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    Dragonscale with spring tempered stainless steel

    Very impressive. I really like the seam down the center too. Out of curiosity, what are your two ring sizes?
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    Aluminum - Bright

    ANy word on the saw cut 7/32" 18G rings? SXAB18732
  3. This is my first time trying this, so I'm coming here for advice from those who've done it before. I'd like to avoid the most common mistakes if possible. In the attached picture, I got a large piece meant to go from the center of the chest (the tapered end) to the edge of the arm. I've done that edge in a two scales down for every one over. The smaller piece goes from the edge of the shoulder to the middle of the arm line. (this follows Lorenzo's design and pictures.) I'm wondering about the best way to stitch these two pieces together to get the most smooth looking seam. (phone pic, sorry about the weird color grade)
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    Armor Stand PVC Materials

    He friggin loved it, blown away. And the scale bikini top and bottom went over super well, too.
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    Armor Stand PVC Materials

    I'm thinking about making a simple cross bar armor stand using furniture grade PVC. Does anyone have experience using pvc for this purpose? I need to put something together quickly. It's for the scale shirt I just made, which probably weighs 10-15 lbs. Thanks!
  6. So I'm making a purely cosmetic (i.e. not being used in any sort of larp event) shirt for myself. I'm wearing it for an event where I might have it on for a number of hours in a row. Otherwise it'll sit on display on a mannequin. I'm using large scales (anodized and and painted aluminum) and would like to be able to get away with just aluminum rings to minimize weight. I'm a big guy, so there's already going to be a lot of mass in the scales themselves. I'd also like to use saw cut rings, since they are so much easier to work with. Do you think I can get away with the standard weave (i.e. not having to use 3 rings per scale) and not have the thing fall apart? Has anyone here done it thins way? I've always worked with stainless rings, but they will add so much weight to this piece. Thanks.
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    minimizing the weight of the scale vest

    I spent the day interviewing candidates for a lead Quality Assurance job for or group at the University. I find myself wondering if the chainmail industry uses iso9000 standards, or something more stringent.
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    minimizing the weight of the scale vest

    I ended up doing a strength test mainly aimed at the stresses that will be present at the shoulders using large scales and aluminum saw-cut butted rings. It held up easily with no noticeable opening on the rings even holding up more then 8x the expected weight of the vest, so I'm not too concerned. I'll see how it does in the real world, but I should have plenty of margin.
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    minimizing the weight of the scale vest

    I wanted to make "the last chainmail shirt I'd ever need." It was certainly the last chainmail shirt I ever made.
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    minimizing the weight of the scale vest

    I still have my ring making kit, but after making 120,000 rings for my 1/8" shirt, but I thought those days were behind me, heh.
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    minimizing the weight of the scale vest

    Are the stainless rings here spring stainless? if not, can you recommend a source? I've never worked with split rings, but the #7fs from worthco would be prohibitively expensive.
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    Aluminum - Bright

    Is there an ETA on saw cut 16g 5/16"? SXAB16516
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    minimizing the weight of the scale vest

    Yeah I'm out of MBs myself. Anyone know how to get that reset?
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    minimizing the weight of the scale vest

    I'm also 5'9". I'm big, mean big around the chest and belly. It's good to know it (probably) won't just fall apart.
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    Blue scale shirt, medium with white, gold, and copper accent.

    I made a test shirt in a smaller size to get a feel for the technique, and to get my crafting hands back into shape. Once I started this piece, maybe 2-3 months of 2 hours or so a day. I did the body in four panels to keep the size manageable, and the front and back yoke separately. It took about 4 hours to stitch everything together on my padded kitchen table, and that last seam was a killer.
  16. Meant to fit a man with a 40 inch chest. medium scales (1.4 scales per inch = 56 scales per row).
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    scale bikini red/gold/blue

    small scales with orbital byzantine cord from the halter and sides. Bottom held on with silk cord and cinched by passing cord through the top row of rings around the belly, tied on the side.
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    scale bikini red/gold/blue

    I tried to use tiny scales instead of small, but they were both hard to work with and at a distance, you couldn't tell it was scales. Doing this in small scales took only a few hours. don't know why you wouldn't do it.
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    Stainless Steel - Black and Plain

    Any word on SS18316?
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    Armor Stand PVC Materials

    Oh,a garment underbed box, that's a good idea. Thanks!
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    Armor Stand PVC Materials

    I considered a shirt box, but the scale shirt weighs 10+ lbs, which would destroy that box. If I had any skill with wood, I'd make a wooden version of a shirt box.
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    Armor Stand PVC Materials

    Basically,I have a scale shirt that I made as an Christmas gift (the blue one with the white stripe in the gallery), and I need a way of giving it to my brother in law. I was thinking of building a PVC stand and draping fabric over the whole thing so he can "open" it on the day. I can't really think of any other way to give this thing as a gift.
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    Complete-BW-clean.jpg

    This is one of the coolest shirts I've ever seen. Good job!
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    Blue Shirt with white and gold accents

    My second shirt, a gift for my brother-in-law. Sleeveless with a 90 degree seam at the shoulders.
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