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    As I live in the UK I have first hand experience of the NHS and it is, what's commonly known here, as a postcode (zipcode) lottery on what quality of care you get. My own personal experience revealed that unless you make a big fuss you won't get what you need. All very well for healthy people but someone who is ill can't always make a big fuss. The problem in my opinion is that it's fallen fowl to red tape, too many managers and not enough well paid care givers. Those doing the job because they care, are overworked, underpaid and under appreciated, while those sitting on their leather chairs in comfortable offices are too removed from reality to know what real nursing is.
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    Is chainmail art?

    To answer the original question, yes, chainmaille is art, or at least my local Art Gallery thinks so as they have some of my work. Although, having said that they didn't think so a couple years ago and weren't interested....until people started asking them about my work that they had seen elsewhere. Maybe try some different places and before too long these guys will change their minds!
  3. 1.2mm & 1mm copper 6mm & 4mm ID

    © © Corvus Chainmaille

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    What would you charge

    Selling to friends and family is completely different. Pricing depends on what it is, what it's made of, how long it takes you to make it and where it's being sold. Most of my sales are commissioned pieces and I can charge quite a bit for them as they are custom made for the buyer. Also I sell in an art gallery and they put their own commission on top of the price I ask, e.g. HP4in1 7inch bracelet in sterling my price £100, their price £164. And yes it still sells! I price like this: Materials x2 + any other expenses, tools, heat, light (all minimal) + a fair hourly rate (remember that jeweller's often charge in excess of £30 an hour)
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    How to - ball Cu headpins

    Yep that would do it.
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    What would you charge

    I would up that a bit to around $280 - $300
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    How to - ball Cu headpins

    I really don't think you will succeed with a butane torch, they just don't get hot enough to melt copper. You can get fairly in-expensive propane or butane/propane mix torches My linkwhich will do the job.
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    How to - ball Cu headpins

    I haven't done it but in theory it should be the same as making balled pins from fine silver except you need a much hotter flame.
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    Haven't seen this weave...

    Yep I think you have a new RSD variation there. At first glance it looks the same as RSD but with the two connecting rings crossing each other, it makes a new variation.
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    I've been published...

    Wow thanks Tori, that would be super cool!
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    I've been published...

    ... well, a couple of my pieces have. Amazon UK, it's out in the US in June/July I think. There's my copper Vipersacle 3rd down on the right. I don't have a copy yet but apparently it's been printed full page and there's something else of mine in there too. Also Art Jewelry magazine in the US are apparently featuring some of my Persian pieces in their upcoming April issue.
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    I've been published...

    No I didn't do anything else in the book, only a couple Gallery pics and yes those closures are shocking (perhaps they should have got me do it!). As you say there are a few interesting things inside but it's not much for more experienced jewellers. Really this is a book for craft shops. Also I don't think anyone already making maille will find anything in there they haven't already seen. The up side is I have a credit in the back with my web address, so I'm happy.
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    I've been published...

    I think that's because most people do not link (har har) chainmaille with jewellery.
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    I've been published...

    No I haven't had anything in a UK based mag, maybe I will now!
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    3 crystal rings Necklace, and simple Euro band

    Well Ess, unsurprisingly you've created yet another couple of simple but stunningly elegant pieces. Sorry for a 'love it' post that some find boring and un-necessary but credit where's it due.
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    Cuff links

    Something a little funny happened a couple weeks back. My friend commissioned a pair of cuff links from me made from Japanese Balls in sterling silver, after a few prototypes to test size and strength I made some from 0.8mm wire, 2.5mm ID (with a couple 3mm ID rings as connectors for the chain). The whole ball is about 10mm diameter and has a small rose quartz bead in the middle. The funny thing is she gave to my husband for his 40th birthday!
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    Cuff links

    Those are great Dragonius. Interestingly a friend suggested a similar Helm type style to me but I never thought of the Mobius ends. Very nicely done.
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    Oh yeah, nice twist to an old fav. I like toggle clasps, maybe a small plain toggle would look cool on this?
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    Cuff links

    Thanks Dragonius. Do you use the Mobius ball like I've used a bar? I'd like to see a pic of that if possible.
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    Cuff links

    Anyone else here made cuff links? Any tips or opinions?
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    Subpar work from a beginner

    As you say the shirt needs more work but what's there and the bracelets look great.
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    "plate" gauntlets

    I made some many years ago in steel sheet with 'segments' on the main part of hand as well as the fingers. I don't have a pattern but it was fairly simple. Here's a pic.
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    Persian Dragonscale

    No worries
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    Persian Dragonscale

    I've made some nice Persian DS in 1mm wire 5mm ID. In theory this should mean that 0.8mm would be good in 4mm ID and 1.2mm would be good in 6mm ID.
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