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  1. 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 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.
  9. 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'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!
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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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    Scale shirt 45 degree shoulders

    I'm working on the yoke of a simple scale vest using the 45 degree joins described here on this forum and in the pdf file often linked on this subject. I'm having trouble with the trapezoidal piece bunching way up and sticking up nearly straight. I've got the body panels ready to attach, but I want these to lay right before I do that. Should I redo the trapezoids with contractions, or is there something else I should be doing?
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    Scale shirt 45 degree shoulders

    I'l see how it looks once I've attached the body panels. This is my 12th NASA mission, and yeah the scheduling is vicious, and gets worse with each project. We're going into a very high radiation environment (Inside Jupiter's magnetic field, over 300 krad) and the hoops we have to jump through to prove our parts will survive the mission are really arduous.
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    Scale shirt 45 degree shoulders

    Okay, so I redid the shoulders with a simple seam at the top with a row of scales to cover the links (from the How-to pdf) (first image, blue scales with white and gold accents). What is interesting, is that I pulled my first piece off of one of my wife's dress forms and put it on a mannequin. I'd done lorenzo's hybrid sleeve design, and it never looked right on the dress form, but once it was on the mannequin, it looks really good. The mannequin's shoulders and arms are more buff (male type mannequin vs female type dressform). Anyway, thanks for the clarification, it really helped!
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    Scale shirt 45 degree shoulders

    I do believe this is the very image I was using for a reference. I think trying the 45 degree solution is just in my blood (lol, I'll learn eventually). I've given thought to the engineering problem of having all the front and back weight on those small pieces and I think I'll just go to the vest design (as shown in the scale kit picture). I'll update when I get time later this week to try it. I'm working on a KDP (key decision point) review for my mission at work and getting time to relax and do some scales had to wait. NASA runs a really tough review program and I need to get ahead of it.
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    Scale shirt 45 degree shoulders

    I guess I'm a little unclear on how to attach the front and back pieces. they are going in opposite directions. I thought the whole purpose of the shoulder piece is top make that connection.
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    Scale shirt 45 degree shoulders

    I think if I do this I'll also need to reduce the bottom rows of the shoulder pieces, right now they are just too long. (i.e. the long end of the trapezoid needs to be considerably shorter
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