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    armor weave

    EPH sheet is really cool looking, but a bit bulky, jap hex has a really nice look to it, as long as the place you are going is not focused on historical accuracy. if you go with Jap-hex, I would say double the small rings, it will cut down on repairs another one that really is eye catching is celtic visions sheet. at any rate, post pics when you deside, and finish it. have fun

    Ring organization

    if you look in the middle pic I posted, there is a large opaque jar with a blue lid. that is a cleaned out mayo jar I got free from the local deli. it is 1 gallon, and very sturdy plastic that takes a lot of abuse. I have never had one break, and I have had them get knocked off of tables, and get smacked around quite a bit. and free.. well, uh.. free! ask a deli/sandwich shop near you if they use these, and if you could have their empty ones. the sub shop near me let me have 1-3 per week, for a while till I had about 20.

    Ring organization

    there was a thread about this not too long ago, but this is what I use. granted, my stock is about 30% what it was when I had a business making maille and selling on the ren faire circuit, but this is what I use now most of the small containers with red or blue lids are various sizes of spice containers from the grocery store, along with peanut butter jars, bath salt jars, and anything else I found that would hold rings. the tackle box, and green rolling cases are both plano ( I have 3 of the green rollig cases) and the blue rolling case is a tool box from the hardware store. I also have several dufel bags, with side straps that attach to the handles of the rolling cases.

    sheet pattern advice ... ?

    another method ( what I mostly used since IGP hated my guts, and would dump my coffee, and make fun of me when I used it) the forum at M.A.I.L.L.E. and a couiple other sites I used to know, but long forgot had printable sheets of maille patterns, you could use to lay out inlays. basicaly, like a sheet of maille coloring page, you fill in the rings to make your pic, and use it as a guide to counting rings as you weave. it is somewhat time consuming, but worked wellfor me. I have done some rather intense inlays this way.

    Tumbling blackened stainless steel?

    sadly I sold the piece several years ago, but when i was doing maille as a busines, I tumbled most of my non annodized stuff in walnut shells, I liked how it buffed them. and with blackened stainless it did give kind of a gun metal look to the rings. just be careful not to tumble as long as you would bare metals, because you can make weak spots in the coating. and have steel show through. I started with about 1/3rd normal times, and checked on them, with the option of course, to go a little longer if they were not ready

    Finishing off a headband

    just my opinion, but that is what you asked for here . I would bring the ends together with a single ring on each end, and then use that to put a small gem/bead, or a charm of some sort. just make sure it has smooth edges, so it does not get caught in her hair. something on the end with a little bit of sparkle would dress the ends, and I believe make the over all look of the piece a bit more " finished"

    Wanting to make a 6 in 1 Dice bag but not sure how to start

    a square bag will be a lot easier for a 6-1 bag, until you get comfortable doing an expanding circle in it. make a sheet of 6-1 about 2-1/8 times the width of the bag you want, and just a hair taller than you want the bag to be, fold it over, and weave it closed into a tube, and position any detailing you put on it or design work you intended for the front. then weave the bottom closed. and string your thong through the top rings, and you are done. when I was working the ren faire circuit, I made a lot of pouches this way out of 4-1, 6-1, and eph, in several sizes for the rennies to use as belt pouches. the square bottom laid flat against their side, and was very popular. I also would make them with letters for monograms, as well as FARTHARK runes inlaid on the front to " personalize" them for people. if you want a slightly less squared bottom, you can always orient the weave long ways, instead, make the sheet 2-1/4 times the length you want the bag to be tall, fold it in half, and weave the sides closed so the bottom is more looped, and sewn shut.

    Working Fine Silver and Sterling Silver

    first off, "German silver" is not silver at all. it is a nickle/copper alloy, with varying amounts of tin, and sometimes lead and other low grade metals in it. that said, fine silver is a lot softer than sterling, even at harder tempers but can be good for ear rings, and in slightly thicker rings, necklaces. but soldering the rings is highly recommended, and they will tend to pull open. sterling is stronger, but will have 7.5% "other metals" sometimes including copper. so before you use it in any quantities, for your wife, i would say get some, and have her wear them on a string around her wrist to see if it causes a reaction. I have made quite a few items from sterling over the years, and have had very good results with it. the supplier I had when I still had my business only had sterling in half hard, so I would work temper it, by coiling it, straightening it, and recoiling it the opposite direction. this gave me an approximate 3/4-full hard. if I was making something with a lot of weight to it, I would solder the rings as well. hope this helps

    Substituting ring sizes

    it has two names because many people from different places put out tutorials on weaves, and call them different things in their instructions, the same as byzentine is also box, and a dozzen other examples. as for changing ring sizes the best thing I can offer is a little bit of math. you will hear/see the abreveation A.R. a lot it is aspect ratio. to get it divide the inside dia. of the ring by the thickness of the wire. this will give you an easy number that you then find a ring with the same A.R. and you will be able to make the weave in any size you want. I also recomend that you get a dial caliper. they are not very expensive, and are invaluable with finding the A.R. of rings. as well as identifying the ring sizes you are working with.

    E 4-in-1 drumstick bag.

    sweet. looks like it works perfectly. and SS should last longer than the drum it's attached to. great idea.

    How do you organize?

    it has been a while since I have had to be portable with my stuff, but I have several plano tackle boxes I use for tools, and equipment, as well as one didicated to findings. and I found some plano rolling cases I use with several sizes of container for the rings. I have 3 of the green plano rolling cases, 2 of the blue rolling cases, 2 of the plano fishing tackle boxes, and 4 duffel type bags that have loops to attach to the handles of the rolling cases. my stocks are very depleted right now, because I have not made an orderin a few years ( lost the business) but at one time, I had a minimum of 1/2 gallon of every ring size/material/color and the ones I made larger pieces of, I kept between 3-10 gallons on hand at all times. the containers with the colored lids are spice containers i bought at winco. they are 6, 12, and 24 oz I also used peanutbutter jars, 1 gallon plastic mayo jars I got free from the deli. and the plastic jars my wife's bath salts came in ( had a customer get mad at me, because a couple weeks after she bought a necklace, it stopped smelling like lavender. I told her why it smelled like that, and now she keeps all of her jewelry stored in bath salts jars) as well as a dozzen other " perfectly sized containers" I came accrost. hope this helps you
  12. you can make any clasp you normaly use into a swivle clasp by going to the fishing store near you ( most hardware and sports stores have fishing egar) and get stainless ( very important) lure swivles. there are some that are brass, but they tend to be very low quality brass, or a plateing, that will cause green skin. the stainless wont. I have used this trick ona lot of pieces over the years and it is very helpfull. I have found them in several dozzen sizes, that will work with almost any size piece. it is best to use 2 on each clasp, one on each end of the chain. as for the clasp rolling to the front, try very gradually increasing the size of rings but with the same weave as you get to the center, then decrease back at the same rate towards the other end. this puts a slight weight gain at the middle point so it stays in place better. as for folding, or twisting, this is a problem we all battle. as said above, try a slightly tighter weave. that adds a stifness that can help also incorporating a second weave, at intervals can be a design feature that looks good, and can help with the twisting. adding a persian (HP-3-1 or 4-1 works best) strip an inch and a half or so at even intervals gives it the lateral stability that a round weave can lack.

    Has anyone ever tried to mount scale art into a shadow box?

    it wasnt scale, but the theory is the same, take a look at the clock ( posted in this forum) I made. I used stainless fishing spinners attached to the piece, so I could tension it in the frame. you could do the same thing with a wooden box, but just dont tension it as much. (I needed the extra tension tosupport the clock motor)

    What ring size is this?

    just for your own ease of opperations. it is a good idea to make yourself a chart of ARs that work for specific weaves, for tight, medium, and loose. so when someone wants something made, and shows you a tightness they like, you can look at the chart, and figure ring size for any size they ask for. the beauty of AR is it never changes regaurdless of the chosen wire size.

    think geek selling maille??

    it says on it, the tie is aluminum. and yeah, if someone wanted that exact tie, I could put it together for $25. but I wouldnt feel good about making it. that is not bright aluminum, so the rub off on your shirt would be nasty, and the durability ith that size rings ( and probably low quality rings, from the look) would be terrible. many moons ( and 2 computers) ago, I was commisioned to make a stainless steel bow tie for an entertainer. and I would feel safe in thinking he still has it today, it was tough. as to the bracelets, that looked like EPDM and aluminum. I used to mass produce those, and sell them as fast as I could put them in my booth, for $20 each. I also made them for the high scool my kids went to as a fund raiser, they gave me $5 each, and sold them for $15.