 1,000 small scales per foot.


    I was also wrong about being able to do a single row of colored scales.  http://dracoloricatus.deviantart.com/art/Aluminum-dragon-tail-dramatic-131346397?q=gallery%3Adracoloricatus%2F11806643&qo=188  The link shows an example of how to do it.  The trick is that the colored scales are every other row of scales.  

  5. I know people in this group have done this before, so perhaps one of them will wander in to help.  For you to have a straight spine you will need to have it multiple scales wide.  It will need to be 2 then 1 or 3 then 2, or however wide you want it.  Single scale going straight won't work at all.  

  6. okay thanks guys, any tips on how to get OCD perfect closures on sawcut rings? lol


    Practice, Practice, Practice.  No really, you just close them and see what happens.  Look at what you got and learn what to do better next time.  I push in a bit to close the gap made by the saw, and work to make the joint as unnoticeable as possible.  I then run my fingers over the piece to find rings I need to touch up the closure on.  

  7. I've used Armor All type chemicals to great effect.  Spray the stuff on, then rinse it off using as hot of water as you can stand, then dry it off.  This will make the rings shinier, and should make them last longer.  

  8. You can also make magnetic "springs" by gluing magnets to the insides of the handles.  The force of the magnets repelling themselves opens the pliers for you.  There has been a lot of talk about this subject on this forum.  A quick search will net you a better explanation of what I'm talking about.

  9. In the US the law about defacing currency covers trying to make the money look like a different value of cash.  So drawing a zero on a one dollar bill to make it a ten is illegal.  Smashing pennies flat into keepsakes is perfectly legal though.  As long as you aren't turning the pennies into dimes you should be safe of the law.

  10. Have you ever done a triangle in e 4in1?  You can do the same thing with DS since it is basically E4in1 in 2 ring sizes with an orbital ring over the smaller ring.  


    When I make bias mail I start with a piece of standard, and subtract rings to make it bias.  I then start rows from the middle of the band and work to the edges to see where I need to leave out rings.