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    Question about deburring small scale edges

    Interesting, I hadn't considered using one of those roloc disk pads (nor did I know thats what they were called). If I could find a really fine grit pad, that might work better than what I worked out. In experimenting, I tried an actual deburring tool, but its spinny-ness made it a lot of work, I tried a knife blade, and an x-acto, but they cut way too deep. What I found works pretty well is the back side of a saw blade on a leatherman, its a sharp 90 degree corner, and dragging it across at a slight angle workes pretty well. Its not perfect, but its far better than my little sanding wheel. It takes maybe 20-30s for each small scale, which considering I need 6-700, isn't too bad. Also, needs a pie dish/Tupperware below to catch all the little shavings.
  2. I just got a whole bunch of brushed sand scales (beautiful, btw, nice brass look) and the back sides have a small burr from punching. These are for a scale bra, so I would like to deburr them. this will be the 2nd bra I have made, and the first one had even worse burrs, so I got a 1" 320 grit flapper wheel on a drill press and hand sanded all the edges. It worked, but the result was not great, and left little aluminum marks on the scales below. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has any better ideas. I think maybe a hard sanding wheel, or finer grit, to just take the sharp edge off, and not more. If this wasn't going to be a bra I wouldn't even bother, but its my first project I am going to sell, and I would like it to feel nice. Also, any advice in general would be welcomed! Thanks -Connor Ps, how well do AA 7/32 rings hold up on bras? is there anywhere I should use stainless, or double up?
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    Powder coated scales

    My 2nd batch of white scales, much better than first, but still not great. Spraying from the side is not working. Time to build a new holder =P
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    Powder coated scales

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    Powder coated scales

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    Powder coated scales

    Ah, yeah, tumbling them would leave all kinds of residue on them. I actually just used a sanding wheel to take off the edges on all them. I don't know much about powder coating, but I don't think etching is necessary. Maybe try some with and some without?
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    Powder coated scales

    I used both raw aluminum and stainless large scales. I rubbed each of them down with acetone, and wore gloves. My first batch of white scales were very bad, so I did another batch, and they were marginally better. I have also tried powder coating a few other larger pieces of aluminum, with varying degrees of success. The next thing I want to try is to make a better holder, as the holder I have now requires them to be sprayed from the side, which is really not the way to do it. The white powder I got (harbor freight) is much finer than the black, and is a medium gloss and has a really pronounced orange peel effect. I think I like it for the scales, because it helps counter the glossy look.
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    Powder coated scales

    I haven't been able to find anyone who has powder coated scales, so I did a thing Now, it was my first time powder coating, so it wasn't a very even coat, and the ones that were closer together I only really got one side. But as a test, it seems like the finish is good and not easily scratched/marked. The setup I used was a harbor freight powder coating kit and powder, and a $19 walmart toaster oven =P I did a second batch with some white powder, but I didn't have it adjusted right or something because they came out quite uneven. Before I did the lack scales, I sanded all the edges down and they are nice and smooth, combined with the coating, it should never wear =D Anyway, when I have some time I will do a better job with the white, and try the red I got as well.
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    Powder coated scales

    stainless and aluminum powder coated harbor freight gun and matte black finish is tough, and doesn't scratch/mark easily it was my first time powder coating ever, so the finish isn't that great, but it still looks nice
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    Powder coated scales

    stainless and aluminum powder coated harbor freight gun and matte black finish is tough, and doesn't scratch/mark easily you can see the ones that were half coated it almost looks pretty neat as a 2 tone effect on some of them
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    Powder coated scales

    stainless and aluminum scales powder coated harbor freight gun and matte black finish is tough, and doesn't scratch/mark easily the closer ones were only half covered, because i only shot from one side
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    Bishops Mantle

    makes sense, not really any 'right' way to do it =P finished like, 4" of the vest, and shoulder straps, waiting for more scales now. Ah, ok, that helps! people tend to leave that kind of fitting information out of tutorials. Also, decided to make some mail gloves/gauntlets, because, why not? Do you know of anyone who has done powder coated scales? If it works it could make a really nice finish, and allow you to tumble them so they are smooth.
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    Bishops Mantle

    ok, that looks awesome! Good job! =D Is there a good tutorial/pattern for making a vest? I have made a few pieces with scale so I know how to do it, and edging. Also, on a vest, how is it put on/fit? do you size it a little large to be able to put it on like a t-shirt, or is it laced up? Not sure if I'm wording that right. =P
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    Bishops Mantle

    Thanks! Ah, when I said edge, I meant the edge of the scale, the underside perimeter has a small sharp edge/burr left over from when they are stamped out, and I was worried that it would scratch the finish of the scale below it. I know everything will wear over time, but I was hoping to reduce it if possible. I do have some frost scales, and while I like the finish, it wouln't suite my (envisioned) project. I was planning on making a white vest with a red Knights Templar cross on it. Think something like this: I also thought shiny stainless scales in place of white would look ok, and red painted stainless, but that would start getting heavy.
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    Bishops Mantle

    I removed like 8 rows from the outside, and then added them to the neck, and used one of the strips for a collar because it was just the right size, but I would still like to do it out of HP. I hadn't seen that tutorial before, looks MUCH easier than doing it as a chain! Also added the scale shoulders, starting to look pretty cool I think. Still need to make a scale vest For people who make vests out of aluminum scales, how do you deal with the edge on the under side from punching? Do you leave it and let it rub? or do you sand it off? And, what about stainless scales? I tried making a ghetto tumbler, using ball bearings, but it REALLY didn't work <.< Also, has anyone ever tried powder coated scales? I really want high quality white/red scales, but I was a bit disappointed with the white painted ones.
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