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    Project Reports from Les

    Changes To Be Determined (TBD). - Les and all. For those who appreciate or make maille sculpture I have a weave/ring combination that you may like. Please inform me if this is well known. The weave is E8-1 (European Eight in one) and the rings are TRL BA14716 (Bright Aluminum 14 Europega Gauge 7/16 inch inside diameter). The 14 Gauge means that the OD (Outside Diameter) of the wire is 5/32 in. so the AR (Aspect Ratio) is 5.7 and the anodized rings are 5/32 in. larger.
  2. Hello from South Central USA! I return from a dragon hunting mission with a hemp bag containing some enchanted items. Some I created using ingenuity and dragon scales, many of which are scattered around their lairs, others were found or taken from Wizards. A partial list of scrolls follows. A stiff maille weave suitable for weaving dragon's eggs and enchanted spheres. An art drawing that people seem to enjoy, Some other discoveries that do not come to mind presently. I must run for now and soon I will elaborate about these items. Les
  3. I'm working on a program and would like to get your suggestions on the appearance and utility. The location of the files is below. OpenSpheres The program does the math part of sphere making for you. I should have done this a dozen years ago when I did some of the sphere work. Your comments are very welcome. Les
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    I like the black dragon most, somerthing about those colors together. Les
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    Magical Stretchy Bracelets

    After some time spent tonight, I've made a full persian split that is slightly modified for use with very low aspect ratio rings for the weave. If it is of any use to you, the image shown here tells the tale. My plan is to make a zig-zag of splits joining splits, eventually with smaller rings but the larger ones first for better clarity of photos and brainology. After the zig-zag works (if it does) then I plan to make a ring of alternating hearts which is based on the same concept. The split does have some springiness without flexing of rings themselves, as near as I can tell. Hopefully will be enough spring to make up the difference between fist and wrist. Les
  6. I like to make maille bracelets and such that are contiguous (without clasps). This presents a problem because the bracelets are too lose and move up and down the forearm. So I daydreamed of a bracelet that would magically resize itself. This design would stretch larger to fit over the fist and collapse to fit the wrist, which is backward from the norm. At first I dreamed of titanium due to it's flexibility which could work very well, especially with number of turns on each ring being greater than one to accommodate the stretching of each ring. Then the daydreams continued to a design that naturally performed the desired action without need for any (or much) ring expansion. That's where the imagination has left us and I'm reporting the concept to you. I claim no originality other than revisiting of an aged topic, as self-resizing magical objects go back through Tolkien and onward to antiquity in days of yore. Also I realize that my knowledge and skill are limited here, so I'm suggesting this to be a community topic for us to co-cogitate upon and enjoy! So I invite you to put your thinking coif on and get out your tomes of wisdom and learned enchantment for this a fun one to share with each other. Les
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    Arbitrary Shape Array

    Just wanted to clarify; the object on the right is a shape-holding array. First weave an [x, y] array and then press it against the desired source object. You'll end up with a copy of the source object. It's like a profile tool in chainmail. Les
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    Arbitrary Shape Array

    Here is some recent work. I'm just getting back into chainmaille after being away for 10 years. The FP6-1 cross is rigid and opens at the center to a kind of weird shape which lends itself well to use in the Arbitrary Shape Array to the right. It's been a goal of mine to create maille that can be designed in such a way that it can take any shape with as few limits as possible. The rigid tightness of this weave is key to holding the shape of the array. The rings are TRL SXAB12716 (Saw Cut Bright Aluminum 12 gauge 7/16" inside diameter). originated the central connections, though it is quite likely they are nothing new (are they?). Les
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    Egg (and Sphere) Generator

    TY MaileWerX! It's great fun getting back into chainmaille again. I have improved the program slightly and started working on an arbitrary shape planning method by making an undulating shape via closely spaced contractions and expansions. Fun! Les
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    Egg (and Sphere) Generator

    After making a sphere this morning with 14 ga. 3/8" my hands are sore and tired. Beginning at 1am and ending just now at around 11am, I was able to weave a 700 ring sphere in 10 hours. That's about as quick as I've ever weaved chainmaille. The only problem this time was that I got the reductions mixed up and actually managed to befuddle myself such that one row (on each hemisphere) was skipped, reducing the ring count by probably 100 or so. Oh well, live and learn. For the next sphere I plan to get some 14 ga. 7/16" rings which should be just right for European 8 in 1. Anyway, the program is evolving nicely and as wonky as the sphere is, it's a step in the right direction! I want to write a tutorial for these spheres when the quality is there. Your comments are welcome. Les
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    Egg (and Sphere) Generator

    Here is an updated file that still needs testing: new Github repository. It's cleaned up a bit and should (hopefully) make good sphere tables. I did make a sphere with about 500 rings on the original revision software posted previously. It was OK but the final row at each pole could not be woven due to it being too tight. I fixed some measurement issues which should help. This is just a work in progress.
  12. Hi everyone, here is a little table generator for spheres and (hopefully) eggs. It uses the equations from the Spherical Spheres articles that I wrote about on the M.A.I.L. site back in 2008. I checked and it prints correct sphere tables to the screen, however the egg tables are untested. I'm waiting for rings to get ordered and shipped to test the egg part of it. The values must be doubled for Kingsmaille, etc. Please read the original articles for detail. *** Warning: Unverified Software *** Chainmaille_Spheres_20181120b.pde