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twilightbanana

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About twilightbanana

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  • Birthday 08/10/1978

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    http://www.thequeenring.com

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    Delft, NL
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    Maille armour, maille jewelry, leatherwork, LRP, costuming, steampunk, fantasy
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    Delft, NL
  • The year you started making chainmail
    2001

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  1. twilightbanana

    Dragonscale Ring Sizing

    Yes, that should help a lot. I use 20 GA. 5/32" myself and have no problems. One thing to note though: TRL's 16 5/16" is now smaller than it was before and might no longer work for Dragonscale.
  2. twilightbanana

    Stainless Steel - Black and Plain

    Do you have an ETA for SB1614?
  3. twilightbanana

    Dragonscale Ring Size Assistance

    To clarify: the rings you have are not the right size to use as the outer rings in any size of Dragonscale
  4. twilightbanana

    Dragonscale Ring Size Assistance

    Yours would be good as the inner ring. For the outer rings you can try 18 ga. 5/16", but may have to go for 11/32"
  5. twilightbanana

    SS Scale question

    Also, black stainless will probably rust as well. The black layer is iron oxide.
  6. twilightbanana

    Selling: Elvish love ring.

    I am hesitant to pull out the banhammer on this one, but please, PLEASE think very carefully before responding to a post selling stuff, unrelated to the site/forum, by anyone who has made no previous posts.
  7. twilightbanana

    Matching Ring for purple AA scales?

    Dark purple would be closest.
  8. twilightbanana

    What kind of ring?

    TRL used to have copper plated steel, it might be some if this stock. The plating on these was not very thick and would wear off quickly.
  9. twilightbanana

    How to send PMs?

    Certain features are locked until you've made more posts, to prevent spammers spamming.
  10. twilightbanana

    Second scale skirt!

    6000 small scales will give you about 6 square feet of scale 'fabric'. Wether this is enough or not depends on your plans and the size of the intended wearer. For small scales, TRL recommends 18 ga. 3/16" rings, these are 1,2x5,0 mm.
  11. twilightbanana

    Making Chainmail Smaller

    Stick out your chest before belting your chainmail, that should help with getting some weight onto the belt.
  12. twilightbanana

    Making Chainmail Smaller

    Yeah, those look like the standard India- or Pakistan-made maille sold all over the place. Most of these are made of galvanised 1.6x9mm (around 16 ga. 11/32") rings. They don't have any contractions or expansions to worry about when resizing. Yes, those shirts are cheap, cheaper even than just the materials would cost from TRL. You get what you pay for, though: bad closures on most of the rings, ugly ring cuts, soft metal, bad fit, and so on and so forth. They're good for Halloween and Larp (if you don't set your standards too high), but not much else. The market demands them to be as cheap as possible, so corners are cut. Which is a shame - if they took a bit more time and used slightly better tools and materials, they could deliver much better work.
  13. twilightbanana

    What determines when a color gets discontinued?

    Not a TRL employee, but I've been around for a bit. These colours tend to be either leftovers from custom orders or 'oopsies', manufacturing errors. The available stock is essentially one minimum anodising batch of this colour. Since these are intended to be one-off batches they will generally not be replenished. They are not being discontinued, they were never part of the regular assortment to start with. Setting up a factory-scale anodising line for a specific colour is quite an undertaking, so minimum orders tend to be quite big. The standard pink is economical, since it uses the same setup as the red rings (it just does not get soaked in the dye for as long).
  14. twilightbanana

    Galvanized steel rings for a belt.

    Stripping the zinc is just a matter of tossing it in a bucket of vinegar for a while. This will produce some hydrogen gas, so do it outside. But as everyone is telling you, a belt made of 16 ga. 3/4" rings, even if they are actually closer to 14 ga., will need a lot of repairs if it doesn't just fail altogether. I know of no quick, practical way to paint steel rings which won't wear off with wear or leave you with a clump of paint-fused rings, but you could try coating them in wax or oil to stop them from rusting.
  15. twilightbanana

    Ring Size Help

    18 ga.1/4" works, as would 16 ga. 3/8".
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