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About madd-vyking

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  • Birthday 01/21/69

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    Madison, WI, US, Earth, Sol System, Milky Way, Known Universe...
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    include, but are hardly limited to: woodworking, carpentry, furniture restoring/refinishing; home improvement in all it's many forms; motorcycles and the whole biker thing; gardening; alternative energy & repurposing & recycling projects, dumpster-diving and curb-picking and thrifting and yardsale-ing; jewelry making, chain-mail(le)ing, leather-crafting, and pretty much just creating anything; cooking & grilling (working on building a smoker), home-brewing & liqueur making (and consuming!), microbrews and imported beers; technology, science, history, reading and learning in general; I love Ren-Faires and the whole medieval thing and Ancient Rome and lost civilizations and on and on....and pretty much whatever my mind wanders off to next...SQUIRREL!! edit: Most recent obsession, Steampunk stuff.
  1. Wondering on status of 7x3 mm stainless steel beads/rings ?
  2. Thought I should surely say SOMETHING as I haven't updated my status in a year and a half. But I got nuthin'...

    1. heckle


      It's been much longer for me and I know how you feel.

    2. madd-vyking


      This status board just doesn't seem to see a lot of action anymore...

  3. A top hat and hat band collaboration I put together with a friend that happens to be into making custom handmade leather toppers. The band is made from over 1600 stainless steel and distressed black stainless steel rings, with just a few red anodized aluminum square wire rings for that "bang" of color. (All rings from TRL :-) ) The band is done in Dragonscale and measures about ~7/8" wide, and a full 25" long. The Vortex focal measures ~1 1/2" across, the whole shebang weighs almost 9 ounces(!)... I was going for a style reminiscent of industrial snake skin, to compliment the rugged Mad-Hatter-meets-Snidely-Whiplash look of the hat itself, making for a marriage of Old West Steampunk and modern day biker.
  4. I'm a nerdy/geeky/weird biker, I guess. I am... "The Biking-Vyking"... :-D I (and my wife) am(are) more likely to be wearing chainmaille when out and about with the biker crowd than actually working on it... If I actually get out of the house anymore, it's just good to see people. My wife may be wearing her jewelry or bikini top, or any of my newest jewelry as my own personal "Vanna White", and my rags have chainmaille incorporated into them, as well as zipper pulls on the vests and jacket, etc, not to mention my own pendants and bracelets... I'm a frickin' walkin' billboard!
  5. Jon, That makes me very sad... Love that stuff! ...and only have just a very little left in my stash... Have y'all entertained the idea of more powder coated black stainless at all? And if so, would it be possible to get it in matte, satin, and gloss finishes? This would be an awesome thing!
  6. What is the overall story with saw cut blackened stainless? Is it likely to be a thing again at some point? And, if so, what kind of general time frame are we looking at?
  7. Will keep an eye out as you add things in... What i'm really looking for is 18swg saw cut square wire stainless steel, in TRL old stock (rounded edge)... If some of that turns up, I am definitely interested!
  8. Hello, All! Looking for some of the old stock, TRL 18swg (equivalent)/ .047" SQUARE WIRE 5/16" saw cut stainless steel rings. These are the ones that are not a true square wire, with a sharp edge, but are square with a sort of rounded over edge--almost octagonal in profile. I could use at least several ounces to maybe a half pound? Could also use some in 1/4" made from the same wire stock, but not as important--I've still got a few of those. ;-) If you have some that you know you just won't ever use, I'd be interested in buying up a few. Will pay "face value", plus shipping, from the U.S.---international only if shipping costs are reasonable. My thanks in advance...
  9. Thanks! Looking at Dragonback or Persian Dragonscale as the weave, have been planning it in 14swg, but wondering if I could get away with 16swg. Sounds like probably not. He is warned it will not be like stainless, but 14swg should still be fairly tough, eh? And, yes, he also knows it will be huge, but seems to be into it... Also, while I've got your attention...there is no color issue with the 14g or 16g brass, correct? He definitely wants the yellow look of brass, not reddish... Lastly, I asked a couple times in the "Bronze" topic...but is there any hope for "18 gauge" equivalent bronze rings anytime? I do love the bronze! Thanks very much in advance!
  10. Product info lists your brass alloy as 1/2 there an option or a way to purchase full hard brass? Or can tumbling/ work hardening get it there? I have a customer very specifically wants all brass, but it's for a wallet chain--and I'd like it is as strong as possible...
  11. Checking in on 18 "gauge" square wire bronze again...
  12. Mirrored silver, for sure!
  13. The 20g square wire is great, I just noticed you have added it. I will be ordering those with my next order. But, what I'd really love is some "18swg" square bronze wire rings...Any plans on adding those in the not to distant future?
  14. NathanJohnson & calyx...Really appreciate your input here. The best advice, I think, to come out of it, is: "What I should have done (now that I think of it) was buy the new Deluxe software, decide which functionalities and reports were important to me, then hired a college accounting intern to get me fully set up, then continue on at 3 hours per week to maintain the system and inventory management. Now THAT would have been smart I could just keep on doing what I already do - write down project details on little pieces of paper, or inventory used, and print out sales receipts - and hand them over once a week for the intern to process Hmm, I think I am going to do that Wow, this has really helped me! Thanks for asking the question, now I can stop suffering and feeling guilty :)" In the end, I am far less concerned with materials inventory...that part is really pretty easy--I'm on a much smaller scale, no quarter million crystals in stock, here--my biggest problem with reordering supplies is not figuring out what I need, but what I need to take OUT of the cart before ordering, because I can't afford all that I need (want?), i.e. what can I put off ordering until later (pretty much like my home budget and paying the bills, unfortunately... ;-) ) I need the place mostly to enter info on pieces I've created, including materials data and photos, as much to be able to recreate it as to be able to price it initially. And frankly, pricing an item isn't difficult, either, just a bit time consuming, and with my current system, simply impossible to reference at all. It's gotten ridiculous--in order to look up a piece I have to shuffle through stacks of 3" x 4" paper scraps, ordered by the number in which I entered them into my "system". And without attaching a photo--sometimes if I've made something very similar, I have to refer to the weight of it to narrow down the correct slip of paper. The biggest roadblock I'm facing, sans a software designed to do this, is less an unwillingness to use a spreadsheet at all--but a complete lack of knowledge in how to use them/build them. I can envision what makes sense logically in my head, probably several different spreadsheets, and hopefully they's be reference-able by each other, and you can attach photos to them, etc. I want to type in a serial number, and have a separate little window pop up on my screen with every conceivable bit of data associated with that item all there in one place. I want to drag and drop 12 of those into one folder so I can say, I have these on consignment at store "X". And I sold this to Joe Blow on such and such date. Etc. I don't know how to set this up, I know there are references for learning how to do this, I know I can learn how to do it. It would take many hours to do, hours that I would much rather spend doing almost anything else. If I can buy something ready made that someone that knows how to do this has already done, then why reinvent the wheel? One thing I am trying to learn to embrace, however, is the concept of trading my skills for those of others. I've been a D.I.Y.-er on the cheap, in so many ways, for so many years, that this is tough to remember as an option many times. But I've started to realize that I can trade jewelry for photography services, modeling services, computer services, internet/social media/marketing services--and I guess, yeah, maybe for accounting services as well. Just need to keep reminding myself of this. So, thank you both!
  15. ...and the black side.

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