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  1. Metal Majesty

    Inlays For Dummies!

    Inlays for Dummies - OR - Inlays for people who don't feel the need to complicate the hell out of everything! After reading a ton of forums and getting nowhere, I finally figured out how to use IGP to make an inlay pattern. Because it was so difficult and riddled with unneccessary steps, I have decided to write this little article setting out EXACTLY the steps I take to make an inlay pattern. No skipped steps or "oops, I forgot about that part". I hope this helps anyone who has also had trouble figuring this sh!t out. It takes some time but it's complete information that will keep you from running up a bell tower with a shotgun. First of all, I would just like to say that you DON'T need to download a bunch different programs to do this. What you DO need to download is the IGP program and the .NET framework. THAT'S IT! You don't need GIMP. You don't need POVRAY or anything else off the internet. Before we get into any of the computer stuff you first need to figure out how big you want your inlay to be and what size rings you are going to use. For the purposes of this article, we will say we are using 16 guage 3/16" ID rings. Now say you want your inlay to be a foot wide. 12 inches. How many rings across is that? Well normally you would weave a patch of rings together, about a couple inches across, and count how many rings (average) are in an inch. Normally. But since I already have the answer, I will just tell you that there will be about 4.somethingsomethingsomething rings per inch and because we don't want to complicate sh!t, let's just round it to 5 rings per inch (any engineering geeks can keep your comments to yourself. We're keeping this UNCOMPLICATED!). So if you want your inlay to be a foot across you take your 5 rings and multiply it by 12 and you get an answer of 60. Your inlay will be 60 rings across. If you want it to be 2 feet wide then the inlay will be 120 rings across and so on. Don't worry about the length the next step will take care of it. Now, before we get into IGP, you need to get your picture up to speed. Find one you like and open it using the PAINT program that comes already installed on your PC. Click the Start button, then All Programs, then Accessories, then Paint. Or you can RIGHT click on the picture itself, mouse over the Open With option and click on Paint. Now depending on the size of the picture, it will either be very small or huge. If its huge then we need to make it small or it WILL NOT work in IGP. To do this, click the Home tab, then click Resize. A small window will pop up that says Resize and Skew. At the top of this window you have a choice of Percentage and Pixels. Click Pixels. The reason for this is that every individual pixel is represented as a ring in IGP. Hence the earlier calculation. Now all you do here is type into the Horizontal box the number of pixels across you want your picture to be. We already did our calculation and decided that we want it to be 60 pixels (rings) across. Now, please take note that the vertical number changed. The program has already done the calculation for you for the length you need to keep the picture in proportion with the width. Now all you do is click OK. What it leaves on the screen should be a very small version of the picture you started with. Now you want to save this version as a bitmap. To do this you click the tab to the left of the Home tab, mouse over Save As, and click on BITMAP PICTURE. Now the fun starts. You thought you could just load it into IGP and be smooth sailing... As a tiny version that you haven't yet zoomed in on, your picture looks great, yes? No. Hit the View tab and zoom in on your picture because now you have to recolor it to the solid 2, 3 or whatever number of colors you want. Now as you zoom in more and more you will notice that what you thought were solid lines are a blurred mess. You now have to color each and every pixel (ring) to be the desired color. So pick your colors and start clicking. Depending on the picture and how anal you are, this could take a long time and you may need a bottle of Advil (or Vodka) for the pounding headache and crossed eyes. You will probably need to zoom in and out many times to make sure the vision in your head is matching what's on the screen. Please be advised that you CANNOT use white in IGP. No idea why. So wherever you have white in your picture, you have to change it to another color. This includes what you think is the "background" and doesn't count as the picture. Word of advice while you're going through this process.. SAVE OFTEN. Ok so you've been d!ckin around with this thing for a while and you're getting sick of it, but you finally have what you think is the final product ready to plug into IGP.. Sorry. Wrong again. Unless you have clicked on every single pixel in that picture, you are not done. You want to make sure your colors are true or you will run into trouble when you load it into IGP. Easy way to tell is to pick a totally different color, click the fill tool (bucket being dumped over) and click one of the colors in your picture. If you're lucky, that whole color will fill in and you can go to the next one. I'm going to bet not. So now you just click on the remaining pixels that did not change color and color them in with the new color as well. When this is done you can once again use the fill tool to change the whole color back to what it was. Now you can move on to the other colors to check for strays. Once you have done this with all of the colors in your picture, and if you are not out raging in a bell tower, you are DONE! SAVE IT! NOW you can open up IGP. When you get that open, you want to click File, then Open, then find the bitmap picture you just mastered and open it. With any luck your picture will pop up on the screen looking like heaven. But you're not done yet. It will automatically show up hanging in the "right way" pattern. If this is what you want then great. If not, click on Patterns and find what you do want. Since we were using 16 guage 3/16" ID earlier, I will use it again. Click Patterns, then mouse over Maille, then mouse over European, then scroll down to the 16 guage 3/16 options. You will see two. "Right way" and "Wrong way". What you choose here will depend on how you want it to look. Try them both and decide what you like. I go with "Wrong way" because it looks better and hangs better (this is my opinion and anyone who disagrees.. I really don't care.). Ok so now you can look over your new inlay picture and decide if it's up to your standards. If it is, awesome. If not, you may have to do some tweeking back in the Paint program. You will notice a small box on the top right of your screen that has left button, right button... the only thing that matters here is the Count Colors button. Click it. Another small box called ColorCount will pop up with a bunch of weird numbers and a square with one of the colors in it. If you click on the individual lines, the color box will change. The number sequence is just the color code. For example if you have a line that has "0 0 0", this is black. Other colors will have different codes. The last number in the line is the total number of rings in that particular color. If you have only 3 colors in your picture then you should have only three lines of numbers then the Total. If you have a bunch more lines than 3 then you missed recoloring some pixels in the Paint program. Go back and fix it there. It's much easier than trying to do it in IGP. Resave, overwrite, and carry on. If you have only your 3 lines then you can get excited because you're almost done. Click on one of the lines of code to see the color. Now double click that line and a box will pop up called Change Description. The color code will be in the bottom. If the color was black then type in black to replace the code. Follow this step for the rest of the colors. Now instead of codes, you will have your colors in plain text with ring count on the right. If the number on the right says 467, then you will need 467 of that color for your inlay. When you have done this, you can click the Save as Text button and save the file. This is your pattern for the inlay. When you open it up it will have a bunch of lines of colors and numbers. Just assemble your rings in the order it tells you. Now click on file again, then Save Patterned Picture and save the file. This is your reference picture for your pattern. You are now ready to order your rings and make your inlay!!!! HORRAY!! Now wasn't that EASY?! I really hope this helps, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to PM me
  2. Metal Majesty

    Punched & Solid Rings

    Are these done yet? Need to place order! Must create! Twitching. .. blinking. ...
  3. Metal Majesty

    received 10152633553169149

    Multiple size glass cabs wrapped in modified Celtic labyrinth weave.

    © Metal Majesty

  4. Metal Majesty

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    My supernova unit. My design using Japanese weave techniques.

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  5. Metal Majesty

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    Still need a name for this beauty. Caged using modified Celtic labyrinth style weave then switched to my supernova weave (yes mine) to finish.

    © Metal Majesty

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    Helm Flower. Rivoli caged in my own design (didn't use a tut or template, so I'm calling the cage mine) Outside "petals" are helm chain.

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    Modified Celtic Labyrinth rings. Original design by Daleann Stark available in the Oct/Nov 2014 issue of Step by Step Wire Magazine.

    © Metal Majesty

  8. Metal Majesty

    Punched & Solid Rings

    I see your last update for the 1.5" welded rings says 10 days. ... last year What's the word for this year?
  9. Metal Majesty


    Loving the new engraved scales!

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  10. Metal Majesty


    I could send you an invoice then mail it to you...?
  11. Metal Majesty

    Hair Clips

  12. Metal Majesty

    Scale Dress

    WOW! That is awesome!
  13. Metal Majesty


    95 hours, 16340 rings, 28 1/2" x 16" using size 16316

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  14. Metal Majesty

    Drop Earrings

    Love these. Beautiful!
  15. DONE!! 95 hours and 16340 rings later!

  16. 10000 rings down, 5000 to go

    1. calyx


      *cheers you on* \o/ \o/ \o/

    2. Blind Maille

      Blind Maille

      Well hey, at least you're pass the 1/2 mark. I always find it easier to complete something after I get half way through.

    3. Katlee


      Very nice! Can't wait to see the finished project.

  17. 3784 rings down, 11524 to go

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    2. Chaosity


      Yay! Keep on weaving!

    3. Chainmailbasket_com


      For the inlay? Did the ring count change a bit?

      Inlays fly together once you get started.

    4. Metal Majesty

      Metal Majesty

      Well I shortened up the rows a bit and added a few. So there are 89 rows at 172 rings per row. So 15308 is the total count. And then however many rings it takes to hang it.. Which is still an unknown to me as to how I'm going to do it lol

  18. Metal Majesty

    red, black and silver

    What does the back look like?
  19. Metal Majesty

    B&W Scale Collar

    Love it. What kind of fastener do you have on it?
  20. Metal Majesty

    Peacock Scale Necklace

    You're right! It is cool. Me like
  21. Started my inlay! 500 rings down, 15000 to go :)

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    2. Chaosity


      Lots of people doing inlays now. I am almost 3500 rings into my 35,000 ring inlay right now

    3. Chimney Duck
    4. Dice bag maker

      Dice bag maker

      *does the inlayer dance*

  22. Metal Majesty

    Importing from overseas

    Who has bought stuff from China and how did it work for you? I want to order some stuff and it says free shipping to Canada but are there still import/export/customs fees? I don't want to hit the Pay button and find out the $26 I thought I was spending actually turned out to be $2600...
  23. Having an outdoor job when it's -45C really sucks the big one.

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    2. Metal Majesty

      Metal Majesty

      Holy f*&k dude, you have no idea how much better you just made my day lol

    3. Dice bag maker
    4. Milquetoast


      Well, that sure makes the -21 we had the other day seem warm!

  24. Metal Majesty

    Tuscan Lavender

    Wow that looks complicated. Can't wait to see the finished product!